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Donations help support exhibitions, workshops and a variety of public programs and events

PIONEER FILES - The Museum at Warm Springs, built in 1993,  has cultural and historical importance to the Warm Springs people. 2021 has been a big year for the museum, and it will wind up with the annual fundraising campaign.

The Museum at Warm Springs has kicked off its 2021 year-end fundraising campaign. Designed and built to Smithsonian Institution standards in 1993, The Museum at Warm Springs is a very special place of cultural and historical importance to the Warm Springs people.

The museum's 2021 successes included:

• Two exhibitions: "Sacred Reflections: The Art of Umatilla Artist Ellen Taylor" (April 8–May 29) and "Into the Fray: Native American Wild-Land Firefighters of Warm Springs and Beyond" (June 24–Sept. 25).

• The Museum partnered with AdPro, a Native American woman-owned graphic design and advertising firm in Huntington Beach, California, to rebrand the museum with a new logo.

• A June membership campaign in honor of ancestor Kenneth Smith quadrupled the museum's membership and met a $25,000 match from The Roundhouse Foundation. A Corporate Membership program was launched.

• The museum built stronger relationships with special individuals, including Ronni Lacroute, and with several new partner organizations throughout the state. The museum held important discussions and collaborated with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Oregon Historical Society, The High Desert Museum, and the Warm Springs Culture and Heritage Program.

• In 2021, the museum has received $633,760 in foundation and other grants.

On Nov. 2, the museum will open a new exhibition, the "28th Annual Tribal Member Art Exhibit."

"We feel great pride in what we do at the museum and are honored to make our home here at Warm Springs with our strong family and community ties," said Museum Director Elizabeth A. Woody (Warm Springs, Yakama and Navajo). "The Museum at Warm Springs is an important Oregon cultural treasure. We humbly ask you to support us with a year-end contribution so we can continue organizing high-caliber exhibitions, workshops and an array of public programs and events for all to enjoy."

Those interested in giving to the year-end campaign may visit or mail their contribution postmarked by Dec. 31 to The Museum at Warm Springs, P.O. Box 909, Warm Springs, OR 97761.

Donors may also consider a matching gift to one of the museum's partners, the Oregon Cultural Trust. A gift to the Trust (up to $500 for individuals, $1,000 for couples filing jointly, and $2,500 for class-C corporations) is a tax credit, a dollar-for-dollar reduction for any Oregon taxes owed. Double the impact on Oregon culture; tax dollars that are re-directed to the Trust support Oregon culture. The Oregon Cultural Trust is a generous supporter of The Museum at Warm Springs.

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