I had the pleasure of attending the 2009 Oregon Arts Summit at Nike today. Among my favorite speakers were: Tinker Hatfield, Vice President, Nike Design, Bill Rauch, director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Jazz Saxophone Artist, Mike Phillips, Dr. Brian Druker, scientist at OHSU, (a man who is cures cancer!) Frances Bronet, Dean, School of Architecture and Allied Arts U of O, and the brilliant Barry Lopez, Author, National Book Award winner. The Oregon Arts Summit was presented by the Oregon Arts Commission with support from Nike and the Portland Business Journal. Every speaker sought to encourage us to think in new ways, to throw in together and to never give up.
Seated in the audience not far from me was Oregon Art Beat host K.C. Cowan. She and I talked about tomorrow's new Art Beat show about art collecting. My artist friend Mike Orwick is going to be featured on the show..don't miss it! (OPS..Channel 10 for most .Thursday, May 14, 8pm. It re-airs Sunday May 17 at 6pm).
There were many great moments during the Summit...but possibly my favorite was when Michael Phillips played "It's a Wonderful World" on his saxophone. We do live in a wonderful world, specifically in Oregon-- where art and collaboration really have always seemed to be one and the same.