2017 has been a pretty quiet year for Secret Knowledge. Thanks to the folks who have turned out for our Secret Knowledge Exchange Happy Hour Events. You've been helping to keep the spirit of Secret Knowledge alive this year.
Welcome Annie Rose Shapero & Ethan Parker Wright to the Secret Knowledge Board of Directors
Secret Knowledge is pleased to welcome two of our most engaged volunteers Annie Rose Shapero & Ethan Parker Wright to the Secret Knowledge Board of Directors. Annie Rose has been instrumental in developing our Secret Knowledge exchange programming. Ethan was a participant in the first Whisper Posse, coordinated our happy hour events in 2017 and will lend his graphic design skills to Secret Knowledge in 2018. Welcome aboard!
You may have noticed that we didn't offer a 2017 Secret Knowledge Conference this year. That's because we're switching to offering it every other year. The next Secret Knowledge Conference will be Saturday November 17th, 2018 at The Jupiter Hotel.
Mark your calendars. This is going to be the biggest, brightest Secret Knowledge Conference we've ever offered. We've already confirmed a keynote speaker for 2018.
Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Secret Knowledge Conference
Chloe was a featured presenter at the 2015 conference where she joined Noah Kleiman and musician Anna Fritz on a panel discussion about crowdfunding for artistic projects. While at the conference Chloe had conversations with other attendees which inspired her to run for Portland City Council. A couple weeks before the 2016 conference Chloe Eudaly was elected to city council, City Commissioner Nick Fish gave the 2016 keynote. Commissioner Eudaly has been a strong advocate for issues which impact working artists and musicians. We're excited to welcome back one of our own. We've asked her to talk about ways artists and musicians can get involved in shaping the city and what we can ask the City of Portland to do to support working artists and musicians.
Oregon Arts Commission renews grant support for Secret Knowledge in 2018
Secret Knowledge had our very first grant award from Oregon Arts Commission in 2017. OAC's support helped us offer public programming in 2017 and helped us purchase a laptop computer (some of you may recall we've been using ancient computers for the past four years). We're pleased to annoucne that Oregon Arts Commission has renewed it's support for Secret Knowledge in 2018 with a grant award of $1230 which will help ensure we can offer high quality programming throughout 2018.
This year Regional Arts & Culture Council created a new grant category called "arts services" which funds what Secret Knowledge does.
Finding grant funders for Secret Knowledge's programming has been a real struggle. We were very excited this year when Regional Arts & Culuter Council - a very important funder for arts & culture in Portland - announced a new grant category which, for the first time ever, specifically focuses on professional development for artists and culture makers. Secret Knowledge applied in the first project grants cycle and crossed our fingers.
On December 15th Regional Arts & Culture Council announced a $5250 grant to help fund the 2018 Secret Knowledge Conference!
Funds for RACC project grants come from the City of Portland, the national endowment for the arts, and from contributions to Work For Art, RACC's workplace giving initiative.