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C.O. arts groups among grant recipients

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


Cottage Grove

Cottage Theatre, Operating Support, $3,000



Fishtrap Inc, Operating Support, $5,000



Arts Umbrella, Operating Support, $7,000

Ballet Fantastique, Operating Support, $4,500

Cinema Pacific Film Festival, Operating Support, $3,000

Eugene Ballet Company, Operating Support,  $22,000

Eugene Symphony Association Inc, Operating Support, $33,500

The John G Shedd Institute for the Arts, Operating Support, $20,500

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Operating Support, $10,000

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Arts Learning, $5,000

Lane Arts Council, Arts Services, $16,000

Oregon Bach Festival, Operating Support, $16,000

Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Operating Support, $5,000



Bag & Baggage Productions, Operating Support, $4,000


Hood River

Columbia Arts, Arts Services, $12,000

Columbia Arts, Operating Support, $7,400

Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, Arts Learning, $6,500


Klamath Falls

Ross Ragland Theater, Arts Learning, $6,500

Ross Ragland Theater, Operating Support, $19,000


La Grande

Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, Arts Learning, $7,500


Lake Oswego

Lakewood Center for the Arts, Arts Services, $12,000



The Art Gym, Operating Support, $4,000



Peter Britt Gardens Music & Arts Festival Association, Operating Support, $11,000

Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Operating Support, $4,500

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Operating Support, $5,000



Newport Symphony Orchestra, Operating Support, $3,000

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, Arts Services, $15,500


Oregon City

Arts Action Alliance Foundation, Arts Services, $8,500

Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Operating Support, $3,500



Neskowin Coast Foundation, Operating Support, $12,200



Arts Council of Pendleton, Arts Services, $10,000

Arts Council of Pendleton, Operating Support, $8,000

Crow's Shadow Institute, Operating Support, $4,500



All Classical Public Media Inc, Operating Support, $14,500

Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Arts Learning, $8,000

Artists Repertory Theatre, Operating Support, $10,000

BodyVox, Operating Support, $15,000

Business for Culture & the Arts, Arts Services, $9,900

Caldera, Operating Support, $14,000

Caldera, Arts Learning, $15,000

Cappella Romana Vocal Ensemble, Operating Support, $9,000

Chamber Music Northwest, Operating Support, $11,500

Friends of Chamber Music, Operating Support, $10,000

The Circus Project, Operating Support, $3,000

Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center, Operating Support, $11,000

Ethos Music Center, Operating Support, $10,000

Ethos Music Center, Arts Learning, $11,500

Hand2Mouth Theatre, Operating Support, $4,000

Hollywood Theatre, Operating Support, $9,500

Imago the Theatre Mask Ensemble, Operating Support, $4,500

Independent Publishing Resource Center, Operating Support, $10,500

Literary Arts, Operating Support, $17,300

Literary Arts, Arts Learning, $14,000

Live Wire Radio, Operating Support, $13,000

Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Operating Support, $7,000

Miracle Theatre Group, Operating Support, $13,000

Miracle Theatre Group, Arts Services, $7,000

Museum of Contemporary Craft, Operating Support, $8,500

My Voice Music Incorporated, Operating Support, $5,000

Northwest Children's Theater & School, Operating Support, $5,000

Northwest Dance Project, Operating Support, $7,500

Northwest Documentary Arts & Media, Operating Support. $4,000

Northwest Film Center, Arts Learning, $9,000

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Operating Support, $20,000

Oregon Center for Photographic Arts, Operating Support, $4,500

Oregon Children's Theatre, Operating Support,  $17,500

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Operating Support, $18,000

Oregon Symphony Association, Operating Support, $34,500

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Operating Support, $11,000

Pacific Youth Choir, Operating Support, $5,000

Pendulum Aerial Arts, Operating Support, $3,000

PlayWrite, Operating Support, $6,000

Portland Art Museum, Operating Support, $40,000

The Portland Ballet, Operating Support, $8,300

Portland Baroque Orchestra, Operating Support, $22,000

Portland Center Stage, Arts Learning, $7,500

Portland Center Stage, Operating Support, $22,000

Portland Children's Museum Arts Learning, $7,500

Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Operating Support, $7,500

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Operating Support, $17,000

Portland Opera Association, Operating Support, $50,000

Portland Opera Association, Arts Learning, $9,000

Portland Symphonic Choir, Operating Support, $7,000

Portland Taiko, Arts Learning, $7,000

Portland Taiko, Operating Support, $8,000

Portland Youth Philharmonic Association, Operating Support, $10,000

Profile Theatre, Operating Support, $3,000

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Arts Learning, $15,000

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Operating Support, $13,000

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Arts Services, $20,000

Tears of Joy Theatre, Operating Support, $11,500

Third Angle New Music Ensemble Inc, Operating Support, $4,500

Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Operating Support, $5,000

Triangle Productions!, rating Support,  $4,000

White Bird, Operating Support, $10,000

Wordstock, Operating Support, $5,500

Write Around Portland, Operating Support, $13,000

Young Audiences of Oregon Inc, Arts Services, $6,000

Young Audiences of Oregon Inc, Arts Learning, $11,500



Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Operating Support, $3,000



Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Operating Support, $8,000

Salem Art Association, Arts Services, $15,000

Salem Art Association, Operating Support, $6,000

Salem Art Association, Arts Learning, $13,500

Salem Chamber Orchestra, Operating Support, $5,000

Salem Multicultural Institute, Operating Support, $8,000

Willamette Art Center, Operating Support, $3,000



Silverton Arts Association, Operating Support, $2,000



Sunriver Music Festival, Operating Support, $3,000


The Dalles

The Dalles Art Association, Operating Support, $3,000



Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Operating Support, $16,000




The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.  The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. 

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