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Governor Brown names Elizabeth Woody Oregon's eighth Poet Laureate

Salem, Ore. – Governor Kate Brown has named Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs and Portland to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. Woody will be Oregon’s eighth poet laureate since 1921. She succeeds Peter Sears, who has held the post since 2014.

“The energy of Elizabeth Woody's words bring to life the landscapes, creatures and people who make Oregon special," Governor Brown said. "As Poet Laureate, she will be a great asset to our state, using vivid storytelling to help us understand who we are as a larger community."

Woody was born on the Navajo Nation reservation in Ganado, Arizona, but has made her home in Oregon for most of her life. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, she has published poetry, short fiction and essays, and also is a visual artist. “Hand Into Stone,” her first book of poetry, received a 1990 American Book Award. In 1994 she published “Luminaries of the Humble (University of Arizona Press)” and “Seven Hands, Seven Hearts (The Eighth Mountain Press).”

“It was a real pleasure to watch the selection committee coalesce around the recommendation of Elizabeth Woody as Oregon's eighth Poet Laureate,” said Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, who administers the Poet Laureate program on behalf of the Cultural Trust.

“Committee members from all parts of the state pointed to the power of Elizabeth's poetry, the energy and dignity she would bring to the position, and the resonance of her voice,” Davis added. “Her love of this place should find a perfect outlet in the position of Poet Laureate, and the position of Poet Laureate will be honored by having her in the role.” Woody received the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association in 1995 and was a finalist in the poetry category for the Oregon Book Awards for 1994. She is an alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through the AIO Ambassadors program, and was selected for the J.T. Stewart Fellowship from Hedgebrook. She has taught writing workshops and has lectured throughout the country. From 1994 to 1996, Woody was a professor of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“The power of language in poetry, song, story and legacy has kept Oregon's communities vibrant,” said Woody. “The literature of this land is the sound of multiple hearts and the breath of many listened to while forming as individuals in this world. It is an honor to be Oregon’s poet to serve our state’s communities in the next two years and reflect upon their strength.”

Woody attended the IAIA and later earned a bachelor's degree in Humanities with an emphasis in English from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In 2012 she received a Master of Public Administration Degree through the Executive Leadership Institute of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She was a founding board member of Soapstone, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting women writers. She also was a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national organization headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. She served as a program officer for the Meyer Memorial Trust from 2012 to 2015.

The Oregon Poet Laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon. Woody will provide at least six and up to 20 public readings per year in settings across the state to educate community, business and state leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression.

A 20-person committee of writers, poets and cultural leaders reviewed nominations in February and made its recommendation to the Cultural Trust and its statewide partners - Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office. The Governor approved the committee’s recommendation this week. Past Oregon Poets Laureate were Edwin Charles Markham (1921–1940), Ben Hur Lampman (1951–1954), Ethel Romig Fuller (1957–1965), William Stafford (1974–1989), Lawson Inada (2006–2010) and Paulann Petersen (2010-2014).

Woody will assume the Poet Laureate role the last week of April. A public ceremony to welcome her and thank Sears will be announced soon.

Video link: Elizabeth Woody reads from “New Poets of the American West, (ed. Lowell Jaeger),” an anthology of poets from 11 western states at a Portland State University MFA program.



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Gustavo Morales of Ontario and Niki Price of Lincoln City appointed to Cultural Trust board

Salem, Oregon –Gustavo Morales, a nonprofit executive from Ontario, and Niki Price, director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, have been appointed to the Oregon Cultural Trust Board of Directors by Gov. Kate Brown. The appointments were confirmed by the Oregon Senate on Feb. 16 and bring the board to a full complement of 11.

“We are extremely fortunate that two such passionate and dedicated cultural advocates have committed their talents to the Cultural Trust,” said Trust Board Chair Carole Morse. “We also welcome their perspective as strong representatives of two rural but vibrant Oregon communities.”

