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Budding ballerinas in Oregon Ballet Theatre’s after school program at Menlo Park Elementary.
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23 Oregon arts organizations receive Arts Learning grant awards (Photo) - 01/25/22

Twenty-three arts organizations will each receive $10,000 grant awards to support their educational projects in partnership with Oregon schools through $230,000 in FY2022 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning funding announced today. 

“As the pandemic continues to affect our students’ lives and learning environment, this is an especially important time to protect their social and emotional wellbeing,” said Arts Commissioner Matthew Stringer, who chaired the review panel. “Creative outlets can offer young people a way to soothe their fear and anxiety. The beauty and challenge of arts learning can be a hopeful diversion during difficult times. It also inspires further development of problem-solving skills, important for our future leaders,” he said.

Arts Learning grants are designed to: support high-quality projects that provide a responsive opportunity for learning in and through the arts to benefit K-12 students; foster exchange of knowledge between artists and educators; and impact the achievement, skills and/or attitudes of learners. 

Applications were evaluated by the review panel based on project quality and artistic excellence, project support, artistic merit and project impact.

Note: Although grant recipients are listed with their organizations’ base location, the population they reach may be outside of their immediate community – often in rural and underserved parts of the state. Priority for funding was given to projects that primarily impact schools in one or more of the following categories: Title 1 participation; location within a county with more than 16.9 percent of the population experiencing poverty; or location in a rural community. 

Organizations receiving FY2022 Arts Learning grants, and their project descriptions, are:

Bay City Arts Center, Bay City

To support arts access for youth grades K through 6 in Tillamook School District #9 during the 2021-22 school year, providing comprehensive art education to youth as part of their regular school day schedules to remove access and equity barriers.

Caldera, Portland

To support long-term, in-person and virtual art- and environmental-based mentoring and engagement for approximately 175 youth from underserved communities in Portland and Central Oregon through partnerships with 11 schools.

Ethos Inc, Portland

To support music education for immigrant background youth through the continued development of both credited and enrichment-based “Pass the Mic” music classes on site at David Douglas high school and other East Portland schools.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene

To support affordable, accessible strings classes in nine Eugene elementary schools and online, giving children of all backgrounds the benefits of learning an instrument.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise

To support the continuum of arts learning opportunities Fishtrap offers to youth across Eastern Oregon. In 2021-2022, they hope to engage 500 young rural writers ages 7 through 18 with Fishtrap’s youth writing programs.

Hand2Mouth, Portland

To support Student Voices, free theatre education for youth workshops in Portland area public schools.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene

To support Creative Link, an arts integration program pairing artists with teachers and classrooms to co-develop curricula in two Lane County school districts, deepen creative learning in the Migrant Student Services summer program, and provide arts integration training to educators countywide.

Literary Arts Inc, Portland

To support activities that empower students through storytelling by hosting writing residencies at 7 Multnomah County high schools.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland

To support a three-day UNIDAD Movimiento Residency at Nellie Muir Elementary in Woodburn.

OK You Inc, Portland

To support the OK You Partner Program, is a pilot-based collaboration between OK You and three program partners to explore, develop, measure and model new possibilities for supporting youth in the classroom through the development of student groups and deeper connections with the community.

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland

To support OBT LAB (Learn About Ballet) in-school residencies for 650 students at three low-income Title 1 schools in the 2021-22 school year: Chehalem, Gilbert Park, and Parklane Elementary.

Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland

To support over 300 hours (per child) of instrumental music instruction and performance opportunities at six priority schools in North Portland, offered in partnership with Portland Public Schools.

Portland Art Museum, Portland

To support in-depth, bilingual arts learning about Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican arts and culture for sixth-grade students at César Chávez School (N. Portland) through a program that combines experiences at the Portland Art Museum with artist-led workshops at the school.

Portland Playhouse, Portland

To support planning, implementation and evaluation of the 2021-22 Social Justice Theatre Project and bring the power of creating live performance to 240 students at eight middle and high schools in Portland.

Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland

To support musical and social-emotional growth for middle school youth in Gresham, Beaverton and Portland in partnership with local professional musicians, while also enhancing music educators' teaching skills on specific instruments to positively affect student learning and outcomes.

Rogue Valley Symphony Association, Ashland

To support group instrumental coaching and private instrument lessons to middle and high school students in Jackson, Josephine and Umpqua counties, serving 12 middle schools and 12 high schools, including 100 scholarships offered to middle and high students for nine months of free private lessons.

Rogue World Music, Ashland         

To support 80 hours of instruction for children, developing musicality as a life skill through cooperative singing, movement, body percussion and play.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls

To support the Theater’s in-person Youth StARTS and Youth Audience Matinee virtual programs, providing comprehensive arts education for K-6 students in Klamath County School District, anticipating 16,400 students served in coordination with KCSD and Klamath Falls City School District in 2021-22.

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis

To support arts access with Sitka Center’s Youth Arts Program, providing hands-on arts education integrated into public school curriculum in the 2021-22 school year, along with a six-week summer art ed series for over 500 underserved, rural youth living in Tillamook County in grades K-8.

The Circus Project, Portland

To support the second year of an arts learning exchange between the Circus Project and the George Middle School Unified program that provides circus arts learning opportunities to students with disabilities.

The High Desert Museum, Bend

To support Kids Curate, a meaningful, year-long education program that will provide over 50 hours of sequential arts learning experiences to 55 underserved students, sparking ongoing interest in the arts and advancing academic success.

Wordcrafters in Eugene, Eugene

To support intensive Creative Writing Residencies for 240 Lane County underserved, low-income students (at a rural high school, a program for incarcerated students and a high school for at-risk students) that are proven to increase school engagement, creativity, writing skills and academic success.

Young Audiences of Oregon, Portland

To support implementation of The Right Brain Initiative program at four elementary schools in Washington county during the 2021-22 school year.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) 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. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.

 

Peruvian Cultural Festival, Portland
Peruvian Cultural Festival, Portland
109 Oregon arts organizations to receive FY2022 Small Operating Grants (Photo) - 01/21/22

Salem, Oregon – Small grants that often make a large difference in ensuring arts access for Oregonians, especially in rural areas, have been awarded to 109 statewide arts organizations by the Oregon Arts Commission for FY2022. Twelve more small arts organizations qualified than in FY2021.

Awarded to arts organizations in virtually every region of the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000. Eligibility is limited to organizations who have operated as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit for two years or more and provide ongoing, sustained artistic programming and outreach programs. Each organization received $2,178, slightly more than twice the amount awarded in FY2021. 

“The Arts Commission’s Small Operating Grants allow minuscule, all-volunteer organizations to have an outsized impact,” said Erin Scheessele, executive director of Orgelkids USA. “It frees us up to dream bigger and to bring a bit of wonder to our communities. For Orgelkids, that meant we could focus resources on designing and building a bike for our pipe organ so that we could continue our outreach and education through the pandemic.” 

“Although the Drexel H. Foundation and our community is rural and small compared to other parts of Oregon, our impact is HUGE,” said Sandijean Fuson, president of the Drexel H. Foundation. “Operating costs during COVID increased when we could not rely on our traditional volunteer base. This grant enabled us to keep an unbroken existence of programs we have had for over 25 years, reminding our community they are important.” 

“This grant program was developed to increase the Arts Commission’s support of Oregon’s small but mighty arts providers,” said Arts Commission Chair Jenny Green. “These organizations frequently represent the only arts presenter for remote and underserved regions of the state.”

For more information about the Small Operating Grant Program, contact Liora Sponko at (971) 345-1641 or via email at liora.sponko@biz.oregon.gov.

