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Oregon Arts Commission Awards Eleven Arts Recognition Grants

Oregon Arts Commission

Grants Recognize Programs, Service and Growing Capacity

The Oregon Arts Commission announces the award of eleven Arts Recognition grants to Oregon arts organizations that have a record of solid programming, service and organizational capacity. The award recipients will use the $1,000 grants to build their marketing and outreach programs to raise the profile of their organization in the local community.
Now in its fourth year, the Arts Recognition grants “recognize” the efforts of arts organizations that do not typically receive any other Commission support. The $1,000 grants may be used for activities that assist in raising an organization’s profile, or in attracting other funds and resources. “We know that the funding can help arts groups leverage local resources, stabilize programs and launch new initiatives. These grants are the Commission’s ‘seal of approval’ for a wide variety of local and vibrant groups,” said Christine D’Arcy, Executive Director of the Arts Commission.
The next online application deadline for this program will be announced later this summer.

The following groups received Arts Recognition grants:


Siskiyou Institute, $1,000

In recognition of the Institute’s work to promote quality artistic and educational events in the Rogue Valley. Founded in 2001, they have produced over 75 concerts and workshops at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland.
Contact: Ed Dunsavage, 541?488?3869, [email protected] ,

Cave Junction

Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, $1,000

In recognition of the orchestra’s 18 concert seasons in Ashland and surrounding communities. Jefferson Baroque Orchestra features 17th and 18th century music performed on authentic period instruments by fine amateur and professional musicians.
Contact: Celia Rosenberger, 503?592?2681, [email protected],

Depoe Bay

Cascadia Chapter, National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA), $1,000

In recognition of the Cascadia Chapter’s efforts to promote the composition and performance of contemporary classical music by regional composers. In 2011, it will present three chamber music concerts, including a collaboration with Portland Vocal Consort.
Contact: Gary Noland, 503?235?3714, [email protected],


Bouand Dance Company, $1,000

In recognition of the company’s creation and production of diverse contemporary dance and its related commissioning, performing and presenting to audiences in the Portland area since 2005.
Contact: Alexandrous Ballard, 503?888?4173, [email protected] ,

Cinema Project, $1,000

In recognition of the work this volunteer?run organization does to further the work of moving image artists through nationally recognized installations and screenings. The Cinema Project has presented over 100 unique programs since its founding in 2003.
Contact: Mia Ferm, 619?274?3567, [email protected],

Hand2Mouth Theatre, $1,000

In recognition of the original, award winning theatre work Hand2Mouth creates, produces and presents, attracting audiences to its Portland performances as well as touring to venues around the world.
Contact: Julie Hammond, 503?502?3286, [email protected],

PDX Pop Now, $1,000

In recognition of the support that PDX Pop Now has offered to the independent music community since 2004. With a free, three day Festival, a CD compilation of local music and events in area schools, the group facilitates important access to this sector.
Contact: Ben Kubany, 805?776?3378, [email protected],

Pendulum Aerial Arts, $1,000

In recognition of its innovative arts training programs that integrate aerial arts, dance, circus arts and original music to create exciting, striking performances. Since its inception in 2000, Pendulum Aerial Arts has produced and performed 16 full?length performances.
Contact: Suzanne Kenney, 503?790?0729, [email protected],

Portland SummerFest, $1,000

In recognition of eight years of summer opera performances, performed by professionals and which include a full orchestra and chorus as part of the Washington Park Summer Festival. Portland SummerFest will now add a second performance in North Portland at Concordia University.
Contact: Laurie Flint, 503?244?7344, [email protected],



Sherwood Foundation for the Arts, $1,000

In recognition foundation’s efforts to to inspire, promote and support the arts for the citizens of the Sherwood area. Founded in 2008, the Sherwood Foundation for the Arts offers a variety of programs, including a summer musical production, children’s summer art camps and adult fine art workshops.
Contact: Alyse Vordermark, 503?358?8772, [email protected] ,


Drexel H. Foundation, $1,000

In recognition of the foundation’s work to promote arts activities in Vale for youth and community at large. Grant funds will support improvements to its website for promotion of local arts programming.
Contact: Sandijean Fuson, 541?473?3470, [email protected]
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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 Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.


The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.


More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at:

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