Morales is currently the executive director of EUVALCREE, a Latino-based organization in Ontario, Oregon, that is focused on developing the social capital and leadership capacity of underrepresented populations. He also is a consultant for the Northwest Cooperative Development Center. He is completing his master's in business administration through Boise State University and holds a bachelor's in psychology with a neuroscience emphasis from Pacific University.

“This appointment is a welcome opportunity to share and shed light on my culture, way of life, and community in Eastern Oregon so that we may learn to embrace our differences and use our cultures as assets rather than be the reason why we are torn apart,” said Morales.

Price has led the Lincoln City Cultural Center since 2011. She also serves as the volunteer co-chair of the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition and on the boards of the Siletz Bay Music Festival and the Walter R. Behrens Foundation. She previously spent seven years as the editor and co-owner of Oregon Coast Today, an arts and entertainment weekly. Price graduated with honors from University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in English literature, theatre and humanities.

“I am deeply honored to be asked to serve my state and industry by contributing my time to the Oregon Cultural Trust,” said Price. “I look forward to serving with this impressive group of volunteers, and meeting other like-minded advocates in Oregon, as we all strive to make our home a more beautiful and meaningful place to live."

Morales and Price will attend their first Cultural Trust board meeting March 17 in Astoria.

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Oregonians donate $4.56 million to culture in 2015!

Salem, Ore. – Oregonians said a resounding YES to culture in 2015, donating a record $4.56 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust. The total is a 5.4 percent increase over 2014 and the largest annual increase since the 2008 recession.

“This is a powerful vote of support for culture,” said Executive Director Brian Rogers. “Every donation we receive is an Oregonian saying ‘Culture is important.’ “It’s also a vote of confidence in our new brand,” he added. “We’ve heard a lot of positive comments, but this is the greatest endorsement we could receive.” The new brand, rolled out in September, is more energetic and empowers all Oregonians to celebrate the state’s “98,000 square miles of YES!”

“It is so gratifying to see this growth,” said Carole Morse, chair of the Cultural Trust Board of Directors. “The more we raise, the more we can award in grants to our cultural network. So a great year of fundraising is a great year of grantmaking – everybody wins!”

Giving trends include continued growth in online giving, up 5.2 percent, and younger donors - due in large part to the Trust’s participation in the Willamette Week Give!Guide. Donations to the Trust through the Give!Guide totaled $356,850 – an increase of more than $60,000 over 2014.

Thanks to new 2015 legislation (SB 441), the Trust now distributes up to 60 percent of every dollar raised in statewide grants, while at least 40 percent is placed into a permanent fund currently valued at just over $26 million. Previously, the distribution formula specified only 42 percent could be used for annual grantmaking. The new funding allocation enabled the Trust to award a record $2.6 million in 2015. The grants were distributed through the Trust’s five Cultural Partners – Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation – as well as through the Trust’s 45 county/tribal coalitions and directly to cultural nonprofits through competitive Cultural Development Grants. Grants ranged from a few hundred dollars, awarded through the county/tribal coalitions, to record $35,000 Cultural Development Grants awarded to the state’s six largest nonprofit cultural projects.

“The new legislation allows us to be more responsive to the needs of the cultural community,” said Rogers. “We will have a greater impact on strengthening Oregon’s cultural network in 2016 and beyond.” This year projects supported by the Cultural Trust include:

• the renovation of Astoria’s Liberty Theater;

• the Lan Su Chinese Garden’s Chinese New Year Celebration;

• a High Desert Museum exhibit exploring the history and cultural legacy of the Works Progress Administration;

• the writing and publication of The Art of Ceremony: Conversations with Oregon Tribes by the Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University;

• the expansion of All Classical Public Media’s program staff, on-air services and production facilities;

• Fishtrap’s community-wide Big Read of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” and “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” in Wallowa County;

• Ethos’ Music Across Oregon music education in rural communities;

• the digitization of and access to interviews of contributors to Oregon’s wine industry at Linfield College; and

• Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 pairing of “Vietgone” by Qui Nguyen and “The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare.

See a full list of Cultural Trust grant projects here:

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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 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 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


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

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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           


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. 


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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