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July 15, 2021 at 4:00pm

Arts Commission creates artist registry for funding opportunities

Tony Villaneda touches up a painting in a graffiti art exhibit about the school-to-prison pipeline in the Bush Barn Annex in 2019. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

The Oregon Arts Commission, in partnership with the Ford Family Foundation, has created a new artist registry so artists can access funding opportunities.

Professional artists from across Oregon are encouraged to sign up for the registry by completing a brief survey about themselves and their artistic practice.

Eleanor Sandys, the Arts Commission’s interim visual arts coordinator, said there many working artists throughout Oregon who aren’t in their database.

“Our hope is to update and expand our artist network so that we can better support the diverse artists in Oregon’s many communities,” she said in a prepared statement.

While the registry will remain open, artists are strongly encouraged to sign up by Sept. 30 to establish a base registry.

-Saphara Harrell

July 15, 2021 at 3:14pm

70% of licensed Oregon health care workers vaccinated against Covid, but rates vary widely

Salem Health CEO Cheryl Nester Wolfe, right, a nurse, prepares to deliver Salem's first Covid vaccine to Dr. Katherine Landen on Dec. 17 at Salem Hospital (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

More than 70% of Oregon health care providers were vaccinated against Covid at the end of June, the Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday - a slightly higher rate than the general population.

But vaccination rates varied widely by job, with dentists and medical doctors posting the highest vaccination rates. State data showed 94% of Oregon dentists, 87% of medical doctors and 83% of physician assistants were vaccinated. That's among about 20 types of health care licenses the state released data for.

Rates were lowest among chiropractors (50%) and their assistants (45%), emergency medical technicians (56%), naturopaths (57%) and certified nursing assistants (57%).

Health care workers were among the first people in Oregon to become eligible for a Covid vaccine.

The data does not list where health care providers work. OHA said on June 21 that 62% of employees at long-term care facilities had been vaccinated against Covid. That number was based on a survey of facilities around the state and did not differentiate between licensed medical providers and other employees.

OHA said it would update the data on health care provider vaccination rates monthly.

-Rachel Alexander

July 15, 2021 at 11:23am

Ska music festival planned at organic farm in Salem Saturday

A poster for the MIG Fest on Saturday, July 17

Enjoy a punk and ska music show this Saturday on an organic farm in south Salem.

Minto Island Growers, 3394 Brown Island Rd. S., is hosting live music outside from 3 to 8 p.m. on July 17 for those 21 and older. Food and beer will be available for purchase.

There are only 200 tickets and the area directly in front of the stage will be reserved for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid.

Tickets cost $20.

Salem band Hot Sheets, Bend-based Jeshua Marshall (of Larry and His Flask) and Portland bands Fake News, and The Bandulus are performing. 

-Saphara Harrell