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Published on October 23, 2018 11:08AM

The Creative Coast Initiative at work

The Creative Coast Initiative at work

The Coastal Arts Guild will welcome artistic outreach specialist Charles Robinson as the guest speaker at its Thursday, Nov. 1, lunch in Newport.

Robinson will be talking about the Creative Coast Initiative as well as his upcoming exhibition at the Newport Visual Arts Center, which starts on Friday, Nov. 2.

Robinson, who works with Oregon State University’s Outreach and Engagement program in Corvallis, was instrumental in launching the Creative Oregon Initiative in 2015.

The initiative seeks to continually explore new ways in which OSU Extension can better serve the ever-changing needs of Oregonians.

Central to the initiative’s efforts is the belief that Oregonians’ experiences as teachers, students and citizens are defined by their connection to landscapes.

As such, the initiative strives to take students out of the campus and into the natural world in order to encourage collaboration between all Oregonians.

Each year the initiative works with a distinct Oregon landscape, teaming with Extension staff and others who live, work and study in that distinct region. Each OSU class taking part in Creative Oregon excursions consists of students from many different disciplines. For example, students from drawing, sculpture, video, music composition, theater and photography might all take part together. The students acquire inspiration and first-hand knowledge of the landscape and the people who live and work there. They also create works of art on site and experience the process of documenting public art creation.

The Nov. 1 lunch will start at 11 am at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.

For more information and an invitation to attend, call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599.

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