Da Vinci Days board people hint at a resumed event this year after skipping last year; anticipate a less centralized form, think multiple venues all doing their own thing along with some scaled-back offerings at the traditional spots of years past. There is talk that each would set their own admission.
The Whiteside has report in hand from a theater designer and isn’t sharing too openly at this point—whisper is the board is trying to remain flexible as budgets dictate any plan will be long-term, think between 10 and 15 years. They seem to have developed a sense of where they fit into the market, complementing other venues rather than competing.
The Arts Center just learned it’s receiving a Ford Family Foundation grant of $20,000 to produce a catalog and other exhibition documentation for Rot: The Afterlife of Trees, a collaborative show with OSU College of Forestry and the Spring Creek Project; it’s slated for January.
Fall Fest is moving to flat booth fees rather than the 15% commission it has customarily charged for artists. Accepting artist applications through May 1, an online form is now available.
Corvallis Arts Walk continues to grow, now featuring 12 venues and a new website. The group is unusual for its informal collaborative and consensus drive structure. Each month seems to bring more genres and attendees.
By Rob Goffins