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Coalition grants boost local cultural projects

19 area organization among 30 groups in county to earn awards


by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - An energetic crowd sings along to Journey cover band Stone in Love's rendition of 'Faithfully,' during the Tualatin Hills Park and Recration District's annual Groovin' on the Grass concert. The park district secured a $1,500 grant for its summer concerts and theater productions in the park series.The Cultural Coalition of Washington County recently awarded grants totaling $37,978 to 30 local organizations for cultural projects to be conducted between January and December 2014. 

Grants were distributed through a competitive process to address goals of the Washington County Cultural Plan in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000. The total amount distributed was about the same as the previous grant cycle, but distributed to more organizations. 

“The coalition continues to try to reach new, local organizations as we know that even small grants make a big difference to community-based arts organizations,” noted Lesly Sanocki, coalition chair. 

A total of 38 applications were received from a variety of large and small arts, heritage and humanities organizations from across the county. Five first-time applicants were awarded grants.  by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Aloha Community Library Association secured a $1,800 for its bilingual, community programming efforts.

Grants will support projects including music, dance, theater, children’s programs, community events, storytelling, poetry, heritage and art experiences in communities from Beaverton to Forest Grove, Helvetia to Sherwood.

This is the second round of grants awarded this year by the coalition due to an administrative change requested by the Oregon Cultural Trust. In June, more than $38,000 in grants was distributed for projects occurring between July 2013 and June 2014. 

From this point forward, grants will be distributed annually on a calendar-year basis. 

Funding for this grant program comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which distributes money to Oregon counties and tribes annually to support local community cultural programs. This year’s awards bring the total of grants distributed in Washington County in the past nine years to $339,199. 

The Oregon Cultural Trust receives its support through a unique tax credit program. An Oregon resident can make a donation to the trust and then match that with a donation to a local arts, heritage or humanities organization. Then, when it is time to pay Oregon taxes, the donation to the local organization qualifies as a charitable contribution, and the donation to the trust can be deducted as a full tax credit. 

For details on the program or to make a donation, visit the Oregon Cultural Trust website, culturaltrust.org. Donations made by Dec. 31 qualify for a 2013 tax credit.

The coalition was appointed in February 2005 by the Washington County Board of Commissioners to administer and distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust to support locally based arts, heritage and humanities projects. For more information about the coalition, visit culturalcoalitionofwashingtoncounty.org.by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - The ISing Choir in Beaverton earned a $1,000 grant to support its ISing Noel concert and Christmas in France program.

2014 Grant recipients from local community groups:

  • Aloha Community Library Association: A Gift for this Community — $1,800

  • Bag & Baggage Productions: Original Score for “King Lear” — $1,500

  • Beaverton Art and Culture Foundation: Visual Arts Showcase and Plein Air 2014 — $2,000

  • Beaverton Civic Theatre: Beaverton Cares tickets 2014 — $1,750

  • Beaverton Historical Society: For historic clothing — $500

  • Broadway Rose Theatre Company: Student Technical Internship Program 2014 — $1,000

  • ISing Choir: ISing Noel and Christmas in France — $1,000

  • Ka’ana ‘Ike A Ka ‘Ohana Foundation: Hawaiian Immersion Summer Camp — $500

  • Mai3M, Inc.:  Indian Dance Festival — $1,000

  • Masque Alfresco: 2014 Summer Park Tour, Moliere’s “Would Be Gentlemen” — $1,000

  • Music in Small Spaces: Explore Japanese Music — $1,580

  • Oregon College of Art and Craft: Jordan Schnitzer Family Art Adventures, student scholarships — $1,000

  • Portland Festival Ballet: Free performance tickets for Beaverton School District students — $2,000

  • Sherwood Historical Society: Sherwood History Camp — $1,150

  • Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District: Concerts and Theater in the Park — $1,500

  • Tualatin Historical Society: Where am I from? Tualatin’s Immigrant History — $500

  • Washington County Cooperative Library Services: Marketing support for Art of the Story 10th annual Storytelling Festival — $1,993

  • Washington County Art Alliance: Open Studios Tour 2014 — $945

  • Westside Cultural Alliance: Community outreach and networking support — $655



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