The National Endowment for the Arts names Tigard as a recipient for an award to fund Outdoor Museum artwork

COURTESY CITY OF TIGARD - An artist's rendering shows what the future Outdoor Museum will look like along the Tigard Street Heritage Trail. 
The city of Tigard is one of 60 recommended organizations in line to receive a $75,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to add interpretative elements and artworks as part of an Outdoor Museum along the Tigard Street Heritage Trail.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu made the announcement recently with Tigard one of the cities receiving grants totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA's Our Town program.

The Tigard Heritage Trail uses a three-quarter-mile inactive rail corridor parallel to Tigard Street, acquired by the city in December 2013 and is used as a safe, off-street biking, walking and skating commuter route.

"The variety and quality of these Our Town projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country," said Chu. "Through the work of organizations such as the City of Tigard, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are."

The NEA grant will fund two types of artworks as part of this project, three large public artworks that will be selected by a jury, and a number of smaller interpretative art pieces that will developed and created by Principal Artist Suenn Ho, the primary designer behind the Garden of Surging Waves project in Astoria. Ho also is the designer of a planned 13-foot-tall clock planned for Rotary Plaza, which will be installed at the beginning of the trail.

Meanwhile, the large public artworks will incorporate historic narratives into thought-provoking pieces about the city's shared history and future.

"Our project, Tigard's Outdoor Museum, is a crucial next step in the revitalization and reimagining of our downtown," said Tigard Mayor John Cook. "The museum will serve to anchor visitors in time and place, interpret our region's rich history through art, and provide an opportunity to consider a future of possibilities. The project will artistically weave together our many stories using the common yarn of rail history."

For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, visit To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please tag the NEA @NEAarts and use the hashtag #NEASpring18.

Valuable support for this project was provided by Mayor Cook, Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.

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