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$50,000 will fund a state-of-the-art digital projection laboratory at the theater company's new digs.

Hillsboro's Bag&Baggage Theatre will get funding for a 360-degree digitally immersive projection system after Rep. Susan McLain (D-Forest Grove) helped secure funding during the state legislative session.

McLain worked with colleagues on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means to secure $50,000 for Bag&Baggage Productions.

B&B Artistic Director Scott Palmer called the grant "transformational" as the theater company prepares to open this fall in the new Vault Theater and Event Space in downtown Hillsboro after performing at The Venetian Theatre since 2007.

"Representative McLain and her colleagues at the Legislature have our deepest gratitude for this transformational award," Palmer said. "These funds will allow us to create one of the most flexible and advanced digital projection laboratories on the West Coast, providing our artists, students from throughout the state, animators, innovators and digital content creators a playground where they can experiment, develop new applications, and perfect their skills."

The new digital system will allow B&B to "not only enhance the quality of their productions, but also serve as a valuable resource for other members in the art community." McLain said. "This project has been part of my priority legislation since the beginning of session, and I appreciate being able to find a pathway of funding for their program."

The Cultural Innovation Program allows for career and technology education that will benefit community and workforce. It will also give designers, performing arts groups, digital artists and students an opportunity to experiment and expand the potential of their work.

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