Grant work:

We are in early stages of grant applications:

Thank you for submitting a Letter of Inquiry to the Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program on behalf of DOWNTOWN INITIATIVE FOR VISUAL THE ARTS INC. There is nothing further you need to do. Please be assured you will receive a response after review by a member or members of our program staff. Please note that we cannot respond to any phone or email inquiries.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation”

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Another DIVA Board Member reports in:

“Hi Jerry,

I resigned from the DIVA Board effective March 4, and am not interested
in re-engaging. Best of luck!



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“Due to me being out of the country for an extended period of time for ministry work, I am resigning my position as Treasurer effective immediately.

Thank you — Synthia Polk”

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Last night I picked up the remnants of DIVA: five boxes of documents and a few zip disks with data. The hope is to possibly repurpose DIVA (Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts) towards the Post Office to Eugene Museum project.

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POEM reactivates — A moderate effort to get things going again

Soon I meet with Sarah Koski, Director of DIVA to see what is possible.

After recent visit to Milan, Italy, I am convinced a City of Eugene Museum is possible, beginning by leasing space in the old downtown post office and installing a permanent collection of regional artists’ works there, Italian style. Meaning staffing by senior volunteers, open limited number of hours. The main idea: to begin. Longtime and established regional artists can be asked to donate works that represent them well…we should have a curator from the community or from the artists themselves. An inventory database. Hours open. Down the road a gift shop. Main task at hand: to cover City of Eugene Art Museum rent at post office. Perhaps a local fund raiser via Hatchfund etc.

Link to Weekly article with summary of POEM efforts to date:

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Memorandum of Agreement

POEM accomplishment: A memorandum of agreement 4/4/11 regarding downtown post office

The formal agreement:


Jerry Ross

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POEM has resurrected after several years of dormancy.  I am teaching at U of O winter term (2014) and am trying to interest my students in taking up the cause.

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