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Reynolds student podcast, PlayEast!, Slavic Festival get funds to promote community

COURTESY PHOTO: IZA GAWRYCH FOR UNSLPASH - The Slavic Community Center of NW received $16,678 to fund its annual Slavic Festival, one of three groups that got grants from Metro.

Three East Multnomah County groups were recently awarded grants from the Metro regional government to invest in local communities.

A podcast produced by Reynolds High School's art students received $10,633. The podcast, Art Talk Bus Stop, is a monthly 30-minute student-produced podcast about how local artists make a living. The podcast airs on KBOO Community Radio every fourth Wednesday and past broadcasts are archived on KBOO's web page.

PlayEast!, a collaborative effort between Fairview and Wood Village, received $13,800, for Latinx families to create mobile murals to represent their culture and community. PlayEast! offers recreational and enrichment activities for youth in the two cities.

The Slavic Community Center of NW received $16,678 to help fund its annual Slavic Festival. The festival is usually held in September and will be virtual this year if COVID-19 restrictions prevent people from gathering.

Metro's Placemaking Grants go to groups "to invest in communities that are tackling challenges across greater Portland," the announcement said. The projects funded are arts-based, equity-focused and designed to "bring about change community members want to see in their neighborhoods."

This is the fourth year Metro has made the Placemaking Grants and has awarded $190,000 to 11 groups in Metro's area.


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