FY2022 Small Operating Grants were awarded to:

Airlie Press, Portland

Anima Mundi Productions, Phoenix

Applegate Regional Theatre Inc., Veneta

Art Accelerated, Tillamook

Art in Oregon, Oregon City

Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, Eugene

Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland

Astoria Arts and Movement Center, Astoria

Astoria Visual Arts, Inc., Astoria

Bach Cantata Choir, Portland

Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre, Medford

Bandon Showcase, Inc., Bandon

Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, Beaverton

Blueprint Ensemble Arts & Theatre Initiative, Portland

Boom Arts, Portland

Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theatre, Portland

Bump in the Road Theatre, Portland

C.C. Stern Type Foundry, Portland

Cannon Beach Arts Association, Cannon Beach

Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts, Government Camp

Cascadia Chapter of National Association of Composers, Portland

Cascadia Concert Opera, Astoria

Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective, Portland

Ceili of the Valley Society, Salem

Choro in Schola, Portland

Classical Up Close, Tigard

Columbia Arts Guild, Columbia City

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, Hood River

Conchords Chorale, Tualatin

Corvallis Guitar Society, Corvallis

Corvallis Repertory Singers, Corvallis

CymaSpace, Portland

Dance Wire PDX, Portland

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale

Eastside Theater Company, Gresham

Emerald Empire Art Association, Springfield

Experience Theatre Project, Beaverton

Fear No Music , Portland

Festival Chorale Oregon, Salem

Future Prairie, Portland

Gallery Calapooia, Albany

Grande Ronde Symphony Association, La Grande

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Northwest, Portland

High Desert Chamber Music, Bend

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, Hillsboro

Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita

Inland Northwest Musicians Inc., Hermiston

Integrated Arts (DBA Harmonic Laboratory), Eugene

Keizer Creative Art Association, Salem

Klamath Film, Klamath Falls

Live On Stage, Portland

Media-Rites, Portland

Michael Allen Harrison's Play It Forward, Beaverton

Mid-Valley Prelude Sinfonia Inc., Albany

Montavilla Jazz Festival, Portland

Morpheus Youth Project, Portland

Music Education & Performing Artists Association, Eugene

North Coast Chorale, Astoria

Opal Center for Arts and Education, Cottage Grove

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland

OperaBend, Bend

Orchestra Next, Eugene

Oregon Artists Series Foundation, Salem

Oregon Arts Watch, Portland

Oregon Brass Society, Eugene

Oregon Children's Choir Association, Eugene

Oregon Coast Children's Theatre, Toledo

Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival Association, Newport

Oregon Spirit Chorus, Salem

Oregon Symphonic Band, Beaverton

Orgelkids USA, Corvallis

Partners for the PAC, Astoria

PDX Contemporary Ballet, Portland

Performance Works NorthWest, Portland

Peruvian Cultural Festival and Events, Beaverton

Piano Santa Foundation, Portland

PlayWrite, Portland

Portland Chamber Music, Portland

Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland

Portland Festival Symphony, Portland

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble , Portland

Portland Taiko , Portland

Portland Wind Symphony, Portland

Rasika Society for Arts of India, Hillsboro

Resonance Vocal Ensemble, Portland

Risk-Reward, Portland

Riverbend Live!, Winston

Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, Salem

Salem Pops Orchestra, Salem

Salem Symphonic Winds, Salem

Salem Youth Symphony Association, Salem

Scalehouse, Bend

Southern Oregon Guild, Cave Junction

Steps for Youth, Portland

The Dalles Art Association, The Dalles

The Geezer Gallery, Portland

The Verona Studio, Salem

Tolovana Arts Colony, Cannon Beach

Tualatin Valley Community Band, Tigard

Tualatin Valley Creates, Beaverton

Twilight Theater Company, Portland

Umpqua Symphony Association, Roseburg

Valley Art Association , Forest Grove

Willamette Jazz Society, Eugene

Willamette University, Salem

Willamette Valley Symphony, Albany

Women in Film-Portland, Portland

Wordcrafters in Eugene, Eugene

ZENAZEZZA INC., Portland

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) 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. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at:  www.oregonartscommission.org.

