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Items include Stumptown Stages, Black Resilience Fund, 'Live Wire Radio' and Oregon Cultural Trust

COURTESY PHOTO - The Portland Gay Men's Chorus and others are eligible for help from Oregon Cultural Trust.Meet actors

Stumptown Stages is hosting a unique event in which young members of the public can meet and converse with Broadway actors.

There'll be 13 Broadway actors involved in the special Zoom event, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. It's $25 to take part and meant for students grades 8-12. See http://www.stumptownstages.org/risingstarworkshop.

Actors involved include Jarrod Emick, John Bolton, Liz McCartney and Karen Culliver.

It's organized by Stumptown's Kirk Mouser, Julianne Johnson and Jim Charles.

Helping people

In partnership with the nonprofit Brown Hope, the Black Resilience Fund has raised a staggering $1.5 million and distributed $300 each to more than 4,200 applicants across five counties, with more than half of the money being used for food or rent, according to the organization's July impact report.

A new minute-long video to support the funding drive includes appearances by famed Portland musicians Carrie Brownstein, Colin Meloy, Esperanza Spalding and Zia McCabe, as well as Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, former Mayor Sam Adams and other local luminaries, including soccer mascot Timber Joey, performer Poison Waters, author Chelsea Cain and illustrator Carson Ellis.

For those interested in learning more about starting a community support drive, the Black Resilience Fund and Beneficial Bank will jointly host an online seminar at 11 a.m. Sept. 17.

'Live Wire Radio'

The stage/radio variety show, which has been unable to put on live shows, has kicked off its "Live Wire House Parties," an in-home studio format. It began last week with guests W. Kamau Bell, Julia Rosen, Samantha Crain and more.

It's hosted by Luke Burbank and Elena Passarello. New episodes will be released at noon Fridays at http://www.livewireradio.org and podcast formats.

Cultural support

Cultural organizations across Oregon will receive more than $2.7 million in funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust in fiscal year 2021, thanks to the generosity of citizens who invested in the state's cultural tax credit.

The awards include a total of $676,760 to the cultural trust's five statewide partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office); $676,760 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions for regranting in their communities; and $1,353,520 in competitive Cultural Development Program awards to 78 cultural organizations serving most geographic regions of the state.

In addition, applications have been taken for Oregon's Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Cultural Support program. Funds allocated to the Oregon Cultural Trust will be available to Oregon cultural organizations facing losses due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The $25.9 million in funding was made available through a $50 million relief package for Oregon culture recently approved by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature.

Approved funds must be distributed by Sept. 15.


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