SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — A new library for Grants Pass, the restoration of an iconic ski lodge near Sisters, Montavilla Jazz Festival’s 10e anniversary celebration and multimedia documentation of the rise of the Talent community from the ashes of the Almeda fire – these are just a few of the important arts, heritage and human projects that will be supported by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Grants for fiscal year 2023 totaling a historic $3,422,748 will be distributed to 138 arts, heritage and human rights organizations across the state, the Cultural Trust announced Monday. Made possible by the generous people of Oregon who invested a record $5.7 million in the Culture Tax Credit in fiscal year 2022, this year’s awards bring the cumulative total of grants from the Cultural Trust to nearly $40 million since its inception in 2001.
The FY2023 awards include a total of $855,687 to the Cultural Trust’s five state partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society, and State Historic Preservation Office); and $855,687 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions – which award an annual average of 450 additional awards in their communities.
Additionally, $1,711,374 in competitive Cultural Development Program grants will go directly to 88 cultural organizations serving most geographic regions of the state.
“It’s amazing and so rewarding to see our funding for Oregon culture grow every year,” said Niki Price, Chair of the Cultural Trust’s Board of Trustees. “During the pandemic and unstable economic times, Oregonians remain committed to preserving and strengthening the organizations that bring so much beauty and meaning to our lives.”
“We have now surpassed 10,000 grants since the Cultural Trust was established,” said Brian Rogers, Executive Director. “And thanks to the incredible success of the new Celebrate Oregon! License Plate, which funds the Culture Tax Credit promotion, we are poised to hire even more Oregonians in the future. We believe the best is yet to come for the arts, heritage, and humanities in Oregon.
The FY2023 Cultural Development Program recipients include 11 organizations receiving their first-ever Cultural Trust award, 65% of which are located outside of Portland. The first beneficiaries include:
- Illuminated theaterSalem: $17,983
To support a family holiday production of ‘SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL’ comprised of professional, community and student artists.
- Friends of the OperaElgin: $12,599
To support the Friends of the Opera in providing specialized training to its actors by inviting theater coaches, singing teachers, choreographers and visual artists to a workshop with community theatre.
- PassinArt: a theater companyPortland: $37,336
To support the 2023 Pacific Northwest Multicultural Readers Series and Film Festival August 18-21. The festival will include live theater, readings, films, youth workshops, artist development workshops and panels showcasing new work from BIPOC storytellers from Oregon and across the country. The hybrid festival will also include a gala and cultural and civic celebrations, creating citywide access and excitement for this exciting body of work.
- Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and MineralsHillsboro: $13,613
Support the creation of activity sheets, maps, brochures and signage available on-site and online, as well as training staff on how best to use new resources with the visiting public.
Other highlights of the cultural development program recipient include:
To support the restoration of the historic Santiam Pass Ski Lodge through the repair and restoration of its iconic stone foundation, chimney and hearth.
- music workshop, Portland: $22,623
Support access to free, multicultural music education resources for Oregon K-8 music teachers and their students by creating inspiring and culturally relevant music history and appreciation programming, and then working with school administrators and music teachers to implement programming into their curriculum.
- Talent Historical Societytalent: $8,451
Support the Talent Historical Society in documenting the Almeda fire, its impact on the Talent community, and the recovery of the town to be preserved and shared. The Historical Society collected stories, images and videos in the voices of residents in two languages. The story will be shared with the public in a book, an exhibit in the museum and a portable “Fire Remnants” exhibit.
- Josephine Community Library Foundationgrant pass: $31,175
To support the purchase of a centrally located property for the future home of the new Grants Pass Library branch and a community commons that will more fully meet the needs of information, culture, technology and community gathering of local residents.
In addition to $33,386 to the Deschutes County Cultural Coalition, other Central Oregon grant recipients include:
BendFilm, Curvature: $16,584
To support the 2022 BendFilm Festival Indigenous and Women Filmmakers Initiative, which provides a venue for Native American filmmakers and women filmmakers to reach a large and diverse audience. Specific activities include screenings and artist talks in Bend, Warm Springs and Madras. The initiative is designed to unite audiences in central Oregon and address gender disparity and Indigenous representation in the film industry.
* Ellipse Theater Community, Fold: $5,000
To support the world premiere of an original work, “Craig Fox Had a Wife,” written by local playwright Beverly Allen. The play tells the story of how a Vietnamese veteran, widow and tour guide found healing decades after the Vietnam War and is the centerpiece of the multi-faceted PTSD Awareness Project 2022. intended to promote community understanding of the effects of war. on military personnel, families and communities.
The 88 cultural development grants range from $5,000 to $38,000 with an average award of $19,396. Sixty-six percent of the 133 eligible applications were funded.
The Cultural Development Program Awards fund non-profit projects that improve access to culture, invest in organizational capacity, support community creativity and provide historic preservation. Applications were reviewed and scored by peer review committees; the final scholarship amounts were determined and approved by the Cultural Trust’s Board of Trustees at its July 28 meeting. More than 60% of Cultural Trust funding (including awards to counties and tribal coalitions) is awarded outside of the Portland metro area.
View the full list of county allocations and tribal cultural coalitions.
Consult the list of the 88 cultural development recipients, in alphabetical order by region.
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Established in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust was established as an engine of ongoing funding for the arts, heritage, and humanities statewide. Funding comes from the Culture Tax Credit, which allows Oregonians to direct more of the taxes they pay to support cultural opportunities for all. Oregon is the only state in the country that offers this choice to its citizens. Sixty percent of the money goes directly to cultural organizations and agencies in the form of grants. The remaining 40% contributes to the growth of a permanent fund for culture. It is described by the Oregonian as “a means of making the payment of state taxes satisfying”. Oregonians spent a record $5.7 million of their state taxes on funding the arts, heritage, and humanities in fiscal year 2022. The Trust’s three grant programs finance five statewide partners, 45 county and tribal coalitions and qualified cultural associations through competitive cultural development grants. Learn more about CulturalTrust.org.