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Posted on 2/21/2018

“Earth Rescue” Sculptures Lands in Oregon Governor’s Office

Manzanita—Many artists dream of having their work in a position of prominence where it can be seen by decision makers. And that is exactly what happened with Manzanita resident Mike Cook’s piece, “Earth Rescue” which now resides in the Governor’s office.

So, how does an artist get their sculpture placed in the heart of the capitol? It all started with hand-written notes to Representative Deborah Boone (D-OR). “Actually it started with having grandchildren,” said Mike thinking of their future. Words just didn’t go deep enough, I just had to go deeper. I decided that rather than ‘screaming from rooftops’, I was going to do my art and let it help speak for my concern.”

Since becoming a sculptor post-retirement, Cook combined his creative passion with his concern over climate change and his drive to advocate for Oregon’s Clean Energy bill and the state’s participation in meeting the Paris accords. He followed his hunch to see where creating for a cause might lead and if it could help in some way.

Cook’s artist statement for the sculpture entitled “Earth Rescue” states that the work is a gesture of caring for the wound, softening the impacts and what can occur with an agreed, political, environmental, economic, and scientific framework working together.

“I kept Debby apprised as the piece progressed,” recalls Cook. “Through the process, we engaged in an ongoing dialogue about our concerns regarding these issues. Through this open conversation, both of our thinking evolved over time”. Mike explains that at first Rep. Boone welcomed the possibility of having the piece in her office, but as the 2018 session approached, along with a solid chance for the passage of the Clean Energy Bill, Rep. Boone suggested perhaps the piece could be placed in the Governor’s office. And that is exactly what happened.

“Earth Rescue” now sits alongside his artist’s statement in a powerful place. “This is a humbling fulfillment of a decision made year’s back to choose art as the vehicle for advocacy for the earth,” Mike said. “The added blessing here has been experiencing first-hand what trusting engagement with our government can achieve. It’s a demonstration of how an ongoing, honest, forthright conversation with our representatives is possible and that it is possible to be part of the equation.”

Now as Mike continues to write notes to legislators, he can leverage the placement of his sculpture, referring to the piece and what it represents. “I can refer to the piece by name, where it is, and suggest they go take a look at it,” he smiled.

Mike has been a driving force on the North Coast for the Clean Energy Jobs bill and as a result has made a lot of contacts. “Just a few days ago the house and senate and environmental committees passed motions to move the bill forward.”

In the meantime, “Earth Rescue” is sitting in the governor’s office patiently emanating the spirit of the people’s efforts to act on behalf of the home planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Cook’s sculpture, “Earth Rescue”, metal, steel and granite which now resides in the governor’s office in Salem, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Cook gifts his sculpture “Earth Rescue” to Deborah Boone, Rep. (D-OR) at the state capitol in Salem, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Earth Rescue” by Mike Cook now resides in the governor’s office in Salem, Oregon.  His artist statement (see below) sits adjacent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 9/19/2015

Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC) grant applications
Questions:  Mark Cavatorta, 503-392-4581, cava02@centurylink.net

The Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC), on behalf of the Oregon Cultural Trust, is soliciting requests from Tillamook County citizens and organizations interested in obtaining grant funding to develop projects that celebrate the arts, humanities, and heritage of our county.

To be considered, projects must address one or more of the following: education, community art, heritage, the environment and/or traditions.

To be eligible, grant applicants must be an individual(s), a non-profit organization or a governmental organization. Individuals must be residents of Tillamook County and organizations must maintain a registered headquarters in Tillamook County. Priority will be given to activities that will benefit a significant number of Tillamook County residents.

Grants funded have ranged from $500 to $2,000. Recipients of the 2015 awards include:  Tillamook Jr. High School Welcome Mosaic, The Barn Playhouse Sign, White Clover Grange Historical Photo Displays, Nehalem Historical Museum Oral History Project, Nesko Women’s Club 90th Anniversary Celebration, Tillamook Head Start “Music Together” Program, and Pacific City Dorymen’s Association “Launching Through the Surf” Exhibit.

Grant applications are due October 25, 2015.  A free Grant Writing workshop will be held on September 21st, 6:30 – 8:00pm in the Copeland Room at the Tillamook County Library (Tillamook).

Detailed information about TCCC and the grant application are available at: http://www.tcpm.org/tccc.htm.

Posted 8/13/2013

The Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC) is soliciting requests from Tillamook County citizens and organizations interested in developing projects that celebrate the arts, humanities, and heritage of our county. To be considered, projects must address one or more of the following: education, community art, heritage, the environment and/or traditions.

Detailed information about TCCC and the grant application are available on the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum web site:  http://www.tcpm.org/tccc.htm.

There will be a workshop offered Monday, September 30th at 7pm and repeated Saturday, October 5 at the Tillamook PUD meeting room to clarify what we are looking for and to help you prevent mistakes that would lessen your opportunity for funding.   To sign up for one of these email April @ apearl428@gmail.com.

Applications will be reviewed and decisions made by late November. Note that grant applications are due October 25th, which is a change from last year.

For more information, contact any of the TCCC members listed on the web page.