We love to report good news! Oregon Cartoon Institute recently reported that they with receive support from Miller Foundation and Kinsman Foundation for the first project for which had sought funding,The Mel Blanc Project. The Project officially begins on June 8, with the first lecture: “Now Cut That Out!”: Portland Theaters Educate Mel Blanc.
Oregon Cartoon Institute is a consortium of individuals and organizations working together to raise awareness of Oregon’s rich animation and cartooning history. Five organizations created the Mel Blanc Project: Oregon Cartoon Institute, Oregon Jewish Museum, Ethos Music Center, Oregon Historical Society and PSU’s School of Fine and Performing Arts. Discounted tickets to the Mel Blanc Lecture Series are available to the members of these partner organizations.
Eight volunteers supply the Project’s manpower: Anne Richardson (director), Dennis Nyback (archivist), Bill Crawford (project manager), Josh Winsor (graphic design), Peter McLean (web design), Eric Wiler (community liaison), Jennifer McBride (videographer), Megan Huston (ticketing).
Four lectures and two walking tours will offer opportunities to explore the art and life of Portland’s most beloved performer. Audience can continue their investigation across the river at Oregon Jewish Museum’s wonderful exhibit, That’s All, Folks! The Mel Blanc Story, which opens June 2.Portland has never before celebrated Mel Blanc’s Oregon roots. That changes this summer.