 

Changui Majadero, from Los Angeles, celebrate the last set of the 2021 Sisters Folk Festival at the Village Green stage on Oct. 3. The seven venues of the festival throughout town were filled with dynamic live music and joy. Photo credit Rob Kerr.
Changui Majadero, from Los Angeles, celebrate the last set of the 2021 Sisters Folk Festival at the Village Green stage on Oct. 3. The seven venues of the festival throughout town were filled with dynamic live music and joy. Photo credit Rob Kerr.
154 arts organizations receive $1,265,166 in Operating Support awards from the Oregon Arts Commission (Photo) - 01/20/22

Salem, Oregon – Awards totaling $1,265,166 will be distributed to 154 Oregon arts organizations through the Oregon Arts Commission’s fiscal year 2022 Operating Support Program. There are six more recipients than in fiscal year 2021 due to a growing number of eligible organizations.

 Ranging from $2,000 to $ 25,000, the grant awards are available to nonprofit organizations with arts at the core of their mission and budgets over $150,000.*

“We often hear that operating support is the most important type of award,” said Arts Commission Chair Jenny Green. “Especially now, as arts organizations struggle to recover from losses caused by the pandemic, these awards help relieve a bit of the economic pressure.”

In 2019 organizations receiving Operating Support from the Arts Commission expended $213 million, employed 11,681 FTE and produced events and activities that were attended by close to 3.7 million people.

*Organizations with budgets under $150,000 are eligible to apply to the Small Operating Program. This program funds an additional 109 arts organizations. 

Fiscal year 2022 Operating Support Grants, sorted alphabetically by geographic region (see end of list for region/county key), were awarded to:

