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Funds for Career Opportunity Grants come from Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation

For The Review, Tidings

In the second of three competitive rounds of Fiscal Year 2018 Career Opportunity Grants, The Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation have collectively awarded $71,676 to 26 artists for career development projects.

The awards include $23,676 from the Oregon Arts Commission; $20,000 in supplemental funding for 12 artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation; and $28,000 for nine artists from The Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $673 to $6,500.

"We are pleased to be able to invest in these artists at such pivotal moments in their careers," said Anne C. Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. "We expect these artists to make significant progress on regional, national and international stages."

Career Opportunity Grants support individual Oregon artists by enabling them to take advantage of timely opportunities to enhance their artistic careers.

The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation funds are available only to established Oregon artists who are over 30 years of age and actively producing new work.

The Ford Family Foundation grants are awarded to artists in the fields of contemporary fine art and craft; The Oregon Community Foundation grants are awarded in the literary and performing arts fields.

Most of the grants from both foundations support the artists' participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities.

"These artists make our communities so much richer. It's an honor to be able to support them in their work as they continue their creative journeys," said Max Williams, president and CEO of The Oregon Community Foundation.

"This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists," said Michael Dalton, the arts commissioner who chaired the review panel. "We also are so proud to support artists in representing Oregon, both here and across the entire nation and world."

A total of $190,000 is available for three rounds of funding in the current fiscal year.

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