Cultural Coalition of Washington County awards grants

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: ERIC SQUIRES - Ankitha Krishnamurthy and Sagarika Ramachandran perform an Indian classical dance set to Beethoven's '5th Symphony' at last week's celebration of local arts and culture. The young women are part of the Mai3m dance group, which received a $1,000 grant for the Washington County Cultural Trust to put on an Indian dance festival this year. Ankitha is an eighth-grader at Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton; Sagarika is a seventh-grader at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton.Arts groups from throughout Washington County gathered March 20 in Hillsboro to celebrate the grants they received from The Cultural Coalition of Washington County.

The coalition, which gets its funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust, recently awarded nearly $38,000 to 30 local organizations for cultural projects to be conducted this year. Grants ranged from $500 to $2,000.

The total amount distributed was about the same as the previous grant cycle, but distributed to more organizations.

“The coalition continues to try to reach new, local organizations as we know that even small grants make a big difference to community-based arts organizations,” said Lesly Sanocki, who leads the coalition. A total of 38 applications were received from a variety of large and small arts, heritage and humanities organizations from across the county.

The annual grant celebration is sponsored by Pamplin Media Group. This year’s event was held at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro and featured photographer Julie Keefe, who last year worked with students from South Meadows Middle School in Hillsboro and the Washington County 4-H to produce “Hello Neighbor,” a photo exhibit.

Here are some local groups which received grants:

Aloha Community Library Association — A Gift for this Community/Un Regalo para esta Communidad ($1,800)

Bag & Baggage Productions — Original score for “King Lear” ($1,500)

Beaverton Art and Culture Foundation — Visual Arts Showcase and Plein Air 2014 ($2,000)

Beaverton Civic Theatre — Beaverton Cares tickets ($1,750)

Beaverton Historical Society — Historic clothing ($500)

Broadway Rose Theatre Company — Student Technical Internship Program 2014 ($1,000)

ISing Choir — ISing Noel, Christmas in France ($1,000)

Ka’ana ‘Ike A Ka ‘Ohana Foundation — Hawaiian Immersion Summer Camp ($500)

Mai3M, Inc. — Indian Dance Festival ($1,000)

Masque Alfresco — 2014 Summer Park Tour of “Moliere’s Would Be Gentlemen” ($1,000)

Music in Small Spaces — Explore Japanese Music ($1,580)

Northwest Independent Writers Association — Symposium on Independent Publishing ($980)

Oregon College of Art and Craft — Jordan Schnitzer Family Art Adventures, student scholarships ($1,000)

Portland Festival Ballet — Free performance tickets for Beaverton School District students ($2,000)

Sherwood Historical Society — Sherwood History Camp ($1,150)

STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy — “I’m A Star” ($2,000)

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District — Concerts and Theater in the Park summer series ($1,500)

Tualatin Historical Society — “Where am I from? Tualatin’s Immigrant History” ($500)

Washington County Cooperative Library Services — Marketing support for “Art of the Story 10th Annual Storytelling Festival” ($1,993)

Washington County Art Alliance — Open Studios Tour 2014 ($945)

Westside Cultural Alliance — Community outreach and networking support ($655)

Westside Quilters Guild — Quilt Barn Trail Project support ($1,875).

This is the second round of grants awarded this year by the coalition due to an administrative change requested by the Oregon Cultural Trust, which distributes money to Oregon counties and tribes annually for re-distribution to support local community cultural programs.

Last June more than $38,000 in grants was distributed for projects occurring between July 2013 and June 2014. From this point forward, grants will be distributed annually on a calendar-year basis.

In the past nine years, the coalition has distributed $339,000 to Washington County groups.

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