Central

BendFilm, Bend: $7,016 

Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., Sisters: $8,589 

Sunriver Music Festival, Sunriver: $4,899 

The High Desert Museum, Bend: $17,725 

Tower Theatre Foundation, Inc., Bend: $8,077 

Greater Eastern – North

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton: $10,935 

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Pendleton: $5,429

Oregon East Symphony, Inc., Pendleton: $4,899

Greater Eastern – South

Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario: $8,536

Portland Metro

45th Parallel, Portland: $4,899 

Alberta Abbey Foundation, Portland: $6,147 

All Classical Public Media, Inc., Portland: $11,900

Artichoke Community Music, Portland: $5,934 

Art In The Pearl, Portland: $4,899 

Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland: $10,490 

A-WOL Dance Collective, Inc., Clackamas: $4,899 

Bag & Baggage Productions, Inc., Hillsboro: $7,531

BodyVox Inc. , Portland: $13,521 

Bosco-Milligan Foundation, Portland: $5,435 

Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Tigard: $11,265 

Caldera, Portland: $13,091 

Camp45 Contemporary, Portland: $5,506 

Cappella Romana Inc., Portland: $7,997 

Chamber Music Northwest , Portland: $13,226 

Children's Healing Art Project, Portland: $4,899 

Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City: $8,360

Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Oregon City: $4,899 

CoHo Productions Ltd, Portland: $4,899 

Corrib Theatre, Portland: $4,899 

Curious Comedy Productions, Portland: $6,657 

Echo Theater Company, Portland: $5,620 

Ethos Inc., Portland: $8,230 

Film Action Oregon dba Hollywood Theatre, Portland: $8,794 

Friends of Chamber Music, Portland: $9,200 

Hand2Mouth, Portland: $4,899 

Imago the Theatre Mask Ensemble, Portland: $4,899 

In a Landscape, Portland: $4,899 

Independent Publishing Resource Center Inc., Portland: $7,330 

Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego: $11,535 

Literary Arts Inc., Portland: $14,004 

Live Wire Radio, Portland: $8,705 

MetroEast Community Media, Gresham: $11,970 

Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland: $10,421 

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $20,854 

Music Workshop, Portland: $4,899 

My Voice Music, Portland: $6,511 

Northwest Children's Theater & School Inc., Portland: $11,162 

Northwest Professional Dance Project, Portland: $11,245

Old Church Society, Inc., Portland: $7,353 

Open Signal, Portland: $15,965 

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland: $11,114 

Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland: $9,670 

Oregon Center for Contemporary Art, Portland: $11,010

Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland: $6,116

Oregon Children's Theatre Company, Portland: $14,975

Oregon Repertory Singers, Gladstone: $5,400 

Oregon Symphony, Portland: $25,000 

Outside the Frame, Portland: $5,630 

Pacific Youth Choir, Portland: $7,512 

PHAME Academy, Portland: $9,318 

Polaris Dance Company, Portland: $7,833 

Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland: $4,899 

Portland Art Museum, Portland: $25,000 

Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland: $11,637 

Portland Center Stage, Portland: $19,018 

Portland Columbia Symphony, Portland: $4,899 

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Portland: $4,899

Portland Gay Men's Chorus Inc., Portland: $7,490 

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland: $13,489

Portland Jazz Festival, Inc. dba PDX Jazz, Portland: $9,072 

Portland Opera Association, Portland: $22,309 

Portland Piano International, Portland: $6,442 

Portland Playhouse, Portland: $11,431 

Portland Street Art Alliance, Portland: $5,131 

Portland Symphonic Choir, Portland: $4,899 

Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland: $7,642 

Profile Theatre Project, Portland: $7,477 

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland: $25,000

Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, Portland: $4,899 

Shaking the Tree Theatre, Portland: $4,899 

Stumptown Stages, Lake Oswego: $4,899 

The Circus Project, Portland: $8,966 

The Portland Ballet, Portland: $8,667 

The Red Door Project, Portland: $7,939 

Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Portland: $5,217 

Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland: $8,611 

triangle productions, Portland: $6,178 

Vibe of Portland, Portland: $4,899 

Western Alliance of Arts Administrators, Portland: $6,972

White Bird, Portland: $11,124 

Write Around Portland, Portland: $9,822 

Young Audiences of Oregon, Portland: $8,192 

Young Musicians & Artists, Portland: $4,899 

Youth Music Project , West Linn: $6,390

Mid-Valley

Chehalem Center Association, Newberg: $8,536 

Children's Educational Theatre, Salem: $4,899 

Enlightened Theatrics, Salem: $2,000 

Historic Elsinore Theatre Inc., Salem: $6,922 

Oregon Symphony Association in Salem , Salem: $5,802 

Pentacle Theatre Inc., Salem: $5,087 

Salem Art Association, Salem: $11,775 

Salem Multicultural Institute, Salem: $7,071 

Willamette Art Center, Salem: $4,899 

Willamette University, Salem: $9,050

North Central 

Columbia Arts, Hood River: $6,952

North Coast

Liberty Restoration Inc., Astoria: $6,694

Northeast

Crossroads Creative and Performing Arts Center Inc., Baker City: $4,899 

Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, Inc., La Grande: $4,899 

Fishtrap Inc., Enterprise: $6,951 

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph: $4,899

South Central

PLAYA, Summer Lake: $6,065

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $12,806

South Coast

Artula Institute for Art and Environmental Education/Washed Ashore, Bandon: $4,899

