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2016 ‘CONVERSATIONS WITH FUNDERS’ SCHEDULED

Salem, Ore. – Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Trust’s Cultural Partners -- Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office -- February 9 through March 3 for “Conversations with Funders,” a 12-stop state tour encouraging cultural nonprofits to apply for close to $5 million in collective grant funds.

Representatives from the Oregon Community Foundation and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council also will attend some events.

Organizations encouraged to attend “Conversations with Funders” include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

“There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians,” said Schreiner. “We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support them.”

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust’s 2017 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted on the Trust website for an application deadline of April 22 (see details below).

“Conversations with Funders” begin Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Astoria and are scheduled in regional flights. Registration is not required. The schedule is:

Oregon Coast – all events 4-6 p.m.

• Astoria: Tuesday, Feb. 9, Columbia Hall, Clatsop Community College (1651 Lexington Ave.)

• Lincoln City: Wednesday, Feb. 10, Lincoln City Cultural Center (540 NE Highway 101)

• Florence: Thursday, Feb. 11, Florence Event Center (715 Quince St.)

Southern, mid-Valley & Central Oregon – all events 4-6 p.m.

• Medford: Tuesday, Feb. 16, Medford Library (205 South Central Ave.)

• Eugene: Wednesday, Feb. 17, Maude Kerns Art Center (1910 E 15th Ave.)

• Bend: Thursday, Feb. 18, Brooks Room, Downtown Bend Public Library (601 NW Wall St.)

Willamette Valley and Portland – all events 4-6 p.m.

• Salem: Tuesday, Feb, 23, Green Room, Center for Community Innovation (1255 Broadway St. NE, #110)

• Portland: Wednesday, Feb. 24, Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society • (1200 SW Park Ave.)

• Hillsboro: Thursday, Feb. 25, The Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 East Main St.)

Eastern Oregon and the Gorge – all events 4-6 p.m.

• Baker City: Tuesday, March 1, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (2020 Auburn Ave.)

• Pendleton: Wednesday, March 2, Heritage Station Museum (108 SW Frazer Ave.)

• Hood River: Thursday, March 3, Hood River Library (502 State St.)

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants:

The Oregon Cultural Trust’s Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. 2015 was a successful fundraising year for the Cultural Trust. A record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $2.6 million. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust’s five statewide partners – to support their projects and respective grant programs – and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2017 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2016 and July 30, 2017.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22.

For more information contact Schreiner at aili.schreiner@oregon.gov or by calling 503-986-0089.

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Guest opinion: Double your contribution for free

This is a letter to the editor submitted by Mark Buser of Johnstone Financial Advisers in Lake Oswego. It was recently published in the Lake Oswego Review.

I love November. It’s the season of giving, and I give thanks to the people who volunteer their time and resources to make my world a better place. In our local community, we can see the impact they make with public art sculptures, theater, concerts, and events.

There are over 1,400 arts and cultural organizations across Oregon, each making life better for the communities and cities they serve. Arts and cultural nonprofits survive on ticket sales, fundraisers, grants and donations and their life-blood comes from their volunteers.

If you are among those who enjoy supporting arts and culture, there is a little-known tax mechanism authorized by the State legislature that could double your gift and reduce your out-of- pocket cost up to 60%, depending on your marginal tax bracket.

Here is how it works. First, search for your favorite arts and cultural nonprofits at www.culturaltrust.org to make sure they qualify for the program. Then, add up your total gifts and make a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Joint tax filers may make a matching gift to the cultural trust of up to $1,000, and individuals can match up to $500. By matching the gifts you make to your local arts and cultural organizations with an equal donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust, you receive a state and federal tax deduction on the amounts you donate locally, an additional federal tax deduction on your match, PLUS a dollar for dollar tax credit for the amount sent to the Cultural Trust. To look at it another way, the state of Oregon is allowing you to direct up to $1,000 of your state taxes to the Cultural Trust.

Here is an example. A husband and wife with an income of $250,000 are supporters of the local community, and every year donates $250 each to the Lake Oswego Arts Council, Lake Oswego School Foundation, Lakewood Theater Company, and the Oswego Heritage Council (a total of $1,000). When they file their 2015 taxes, they receive a Federal and State tax deduction that reduces their out-of-pocket cost of the gift by as much as 42%. Taking the deductions into consideration, a $1,000 gift would have an out-of-pocket cost of $580. After reading a column in the Lake Oswego Review about the tax benefits of the Cultural Trust, they decide to make a $1,000 matching gift to the Trust. Their total donation of $2,000 doubles their federal tax deduction, and the $1,000 match to the Cultural Trust is refunded dollar for dollar with a tax credit. Their out-of-pocket cost on the $2,000 in gifts is $241, nearly 60% lower than the cost of giving $1,000. They doubled their gifts to arts and culture and paid less out-of-pocket to do it.

