Cultural Trust awards more than $ 3.4 million to 138 Oregon cultural organizations

Salem, Ore. – A new library for Grants Pass, the restoration of an iconic log cabin in Sisters, 10 of the Montavilla Jazz Festivalth Celebration of the anniversary and multimedia documentation of the rise of the Talent community from the ashes of the Almeda fire: these are just some of the important artistic, cultural and humanistic projects that will be supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust’s FY2023 grants.

Grant awards for fiscal year 2023 totaling an historic $ 3,422,748 will be distributed to 138 arts, heritage and humanities organizations across the state, the Cultural Trust announced today. Made possible by the generous Oregonians who invested a record $ 5.7 million in the cultural tax credit in fiscal 2022, this year’s awards bring the cumulative total of Cultural Trust grants to nearly $ 40 million. since its foundation in 2001.

FY2023 awards include a total of $ 855,687 to the Cultural Trust’s five state partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society, and State Historic Preservation Office); and $ 855,687 to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions, who award themselves an annual average of 450 additional awards in their communities.

Additionally, $ 1,711,374 in competitive grants from the Cultural Development Program will go directly to 88 cultural organizations serving most of the geographic regions of the state.

“It’s amazing and rewarding to see our funding for Oregon culture grow every year,” said Niki Price, chair of the Cultural Trust’s board. “Through the pandemic and economic instability, Oregonians remain committed to preserving and strengthening the organizations that bring so much beauty and meaning to our lives.”

“We have now passed the 10,000 grants since the Cultural Trust was formed,” said Brian Rogers, executive director. “And thanks to the incredible success of the new Celebrate Oregon! plaque, which funds the promotion of the cultural tax credit, we are poised to involve even more Oregonians in the future. We are confident that the best is yet to come for Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities. “

Recipients of the FY2023 cultural development program include 11 organizations receiving their first Cultural Trust award, 65% of which are located outside Portland. The first recipients include:

  • Illuminated theatricalitySalem: $ 17,983

Support a vacationing family production of “SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL” made up of professional, community artists and students.

  • Friends of the Opera HouseElgin: $ 12,599

Support the Friends of the Opera House in offering specialized training for its actors, inviting acting teachers, singing instructors, choreographers and visual artists to workshops with the community theater.

  • PassinArt: a theater companyPortland: $ 37,336

To support the Pacific Northwest Multi-Cultural Readers Series & Film Festival 2023 August 18-21. The Festival will include live theater, lectures, films, youth workshops, art development workshops and panels that will showcase the new work of BIPOC storytellers from Oregon and across the country. The hybrid festival will also include a gala and cultural and civic celebrations, creating citywide access and excitement for this exciting body of work.

  • Northwest Rice Rocks and Minerals MuseumHillsboro: $ 13,613

Support the creation of timesheets, maps, brochures and road signs available on-site and online, as well as training staff on how to best use the new resources with the visiting public.

Other highlights of cultural development recipients include:

  • Santiam Pass Ski Lodge friendsSisters: $ 29,080

To support the restoration of the historic Santiam Pass Ski Lodge through the repair and restoration of its iconic stone foundations, chimney and chimney.

  • music workshop, Portland: $ 22,623

To support access to free, multicultural music education resources for Oregon K-8 music teachers and their students, creating an inspiring and culturally relevant music story and appreciation programming, then collaborating with school administrators and music teachers to implement programming in their curriculum.

  • Historic talent societyTalent: $ 8,451

Support the Talent Historical Society in documenting the Almeda fire, its impact on the Talent community and the recovery of the city to be preserved and shared. The Historical Society has collected stories, images and videos in the voices of the residents in two languages. The story to share with the public in a book, a museum exhibit and a portable exhibition “Fire Remnants”.

  • Josephine Community Library FoundationGrant Passport: $ 31,175

To support the purchase of a centrally located piece of property for the future headquarters of the new branch of the Grants Pass library and a common community that will more fully meet the information, culture, technology and collection needs of the community of local residents.

The 88 Cultural Development Grants range from $ 5,000 to $ 38,000 with an average award of $ 19,396. 66% of the 133 eligible applications were funded.

The Cultural Development Program awards fund nonprofit projects that increase access to culture, invest in organizational capacity, support community creativity, and provide historical preservation. The questions were reviewed and evaluated by peer review groups; the final amounts of the award were determined and approved by the Cultural Trust’s Board of Directors at their meeting on 28 July. Over 60 percent of Cultural Trust funding (including county and tribal coalition awards) is awarded outside of the Portland metropolitan area.

See a full list of county and tribal cultural coalition assignments.

See the list of 88 beneficiaries of Cultural Development, in alphabetical order by region.

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Created in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust was established as an ongoing funding engine for arts, heritage, and humanities across the state. The funding comes through the Cultural Tax Credit, which empowers Oregonians to direct more taxes than they pay to support cultural opportunities for all. Oregon is the only state in the country that offers its citizens this choice. Sixty percent of the money goes directly to cultural organizations and agencies in the form of grants. The remaining 40 percent help grow a permanent culture fund. It is described by the Oregonian as “A way to make the payment of state taxes satisfactory”. Oregonians allocated a record $ 5.7 million in state taxes to finance the arts, heritage and humanities in fiscal year 2022. The Trust’s three grant programs fund five state partners, 45 County and tribal coalitions Other qualified cultural non-profit organizations through competitive cultural development grants. Find out more at