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay: $5,598

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg: $6,398

South Valley/ Mid Coast

Ballet Fantastique, Eugene: $5,420 

Chamber Music Amici, Eugene: $4,899 

Community Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene: $7,156

Corvallis Arts Center Inc., Corvallis: $6,749 

Corvallis Youth Symphony Association, Corvallis: $4,899

Cottage Theatre, Cottage Grove: $4,899 

Delgani String Quartet, Eugene: $5,003 

Eugene Ballet Company, Eugene: $11,668 

Eugene Concert Choir Inc., Eugene: $6,339 

Eugene Opera, Eugene: $5,863 

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene: $5,307

Eugene Symphony Association, Inc., Eugene: $18,011 

Joint Forces Dance Company, Eugene: $5,294 

Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $13,291 

Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City: $5,713 

Maude I. Kerns Art Center, Eugene: $4,899 

Newport Symphony Orchestra, Newport: $4,899 

Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene: $16,081 

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, Newport: $11,885

Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Eugene: $6,784 

Oregon Folklife Network, Eugene: $4,899 

Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene: $4,899 

Pacific International Choral Festival, Eugene: $4,899

Shedd Institute for the Arts, The John G. , Eugene: $13,322 

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis: $6,533 

The Very Little Theatre, Eugene: $4,899 

University of Oregon, Eugene: $12,065

Whiteside Theatre Foundation, Corvallis: $2,000

Southern

Chamber Music Concerts, Ashland: $4,899 

Collaborative Theatre Project Inc., Medford: $4,899

Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass: $4,899 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association, Ashland: $25,000

Rogue Valley Art Association, Medford: $6,309 

Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford: $4,899 

Rogue World Music, Ashland: $4,899 

Southern Oregon Film Society, Ashland: $6,151 

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, Ashland: $4,899 

Southern Oregon University Foundation, Ashland: $4,899

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Medford: $4,899

Region and county key: 

Central (Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook Counties)

Greater Eastern North (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Wheeler and Grant Counties)

Greater Eastern South (Harney and Malheur)

Portland Metro (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties)   

Mid-Valley (Yamhill, Polk and Marion Counties) 

North Central (Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties)

North Coast (Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook Counties) 

Northeast (Wallowa, Union and Baker Counties)

South Central (Klamath and Lake Counties) 

South Coast (Douglas, Coos and Curry Counties) 

South Valley/Mid-Coast (Lincoln, Benton, Linn and Lane Counties) 

Southern (Josephine and Jackson Counties) 

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) 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. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.

Jennifer Vaughn’s “Cumulative Skies Deep Soils,” 2020: Custom circuit board, speakers, crystallized urea, audio and SSTV radio transmissions LED lights, mycelium, meteorites, cement, tektite. Variable dimensions.
Jennifer Vaughn’s “Cumulative Skies Deep Soils,” 2020: Custom circuit board, speakers, crystallized urea, audio and SSTV radio transmissions LED lights, mycelium, meteorites, cement, tektite. Variable dimensions.
28 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Program grant awards from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation (Photo) - 01/18/22

Salem, Oregon – In the first of two rounds of FY2022 Career Opportunity Program grant awards, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $88,234 to 28 artists for career development projects. The awards include $44,150 from the Oregon Arts Commission for all artistic disciplines and $44,084 in supplemental funding for 11 established visual artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation’s Visual Arts Program. Individual grants range from $425 to $11,000. 

Career Opportunity Grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities that enhance their artistic careers. Most grants support the artists’ participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities.

“This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists,” said Christopher Acebo, the Arts Commissioner who chaired the review panel. “That support is critical now as artists continue to rebuild from losses related to the pandemic.”

The Ford Family Foundation funds are available to established Oregon visual artists who are producing new work in the fields of contemporary art and craft. 

"These awards allow artists to seize key opportunities in their careers. Even one exhibition or residency has the possibility of unlocking a new path, technique or business relationship that can alter an artist’s future in a significant way,” said Anne C. Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. “The Foundation is pleased to play a part in that."

FY2022 Career Opportunity Program grant award recipients are:

Laura Allcorn, Portland          

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000                     

To support Allcom’s travel to Science Gallery (Dublin, Ireland) in November 2021 to produce a performance program to be featured alongside a newly commissioned interactive installation entitled SKU-Market, a mini-market where visitors shop to learn about AI and social profiling for the exhibition BIAS.

Loo Bain, Portland     

Oregon Arts Commission $1,500

The Ford Family Foundation $587

To support travel, residency fees, materials and shipping for Bain’s attendance at The Icelandic Textile Centers textile lab in April to use the TC2 loom in Blondous Iceland to create work for an exhibit at Nordia House.

