Thanks to our hosts at the Oregon Folklife Network and the University of Oregon for an excellent meeting last week, April 6-8. They even arranged for warm, sunny weather! We had a session with Cliff Murphy from the National Endowment for the Arts, discussions about new forms of fundraising, presentations from staff with the Art of the Rural, an update on our regional Rivers & Headwaters project, and planning for the 2017 meeting, which will also be held in Oregon–stay tuned for dates and location. And of course there was The Graze, our annual tour of local cultural sites, which this year covered the lively Whiteaker neighborhood with its eateries, wineries, breweries, a pinball arcade, and a glassblowing studio.

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