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Crook County Cultural Coalition supports the arts in Crook County, awards $8,500

HOLLY SCHOLZ - The Crook County Cultural Coalition awarded four grants to local organizations last Thursday morning. Pictured left to right, board member Marlee Dutli, board member Lawrence Weberg, Prineville Music Theater Camp representative Barbara Punch, CCCC Chairman and Crook County Foundation board member Tom Jay, Crook County Middle School Librarian Kris Jones, CCMS Principal Kurt Sloper, board member Claudia Callan and board member Lyle Andrews.

Four local organizations received a financial boost last week when the Crook County Cultural Coalition awarded its annual grants.

Grant recipients include Crook County Foundation's Picnic in the Park, Prineville Music Theater Camp, Crook County Middle School library, and Ochoco Players Community Theater.

CCCC Chairman Tom Jay reported that for fiscal year 2019, the coalition received $8,801 from the Oregon Cultural Trust. From this amount, a 3 percent fee is paid to the Crook County Foundation, which functions as the coalition's fiscal sponsor.

The coalition distributed $8,500 to four grant applicants this cycle, which is a $100 increase over the previous cycle.

The Crook County Foundation received $4,000 for its Picnic in the Park program.

The summer concert series is in its 15th season. Typically, six concerts are held at Pioneer Park on Wednesday evenings each summer.

"We typically have a budget of $20,000 to get all of this done," said Jay, who is a Crook County Foundation board member. "It's getting expensive, but it's fun, and it's worth it to the community. We get more and more people there."

Prineville Music Theater Camp received a $2,900 grant. Since the program began in 2010, children have produced a play for the community each summer. They expect 40 children for this summer's camp.

"We believe that all of the arts are included in music theater. There's acting, there's music, there's costume and stage craft, all of the arts are there," said Barbara Punch, who helped form Prineville Music Theater Camp.

"We're so appreciative of the financial support because it makes us understand that what we're doing for the community is something that the community really appreciates," Punch said.

The children will perform "Disney's Alice in Wonderland" July 20-21.

The Crook County Middle School library received a $1,000 grant.

CCMS librarian Kris Jones said she is using the funds to help bring Portland author Roland Smith to Crook County April 22-23.

"The really amazing part of that is that we are going to be able to utilize him across the community," Jones said, noting that he will visit most Crook County schools as well as the Crook County Library.

Ochoco Players Community Theater received a $600 grant.

The funds will help produce "Madam's Been Murdered: Tea Will Be Late" April 26-28. The comedic mystery written by Pat Cook will be performed by a combination of old and brand-new Players.

The Crook County Cultural Coalition is able to make these grants because of funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which support Oregon's arts, heritage and the humanities.

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