Last year the Cultural Trust raised $4.4 million of which $2.6 million was distributed as grants to arts and cultural organizations throughout the state. The balance of $1.8 million was invested in a permanent fund dedicated to providing financial resources to arts and cultural nonprofits well into the future.

Giving to the Oregon Cultural Trust essentially leverages your donation in support of arts and cultural organizations, allowing you to direct up to $1,000 of your state tax dollars to the arts at no additional cost to you.

Mark Buser is Executive Vice-President and Financial Advisor for Johnstone Financial Advisors in Lake Oswego and serves on the Lake Oswego Arts Council Board. Contact him at Mark.Buser@JohnstoneFinancial.com.

 

2015 Days of Culture to celebrate how Oregonians experience culture

Salem, Ore. – “Active is an understatement. Oregonians are erupting with imagination…” So starts the new brand anthem for the Oregon Cultural Trust and it’s true. Oregonians constantly revel in their culture, but for eight days in October it’s a statewide event.

Days of Culture 2015 will celebrate the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting Oregonians to share snapshots and videos of their own cultural experiences. Those posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #OregonCulture will be considered for use in Cultural Trust promotional materials.

Traditionally a weeklong celebration of events and activities presented by Oregon’s 1,400 cultural organizations, coalitions and tribes, Days of Culture commemorates the Oct.8 anniversary of the Cultural Trust, established in 2001. The decision to expand the celebration to feature individual experiences came from a desire to demonstrate how interwoven our culture is with everyday life.

“Many people think culture is exclusively about art, humanities and history,” said Aili Schreiner, Cultural Trust manager. “Certainly going to a concert, reading a book or visiting a monument are cultural experiences, but so is celebrating a birthday by eating cake or landing your first salmon on the Columbia River. Our culture is defined by who we are, what we do and how we experience life.”

All Oregonians are invited to share their culture by capturing a photo or video of a cultural moment or event (anything from a visit to a lighthouse, a poetry reading, a sporting event or a concert to a quinceanera or a book club) and posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #OregonCulture. The goal is to digitally showcase a range of cultural experiences from around the state. All posts will be considered for Trust promotional usage; the individual who posted will be contacted if their image or video is selected.

Days of Culture also launches the Trust’s fundraising season; those who gave or give a 2015 donation to one of Oregon’s designated 1,400 cultural nonprofits are eligible for a tax credit if they make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust. For details on Days of Culture 2015 and the tax credit, visit www.CulturalTrust.org.

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New Cultural Trust brand celebrates statewide creativity, expression and exchange

Salem, OR – A record year of fundraising and grant-making has culminated in a fresh brand for the Oregon Cultural Trust – a brand that is energetic, empowering and recommitted to serving culture in all 98,000 square miles of the state.

“We are really proud of this work and how it communicates the Cultural Trust,” said Executive Director Brian Rogers. “We believe it does a great job of advancing our vision of an Oregon that champions investment in our shared values of creative expression, cultural exchange and inspired innovation.”

The result of an intensive and inclusive rebranding process conducted with the Trust’s creative agency partner, Grady Britton, the rebranding was informed by a strategic planning process that began with 14 town meetings across the state. It also included stakeholder interviews and a creative workshop with cultural partners, board members and staff. All were asked: What is the Trust? Why does it matter?

“We are such fans of all that makes Oregon great that helping the Trust bring its mission to life in a whole new way was our complete pleasure,” said Andy Askren, Grady Britton’s executive creative director and partner. “In working with the Trust's employees, board and other stakeholders, we were struck by how expansive and yet singular the purpose and passion of the Trust is - it exists to keep Oregon, Oregon!”

“The work fell out naturally,” added Askren. “The effort was just in nailing the ‘rightness:’ those perfect design details and word nuances that made it real and wonderful. We couldn't be more proud to support a mission this rich, this vital to the state we love.”

