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The $5,335 grant will help keep the cultural center running during the pandemic.

The Chehalem Cultural Center is among more than 150 arts organizations to benefit from the latest round of grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.PMG FILE PHOTO - The Chehalem Cultural Center recently was awarded a $5,335 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

The commission this year awarded more than $910,560 to organizations throughout the state, a release from the OAC said last week, part of the agency's 2021 Operating Support Program. A dozen more recipients were named this year than in 2020 due to the growing number of eligible organizations.

"We often hear that operating support is the most important type of award," OAC chairwoman Anne Taylor said. "Especially now, as arts organizations continue to suffer great losses due to the pandemic, these awards can help relieve a bit of the economic pressure."

The CCC netted $5,335. The grants ranged from $2,828 to $22,888 and were awarded to nonprofit organizations "with arts at the core of their mission" and budgets over $150,000, the release said. Organizations with budgets below $150,000 were eligible to apply for the OAC's Small Operating Program, which funds an additional 100 programs.

The OAC has a long history of providing fiscal support for the arts. In 2019, organizations receiving financial support from the OAC "expended $213 million, employed 11,681 FTE (full-time equivalent employees) and produced events and activities that were attended by close to 3.7 million people," the release said.


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