The Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council (HACC) awarded nearly $28,000 in arts and culture grants to 11 local organizations for the coming year, more than has been awarded in previous years.

Even more money, about $50,000, is set aside in the city of Hillsboro’s unofficial budget for the next fiscal year for arts grant funding.

Every year, the HACC awards Community Arts & Culture Grants to local organizations that provide arts and culture programming to the Hillsboro area.

Since its inception in 2008, the grant program has provided more than $162,000 in funding to the local arts and culture groups.

This year, grants will not only support arts and culture programs, but will also help local organizations grow and provide new and exciting programs.

New grant awardees include:

n Bag&Baggage Productions in support of its Professional Youth Development Project, which will provide 12 students from Hillsboro high schools to work for pay with B&B’s professional actors and production staff on a new production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” in September 2014.

n Centro Cultural of Washington County to support its Leadership Education Arts Partnership (LEAP) intensive arts education program, serving 30 Latino youth after school and during the summer with arts education and field trips.

n HART Theatre to support the creation of four artistic banners that will hang on the exterior of the theater. The banners will be designed by an artist and then painted collaboratively by community members at the Saturday farmers’ market.

n Hillsboro Historical Society and its fifth annual Time Traveler’s Ball, which brings together costumed revelers from all time periods — past, present and future — for a variety of period dances.

n Ka’ana ‘Ike A Ka ‘Ohana Foundation (KIAKO) so it can buy ukuleles for Ho’omoana Hawaiian Summer Immersion Camp, serving grade school children. The ukuleles will then be loaned to the Hillsboro School District’s music program.

n Masque Alfresco to support the free, outdoor performances of Moliere’s “The Would-be Gentlemen” at the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza in August.

n The Oregon Chorale’s March 2015 performance of Bach’s masterpiece, Mass in B Minor.

n The Oregon Symphony Association’s 12 interactive Kinderkonzerts for kindergarten through second-grade students at Lincoln Elementary during the 2014-15 school year, as well as students in third through sixth grade attending a concert at the Schnitzer Concert Hall.

n RASIKA’s “Incredible India,” a two-day cultural event hosted at the Washington County Museum. This free event features live music, dances, arts and crafts, and showcases the culture and traditions of India.

n Tears of Joy Theatre’s school puppet performances of “Raven Stories” and four classroom workshops. The workshops teach students about puppet construction, creating puppet voices and basic theater direction.

n Teatro Milagro’s educational summer arts program that promotes physical activity. Performances of Milagro’s bilingual play, “Suenos de Futbol” (Dreams of Soccer) are paired with post show workshops that combine physical and mental exercise with theatre infused soccer activities.

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