QUICK TAKES: March 21, 2018


Seattle songwriter to perform at Side A

LA GRANDE — Jill Cohn is currently on tour in support of her latest release, “Heartstrings Touching Ground.”

Cohn, who said she hasn’t visited La Grande in many years, is eager to maker her return on March 23. The concert will start at 7 p.m. at Side A Brewing, 1219 Washington Ave., La Grande.

Described as “an evening of Folk Americana Bliss,” a Cohn concert features her soul-stirring voice in combination with lush arrangements, toe-tapping road songs and heart-string tugging ballads. Cohn’s, “Heartstrings Touching Ground” was produced by Grammy award winning producer Malcolm Burn, who has credits with Bob Dylan and Daniel Lanois and is best known for his production on “Red Dirt Girl,” by EmmyLou Harris.

After hearing Jill’s song, “Yellow Rose,” which is about the struggles of the common man against corporate America, Burns invited the Seattle songstress to record with him in his Kingston, New York, studio. This collaboration has resulted in a stunning new collection of deeply personal songs with a universal message of hope.

Listen online at www.jillcohn.com.

Cultural Coalition announces grant winners, issues second call for applications

LA GRANDE — The Union County Cultural Coalition has announced the recipients of the first round of its 2017-18 Cultural Enrichment Grants Program.

Sarah West will use UCCC funds to create the AtelYay! art space/enrichment classroom within Art Center East. The dynamic classroom/activity space will focus on experience-based art classes and activities for Union County children.

The UCCC has also awarded a grant to the Liberty Theatre Foundation for the restoration of a ceiling mural and panels. This award will accompany a state grant of more than $200,000 the foundation received last November.

North Powder Charter School art instructor Jessie Street will use UCCC funds to attend the National Art Education Association annual conference in Seattle. Street will present a collaborative project focusing on connecting art with science and technology, as well as community-building.

The Oregon Quilt Project will use UCCC grant funds for lodging and travel expenses en route to Union, where they will document historical quilts at the Union County Museum. In addition, the OQP will assist local quilters Earleen Lamb and Janet Dodson with community workshops and presentations.

Due to an increase of annual funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the UCCC is issuing an additional second call for 2018 Cultural Enrichment Grant Awards, and applications are now available for download at www.unioncountyculture.org. They can also be picked up at Art Center East (1006 Penn Ave., La Grande), the main office of Loso Hall on Eastern Oregon University’s campus (Room 154), and Cook Memorial Library (2006 Fourth St.).

The receipt deadline is April 15 for applications. Applications must be submitted via mail to the UCCC at PO Box 607, La Grande, 97850.

The UCCC provides matching grants directly to artists and organizations involved in cultural and heritage activities and projects. Applications from groups are encouraged and efforts will be made to fund as many as possible.

The UCCC Cultural Enrichment grant applications are reviewed by a panel of artists, writers and community members that recommends grant awards to the UCCC Board. Notification of awards will be sent on or around May 1 with reports due back to the UCCC by Dec. 31.

Funding priority will be given to those who have not been awarded funds during the last two granting cycles. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

The UCCC is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Its mission is to support the arts and cultural enrichment of Union County through promotion and increased awareness of the arts and humanities.

The UCCC commits approximately 35 percent of its yearly award to Art Center East, which offers many art classes for adults and children.

The UCCC encourages you to apply for monetary support for your cultural enrichment project.

Many exciting projects have come from these re-granted funds, allowing the effects of the Oregon Cultural Trust to be experienced throughout Union County.

Go! to give away tickets to Blake Shelton-headlined music festival

PENDLETON — This year’s Pendleton Whisky Music Fest will feature Blake Shelton and Pitbull.

Tickets for the July 14 show go on sale March 23 and feature a variety of price options.

Thanks to a partnership with Pendelton Whisky Music Fest, Go! magazine will be giving away tickets to the music festival. Click here for those details.

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