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Oregon Cultural Trust January 2020 News and Updates

Oregon Cultural Trust January 2020 News and Updates

Grant seekers alert!

2020 “Conversations” series features more funders than ever

The 2020 Conversations with Funders and Partners tour will begin in Portland on Feb. 19 and conclude in Bend on March 12 with eight stops overall.
“Conversations” are informal information sessions that enable grant seekers to learn about funding programs available and have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming.
More funders than ever before will join the Cultural Trust, including the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office as well as The Oregon Community Foundation, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Travel Oregon, Oregon Parks and Recreation, the State Library of Oregon, the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, Business Oregon’s Regional Development Officers and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council, among others.
Special note: Free grant writing workshops, presented by Travel Oregon, will be held in conjunction with the events in Coos Bay, Pendleton and Bend.
Read the release, with full schedule and registration links for the free grant writing workshops.
Alana Garner, working with the La Grande Main Street Downtown program, shows her economic development spirit during the 2018 La Grande Conversations event.

Guidelines now posted for FY2021 Cultural Trust grants

Among the funding opportunities discussed at the upcoming “Conversations with Funders and Partners” sessions will be the Cultural Trust’s FY2021 Cultural Development Program (awards to be announced summer of 2020).
Grant guidelines are now posted for a Friday, April 17, application deadline. The application link with go live in February.
In 2019 the Cultural Trust awarded more than $2.7 million in statewide grants. Cultural Development Program grants represent one third of the annual funding the Cultural Trust provides to Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners – to support their mission goals and respective funding programs – and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives, projects and programs.
FY2021 Cultural Development Program grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021.
For more information contact Aili Schreiner at [email protected] or 503-986-0089.
A scene from the Willamette Light Brigade's 2019 Portland Winter Light Festival
A scene from the Willamette Light Brigade’s 2019 Portland Winter Light Festival. The 2020 Winter Light Festival, scheduled for Feb. 6-8, is supported by a FY2020 Cultural Development grant award from the Cultural Trust.

2019 Give!Guide donations set all-time record

While the Cultural Trust’s 2019 fundraising results are still being finalized, there is one number worth celebrating now. Cultural Trust donations on the Willamette Week Give!Guide reached an all-time high of more than $443,000. The previous Give!Guide record was $407,000, set in 2017.
The Cultural Trust is incredibly grateful to its partners at Willamette Week – and to Give!Guide donors – for their steadfast support of Oregon culture.
A theme graphic from the 2019 Willamette Week Give!Guide.

Grant Project Spotlight

Theater enhances learning at Beaverton Civic Theatre

Supported by a FY2020 Cultural Development grant award, the Beaverton Civic Theatre’s Young Audience series integrates theater with early literacy practices, serving as a brain-building resource for parents and caregivers.
Next up in the series is “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience” on Feb. 8, 9 and 15. Wilbur, played by Jonathan Moothart, surprises his fellow naked mole rats by discovering a love for clothing and style – eventually proving there’s no need to be just like everyone else.
The 10 a.m. events on Feb. 8 and 15 are sensory performances, designed for children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities and other disabilities.
All tickets are $5 and are available here.
The cast of Beaverton Civic Theatre’s “Naked Mole Rat Dressed: The Rock Experience.”

Roberta Kirk of Warm Springs honored with national spirit award

Congratulations to Roberta J. Kirk of Warm Springs on her First Peoples Fund 2020 Community Spirit Award! The award honors Roberta for her traditional beadwork and regalia as well as her devotion and service to her community and tribe. A master artist in the Oregon Folklife Network’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Roberta was nominated by Riki Saltzman, the executive director of the Folklife Network.
“I believe it is because of her deep cultural knowledge that Roberta is able to imbue her regalia-making with such spirit and devotion,” says
Riki. “She embodies the Indigenous values of integrity, community and generosity.”
Roberta J. Kirk wearing one of her traditional Plateau Shell dresses
Roberta J. Kirk wearing one of her traditional Plateau Shell dresses.

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