2018-2019 Hillsboro community arts and culture grants awarded to 15 local organizations.

COURTESY PHOTO - Arts & Culture The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council has awarded 15 local organizations with more than $50,000 in grants for community art project.

This year's project grants totaled $50,450. The grants were awarded to the Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre for its production of "The Lion King" this fall, as well as the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership to assist with its work marketing downtown Hillsboro as an arts and entertainment District; Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market to provide live local music; Minter Bridge Elementary Parent/Teacher Association to fund a free afterschool theater program; Teatro Milagro to support a three-day bilingual arts-integrated residency at Brown Middle School in the fall; Oregon's Children's Theater for "Theater for All"; Sequoia Gallery + Studios to expand its Plein Air community event; Tualatin Valley Creates; Washington County Arts Alliance to fund catalog printing for the ninth annual Washington County Artists Open Studio Tour; Write Around Portland to hold two creative writing workshops; Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington for artist residencies at W. L. McKinney Elementary School; and a performance by Bag&Baggage Productions.

Since 2008, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council's grant program has provided funding to a series of community-based arts programs throughout the community.

These grants provide funds for arts programs, capacity-building and core-operating support, according to the city.

"With these funds, groups pay local actors or musicians, buy costumes or instruments and provide art education to youth in the community," said Melissa Moore, who supervises the arts program supervisor. "These dollars make a difference."

The city also awarded operating support grants to a handful of local organizations, including Bag&Baggage Productions, HART Theater, Hillsboro Community Youth Choir, Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Chorale and Sequoia Gallery + Studios

Since it started more than a decade ago, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council has awarded 133 grants to 42 different organizations, totaling more than $360,000.

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