The details of anticipated federal and state support for arts have been released. The Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support grant awards totaling $25.7 million will be distributed to 621 cultural organizations across Oregon through a partnership between the Oregon Cultural Trust and its County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions.
The federal funds were allocated to the Oregon Cultural Trust for organizations facing losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic through a $50 million package approved by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature in July. The state had been given funds through the CARES Act.
"These funds are lifeblood to Oregon's cultural community," said Chuck Sams, chair of the Oregon Cultural Trust board of directors. "While they won't replace all the losses suffered during the pandemic, they will ensure Oregon culture survives this crisis. We are deeply grateful to the Oregon Legislature for making this possible."
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will receive the largest award, $1.4 million. The average grant award is $41,458. Just under $90 million in requests were received from 751 organizations; 130 organizations were ineligible for awards based on program guidelines.
For more: www.culturaltrust.org.
Portland Saturday Market
The Portland Saturday Market's final day will be Saturday, Sept. 26, as organizers plan to close it early.
"We are grateful to all those who supported this market this season, both vendors and customers alike," said Howie Bierbaum, executive director. "Unfortunately, like many small businesses, COVID-19 has had a big impact on the market; our board finds it prudent to shutter early and reopen next spring, when things are, hopefully, much calmer and more manageable."
Oregon Children's Theatre has announced its "A Season Reimagined," its version of virtual 2020-21 theater moving forward. It will produce online productions and co-produced performances, as well as offer classes through its Acting Academy program.
"We are looking at new ways to bring theater to everyone, with our own signature stamp on the performances that our community has come to trust and love," said Marcella Crowson, artistic director. "We are focusing on accessibility, inclusivity and great storytelling. We're ready to expand our offerings despite the cancellation of a traditional season of performances."
OCT had opened two satellite classrooms in Multnomah Village and Curious Comedy Theater for its Acting Academy. But the company has shifted classes to online. It also has plans to sell its Northeast Sandy Boulevard headquarters and develop a "hub-and-spoke model" for the Acting Academy classes.
Oregon Children's Theatre had put on "The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus" in July and "A Kids Play About Racism" in August, both online, and it'll produce more online shows in the next nine months while partnering with other children's theater organizations on shows for national audiences.
The Young Professionals Company plans to put all of its 2020-21 shows online, including "In the Forest She Grew Fangs" by Stephen Spotswood and cabaret-style performance series "Breaking Character."
For more: www.octc.org.
Broadway Rose Theatre Company and All Classical Portland have collaborated on a new two-part radio drama, "Sherlock Holmes & The West End Horror," which combines murder mystery with curated classical music.
It will be aired in two parts, 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 5-6.
The play, script-written by Anthony Dodge and Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and with musical arrangements by Matt Kovich, was adapted from Nicholas Meyer's novel "The West End Horror." Set in London in 1895, the play is a clever adventure accompanied in this adaptation by musical works by Schumann, Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, and more. Characters like Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W.S. Gilbert, and Sir Arthur Sullivan will take listeners on a dramatic journey as they follow Holmes and Watson's uncanny detective work — and their triumphant success in solving the mystery.
The play premiered in New York City in 2002, and received a 2003 Edgar Allen Poe Award Nomination for Best Play by The Mystery Writers of America.
"We wanted to try something new at All Classical Portland that would gather our community around the radio at a time when we are craving connection. The idea of combining great music, mystery and storytelling inspired us to bring the radio drama back," said Suzanne Nance, All Classical Portland president and CEO. "Employing actors and musicians when so many are out of work due to the (COVID-19) pandemic was also an important factor in pursuing this project."
It can be heard locally on All Classical Portland 89.9 FM and HD radio and worldwide via online stream at www.allclassical.org. Encore broadcast dates are 7 p.m. Oct. 30-31.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.E. Everett St., has named its new executive director, and it's Elizabeth Nye. She'll move from her current role as executive director at Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest to Lan Su for its 20th anniversary year on Oct. 1.
"In these challenging times, we welcome Elizabeth with a strong spirit of optimism," said Raymond Cheng, president of the Lan Su board of directors. "Elizabeth's many skills and attributes in management and strategic planning will serve our community well and lead the garden to its next milestone."
For more: www.lansugarden.org.
Portland Japanese Garden
Closed because of poor air quality from wildfires, the Portland Japanese Garden has reopened, as of Wednesday, Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Mondays. Admission is $18.95. For more: www.japanesegarden.org.
Theater company Triangle Productions made the bold move — with safety precautions in place — to stage an in-person play, "My Buddy Bill." Triangle now plans to stage its second in-person event, a live reading of the musical "Meet Me in Uncanny Valley — Part 1," Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 26-27, at Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd. It's based on fairy tales mixed with true events in Oregon.
Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego will host the Festival of the Arts' "One-Day-Only Open Show," featuring 150 artists and 600 pieces of art, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Sunday, Sept. 27. For more: www.lakewood-center.org.
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