Oregon Cultural Trust Funding Impact

News and Updates
November 2022
Truth behind Celebrate Oregon!
Paying tribute to Oregon arts, heritage and humanities
The secret behind the success of the new Celebrate Oregon! license plate is this: the artwork pays tribute to our shared arts, heritage and humanities. The artwork’s 127 symbols celebrate our history, our diverse cultural traditions and the people and places that make Oregon so special.Every Oregonian who participates in the Cultural Tax Credit joins in that celebration. By donating to one of our 1,500+ arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits – then making a matching donation to the Cultural Trust by Dec. 31, you ensure the Trust continues to provide stable and growing funding to the organizations that define our vibrant way of life. You also qualify for a 100 percent tax credit for your gift to the Trust.**Tax credit limit is $500 for an individual, $1,000 for a couple filing jointly and $2,500 for a Class-C corporation.

Artist Liza Mana Burns with a section of one of the four Oregon airport murals featuring the Celebrate Oregon! artwork.

‘Tis the giving season!
Give guides go live in Portland, Bend
In addition to its longstanding sponsorship of the Willamette Week Give!Guide in Portland, this year the Cultural Trust is again participating in the Central Oregon Gives guide presented by The Source Weekly in Bend. Both guides showcase local arts and culture organizations and promote the Cultural Tax Credit to those who donate. They also offer donor incentives and prize opportunities, including a Give!Guide Mt. Hood/Timberline Lodge Experience on Dec. 30, sponsored by the Cultural Trust and Friends of Timberline. Check them out!

Included in the Cultural Trust’s Big Give Day prize for the Willamette Week Give!Guide is a pristine, rare and original copy of “The Builders of Timberline,” a 1937 volume produced by the Works Progress Administration for the lodge’s dedication ceremony.

Funding impact story
Performers, patrons of the arts find a home in Elgin
Nestled alongside the Wallowa Mountains sits Elgin, Oregon, a small Eastern Oregon community home to just under 2,000 people that also boasts a booming artistic community. At the center of this community is the Elgin Opera House, supported in part by funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Built in 1912 to house the Vaudeville style of theater, Elgin Opera House was the backdrop for some of the most exciting acts of its time while also housing the town’s local government offices.  Smaller theaters with a close-up view of the performers were typical of vaudeville theaters, which were designed to provide audience members a more personal perspective of productions. The Elgin Opera House operated in this fashion until the mid-twentieth century when it was converted into a movie theater. In 2006, current Executive Art Director Terry Hale took over with a new vision for the future. Read the full story, created in partnership with Here is Oregon.
The cast of the Elgin Opera House production of “School of Rock.”

Funding impact story
Talent Historical Society shares stories of rebirth from Almeda Fire
In September of 2020, the Almeda Fire hit the town of Talent, Oregon. Spreading widely and rapidly, the fire destroyed homes, businesses, and many forms of wild and plant life. In total, the fire destroyed 2,600 homes between Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and Medford. It was the most destructive wildfire in Oregon’s recorded history. The Talent Historical Society recently launched a digital feature called “Talent: Town in Flames” that pursues the important mission of sharing the stories of the communities working to recover from this fire. Next up will be a book project and an exhibit funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust. The exhibit will include art, stories, and photo documentation with portable walls that will make their way to city hall, into schools, and the local library. Read the full story, created in partnership with Here is Oregon.

Firefighting superheroes of Talent, Oregon. (Courtesy: Talent Historical Society)

Funding impact story
City-wide art programming will showcase Oregon artists “Portland punches way above its weight as a cultural capital,” says Christian Viveros-Fauné.The Chilean-born, New York-based writer and curator is showcasing the Rose City’s rich arts community as Converge 45’s newest guest curator. Viveros-Fauné will lead programming with over 80 artists across 15 venues under the title “Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship,” supported by a grant award from the Cultural Trust.Converge 45 is committed to the region’s unique creative community and engaging with critical issues in contemporary art.“It would be the understatement of the decade to say that I am excited about the opportunities a city-wide exhibition like Converge 45 presents,” says Viveros-Fauné.Read the full story, created in partnership with Here is Oregon.

Christian Viveros-Fauné. Photo: Will Lytch. 

Deb Schallert appointed to Cultural Trust Board of Directors
Deb Schallert, a retired Portland General Electric cultural and historic resources and environmental compliance manager, has been appointed to the Oregon Cultural Trust Board of Directors by Governor Kate Brown. Deb’s work at PGE focused on hydroelectric and wind projects; her responsibilities included tribal consultation with Northwest tribes. She also held numerous positions throughout the state for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and served on Oregon’s State Advisory Committee for Historic Preservation, several years as chair. “We are extremely fortunate that Deb is dedicating her wealth of experience and expertise to advancing the Cultural Trust in Oregon,” said Niki Price, chair of the Cultural Trust Board. “I am honored and thrilled to be appointed to this position and serve Oregon’s richly diverse communities and culture,” says Deb.Read the full release. Deb Schallert

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