Rick Bocko, Eugene

Oregon Arts Commission $425

To support Bocko's singer/songwriter career by funding a professional recording of “Sunday Breakfast” to pair with a children's book to be published; the book will include the song lyrics, illustrations and music for read/sing/play along.

Srijon Chowdhury, Portland  

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $8,500

To support the production of large-scale paintings for Chowdhury’s solo exhibition at The Frye Art Museum in Seattle in October 2022.

Tomas Cotik, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,300

To support a recording and international release of Cotik’s historically informed recording of Telemann for Solo Violin by Centaur Records, one of the oldest and largest independent classical labels.

Merridawn Duckler, Portland 

Oregon Arts Commission $900

To support Duckler’s housing for a month-long stay at Spokane’s Playwright Lab in February, where her full-length play has been accepted into an intensive developmental workshop Included will be teaching and mentoring opportunities at Gonzaga University and a public staged reading and performance.

Daniel Duford, Portland       

Oregon Arts Commission $1,500

To support Duford’s writing and creation of a shadow puppet performance with live music and actors combining the medieval poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” with North American roots music, to be presented on the Winter Solstice as part of a three-week residency at Building Five in Northwest Marine Artworks.

Joshua Flint, Portland 

Oregon Arts Commission $1,500

The Ford Family Foundation $500

To support the development of Flint’s professional practice by producing an edition of lithographic works with professional lithographer Austin Armstrong.

Joan Gilbert, Enterprise        

Oregon Arts Commission $1,100

To support the preparation of Gilbert’s solo exhibit titled “Wallowa Lake: 55x55” at the Josephy Center for Arts & Culture, running September through October 2022. The exhibit represents the culmination of a three-year project exploring Wallowa Lake and mediums, styles and techniques.

Brian Gillis, Eugene   

Oregon Arts Commission $1,800

The Ford Family Foundation $5,000

To support a transdisciplinary, interinstitutional, collaborative project from May 1 through July 8 that ties the Alberta Abbey to its community by establishing a hub for service and access to resources and opportunities related to health, wellness and social justice.

Garrick Imatani, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $2,734 

To support Imatani’s exhibition, free online screening, book launch and public conversation for the 2021 Time-Based Arts Festival (TBA) at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) that will also include fabricated sculptures to be exhibited at the Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) in early 2022.

Kendra Larson, Portland      

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support Larson’s art residency at GilsfjordurArts in Gilsfjörður in the Westjords of Iceland, in the summer of 2022. The award will support travel, art supplies and documentation.

Niraja Lorenz, Eugene        

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $2,700

To support Lorenz’ participation in a two-week independent study with Nancy Crow in Indianola, Washington, in February/March 2022, The award will support tuition, travel, lodging and supplies.

Brenda Mallory, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,975

The Ford Family Foundation $8,500

To support the creation of art for Mallory’s solo exhibition "The North Star Changes" at The Heard Museum in Phoenix.

Brenna Murphy, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support Murphy’s performance and exhibition in collaboration with Birch Cooper and Jan Anderzen at Blank Forms in NYC.

Lamiae Naki, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,500

To support Naki’s consultancy with the founder and CEO of Olivia Management, a professional artist management company, to manage publicity leading up to her upcoming album release and strategies for promotion.

Kristen Nekovar, Astoria

Oregon Arts Commission $1,000

To support the completion of custom, hardwood framing in preparation for Nekovar’s debut exhibition at Astoria Visual Arts Gallery from Jan. 8 to Feb. 5.

Aja Ngo, Nehalem

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $2,013

To support Ngo’s study at In Koko Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, under the supervision of master mosaic artist Arrianna Gallo. The award will support travel, tuition and materials. 

Geraldine Ondrizek, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

The Ford Family Foundation $9,000

To support an installation of Ondrizek’s “The First 100 Hours” in the upcoming Personal Structures exhibition at the European Cultural Center in Venice, to run parallel to the Venice Art Biennale from April 23 to Nov. 27.

