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Arts groups fete funding in Hillsboro

Cultural Coalition of Washington County announces $38K in grants


Last Thursday, March 20, arts groups from throughout Washington County gathered in Hillsboro to celebrate the grants they received from the Cultural Coalition of Washington County. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: ERIC SQUIRES - Ankitha Krishnamurthy and Sagarika Ramachandran perform an Indian classical dance set to Beethoven's '5th Symphony' at last week's celebration of local arts and culture. The young women are part of the Mai3m dance group, which received a $1,000 grant for the Washington County Cultural Trust to put on an Indian dance festival this year. Ankitha is an eighth-grader at Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton; Sagarika is a seventh-grader at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton.

The coalition, which gets its funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust, recently awarded nearly $38,000 to 30 local organizations for cultural projects to be conducted between January and December 2014. Grants ranged from $500 to $2,000. The total amount distributed was about the same as the previous grant cycle, but distributed to more organizations.

“The coalition continues to try to reach new, local organizations as we know that even small grants make a big difference to community-based arts organizations,” said coalition chairwoman Lesly Sanocki. A total of 38 applications were received from a variety of large and small arts, heritage and humanities organizations from across the county.

The annual grant celebration is sponsored by the Pamplin Media Group. This year's event was held at the Walters Cultural Arts Center and featured photographer Julie Keefe, who last year worked with kids from South Meadows Middle School in Hillsboro and the Washington County 4-H to produce "Hello Neighbor," a photo exhibit.

Here are some local groups that received grants:

n Aloha Community Library Association: A Gift for this Community/Un Regalo para esta Communidad ($1,800)

n Bag & Baggage Productions: Original Score for King Lear ($1,500)

n Center for Gender Equity (Pacific University): Voices of Africa ($500)

n Centro Cultural de Washington County: Applied Theater Project ($1,500)

n City of North Plains: Concerts in the Park ($750)

n Free Orchards Elementary: Art Literacy and Literature ($2,000)

n Friends of North Plains Public Library: Evening of Conversation, Wine & Poetry with Kim Stafford, honoring William Stafford ($1,500)

n Helvetia Community Association: Helvetia Cultural Exchange ($1,000)

n Hillsboro School District, Liberty High School: Learning in a Bi-Literate World, Falcon’s Nest Preschool ($500)

n Ka'ana 'Ike A Ka 'Ohana Foundation: Hawaiian Immersion Summer Camp ($500)

n Mai3M, Inc.: Indian Dance Festival ($1,000)

n STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy: I'm A Star ($2,000)

n Washington County Cooperative Library Services: Marketing Support for Art of the Story 10th Annual Storytelling Festival ($1,993)

n Washington County Art Alliance: Open Studios Tour 2014 ($945)

n Westside Cultural Alliance: Community Outreach and Networking Support ($655)

n Westside Quilters Guild: Quilt Barn Trail Project support ($1,875)

This is the second round of grants awarded this year by the CCWC due to an administrative change requested by the Oregon Cultural Trust, which distributes money to Oregon counties and tribes annually for re-distribution to support local community cultural programs.

In June, more than $38,000 in grants was distributed for projects occurring between July 2013 and June 2014. From this point forward, grants will be distributed annually on a calendar-year basis.

This year’s awards bring the total benefit to the county over the past nine years to $339,000.

The CCWC was appointed in February 2005 by the Washington County Board of Commissioners to administer and distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support locally based arts, heritage and humanities projects. The Oregon Cultural Trust receives its funding from donors, who receive tax credits for giving if their contribution to the trust is matched by equal or greater charitable gifts to any number of Oregon’s 1,300 cultural nonprofits.

Washington County is home to more than 100 heritage, humanities and arts nonprofits. The list and more information about the Cultural Trust can be found at culturaltrust.org.

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