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Six East Multnomah County artists awarded financial support to help with pandemic recovery

Oregon artists across the state are getting relief grants to help offset the loss in finances this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, 646 artists received a portion of $1.25 million through an Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

"Artists are the creative core of our communities and help define who we are — they inspire us to innovate, to learn and grow," said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. "We are thankful to be able to provide support as our artists continue to suffer great losses due to the pandemic."

The money went to a wide array of disciplines including literature, dance, music, theater and performance art, folk and traditional arts, visual arts, design arts and media arts.

"In light of the impacts of both the pandemic and 2020 wildfires, we felt it critical to offer our support directly to artists for the first time," said Martha Richards, executive director fo the Miller Foundation.

More than 1,150 people applied for the program. Twenty nine panelists from around the state reviewed the applications based on professional artistic practice; impact of cancellations and loss of revenue; and need and access to other resources.

"The relief applications submitted by working artists across Oregon demonstrated both the deep need and courageous resilience in our arts communities," said Jerry Tischleder, Oregon Community Foundation's program officer for arts and culture. "It's crushing to recognize all that has been lost and I'm humbled that OCF could play a role in mending a portion of the damages."

Multnomah County artists received $604,900 in grants, with six East Multnomah County recipients. They were:

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  • Jose Antonio Alcocer Martinez, Gresham, design arts — $1,800

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  • Deontray Henderson, Gresham, visual arts — $4,000

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  • Eva Richey, Gresham, music — $1,000

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  • Brooke Schell, Gresham, visual arts — $3,800

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  • Taska Barlow, Fairview, music — $1,000

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  • Victor Trejo, Troutdale, visual arts — $1,500


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