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Artists awarded grants from county cultural coalition. Read on to learn what projects received funding

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The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition in its 16th cycle of giving awarded a total of $33,438 in grants to 17 arts and culture organizations through the Project Grant program.

A total of $51,738 was requested by county grant applicants.

The grant program's purpose is to locally distribute private funds contributed to the Oregon Cultural Trust in support of goals and funding priorities outlined in the Clackamas County Plan for Arts, Heritage and Humanities. This year's funding priorities were:

  • Increasing how local culture is valued and supported

  • Supporting the creation of, or participation in, cultural projects and activities

  • Stimulating the partnerships and collaborations that grow capacities to support assets and remove barriers

  • Working closely with local governments, businesses and others to embed local culture in community development

  • Growing communications capacity for cultural groups, organizations and artists/creators.

    An independent Grant Review Panel was convened to review the 23 applications received. The 17 applicants and projects recommended for funding (including six first-time recipients) are listed below.

    Arts Council of Lake Oswego ($2,000); Art in Oregon ($1,150); Charbonneau Arts Association ($1,104); City of Canby ($1,200); Clackamas Repertory Theatre ($2,500); Estacada Area Arts Commission ($2,450); Estacada Public Library ($2,500); Forests Forever ($2,000); 4-H Youth Development Latinx Outreach ($2,500); Masque Alfresco ($2,315); Milwaukie Historical Society ($1,669); Rex Putnam Music Boosters ($2,500); Rose City Accordion Club ($1,250); Tilikum Chamber Orchestra ($1,500); West Linn-Wilsonville Music & Arts Partners ($1,800); Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council ($2,500) and Youth Music Project ($2,500).

    The Grant Review Panel was comprised of arts, heritage, humanities and community development professionals.

    "It's exciting to be able to offer these funding opportunities for Clackamas County arts, culture and heritage organizations, and individual creatives," says Katinka Bryk, chair of Clackamas County Cultural Coalition.

    "The impact extends beyond simply the immediate performance or project — cultural experiences can change lives and communities for the better. They increase the quality of life, explain our history and bring joy," she said. "Thank you to all the organizations who work so steadily to make Clackamas County the best place to live."

    "Funding from Clackamas County Cultural Coalition over the years has enabled us to present a wide range of excellent, diverse music and dance performances to thousands of local children and adults," says Jane Reid, award recipient for the always-free Estacada Summer Celebration.

    Since its inception in 2005, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition has provided funding of more than $496,208 to 304 local arts, heritage and humanities projects and needs.

    Funding is made possible through the Oregon Cultural Trust which is an innovative, statewide private-public program that raises money to support and protect Oregon's cultural activities and interests.

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