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Pacific Power announces grants to support eastern Oregon arts and cultural organizations - 03/15/23

Funding helps organizations deliver creative education and enrichment in the local community

PENDLETON, Ore. (March 15, 2023) — Arts and cultural organizations play an essential role in maintaining healthy and resilient communities. To support their vital work, the Pacific Power Foundation is donating more than $164,000 in new grant funding across the three states it serves. 

The grants will help fund projects ranging from Shakespeare performances with American Sign Language interpretation to free music events, and from programming that engages diverse youth in public art projects to museums that share regional cultural history.

These groups foster creative expression, inspire young minds, nurture well-being, and help us look at the world in new ways,” said Lori Wyman, Pacific Power regional business manager. “We’re honored to support the incredible work they are doing.” 

This recent round of grants focused on art and culture is one of the foundation’s four annual grant cycles. 

The following six grants totaling $16,000 were given to local organizations supporting communities in eastern Oregon: 

Arts Council of Pendleton to support access to free arts education and experiences for over 1,200 rural youth in Eastern Oregon, including visual arts, literary arts and music instruction. 

Fishtrap Inc for Fishtrap Reads, which provides free books and resources to schools, libraries and community centers to enable local residents to enjoy a great work of literature together. 

Inland Northwest Musicians to offer free classical music concerts in the Eastern Oregon region.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture to support Native artists and speakers and provide teaching materials to increase Nez Perce educational and cultural learning in Wallowa County schools. 

Oregon’s Alpenfest to help bring back the annual Swiss-Bavarian cultural festival.

Oregon East Symphony for production of the concert season in the Pendleton area. 


About the Pacific Power Foundation:

The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 2 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power. Since its establishment in 1988, the PacifiCorp Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit


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