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Macy appointed to arts commission

Writer and photographer


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Alyssa Macy is a resident of Simnasho.Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed Alyssa Dawamana Macy of Simnasho, Christopher Acebo of Ashland, and reappointed Julie Vigeland from Portland to the Oregon Arts Commission board.

Alyssa Dawamana Macy is of Wasco, Navajo, and Hopi descent and a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. She currently resides in Warm Springs and works for the Vancouver, Wash., based Native Arts and Cultures Foundation as a development specialist.

She brings a wealth of experience to the commission as an astute writer, policymaker, advocate and communications and public relations professional.

An avid photographer and aspiring writer, Macy believes that media — its content, form, and expression — has an impact on all who consume it. She has worked with many artists and nonprofits over the years to combine media and art with social change campaigns.

Macy is a graduate of Madras High School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University. She attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota but believes that the most important education she has ever received has been from the elders in her community of Warm Springs.

She said she is pleased to join the commission, and said she believes that, "Art not only has the power to entertain and educate, it can spark conversation and create change. Creative communities also play an important role in healthy economies and it is great to join the Oregon Arts Commission and support the work being done to ensure a healthy and viable arts community in Oregon."

Christopher Acebo of Ashland is the associate artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His work at OSF includes collaborating on season planning, creative team selection, casting, strategic planning and producing the festival productions.

Acebo is a set and costume designer who designed the world premiere production of "All the Way" by Robert Shenkkhan, including its upcoming Broadway production, "Equivocation," by Bill Cain; "The Body of an American," by Dan O'Brien; "Throne of Blood," by Ping Chong; "The Clean House," by Sarah Ruhl; "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler," by Jeff Whitty; "The Beard of Avon," by Amy Freed; "Living Out," by Lisa Loomer; "Electricidad," by Luis Alfaro; and "Chavez Ravine," by Culture Clash; among many others. For seven years, he was an ensemble member of the nationally acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles.

Julie Vigeland, chairman of the Oregon Arts Commission, has been reappointed by Gov. Kitzhaber for another term. Vigeland has wide-ranging volunteer experience with arts and cultural nonprofits as well as foundations.

She is a member of the Giving in Oregon Council, Oregon's think-tank on philanthropy and giving. She has been a member of the board of Portland Center Stage since 1995, serving as chairman for five years and chairing the Capital Campaign for the Gerding Theater at the Armory.




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