Whether designing giant sea sculptures from ocean trash or raising the bar for contemporary dance choreography, creative minds at 127 Oregon arts organizations will be empowered by $1,214,638 in fiscal year 2017 Operating Support Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.
Ranging from $3,500 to $44,096, the grants are available to nonprofit organizations with arts at the core of their mission and budgets over $150,000.
“We often hear that these are the most important grants we award,” said Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower. “They alleviate some of the economic pressure and allow Oregon arts organizations to focus on their missions.”
For the first time, applications were reviewed by discipline rather than budget size. The new approach enabled panelists to focus on grants in a category where they have expertise, said Tower. In an effort to streamline the application process, organizations also are now required to undergo full application review every other year, she said. Organizations with full review for fiscal year 2017 were in the disciplines of Media Arts, Dance, Music and Interdisciplinary. Arts Services, Literary, Theatre and Visual Arts organizations underwent interim review and will have a full review in fiscal year 2018.