Salem, Ore. -- Oregonians invested more than $4.55 million in the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2016, topping the $4.5 million mark for the second straight year. The funds will support cultural organizations across the state.
"Once again Oregonians have shown their commitment to protecting our famous quality of life," said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. "We are deeply grateful for their commitment to our shared cultural values."
"It's another exciting year for the Cultural Trust as our visibility and impact in communities across the state continues to grow," said Carole Morse, chair of the Cultural Trust Board of Directors. "We appreciate our donors making culture a priority during a very eventful year."
The total includes $395,787 raised through the Willamette Week Give!Guide, an 11 percent increase over 2015. It also includes an increase in corporate giving, including donations from Intel employees and a subsequent matching gift from the company totaling $38,575, and continued online giving growth.
The donation total for 2016 comes within a few thousand dollars, less than half of one percent, of matching record fundraising results for 2015.
More than half of the money raised will be distributed directly to Oregon's cultural groups this summer; the remainder will grow the Cultural Trust permanent fund. Cultural Trust grants are distributed through five Statewide Cultural Partners -- Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation -- as well as to 45 county/tribal coalitions and directly to cultural nonprofits via Cultural Development Grants.
The more than 100 projects supported by the Cultural Trust in 2017 include:
* Boom Arts' Portland presentation of "Spiritrials," a timely, imaginative theater production about racial profiling and drug sentencing laws;
* South Coast Folk Society's creation of a permanent folk orchestra on the Southern Oregon Coast to enrich cultural life and bring new resources to local communities;
* Four Rivers Cultural Center's preservation and digitalization of about 50,000 photographs of Japanese Americans taken between 1945 and 1985 by two local photographers, essential to the history of the Ontario community;
* Oregon Shakespeare Festival's development, rehearsal, premiere and surrounding community partnerships for "Off the Rails" by Native American playwright Randy Reinholz;
* A statewide tour by Literary Arts' 2017 Oregon Book Award-winning authors;
* Musical instruction, leadership opportunities and positive adult mentorship for marginalized youth at Portland's My Voice Music;
* OperaBend's performances of Puccini's "La Boheme" in rural Oregon communities;
* Chetco Historical Memorial Committee's preservation of the remains of a prehistoric Native American site at the Port of Brookings Harbor;
* Construction of a new gallery and performance venue at Portland's Japanese Garden; and
* A dedicated teen programming room and digital media lab at The Dalles-Wasco County Library.
For a full list of Cultural Trust grant projects, visit www.culturaltrust.org.
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Salem, Oregon -- Jenny Green, a gallerist and art historian from Bend, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. Kate Brown. Green fills the position previously held by Lawrence Fong of Portland, who completed his term in October.
Green is the owner of Jenny Green Gallery in Bend, a pop up contemporary art gallery exhibiting in Bend, throughout the United States and, soon, in Venice, Italy. She has worked in arts and education for 22 years and is a former adjunct professor of art history at Central Oregon Community College.
"We are really excited to have Jenny join our team," said Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower. "Her passion for art and her connections in Central Oregon will be great assets. We are grateful she has agreed to use her expertise to advance the arts across Oregon."
"I believe deeply in the power of art and its ability to enhance the quality of life not only for artists but for the communities in which they work," said Green. "The Oregon Arts Commission strengthens our statewide community through the arts and I want to support this important work."
Prior to moving to Bend in 1994, Green worked in art galleries, art museums and art auction houses in London and San Francisco. She is a founding board member for the independent college-prep school Cascades Academy and serves on the board for the social change organization World Muse as well as the advisory board of Caldera Arts. She holds a master of arts in fine and decorative arts from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London and a bachelor of arts in art history from the University of Vermont.
She begins her four-year term immediately.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salem, Oregon -- How to apply for close to $5 million in grants offered this year will be the focus of "Conversations with Funders," a nine-stop statewide tour Feb. 7-28 led by Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Joined by representatives from the Oregon Community Foundation, Travel Oregon and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland only), the group also will share information on statewide programming resources.
Organizations encouraged to attend "Conversations with Funders" include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations. All cultural nonprofit organizations are welcome.
"There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds and significant programming resources that are here to support them."
Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2018 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted on the Trust website for an application deadline of April 21: http://culturaltrust.org/wp-content/uploads/CDV_FY18_GuidelinesBudgetForms_20170119.pdf
(see details below).
"Conversations with Funders" begin Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Astoria and are scheduled in regional flights. Registration is not required.
The schedule is:
Oregon Coast -- all events 3:45 -- 6:15 p.m.
* Astoria: Tuesday, Feb. 7, McTavish Room, Liberty Theatre
(1203 Commercial St.)
* Newport: Wednesday, Feb. 8, Newport Performing Arts Center
(777 W Olive St.)
* Coos Bay: Thursday, Feb. 9, Coos History Museum (1210 N Front St.)
Salem, Portland, Pendleton -- all events 3:45-6:15 p.m.
* Salem: Tuesday, Feb. 14, Willamette Heritage Center (1313 Mill St. SE)
* Portland: Wednesday, Feb. 15, Cerimon House (5131 NE 23rd Ave.)
* Pendleton: Thursday, Feb. 16, Pendleton Center for the Arts
(214 N Main St.)
Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon
* Medford: 2:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, Adams Conference Room, Jackson County Library(205 S Central Ave.)
* Eugene: 1-3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, Downtown Eugene Public Library
(100 West 10th Ave.)
Central Oregon-- all events 3:30-6:15 p.m.
* Sunriver: Tuesday, Feb. 28, Sunriver Area Public Library (56855 Venture Lane)
Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants
The Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity.
Cultural Development Grants represent one of three streams of annual funding the Cultural Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Cultural Trust's five statewide partners -- to support their projects and respective grant programs -- and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants. In 2016 Cultural Trust funding totaled $2.9 million, made possible by donations from Oregonians who believe culture is central to Oregon's unique quality of life.
2018 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2017 and July 30, 2018.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.
For more information on "Conversations with Funders" contact Schreiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-986-0089.
More on the Cultural Trust and how it works can be found at CulturalTrust.org.
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