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Oregon arts groups receive $200,000 in grants in 2015


Fifteen Oregon arts groups that provide services to broad populations have been awarded $200,000 in 2015 Arts Services grants to fund ongoing operations.

The grants, ranging from $3,000 for Baker City’s Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center, Inc. to $33,000 for Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council, were approved at the Oregon Arts Commission’s June 27 meeting, held at Newberg’s Chehalem Arts and Culture Center.

Awarded to arts councils and organizations serving diverse geographical areas of the state, the grants recognize groups that encourage all people to participate in arts activities while enhancing the capacity of artists to contribute to the economic, social and cultural well-being of their communities.

Applications are evaluated based on quality of services and outcomes; organizational capacity and sustainability; and community impact.

“Part of our mission is to empower the groups who are transforming their communities through the arts,” said Commission Vice Chair Libby Tower, who chaired the grant panel. “These organizations offer ongoing, high-quality artistic programming, outreach programs in the community and opportunities for arts learning.”

Lake Oswego’s Lakewood Theatre Company/Lakewood Center for the Arts received a grant of $9,000.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance received a grant of $10,600.

Regional Arts & Culture Council received a grant of $33,000, and Young Audiences of Oregon and southwest Washington received a grant of $7,200.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.