Lakewood Center for the Arts receives funds

The Regional Arts & Culture Council has awarded a total of $1,745,354 in grants to 48 local arts organizations. Awarded annually, these grants provide general operating support to 501(c)(3) arts organizations that deliver year-round programs and have at least $80,000 in annual revenues.

“RACC is honored to invest public and private dollars in these outstanding organizations,” said executive director Eloise Damrosch. “They make significant and varied contributions to the cultural and economic vitality of the region, including Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.”

Grant recipients are selected in a rigorous application review process that includes a panel of community volunteers and RACC staff.

Applicants are evaluated on artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility, and must demonstrate broad community support including a stable base of audiences and donors.

The $1.7 million total is a slight increase over last year because of an increase in contributions through RACC’s workplace giving program, Work for Art.

Some of the organizations receiving grants include the Lakewood Center for the Arts, $37,320; Metropolitan Youth Symphony, $30,986; Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, $16,790; Oregon Children’s Theatre, $85,900; and White Bird, $52,116.

RACC receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout tri-county region. The city of Portland provides the majority of support at nearly $1.1 million, with additional funding from Work for Art donations as well as Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

According to RACC officials, these 48 organizations have combined purchasing and payroll power of $86.7 million and an extended economic impact of $151 million annually, including all of the audience-related spending that occurs before and after an arts event.

Their total combined attendance last year was 2.9 million, including 679,000 K-12 students.

Organizations interested in participating in the 2015 grant application process can visit for information including guidelines, application deadlines and additional contact information.

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