“Grady Britton also developed materials to explain the unique role of the Trust in supporting Oregon culture," said Carole Morse, Cultural Trust board chair. “They are simple and straightforward. Our biggest challenge has always been sharing how the Trust, through the cultural tax credit, fuels Oregon culture,” said Morse. “I think Grady Britton’s work gives us a real shot at demystifying the Oregon Cultural Trust.” # # #

Trust grants record $2.6 million to partners, coalitions and organizations

Salem, Ore. – Statewide cultural organizations will receive a record $2.6 million in grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust in fiscal year 2015-16, up a full 30 percent over last year and surpassing $2 million for the first time. The dramatic increase in funding results from a record fundraising year and a new distribution formula approved by the Oregon legislature.

The awards include a total of $644,959 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); $644,959 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions (who re-grant the funds through local programs); and $1,260,945 to 84 cultural organizations through competitive Cultural Development Grants, more than double the amount awarded last fiscal year. The Cultural Development Grants include first-time awards to 25 organizations and the largest grants ever awarded - $35,000 – to six of the state’s largest cultural nonprofits. The grants are awarded for projects that address access, capacity, creativity and preservation.

“We are extremely grateful to members of the legislature for giving us the flexibility to provide deeper support to the groups who ensure Oregon’s cultural vitality,” said Cultural Trust Executive Director Brian Rogers. “The increased funds will allow them to have an even greater impact on creating the quality of life we Oregonians expect and appreciate.”

The new distribution formula, put in place through the passage of Senate Bill 441, allows the Trust to allocate a larger percentage of the funds it raises to grant making and administration. The Trust raised a record $4.4 million in fiscal year 2014-15, through donor participation in the cultural tax credit, allowing it to allocate $2.6 million to statewide grants.

Cultural Development Grants were awarded to:

(Note: Grants are organized alphabetically by region. * denotes a first-time grant.) 

Central Oregon

Arts Central, Bend (Capacity): $12,296

Central Oregon Creative Economy Development: To support the creation of an actionable plan to enhance the Central Oregon cultural economy.     

Deschutes County Historical Society, Bend (Preservation): $14,164

Winter Comes: Oregon's Nordic Ski History: To support Deschutes Historical Museum’s exhibit Winter Comes: Oregon’s Nordic Ski History in 2016.

High Desert Museum, Bend (Access): $16,645

Arts for the People: To support an exhibit exploring the history and cultural legacy of the Works Progress Administration           

Coast

Bay City Arts Center,* Bay City (Preservation): $5,839

Hoquarton Historical Interpretive Center Roof Replacement: To support the replacement of the roof of the Hoquarton Historical Interpretive Center building.

Liberty Restoration, Inc., Astoria (Preservation): $8,445

Theater Preservation and Restoration: To support the preservation and restoration of the Historic Liberty Theater building.

 

North Tillamook Library Board,* Manzanita (Capacity): $21,201

Creating Community Technology and Education Room: To support repurposing existing library facility to create community technology and education room.  

Eastern Oregon

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton (Access): $5,000

First Draft Writers and Readers: To support First Draft, a free monthly literary arts series at the Pendleton Center for the Arts.    

 

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale (Preservation): $10,249

Vale Hotel Restoration: To support the Vale Hotel structural stabilization, architectural and engineering project.

 

Fishtrap, Inc., Enterprise (Access) $10,187

The Big Read 2016: To support Wallowa County’s community-wide Big Read of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town & The Bridge of San Luis Rey” in January and February of 2016.

Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario (Access): $14,628

Four Rivers Community Theatre: To support the growth and increased participation of the Four Rivers Community Theatre program.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph (Creativity): $16,367

Exhibitions at Josephy Center: To support the ongoing Josephy Center Exhibition calendar including art, lectures, music and films.       

Playa,* Summer Lake (Creativity): $24,961

Art/Science Thematic Residencies: To support the creation of exemplary artworks born from art+science residency interaction. 

Wallowa Valley Arts Council,* Joseph (Access): $11,800

Nez Perce Interpretive Center at Joseph: To support the purchase of the long-established Native American interpretive center at Joseph. 

Gorge

Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts,* Government Camp (Preservation): $19,930

Roofs for Cascadia Center for Arts & Crafts: To support new roofs on an historic United States Forest Service ranger station where CCAC offers workshops to the public in the fall of 2015.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles (Capacity): $5,000

Collections Equipment Improvement: To support the purchase and installation of computer/scanner equipment for the center’s collections operations.          


Southern Oregon

Dancing People Company,* Ashland (Creativity): $5,993

Call Back the Sun, a Winter Solstice Community Dance and Celebration:   To support the 10th year of DPC's Call Back the Sun, a community-inclusive Winter Solstice show.    

