New Funding Will Be Used to Support Local Arts, Heritage & Humanities Projects

The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition in its 17th cycle of giving awarded a total of $39,000 in grants to 17 arts and culture organizations through the Project Grant program. A total of $58,398 was requested by county grant applicants.

The grant program’s purpose is to locally distribute private funds contributed to the Oregon Cultural Trust in support of goals and funding priorities outlined in the Clackamas County Plan for Arts, Heritage and Humanities.

This year’s funding priorities were:

  1. Increasing how local culture is valued and supported.
  2. Supporting the creation of, or participation in, cultural projects and activities.
  3. Stimulating the partnerships and collaborations that grow capacities to support assets and remove barriers.
  4. Working closely with local governments, businesses, and others to embed local culture in community development.
  5. Growing communications capacity for cultural groups, organizations, and artists/creatives.
  6. Operating suppose due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An independent Grant Review Panel was convened to review the 24 applications received. The 17 applicants and projects recommended for funding (including four first time recipients) are as follows.

  • The Artback – A Camino Largo, Paso Corto Mural ($2,500)
  • Art in Oregon – Operating Support ($2,500)
  • Chapel Theatre – Operating Support ($2,300)
  • Charbonneau Arts Association – The Biggest Pumpkin” Community Sculpture ($2,500)
  • City of Canby – Amplify Wait Park ($2,000)
  • Forests Forever – Historic Molalla Log House – Educational Interpretive Panel ($2,500)
  • Jacknife Zion Horseheaven Historical Society – Operating Support ($2,500)
  • Mark Prairie Historical Society – Let’s Warm Up Mark Prairie Schoolhouse ($2,500 – Award declined)
  • NAMI Clackamas – Online “Open Minds Art Studio” and Art Show ($2,500)
  • New Century Players – “There I Take My Stand” ($2,500)
  • Rex Putnam Music Boosters – KINGSMEN THUNDER Virtual Drum Line Start of Season ($2,500)
  • Rivers of Life Center – Celebrating our Seniors and County Through Word and Song ($2,200)
  • Rose City Brass Quintet – RCBQ Tour of Clackamas Communities & Parks During COVID ($2,500)
  • West Linn Historical Society – 13th Annual Willamette Living History Tour ($2,500)
  • The Whiskey Hill Store – In-Store Historical Display ($1,000)
  • Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation – Conversion of Print Book to E-Book ($2,000)
  • Wilsonville Celebration Days – Operating Support ($2,000)

Katinka Bryk, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition Chair, says, “It’s exciting to be able to offer these funding opportunities for Clackamas County arts, culture and heritage organizations, and individual creatives. The impact extends beyond simply the immediate performance or project- cultural experiences can change lives and communities for the better. They increase the quality of life, explain our history and bring joy. Thank you to all the organizations who work so steadily to make Clackamas County the best place to live.” 

Since its inception in 2005, the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition has provided funding of over $535,208 to 321 local arts, heritage and humanities projects and needs. Funding is made possible through the Oregon Cultural Trust which is an innovative, statewide private-public program that raises money to support and protect Oregon’s cultural activities and interests.

More information is available at www.clackamasculturalcoalition.org or www.culturaltrust.org.

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