Clackamas County Cultural Plan 2012-2016

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Clackamas County Cultural Master Plan Update

Help us build our future….together!

We’re currently in the Community Engagement phase and have five fun opportunities coming up to hear your thoughts on the future of Culture in Clackamas County. Your participation and ideas are key.

5-Minute Survey (in English)
5-Minute Survey (in Spanish)

Be Part of the Plan!
The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition has launched a 6-question survey to learn from you about how the Coalition can best fulfill its evolving role in your lives and throughout your communities. The survey is open from April 3 – May 15, and is available in English and Spanish. Responses are anonymous. Survey respondents who choose to register for the optional drawing have the chance to win one of two $25 gift cards. Let your voice be heard!

Idea Incubator – April 24 at the Youth Music Project – West Linn
Join us on April 24, for an all-evening collaborative exploration of community feedback. Hands up for an inspiration idea jam session, trade your ideas for new partnerships, or share your feedback in our speed dating style listening booth.
Open 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at 2015 8th Ave., West Linn 97068.

Can’t attend on the 24th? No worries – you have four more chances to weigh in. We’re coming soon to a community near you.

* Saturday, April 29, 2-3:30 p.m.
Clackamas Fire Station 5, 9339 SE Causey Ave., Happy Valley 97086

* Monday, May 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Molalla Adult Community Center, 315 Kennel Avenue, Molalla 97038

* Saturday, May 6, 1:30-3 p.m.
Resort at the Mountain, 68010 East Fairway Avenue, Welches, 97067

* Monday, May 8, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Canby Center (behind McDonald’s), 681 SW 2nd, Canby 97013



The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition grant programs are administered by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance staff and the Arts Alliance acts as fiscal agent for the Coalition.

Grants are awarded to projects and opportunities which respond to the Cultural Plan Goals and Funding Priorities and are distributed through two grant programs:

  • Project Grants – Awarded annually for arts, heritage and/or humanities based projects – More information
  • Special Opportunity Grants – Rolling grants available for unforeseen needs or unexpected opportunities – More information



As part of the Oregon Cultural Trust’s founding legislation, each Oregon county and the nine federally-recognized Tribes were asked to establish a Cultural Coalition and to create a plan for local distribution of Cultural Trust dollars. The first Clackamas County Plan for Arts, Heritage and Humanities, created in 2004, was the result of an eighteen-month investigative process engaging 180 citizens in interviews, forums and focus groups. Since the 2004 Plan was approved and the Cultural Coalition began its work, it has become clear that the Coalition’s highest purpose and wisest use of limited resources is to nurture, support and invest in the efforts of others through granting funds.

The Cultural Plan is a call to action for increasing support for local culture and is a vehicle for distributing the Oregon Cultural Trust Community Cultural Participation Grant funds. It also includes an assessment of the strengths and critical issues facing arts, heritage and humanities in Clackamas County.


Through our work, and the work of others, Clackamas County will be a place where:

  • Arts, heritage and humanities are broadly acknowledged, integrated and valued for their contribution to building communities and bridging understanding among diverse people.
  • Cultural participation is truly accessible and is the norm, not the exception.
  • Culture is supported by a strengthened network of organizations, leadership, professional management and partnerships.
  • Community investment is sustained through a mix of public and private
  • planning, decision-making and funding.
  • Education encourages all students to integrate cultural richness into life-long learning.
  • Newcomers and visitors are welcome, bringing their energy, ideas and resources.
  • A treasure trove of ideas, experiences and teachings shape and inspire individuals and families to participate and join in cultural opportunities throughout their