Cultural Coalition of Washington County Announces over $38,000 in County-wide Cultural Investments

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Eva Calcagno, Manager
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cultural Coalition of Washington County Announces over $38,000 in County-wide Cultural Investments

Reception to Honor 23 Grant Recipients Takes Place July 11th at Jenkins Estate

Washington County, Oregon: The Cultural Coalition of Washington County (CCWC) recently awarded grants totaling $38,479 to 23 county organizations for cultural projects to be conducted between July 2012 and June 2013. Grants were distributed through a competitive process to address goals of the Washington County Cultural Plan in amounts ranging from $906 to $2000.

The total amount distributed was less than the previous year by about $4500, due to a reduced distribution from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Funding for this grant program comes from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which distributes money to Oregon counties and tribes annually for re-distribution to support local community cultural programs. This year’s awards bring the total benefit to the county over the past eight years to $263,076.

To celebrate their achievements and the importance of cultural programming to the economic, civic, and educational vibrancy of the county, Community Newspapers, in partnership with the Westside Economic Alliance and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, is hosting a reception to honor the work of the 2012-13 grant recipients and the Coalition. The reception, which includes presentations and performances by grant recipients, takes place
Wednesday, July 11th, 5:30 – 7 PM, at Aloha’s beautiful, tree-shaded Jenkins Estate.

“The Coalition has made extra effort to reach out to the community over the last year, and we were very pleased that seven grants went to first time recipients,” noted Georgia Harker, Coalition chair. Harker added, “With fewer funds to distribute the decision process was difficult. There were many worthy grant applications.” A total of 32 applications were received from a variety of large and small arts, heritage and humanities organizations from across the county. Grants will support projects including music, theater, dance, children’s programs, community cultural events, heritage, and art experiences in communities from Beaverton to North Plains, Hillsboro to Sherwood.

2012-13 Washington County Community Cultural Participation Grant recipients:

Aloha Community Library Association $2,000 Summer Reading Program
Bag & Baggage Productions $2,000 The Kabuki-Titus
Beaverton Arts Foundation $1,500 Ten Tiny Dances 2012
Beaverton Historical Society $906 Historic Preservation & Interpretation
Beaverton Symphony Orchestra $2,000 Young Artists Competition 2013
Broadway Rose Theatre Company $1,500 Student Technical Internships
Friends of the North Plains Public Library $2,000 One Book, One Community Program 2013
Helvetia Community Association $1,800 Helvetia Cultural Fest
Hillsboro Community Arts $2,000 Showtime at Shute! Concert series
Hillsboro Visual Art Association, Sequoia Gallery $2,000 “Hip 2B Square” Wall Hanging System
Mask & Mirror Community Theatre $1,500 Traveling Thespians outreach program
Masque Alfresco $1,000 2012 Summer Park Tour, Goldoni's Superior
Music in Small Spaces $1,400 Ronn McFarlane in Concert
Oregon College of Art & Craft $1,990 Support for Jordan Schnitzer Family Art Adventures Summer Camp
Painted Sky Inc. $2,000 Native American Dance Labs
Sherwood Foundation for the Arts $1,715 2012 Summer Outdoor Musical, The Wizard of Oz
STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy $1,850 Take The Stage Workshops
The Beat Goes On Marching Band $1,200 Acquisition of Marching Band Percussion Equipment
Walters Cultural Arts Center $1,500 Spoken Word Series 2012-13
Washington County Art Alliance $1,000 Washington County Open Studios Tour Brochure
Washington County Museum $2,000 Touching History Mobile Museum
Westside Cultural Alliance $1,618 Developing and implementing communication strategies
Willowbrook Center for the Development of Human Potential $2,000 Scholarships for Latino Students (100 free camper days)

Total Awarded FY12-13: $38,479

The CCWC 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. The Oregon Cultural Trust receives its funding from donors who receive a generous state tax credit for giving as long as their contribution to the Trust is matched by equal or greater charitable gifts to any number of Oregon’s 1,300 cultural nonprofits. Washington County is home to over 100 heritage, humanities and arts nonprofits. The list and more information about the Cultural Trust can be found at www. culturaltrust.org.

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The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.

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