SALEM, Ore. -

Salem, OR - The Oregon Arts Commission awarded $1.36 million in its first round of awards for fiscal year 2013-14.  Grants were awarded in Operating Support: $945,700; Arts Services: $163,400; and Arts Learning programs: $184,500; as well as for designated statewide and regional programs.

Over $60,000 was awarded to Central Oregon arts organizations.

The Commission's Operating Support grants fund the operations of Oregon's leading arts groups and acknowledge the role those organizations play in Oregon's social, educational and economic arenas.  Arts Learning grants support the arts as a critical link to educational achievement; they include in-classroom, after-school, and off-site activities, contributing to Oregon's high level goals for education.  Arts Services grants provide operating funds for arts councils and other groups working to make the arts accessible in all parts of Oregon.

In some cases, arts organizations received grants in more than one category, based on their programming. In others, the nonprofits received operating support or arts services grants for programs that had youth, scholastic or lifelong learning components.

In announcing the grants, Christine D'Arcy, Executive Director of the Arts Commission, notes, "These arts organizations are not only enabling Oregonians to experience great art, live performances and new works, they're making Oregon a better place by retaining jobs, inspiring students and providing lifelong learning for our citizens."

Central Oregon grants were awarded to:

Arts Central, Bend, $10,500
Arts Services:  To support arts services in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties including technical assistance to arts and culture organizations, cultural planning, a Cultural Byways program, public art and initiated the Arts & Culture Alliance. Arts Central provides Artists in the Schools, Adopt a School program, Children's Art Academy, residencies in five rural counties; maintains the Arts Station, its community school; and offers youth at-risk art programs through its mobile art studio, VanGo.

Arts Central, Bend, $8,000
Arts Learning:  To support Stage One of the multi-year Adopt a School project, in partnership with Bend-La Pine School District Title 1 elementary schools to integrate arts curricula and art content standards into the classroom. Stage One includes: 1) professional development of teaching artists, 2) a one-week arts residency for one grade level in up to 12 schools including teacher training on arts curricula and art content standards, 3) a permanent Art Cart with lesson plans and supplies in three pilot schools, and 4) establishing a Teacher Advisory Council with teachers, Arts Central staff, teaching artists, and other arts educators.

High Desert Museum, Bend, $10,000
Operating Support:  To support exhibitions and programs to promote a deeper understanding of the region's arts, culture, history and natural sciences using the visual arts, historical artifacts, living history and wildlife encounters.

Caldera, Sisters, $14,000
Operating Support:  To support year-round, interdisciplinary long-term arts education and mentoring that engages underserved youth in Portland and Central Oregon.  Its Artists in Residence program invites artists from around the world to its facility outside Sisters to create new work and/or teach their youth.

Caldera, Sisters, $15,000
Arts Learning:  To support intensive yearlong instruction in storytelling techniques ranging from traditional forms to cutting-edge digital media for 435 underserved students. Students will work in a variety of disciplines: dance, music, visual arts, theatre, creative writing, photography, video, radio, new media, and a variety of nature studies.

Sunriver Music Festival, $3,000
Operating Support:  To support the 36th season of a two-week summer series of classical concerts as well as a Fireside Concert series of soloists and small ensembles between November and April.

The overall grantslist:


Chamber Music Concerts, Operating Support, $3,500

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Operating Support, $50,000

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arts Learning, $15,000


Baker City

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center Inc, Operating Support, $3,000

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center Inc, Arts Services, $5,000

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center Inc, Arts Learning, $7,500



Arts Central, Arts Services, $10,500

Arts Central, Arts Learning, $8,000

High Desert Museum, Operating Support, $10,000


Coos Bay

Coos Art Museum, Operating Support , $4,500



Corvallis Arts Center, Arts Services, $16,000

Corvallis Youth Symphony Association, Operating Support, $4,500