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Oregon Cultural Trust News

News and Updates November 2020
“You literally saved Camelot”

Gratitude pours in for Coronavirus Relief Funding for Cultural Support Tears of joy. That was the response from many cultural leaders when they learned they were among the 621 recipients of $25.7 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Cultural Support grant awards distributed by the Cultural Trust. The funding not only saved, but also gave needed hope, to many organizations. Below are just a few of the heartfelt notes the Cultural Trust has received from across the state.

“Thank you and the Trust for the award. You literally saved Camelot,” Dann Hauser, executive director, Camelot Theatre, Talent.

“This grant made us all SMILE for the first time in over a month!!!” Sue Densmore, executive director, Friends of Oregon Caves and Chateau, Grants Pass.

“We are grateful beyond words. Your work has meaning, it is inspirational/aspirational and has impacted our community. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Maureen C Ter Beek, vice chair, Curry County Cultural Coalition.

“You all make me believe that when you do good, good happens eventually.” said Sushmita Poddar, founder, Bollywood Movez, Portland.

“The award notice brought us close to tears of relief… this grant is a lifeline. Without it, I’m not sure we would have survived.” Ruth G. Shelly, executive director, Portland Children’s Museum
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Cate O’Hagan (far left) from the Deschutes County Cultural Coalition presents Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support checks to Sisters cultural organizations: (left to right) Chris Schaad of Sisters Rodeo; Marla Manning of Silent Echo Theater Company; Dawn Boyd of Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show; and Crista Munro of Sisters Folk Festival.

Talent’s Camelot Theatre miraculously survived the fires that destroyed buildings just across the street. Year-end campaign focused on protecting Oregon culture Despite the incredible impact of the CRF Cultural Support relief funding, the continued ban on large gatherings means a majority of cultural organizations are still suffering losses. The focus of the Cultural Trust’s fall fundraising appeal is to urge more Oregonians to contribute to cultural nonprofits and then to leverage those dollars by participating in the cultural tax credit program to ensure funds for next year’s cultural grant programs.

Ads for the campaign will build on the shared anticipation for a return to in-person events while encouraging donors to help protect culture. As always, support from the cultural community in spreading the word is incredibly appreciated.

One easy way to support the fall campaign is to invite a Cultural Trust representative to make a presentation at a virtual board meeting. The 10-minute presentation ensures understanding of how the cultural tax credit works and how easy it is to claim.

“This has been a challenging year for cultural organizations,” says Aili Schreiner, trust manager, “but we know that when Oregonians support each other, we succeed.” To schedule your board presentation, email Schreiner at [email protected].

Annual grants also awarded $2.7 million awarded to 128 cultural organizations Amidst the flurry of news about the CRF Cultural Support program, the Cultural Trust hasn’t yet properly congratulated the 128 organizations that shared $2.7 million in grants awarded through our annual grant programs.

The awards include a total of $676,760 to the Cultural Trust’s five statewide partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office); $676,760 to 45 County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions – for regranting in their communities; and $1,353,520 in competitive Cultural Development Program awards to 78 cultural organizations serving most geographic regions of the state.

Many of the Cultural Development grant awards support engagement efforts during social distancing. Highlights include: preserving and sharing Hawaiian traditional cultural practices online and in person by first-time grant recipient Kapi Oanuenue in Ashland; cultural programs to reengage the community by the Tower Theatre Foundation in Bend; “From the Streets to the Symphony,” a documentary of new music by houseless young filmmakers and Oregon Symphony creative chair Gabriel Kahane by Outside the Framein Portland; and the development of the first Oregon Online African American Museum by Oregon Black Pioneers in Salem.

First-time Cultural Trust grant award recipient Kapi Oanuenue of Ashland.

A 1953 photo of the Bear-Sleds Ranger Station, to become the new home of the Wallowa History Center, supported by a FY2021 Cultural Trust grant award. Giving guides go live in Portland, Central Oregon In addition to its longstanding sponsorship of the Willamette Week Give!Guide in Portland, this year the Cultural Trust also is participating in the Central Oregon Gives Guide presented by The Source Weekly in Bend. The Portland Give!Guide is live now. Central Oregon Gives, which raised more than $500,000 for local nonprofits in its first year (2019), goes live on Nov. 14.

Both guides showcase local arts and culture organizations and promote the cultural tax credit opportunity. They also offer donor incentives and prize opportunities, including a Give!Guide McMinnville Wine Country Package on Dec. 29, sponsored by the Cultural Trust. Check them out!
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