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Gresham's Eastside Theater Company, Estacada's The Artback receive Oregon Arts Commission dollars.

COURTESY PHOTO: ALAN COHEN - The Eastside Theater Company received a state grant to support its slate of upcoming shows. A pair of local organizations received state grants that will spur further access to the arts.

Gresham's Eastside Theater Company and Estacada's The Artback both were named as two of 106 organizations across the state that were awarded Oregon Arts Commission grants for the upcoming fiscal year. The Small Operating Grants are designed to support groups with budgets under $150,000. Each grant was worth $2,261.

"This grant program was developed to increase the Arts Commission's support of Oregon's small but mighty arts providers," said Jenny Green, Arts Commission chair. "These organizations frequently represent the only arts presenter for remote and underserved regions of the state."

The Eastside Theater Company, formerly Corbett Children's Theater, has been putting on performances for more than 20 years. With four shows a year, the company trains young artists ages 4-18 and adult volunteers. The group's next show will be "It's A Wonderful Life Jr., The Musical" this November. Learn more at

COURTESY PHOTO: THE ARTBACK - This is the latest mural spurred by The Artback in Estacada.The Artback creates visual art installations through Estacada to beautify the community and spur civic pride. The centerpiece of the work, which began in 1992 with nine professional artists who joined for a local exhibition, are murals, as well as hosting the annual Estacada Summer Celebration Arts and Music Festival. Their most recent piece was unveiled this summer — "Que Tus Sueños Te Lleven a la Vida Que Te Haga Feliz" (Let Your Dreams Guide You to a Happy Life) painted on the north wall of the Dollar General in downtown. Learn more at

The Oregon Arts Commission consists of nine commissioners, appointed by the governor, who determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. Learn more at

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