Douglas County Museum,* Roseburg (Preservation): $9,580

To support the ongoing restoration of O&C railcar #3001 at the Douglas County Museum.  

Josephine Community Libraries, Inc., Grants Pass (Access): $12,972

Collection Development Project: To support the Collection Development Project and rebuild the library’s books and other materials.     

Klamath Art Association,* Klamath Falls (Access): $18,319

Sugarman's Corner Pocket Park: To support sculpture in a pocket park honoring Klamath Basin’s biological and historical diversity.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland (Creativity): $35,000

Creation and Production of “Vietgone” and “The Winter’s Tale:” To support the 2016 pairing of “Vietgone” by Qui Nguyen and “The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare.

Rogue Valley Chorale,* Rogue River (Capacity): $5,000

Marketing Project: To support a sustainable marketing plan including templates designed for in-house use.           

Rogue Valley Symphony Association,* Ashland (Capacity): $18,300

Marketing capacity: To support the increased marketing of Rogue Valley Symphony concerts and hiring a marketing assistant.     

Willamette Valley

Delgani String Quartet,* Eugene (Creativity): $5,270

A Celebration of Oregon Art: To support the production of Delgani's four-concert project titled "A Celebration of Oregon Art."  

Eugene Concert Choir, Eugene (Creativity): $25,449

Remembrances Project: To support the Remembrances Creative Heights choral-orchestral masterwork commission project.     

Eugene Opera, Eugene (Capacity): $15,684

Service Expansion Project: To support an expanded program of season productions and community engagement.     

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene (Access): $13,890

ESYO String Academies: To support ESYO String Academies and teach music to elementary students of all backrounds.  

Grand Ronde Tribe Cultural Resources Department,* Grand Ronde (Preservation): $33,543

Curatorial and Exhibit Renovation: To support the creation of curatorial space through renovation in the Museum and Cultural Center.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Salem (Creativity): $27,651

The Art of Ceremony: Conversations with Oregon Tribes. To support the writing and publication of The Art of Ceremony: Conversations with Oregon Tribes.

Joint Forces Dance Company, Inc., Eugene (Capacity): $7,878

Stabilizing DanceAbility International’s Oregon Programs:  To support more access to mixed-abilities dance with additional staff and an improved office.           

Lane Arts Council, Eugene (Capacity): $21,408

Arts Asset Mapping: To support development of a county-wide Arts Asset Map and accompanying interactive web-based tools.

Linfield College, McMinnville (Preservation): $6,130

Oregon Wine History Archive: Janis Miglavs and Oregon Pinot Camp Collections. To support the digitization of and access to interviews of contributors to Oregon’s wine industry.

Museum of Natural & Cultural History, Eugene (Preservation): $34,000

Redesign of MNCH anchor cultural exhibition hall: To support the redesign of the cultural exhibit hall, Oregon-Where Past is Present. 

Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health,* Salem (Preservation): $6,865

Photo and Document Archive: To support cataloging, digitizing and archiving images and documents from Oregon State Hospital sites.

Oregon State University, Corvallis (Preservation): $5,000

Oregon Black Railroad Porters Oral History Preservation Project: To support the preservation of and access to Oregon black railroad porters’ oral histories.

Portland Metro Area

All Classical Public Media, Inc., Portland (Capacity): $35,000

On-Air Programming Expansion Project: To support expansion of All Classical’s program staff, on-air services and production facilities.       

Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro (Creativity): $5,000

Orson Welles' "Moby Dick, Rehearsed:" To support artists’ wages for our production of Orson Welles' “Moby Dick, Rehearsed” in the spring of 2016.

BodyVox, Portland (Creativity): $20,045

The Spin: To support The Spin, a bold new dance show that blends live performance and audience participation in the fall of 2015.

c3:initiative,*  Portland (Creativity): $10,407

Demos Exhibition and Programs: To support the exhibition and Community Dialogues Series of Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility in the fall of 2015.

Caldera, Portland (Creativity): $12,645

Caldera's Artists in Residence Program: To support the development of artists from Oregon and around the world through one-month residencies at Caldera.     

Cappella Romana, Portland (Creativity): $16,285

The Choral Works off Michael Adamis: Performances & Recording. To support concerts in Oregon and a recording of choral works by Greek composer Michael Adamis.

Circus Project, Portland (Access): $13,099

Increased Access to Hands-On Circus Arts Instruction and Performance for Youth: To support 2015-16 circus arts training in schools as well as social services and a new studio.  