Sara Parker, Portland 

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support the inaugural production of Parker’s “the beast that blooms,” a multidisciplinary dance performance to be presented at BodyVox Dance Center on Feb. 4 and 5.

Mark Powers, Tigard 

Oregon Arts Commission $1,650

To support a unique one-on-one intensive training opportunity in the Los Angeles area to increase Powers’ knowledge of microphone, effects and drum mixing techniques for the continued growth of the artist’s remote recording home studio.

Alyson Provax, Portland      

Oregon Arts Commission $1,000

The Ford Family Foundation $2,750

To support Provax’ exhibition at Well Well Projects in North Portland scheduled for August,  focused on text-based letterpress works on paper.

William Ray, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support an all-BIPOC crew for Hearts + Sparks Productions’ production of Ray’s film adaption of a section of M. Scott Peck’s book "People of the Lie." The film title is "tour de force" and will be shot from Sept. 24 to Sept. 30 mostly in Southeast Portland. Post production and editing will occur off-site at Desert Island Studios.

Lyla Rowen, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,300                  

To support Rowen’s residency at the Icelandic Textile Center in April to work in the dye studio and digital loom lab to create weavings that will be shown at the museum and Nordia House.

Angela Saenz, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $700

To support Saenz’ professional documentation and website services so that she is able to share her new works and details about her upcoming solo show in the gallery of The Armory at the Portland Center Stage.

Coleman Stevenson, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $1,000

The Ford Family Foundation $1,800

To support the creation and installation of a Stevenson’s new body of text and image work for an exhibition in Brooklyn, NY, in May.

Jennifer Vaughn, Eugene

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support the creation and installation of visual artwork for a Vaughn’s solo exhibition at Ditch Projects in Springfield, Oregon in September.

Phyllis Yes, Portland

Oregon Arts Commission $2,000

To support Yes’ travel to Los Angeles to work with a producer/director on the filming and editing of her movie script “Good Morning, Miss America.”

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, services, and special initiatives. 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.

Artist Resilience Program graphic
Artist Resilience Program graphic
Announcing a second round of relief funding for artists: Artist Resilience Program to provide $1.5 million for Oregon artists (Photo) - 01/13/22

Salem, Oregon – The application is now live for the Artist Resilience Program, a second round of relief funding for Oregon artists offered by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The partnership, which began with 2020’s Artist Relief Program, invests another $1.5 million in support for artists’ recovery from the pandemic. 

Awards will generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be determined by a peer review panel. A geographic distribution model will ensure that applicants from across Oregon are supported. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10.

“We are incredibly grateful to Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation for their dedication to helping us sustain our artists through these difficult times,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “In reaching Oregon's artists, we know we are not only supporting these individuals financially, but also enabling them to continue their creative careers and enliven the cultural environments of Oregon." 

The purpose of the Artist Resilience Program is to provide relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings or other professional presentation opportunities. Guidelines are now posted on the Arts Commission website.

“In times of crisis, artists help us make sense of our world and stay connected to one another,” said Martha Richards, executive director of the Miller Foundation. “The Miller Foundation stands with Oregon artists in this difficult time because we recognize the critical roles they play in our communities and our lives – they are the foundation of our state’s arts ecosystem.”

“Oregon Community Foundation is thrilled to be a partner in this second wave of support for artists,” added Jerry Tischleder, Oregon Community Foundation’s program officer for arts and culture. “We recognize that independent and freelance artists are vital to the recovery of our communities, bringing hope and inspiration to the world while using their creativity to help process the collective trauma, grief and loss we’ve all experienced in these unprecedented times.” 

The program supports professional artists from specific disciplines who have experienced or anticipate experiencing loss of revenue of $1,000 or more between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The artistic disciplines supported are: literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, play writing and poetry); dance (including choreography); music (composition and music performance); theatre and performance art; visual arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); design arts; folk & traditional arts; and media arts.

Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, as well as artists with disabilities, are especially encouraged to apply.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) 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. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.

 

Attached Media Files: Artist Resilience Program graphic