The Oregon Arts Commission has awarded $5,000 to the Jefferson County Library Foundation through its "Arts Build Communities" grant program.
   The Library Foundation is in the process of developing a community theater for art films in Jefferson County and plans to present a variety of high-quality, avant-garde foreign and children's films.
   DVD and high-performance video equipment will be purchased and installed in the annex of the Jefferson County Library. Partners in the project include the Library District, Jefferson County Arts Association, Willow Creek Bookstore, Arts Central, Central Oregon Community College, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Arts Commission funds will be used to purchase film equipment.
   Arts Commissioner Tom DeWolf and State Senator Bev Clarno presented the grant award check at the library in Madras on Feb. 2.
   "Libraries in the 21st century are much more than books. As a lover of films and moving image arts, I am delighted the Arts Commission can support the screening of high quality films in Jefferson County," noted Arts Commissioner DeWolf of Bend.
   The Jefferson County Library Foundation's project is one of two library programs selected for funding through the Arts Build Communities program. The second grant of $5,000 was received by the Libraries of Eastern Oregon for collaboration with Story Line Press to bring nationally recognized authors, family programs, and creative writing workshops to 13 communities and two Native American reservations in Eastern Oregon.
   The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social economic and educational areas of Oregon communities.
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