CoHo Productions, Portland (Capacity): $9,886

Theatre Consultation Program: To support a program providing resource and administrative management to professional artists.

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland (Creativity): $24,866

Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art. To support the production and exhibition of Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art.          

Ethos, Portland (Access): $17,024

Music Across Oregon: To support music education opportunities for youth in rural Oregon communities. 

Friends of the Cornelius Public Library,*  Cornelius (Capacity): $8,212

New Library and Community Convening Space: To support a new library to expand collections and provide space for more community involvement.       

Friends of William Stafford,* Lake Oswego (Capacity): $4,000

Website Update: To support a website upgrade that will allow the organization to advance its mission and build membership.      

Imago Theatre, Portland (Creativity): $7,262

La Belle: The Lost Art of the Automaton. To support the creation of a new family show, "La Belle: The Art of the Automaton."        

Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland (Capacity): $22,827

IPRC Staffing and Retail Capacity-Building Project: To support capacity building and sustainability via staffing increases and retail space improvement.

Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Portland (Creativity): $4,445

“Davita's Harp:” To support JTC’s adaptation and world premiere production of Chaim Potok’s novel “Davita’s Harp”          in the spring of 2016.

Know Your City,* Portland (Capacity): $9,363

Capacity building initiative:  To support increasing Know Your City’s programming capacity by hiring a full-time Program Coordinator. 

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland (Access): $14,888

Lan Su Chinese Garden’s 9th Annual Chinese New Year: To support expanded public access to Lan Su's 2016 Chinese New Year celebration.

Literary Arts, Portland (Access): $17,314

The Oregon Book Awards & Author Tour: To support literary excellence in writing by Oregonians and to facilitate a statewide author tour.       

Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland (Access): $7,704

Outreach and Tuition Assistance: To create access to music via peer-to-peer education at underserved schools with tuition assistance.           

Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland (Preservation): $11,787

Collections and Archives Accessibility Project: To support the creation of a publically searchable online database of the museum’s permanent collection.

My Voice Music,* Portland (Capacity): $12,123

Preparatory Assessment and Strategic Staff Increases for A Community Music Space:  To support preparations for a capital campaign to move into a long-term community music space.       

Northwest Dance Project, Portland (Creativity): $16,141

NEW NOW WOW: To support the commission, creation and presentation of three dance works by emerging choreographers in the fall of 2015.

Northwest Film Center, Portland (Access): $14,937

Northwest Film Center's Northwest Exhibition Program: To support the Northwest exhibition program, including year-round programs, festival and tour.

 

Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestras,*  Portland (Access): $8,666

BRAVO Community Performance: To support the creation and delivery of a concert series in underserved communities in Oregon. 

Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland (Access): $16,538

A. Susana Santos' Journeys in Creativity: To support the Journeys in Creativity program for Native communities in Oregon.

 

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Portland (Capacity): $7,326

Capacity Building through Community Engagement: To support marketing to promote programming, membership development and outreach to new audiences.   

Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Portland (Creativity): $8,021

“Nihonmachi: The Place to Be.” To support two performances of the play “Nihonmachi: The Place to Be” in the fall of 2015.

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland (Access): $35,000

Oregon Experience: 2015-16 Season. To support the 2015-16 season of the award-winning history series Oregon Experience.

Oregon Repertory Singers,* Portland (Creativity): $7,481

Dvořák’s Stabat Mater: To support the Portland premiere of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, to be performed by ORS at the Newmark Theater in the fall of 2015.  

Oregon Symphony, Portland (Access): $35,000

2015 Oregon Symphony Waterfront Festival of the Arts: To support access for all to experience excellence in orchestral music with a free live concert.       

Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland (Capacity): $20,666

The Right Patron Services for Portland Baroque Orchestra: To support Portland Baroque Orchestra’s new patron services manager & marketing assistant.

Portland Center Stage, Portland (Creativity): $35,000

2016 JAW: A Playwrights Festival. To support the creation of new theatrical works at the 2016 JAW: A Playwrights Festival.  

Portland Children’s Museum,* Portland (Capacity): $29,176

Theater Renovation: To support PCM's theater renovation for enhanced play and cultural programming.

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble,* Portland (Creativity): $8,413

The Journey Play is the Whole Thing: A Constellation of Art Events, Objects and Experience. To support the creation and production of a series of integrated works of art.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland (Access): $15,627

TBA:15: To support the planning and implementation of the 13th edition of the Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival in September of 2015.          

Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland (Access): $35,000

Opera ala Cart: To support the creation and pilot of Portland Opera’s outreach project OPERA ALA CART in May of 2016.

Portland Playhouse, Portland (Creativity): $21,290

“How We Got On:” To support production of the west coast premiere of “How We Got On” by Idris Goodwin in the fall of 2015. 

Portland Youth Philharmonic Association, Portland (Capacity): $6,244

Bridge to the Future: Year 2. To nurture PYP as a relevant, visible, accessible, stable and historic resource for young musicians.                                                                                            

RASIKA,* Portland (Creativity): $8,208

Duality: Indian musical dance. To support the first major three-day music and dance Festival of India in three Oregon cities. 

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland (Capacity): $12,369

Work for Art: Battle of the Bands. To support Battle of the Bands in May of 2016 to raise money for and celebrate employee engagement in the arts.   

Scandinavian Heritage Foundation , Portland (Capacity): $24,034

Data Driven Decision and Outreach Improvement Project:  To improve capacity for data-driven decision-making, optimizing human and financial resources.

 

Tavern Books, Portland (Creativity): $17,052

The Living Library Publishing Program 2015-2016: To support the growth of Tavern Books' Living Library publishing program.

The Library Foundation, Portland (Access): $6,128

Everybody Reads 2016: To support the purchase of 2,000 books and transportation for 750 teens for Everybody Reads.

The Northwest Photography Archive, Portland (Preservation): $16,369

Enduring Spirit: Photographs of Northwest Native Americans, 1855–1928. To support research and image restoration for “Enduring Spirit” a book of historical photographs.  

The Shadow Project,* Portland (Access): $12,786

Increasing Access to Literature for Children with Special Needs: To support the installation of SuperSensory Literacy Spaces in eight schools' special education classrooms.        

Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Portland (Creativity): $6,140

Frozen Music: light and music in Aalto's library. To support a musical installation designed by architect Alvar Aalto at the Mt. Angel Abbey Library.         

Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland (Capacity): $10,203

New Membership Model: To support an innovative membership model that will deepen participation and attract new audiences.

triangle productions!,* Portland (Access): $8,273

The Jim Pepper Project Touring: To support touring a new Native American-themed work to underserved, tribal communities.     

Write Around Portland, Portland (Access): $12,925

Creative Writing in Washington County: To support creative writing workshops for those with the least access in Washington County.          

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, Portland (Creativity): $11,799

The Teaching Artist Studio:  To serve 45 artists in three communities with training through The Teaching Artist Studio. 

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2015 ‘Conversations with Funders' scheduled

Salem, Ore. – Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for “Conversations with Funders,” a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust’s 2016 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted for an application deadline of May 15 (see details below).

Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

“There are more than 1,400 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians,” said Schreiner. “We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support their activities.

“Conversations with Funders” begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay, Bend and Oregon City. The schedule, with participants, locations and registration links, are:

Wednesday, April 1

9:30-11:30 a.m.: Richard E. Wildish Theatre, Springfield Register

2-4 p.m.: Cedar Room, Coos Public Library, Coos Bay Register

Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office.

Thursday, April 2

10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Art Station, Bend Register

Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Humanities.

Tuesday, April 7

10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City Register

3 pm- 5 p.m.: The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles Register

Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust with Oregon Humanities, State Historic Preservation Office, and Oregon Arts Commission

Registration is encouraged but not required. Information on all grant programs will be available at all events.

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants

The Oregon Cultural Trust’s Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. New guidelines posted for 2016 also encourage applicants to consider how their projects might help broaden awareness of the value of culture.

As 2014 was a record fundraising year for the Trust, a record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $600,000. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners - to support their projects and respective grant programs - and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2016 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between August 1, 2015 and July 20, 2016.

The deadline to apply is 5 pm on Friday, May 15.

Note: Schreiner will lead a webinar for prospective Cultural Development Grant applicants from 3 to 4 pm on Wednesday, April 8.

Oregonians invest a record $4.3 million in culture in 2014

Salem, Ore. – Oregonians increased their investment in culture by more than 4 percent in 2014, donating a record $4.3 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust.

“It’s an incredible outcome given it was a year of significant transition for the Trust,” said Executive Director Brian Rogers, who assumed his role in July. “We welcomed new Trust Manager Aili Schreiner in August and were without a full-time communications manager until October. We worked very hard to ensure all was in place for year-end giving, and these results are really rewarding for all of us.”

