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Oregon Cultural Trust May 2020 Update

Oregon Cultural Trust News and Updates

Oregon Cultural Trust News and Updates

May 2020

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Anis Mojgani named Oregon’s 10th Poet LaureateNewly appointed Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani

Governor Kate Brown has named Anis Mojgani (AH-neess Mozh-GAH-nee), a two-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam and an International World Cup Poetry Slam winner, to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. Anis succeeds Kim Stafford, who has held the post since 2018, to become Oregon’s 10th Poet Laureate.

“Anis is the pragmatic optimist Oregon needs in these unprecedented times,” says Governor Brown. “His words breathe fresh air into the anxiety and negativity that we all feel. He urges us to resolutely reflect in the moment and with each grounding breath, our hearts ‘come closer and come into this.’”

Born in New Orleans to Black and Iranian parents, Anis first called Oregon home in 2004. He is the author of five books of poetry including his latest, “In the Pockets of Small Gods.”

Watch Anis perform “Come Closer.”

Read the full release.Newly appointed Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani. Photo by Ryan Longnecker.

Updated COVID-19 resources for cultural organizations

The Cultural Trust continues to update relief resources for cultural organizations impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. New to the list is $450,000 in funding from Oregon Humanities made possible by the CARES Act funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Western States Arts Federation’s WESTAF CARES Relief Fund for Organizations, which opened May 6.

The Business Oregon Small Business Navigator is updated daily, with many resources open to nonprofits.

Panelist grant application review process begins

Artifacts at the Portland Chinatown Museum, a FY2020 Cultural Development grant award recipient.

Artifacts at the Portland Chinatown Museum, a FY2020 Cultural Development grant award recipient.

Soon after the May 8 application deadline for the Cultural Trust’s FY2021 Cultural Development Program, volunteer grant panelists will begin their review process. Applications are reviewed and scored by individuals chosen for their diverse cultural expertise and geographic, ethnic and gender diversity. The review panels will meet between June 9 and 18 and their scores are used to rank the applications.

Based on panel ranking, Trust staff prepares funding recommendations that are reviewed and acted on by the Cultural Trust Board of Directors in July. Grant awards will be announced in August.

Cultural organizations among hardest hit by health crisis

A recent survey by Business Oregon revealed that the arts, creative and recreation industry ranks at the top of business sectors suffering losses due to the COVID-19 health crisis. If able, cultural donors are urged to consider making donations early this year to help sustain the organizations that make a difference in their community.

As always, matching donations to the Cultural Trust prior to June 30 will increase the funds available for FY2021 grant making. The funding pool for grants is calculated based on fiscal year donations, with up to 60 percent allocated for grant making and the remainder for permanent fund growth.A recent survey by Business Oregon shows that the arts, entertainment and recreation industry has suffered more than any sector except accommodations during the COVID-19 health crisis.

A recent survey by Business Oregon shows that the arts, entertainment and recreation industry has suffered more than any sector except accommodations during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Cultural Trust survey to capture COVID-19 relief needs

While awaiting Legislative consideration of its Emergency Cultural Relief Fund proposal, the Cultural Trust is reaching out to Oregon’s 1,400+ cultural nonprofits to survey them on COVID-19 impacts and progress in securing other relief funding.

The survey will be distributed via direct email on Friday, May 8, with a deadline of May 17. Results will help to build a case for passage of the Cultural Relief Fund.Like most performing arts groups, the Little Ballet TheatrLike most performing arts groups, the Little Ballet Theatre in Warrenton has cancelled all classes and performances during the COVID-19 health crisis. Little Ballet Theatre in Warrenton has cancelled all classes and performances during the COVID-19 health crisis.

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