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NEA: $1.2 million in Oregon grants


The National Endowment for the Arts today announced its latest round of grants, more than $80 million across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. jurisdictions. Oregon’s share is $1,219,200 among 17 groups and agencies – more than half to the Oregon Arts Commission, which then makes further grants throughout the state. Funding ranges from hiring a folklorist at the High Desert Museum in Bend to developing a new tribal arts and culture plan in Coos Bay to creating a new work at Eugene Ballet.

The complete Oregon list:

High Desert Museum, Bend:

$45,000 to support a folklorist position at the High Desert Museum.

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Coos Bay:

$50,000 to support the development of an arts and culture master plan to establish guidelines for public art and architecture that will celebrate sites of historical significance in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Eugene Ballet, Eugene:

$15,000 to support the creation of a ballet, The Large Rock and the Little Yew, based on a short story about courage, perseverance, self-respect, and hope.

Eugene Symphony Association, Eugene:

$15,000 to support a series of concerts, a composer residency, and community engagement events.

University of Oregon, Eugene:

$47,000 to support the Oregon Folklife Network’s (OFN) apprenticeship program, Culture Fest programming, and related administrative salaries.

University of Oregon (on behalf of Oregon Bach Festival), Eugene:

$25,000 to support the Oregon Bach Festival’s BachAbility Project.

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Caldera (aka Camp Caldera), Portland:

$20,000 to support a year-long multidisciplinary arts education residency program for students from underserved communities in Central Oregon.

Cappella Romana, Portland:

$15,000 to support a concert series of Byzantine chant and Orthodox choral music in San Francisco.

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland:

$25,000 to support the Curator-in-Residence program.

Literary Arts, Portland:

$45,000 to support literary programming.

Network of Ensemble Theaters (aka NET), Portland:

$20,000 to support Ensemble MacroFest USA, a national series of day-long conference events focused on serving the ensemble theater field.

Oregon Children’s Theatre Company, Portland:

$30,000 to support the commission, development, and world premiere of Fun and Games, a new play by Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry.

Portland Community Media, Portland:

$20,000 to support the New Media Fellowship, a residency program for artists working in immersive and emerging media.

Regional Arts & Culture Council (aka RACC), Portland tri-county area:

$45,000 to support The Right Brain Initiative, a professional development program to foster whole school arts integration.

Western Alliance of Arts Administrators Foundations (aka Western Arts Alliance), Portland:

$55,000 to support the Advancing Indigenous Performance Program.

Wisdom of the Elders, Incorporated, Portland:

$15,000 to support production of a short film for the Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series.

Oregon Arts Commission, Salem:

$732,200 to support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan.

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