“This speaks to the strength of the relationship donors have with the Cultural Trust,” added Trust board member Bob Speltz, who completed three years as chair in December. “While we are constantly refining our marketing, the loyalty of our donors is unquestioned.”

It will be a couple of weeks before full analytical data is available, said Schreiner, but staff is hopeful the increase – the largest in the Trust’s history – is due to growth in new donors and online giving. “We diverted more of our marketing dollars to digital advertising and creating a mobile application for our website,” she said. “We also focused the campaign exclusively on the last three months of the year, which is historically when the donations come in.”

A total of $678,331 in donations was received on Dec. 31, more than 15 percent of the total dollars raised. There also was a significant increase in donations received through the Willamette Week Give!Guide, which raised $295,680, more than $50,000 more than the year before.

The Cultural Trust distributes $.42 of each donor dollar in grants and puts $.58 into a permanent fund, currently valued at just over $25 million. In 2014 the Trust awarded $1.8 million in grants to its statewide partners, 45 county/tribal cultural coalitions and 51 cultural nonprofits through a competitive grant program.

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Chuck Sams and Gayle Yamasaki appointed to Oregon Cultural Trust board; Carole Morse succeeds Bob Speltz as chair

Salem, Ore. – Chuck Sams of Pendleton and Gayle Yamasaki of Klamath Falls are the newest members of the Oregon Cultural Trust board. The appointments were announced at the Dec. 11 Cultural Trust board meeting; Sams and Yamasaki were nominated by Gov. John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. At the same meeting, board member Carole Morse, the former longtime president of the PGE Foundation, was unanimously approved to succeed Bob Speltz as chair of the Cultural Trust board.

“We are excited by these appointments,” said Kendall Clawson, Gov. Kitzhaber’s deputy chief of staff and arts and culture policy adviser. “Chuck is a recognized leader in Native American conservancy efforts and Gayle has tremendous experience, passion and influence in the state’s education field.

“We also are extremely proud and grateful to have Carole Morse agree to serve as the Trust’s next board chair. Her track record as a cultural advocate and fundraiser is unparalleled. For her to make the Trust one of her priorities is a tremendous gift. We thank Bob Speltz for his leadership and service and are fortunate to have the mantle passed between two such steady hands.”

Sams, the director of communications for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, grew up on the reservation where he is enrolled Walla Walla and Cayuse, with family ties to the Yanktonia Sioux and Cocopah Tribes. After graduating from Pendleton High School he joined the U.S. Navy, graduating with honors from the United States Navy Intelligence Training Center A School. He spent several years in Naval intelligence, then returned home in 1992 to begin a dedicated conservancy career. In 2000 he received a U.S. President’s Service Medal from the White House and the Points of Light Foundation for his work on salmon restoration in the Columbia River basin. He also was honored as a 2011 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award finalist for his dedication to the repatriation of conservation and cultural lands to tribes.

“Oregon’s diverse culture is to be celebrated and the Cultural Trust supports visionary Oregonians and cultural organizations that keep our heritage alive,” said Sams. “Being able to serve as a member of the board is an honor and privilege and I look forward to sustaining the great work happening across our state.”

Yamasaki is an education and cultural leader in Klamath Falls and southern Oregon. She is currently the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program coordinator for the Klamath Falls City School District and an advocate for the arts, culture and heritage through her role as a “story catcher.” Most recently, she has led two projects focused on intergenerational and cross-cultural education programs. In 2007, Gayle worked with the Oregon Institute of Technology on “Voices: A Legacy of Hopefulness” to connect students and tribal elders through a photography project. In 2013, she led “Breaking the Silence: The Power of Voice,” an interpretive student visual art project using Japanese American experiences/stories from the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

“My goal is to increase access for rural and at-‘promise’ youth to the arts,” said Yamasaki, “to have them take part in the richness of culture, art and heritage that is not only reflective of who they are but what they can be.”

Morse retired as president of the Portland General Electric Foundation in May after almost 19 years of service. Her work with PGE’s Foundation and as its community investments manager received national and regional attention, including a Business for Culture and the Arts Top Ten award -- recognizing the top 10 companies in the country that support the arts -- and a 2001 Oregon Governor’s Arts Award. Morse serves as immediate past chair on the board of All Hands Raised and currently chairs the 50th Anniversary Gala for Portland Opera (scheduled for June of 2015). She has been honored for her arts advocacy by Oregon Children's Theatre, Young Audiences of Oregon/SW Washington, the National Association of Counties and Multnomah County. In 2013, she received the Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award from the Public Relations Society of America and the John Hampton arts leadership award from BCA.

