Oregon Cultural Trust awards more than $ 3.2 million in its 20th anniversary year


SALEM, Oregon (KTVZ) – The Oregon Cultural Trust celebrated its 20e anniversary Friday by announcing a record $ 3,254,441 in grants to 140 cultural organizations across the state, including four in central Oregon.

Made possible by generous Oregonians who invested a record $ 5.2 million in the Culture Tax Credit in 2020, this year’s awards bring the Cultural Trust’s cumulative total of grants to over $ 36 million since its inception in 2001.

FY2022 awards include a total of $ 813,610 to the State’s five Cultural Trust partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society, and State Historic Preservation Office); $ 813,610 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions – which award an average of 450 additional awards each year in their communities; and $ 1,627,220 in competitive prices from the Cultural Development Program to 90 cultural organizations serving most geographic areas of the state.

“During its first 20 years, the Cultural Trust has proven to be a stable source of funding for the arts, heritage and humanities community in Oregon,” said Niki Price, Chairman of the Board of administration of the Cultural Trust. “Thanks to the Oregonians who participate in the Culture Tax Credit, we have raised over $ 74 million to support culture statewide. It is gratifying to announce our largest grant pipeline to date as we celebrate this milestone. ”

“We estimate that we are now approaching the 10,000 total grants awarded since the inception of the Cultural Trust,” said Brian Rogers, Executive Director. “This is a truly remarkable number – and it does not include the 621 awards given out last year through the Coronavirus Relief Fund for Cultural Support, nor the next round of US bailout grants for cultural organizations returned. possible by the Oregon Legislature, and administered with Business Oregon Our value and commitment to the cultural vitality of the state is clear.

The cultural development program recipients for fiscal 2022 include 22 organizations receiving their first-ever Cultural Trust award, 68 percent of which are located outside of Portland. They understand:

  • Access to culturally relevant celebrations and events involving traditional art, music and dance for Latinx families and the community at large through Community and Cultural Herencia in Springfield;
  • An exhibition at Favell Museum in Klamath Falls by artist Klamath Modoc Ka’ila Farrell-Smith – her first for her Indigenous community. Her art explores the space between Indigenous and Western paradigms; and
  • Indexing, cross-checking, digitization and expanded access to the Oral History collection of the Harney County Library for the community, researchers and genealogists speak Harney County Library Foundation at Burns.

Other highlights of the grant include:

  • Access to strong community-led art and exhibition creation opportunities for artists, cultural workers and BIPOC residents in the Jade District of East Portland through the US Oregon Asia-Pacific Network in Portland;
  • Construction of the finish square at Astoria Nordic Heritage Park, a cultural attraction for residents and visitors to the north coast by the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association;
  • The installation of an elevator for better accessibility to the emblematic building of the Carnegie library in La Grande by Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, Inc.;
  • Finance the Portland Chinatown History Foundation first paid executive director to develop, support, strengthen and develop operations, programs and collaborations;
  • Expanded access to India’s performing arts through a hybrid model of delivering the in-home experience of live concerts and master classes via social media in Rasika Society for the Arts of India in Hillsboro; and
  • Preserving the historic community hall by strengthening wall brackets and replacing roof trusses damaged by the Willamette Community and Historic Grange Hall Building Foundation at Corvallis.

The 90 cultural development grants range from $ 5,000 to $ 33,728 with an average grant of $ 18,087. Fifty-eight percent of the 155 eligible applications were funded.

The Cultural Development Program awards fund projects that address access, capacity, creativity and preservation. Applications were reviewed and scored by four peer committees; the final prize amounts were determined and approved by the board of directors of the Cultural Fiducie at its meeting on September 29. Overall, more than 60 percent of Cultural Trust funding (including awards given to county and tribal coalitions) is allocated outside of the Portland metropolitan area.

Cultural Development Grant recipients, listed alphabetically by geographic region (see region key at end of release), are listed below. Note: Organizations marked with an asterisk () are the first recipients of a Cultural Fund grant.

Central region

Cascade Music School, Curve: $ 5,000

In order to facilitate access for students from the Latino community, via free lessons, to the awesome after-school orchestra of the Cascade School of Music, a beginners strings course held in Title 1, bilingual, Bear Creek Elementary .

Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., Sisters: $ 15,688

To support the 2021 Sisters’ Folk Festival, a community-wide event taking place October 1-3 at multiple venues in the rural community of Sisters.

The High Desert Museum, Curve: $ 12,385

To support the Utopias Exhibition, which will create access to meaningful cultural experiences that explore utopian ideas through various perspectives, including Afro and Indigenous Futurisms, to enhance understanding of Oregon’s cultural heritage.

Women’s Civic Improvement League, Curve: $ 6,179

Support and ensure the stability of the KPOV signal by replacing the critical equipment called STL which sends the audio signal from the station to the transmission tower.


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