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STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy, and local farmers markets among winners of grant money.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF HILLSBORO - Huehca Omeyocan was awarded a grant to fund the purchase of pre-Columbian instruments and regalia for workshops and performances throughout Hillsboro.The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council will give $50,000 in grant money to 16 local organizations, the council announced last week.

The council has provided funding to organizations for more than a decade. Since the grants began 12 years ago the council has awarded nearly half a million dollars to more than 150 groups.

"With these funds, groups pay local actors or musicians, buy costumes or instruments, and provide art education to youth in the community. These dollars make a difference," said Melissa Moore, the Community Arts Program Supervisor.

This year, grant winners include:

• Curvy Chic Closet Foundation, which will receive money for production costs to fund the largest plus-size fashion show held on the West Coast, including set design, DJ and video production.

• Griffin's Place, which plans to expand its existing arts-based programming serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

• Hillsboro Contra Dance, for monthly social folk dances for all ages in downtown Hillsboro.

• The Hillsboro Farmers Market will use the money to fund local musicians at its weekly downtown and Orenco markets.

• Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra plans to use the funding to hold concert paying tribute to the Pacific Northwest in 2020, including music composed by Northwest residents. The concert will include special guest artists from Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company.

• Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market will provide free live music on the Sandy Farmer Stage, which highlights local musical talent at the Tuesday Night Market.

• Huehca Omeyocan will use the money to purchase pre-Columbian instruments and regalia for workshops and performances throughout Hillsboro.

• The Immigrant Story plans to include more video storytelling on its website. The Immigrant Story documents, narrates, and curates stories of immigrants in order to enhance empathy and help promote an inclusive community.

• Oregon Chorale will use the money for its December concert, including works by multicultural composers, mariachi groups, Latin dancers, and sing-alongs in English and Spanish.

• Westside Quilters Guild will use the funding to promote its Biennial Quilt Show this November, which will feature more than 100 quilts.

• Write Around Portland will hold two creative writing workshops, in partnership with social service agencies in Hillsboro. The workshops will culminate in the publication of participants' writing in a professionally designed book and a community reading where participants will share their stories with audience members.

The following organizations received core operating support grants to further their organizational missions this year: Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre, the area's community theater group; Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, a volunteer-run family friendly orchestra; Oregon Chorale, an adult choir based in Hillsboro; Rasika, a Hillsboro-based cultural organization dedicated to presenting and promoting classical Indian dance, music, and culture; Sequoia Gallery + Studios, a nonprofit art studio in downtown Hillsboro; STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy and Westside Youth Choir.

For additional information on the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council's grant program, please visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/HACC.

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