"Having been a Trust advocate since its inception, I am thrilled to be working with an incredible staff and board to encourage many more Oregonians to take advantage of the tax credit so that we can achieve our goals of robustly supporting arts, culture, humanities and heritage in our beautiful state," said Morse.

Sams and Yamasaki begin their four-year terms immediately. Morse assumes her role as chair of the Trust board on Jan. 1. # # #

2014 Days of Culture to celebrate how Oregonians experience culture; Prizes awarded daily Oct. 1-8 for social media posts

A good meal, attending a quinceañera, or a visit to the museum: Days of Culture 2014 will celebrate the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting Oregonians to share snapshots of their own cultural experiences.

Traditionally a weeklong celebration of events and activities presented by Oregon’s 1,300 cultural organizations, coalitions and tribes, Days of Culture commemorates the Oct.8 anniversary of the Cultural Trust, established in 2001. The decision to expand the 2014 celebration to feature individual experiences came from a desire to demonstrate how interwoven our culture is with everyday life.

“Many people think culture is exclusively about art, humanities and history,” said Aili Schreiner, Cultural Trust manager. “Certainly going to a concert, reading a book or visiting a monument are cultural experiences, but so is celebrating a birthday by eating cake or landing your first salmon on the Columbia River. Our culture is defined by who we are, what we do and how we experience life.”

All Oregonians are invited to share their culture by capturing a photo of a cultural moment (anything from a sporting event to a backwoods hike) and posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #thisisculture. The goal is to digitally showcase a range of cultural experiences from around the state. Everyone who posts will be eligible to win a daily prize; prizes include: a Portland Trail Blazers package; a stay at The Lodge at Kah-Nee-Ta; Oregon Symphony tickets; passes to the Oregon Coast Aquarium; and lodging at the historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, Ore.

Days of Culture also launches the Trust’s fundraising season; those who gave or give a 2014 donation to one of Oregon’s designated 1,300 cultural nonprofits are eligible for a tax credit if they make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust.

For details on Days of Culture 2014 and the tax credit, visit www.CulturalTrust.org.

Aili Schreiner named Oregon Cultural Trust Manager

Salem, Ore. – Aili Schreiner, an experienced leader and project manager in the non-profit and heritage community, is the new manager of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Schreiner succeeds Kimberly Howard, who recently accepted a position with PGE’s social responsibility team.

“We’re delighted to welcome Aili to the Oregon Cultural Trust,” said Bob Speltz, Trust board chair. “Her work over the past eight years in support of Oregon’s cultural organizations will enable to her to successfully strengthen partnerships and invest in creative place making through collaborations that build and celebrate the creative economy.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have found someone as qualified and energetic as Aili to manage the Oregon Cultural Trust,” added Brian Rogers, executive director of the Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission. “Her experience working with heritage and history organizations, as well as her proven track record in fundraising and coalition building, makes her an exciting addition to our team.”

Schreiner’s most recent position was program director for the Confluence Project, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring public lands at heritage sites along the Columbia River. During her four-year tenure, she raised more than $6 million in capital and programming funding and created and implemented “Gifts from Our Ancestors,” a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary K-12 education program working with tribal artists, elders and tradition keepers. She also led strategic marketing and communication plans.

From 2006 to 2009 she served as the senior project manager for Oregon 150, the state commemoration of Oregon’s sesquicentennial, where she developed and oversaw project budgets, sponsorships and grant applications. She also secured and developed government, nonprofit, business and partner relationships and created Oregon Stories, a signature project to collect and distribute more than 600 written, audio and visual first-person narratives from and about Oregonians.

Schreiner’s experience also includes editing “Reflections on the Presidency” for the Oregon Historical Society Press and serving as a visitor services representative for the Oregon Historical Society. She graduated with honors with a bachelor’s in history from Lewis and Clark College, where she focused on Native American history and gender studies. She is a member of the Estonian Society of Portland and served on the advisory board of the Chinook Nation Website Project and the planning board for the 2012 centennial commemoration of Oregon women’s suffrage.

"I am thrilled to join in the great work of the Oregon Cultural Trust,” said Schreiner. “Our culture is the face of Oregon – one increasingly recognized nationally. The strength of our arts, humanities, heritage, preservation and tourism initiatives are points of entry for all Oregonians, both new and old. I am proud that Oregon is the home of this unique enterprise – cultural funding for the people, by the people. How very Oregonian!”

 

Schreiner begins her duties as trust manager on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

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