Working Teams

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Overview

A Ford Institute for Community Building Working Team consists of rural residents who work closely with Ford Institute staff to plan and design resources and strategies used to support rural communities taking positive action. Working Teams help ensure the voices of rural communities are at the center of the Ford Institute work. Working Team members gather for three interactive and engaging in-person work sessions over approximately six months.  

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Postsecondary Partner Capacity Grants

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Postsecondary Partner Capacity Grants: By invitation
The Ford Family Foundation is expanding its commitment to programs that support the success of low-income, rural, often first-generation students in completing their education after high school. 

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Marie Watt

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Sculpture, Textiles, Drawing.

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Practicing artist.

Background

Watt’s work draws from history, biography, proto-feminism, and Indigenous principles, and addresses the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory. She uses materials that are conceptually attached to narrative, in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets, cedar, and iron.

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Aaron Flint Jamison

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Sculpture, Bookmaking, Computer Programming. 

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Practicing artist, and Assistant Professor of Art, University of Washington.

Background

 Jamison is an artist working with sculpture, performance, video, and publication. He equates moving to Oregon with giving him the necessary space to be the artist, rather than primarily the computer programmer he worked as in France more than nine years ago.

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Julie Green

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Painting.

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Practicing artist and full Professor of Art, Oregon State University (OSU). 

Background

Green served as an assistant professor of art at the University of Oklahoma before moving to Oregon in 2000. She makes work that has deep personal meaning to her, which stylistically is approachable with recognizable imagery. She makes pictures you can read, but conceptually, it takes the viewer by surprise.

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Harrell Fletcher

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Social Practice. 

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Practicing artist and Professor of Art and Social Practice, Portland State University (PSU).

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Pat Boas

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Painting, Works on Paper.

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Practicing artist and Associate Professor (Art Practice and Mixed Media) Portland State University (PSU), where she also serves as the Director of the School of Art + Design.

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Hallie Ford Fellows 2017

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A jury of five arts professionals selected Pat Boas, Harrell Fletcher, Aaron Flint Jamison and Marie Watt of Portland, and Julie Green of Corvallis from a diverse pool of 166 applicants. They each received a $25,000 unrestricted award and join 25 of their peers selected over the last seven years as Hallie Ford Fellows. The jurists recognized the five Oregon visual artists for demonstrated excellence of their work and potential for significant advancement in their practices of art.

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