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Oregon Arts Commission Awards Two Grants to Caldera

July 12, 2012


The Oregon Arts Commission granted Caldera with a $10,000 operating support grant and a $13,500 youth mentoring program grant.  The Commission granted over $1.1 million statewide with sixty-four arts organizations from Hillsboro to Oregon City receiving $801,000 for fiscal year 2012-13.  This year’s round of grants, totaling $1,254,500 statewide, was awarded to Oregon arts organizations through the Commission’s Operating Support, Arts Services, and Arts Learning programs.


Chris D’Arcy, OAC Executive Director, notes that the grants help arts organizations deliver abundant services across Oregon. “Not only do the programs supported by these grants expose people to great art and inspire us with live performance and new works – they pay dividends to Oregon through job retention, community vitality and lifelong learning for our citizens.”


The Commission’s Operating Support grants support the operations of Oregon’s leading arts groups and recognize artistic excellence as well as the role that arts organizations take in the broader social, educational and economic areas of community life. Arts Services grants provide operating funds for local and regional arts councils and other groups working to make the arts accessible in all parts of Oregon.

Arts Learning grants support the arts as a powerful link to overall learning and educational achievement, contributing to Oregon’s development of a 21st century workforce. The arts learning grants to Oregon Children’s Theatre and Oregon Symphony Association for example, will serve more than 20,000 students each, many at economically disadvantaged schools. The Portland Taiko grant will help the company reach 17,000 school children and Northwest Film Center will expose 4,000 students K-12 to film career opportunities.


According to a June, 2012 economic impact study by Americans for the Arts based on Fiscal Year 2010 information, cultural organizations contribute $253 million to the Metro area economy each year and generate 8,259 full time jobs, making the arts the area’s 14th largest employer.


Caldera, which was awarded two grants, expects to serve 375 Portland-area students at its Central Oregon summer arts camp for at-risk, inner city youth, plus subsequent long-term mentoring program. The Portland non-profit will provide another 5,000 middle and high school students with resident artists in their schools.


From its inception in 1996, Caldera has served roughly 65,000 students, 1,600 in the camp and seven-year mentoring program. “This grant has a very profound impact for us in terms of supporting the deepening of our program,” said Caldera Executive Director Tricia Snell. The non-profit employs 11 people full time in its Northwest Portland office and contracts with 50 seasonal staff who come from all over Oregon to work at its camp outside Sisters.  Caldera also hires five to 10 resident artists per year for its in-school programs.


The 2012 summer camp, which starts Saturday, July 14 at their Central Oregon facility, will focus on media arts and creative technology, radio in particular. “We have classes in digital storytelling through audio technology, music production and podcasts,” said Snell. A number of collaborators have put their horsepower behind the program, including OPB, LiveWire! and several cable access media outlets.


Caldera has received national recognition from the President’s Council for the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. “It is wonderful to get the same recognition on the state level,” she said. And, like most non-profits, she admits that the Arts Commission grant, “gives us leverage to seek further funding.”


In Portland the grantees were:

All Classical Public Media                                                                 $4,000

Architecture Foundation of Oregon                                                 $6,000

Artists’ Repertory Theatre                                                                 $12,000

Broadway Rose Theatre Company                                                   $15,000

Business for Culture and the Arts                                                     $9,000

Caldera (operating support)                                                          $10,000

Caldera (youth mentoring program)                                             $13,500

Cappella Romana Vocal Ensemble                                                   $6,000

Chamber Music Northwest                                                               $20,000

Friends of Chamber Music                                                                $9,000

Children’s Healing Art Project                                                         $4,000

The Circus Project                                                                              $3,000

Curious Comedy Theater                                                                  $3,000

Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center                                               $7,000

Ethos Music Center                                                                            $15,000

Hand2Mouth Theatre                                                                       $4,000

Hollywood Theatre                                                                            $8,000

Imago Theatre                                                                                    $5,000

Independent Publishing Resource Center                                        $8,500

Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe                                 $4,000

Literary Arts (writing workshops in Portland Public Schools)       $9,000

Literary Arts (operating support)                                                     $15,000

Metropolitan Youth Symphony                                                        $8,000

Miracle Theatre Group (arts education programs)                          $5,000

Miracle Theatre Group (leadership/advocacy/arts services            $6,500

Miracle Theatre Group (operating support)                                     $12,000

Museum of Contemporary Craft                                                      $10,000

Newspace Center for Photography                                                  $5,000

Northwest Dance Project                                                                  $7,000

Northwest Documentary Arts & Media                                          $5,000

Northwest Film Center                                                                      $12,000

Oregon Ballet Theatre (education/outreach programs)                   $5,000

Oregon Ballet Theatre (operating support)                                      $25,000

Oregon Children’s Theatre                                                                $18,000

Oregon College of Art and Craft                                                      $10,000

Oregon Symphony Association (operating support)                       $35,000

Oregon Symphony Association (pre-k – 12 education programs)  $8,000

Pacific Northwest College of Art                                                      $12,000

Pacific Youth Choir                                                                           $5,000

PHAME Academy                                                                             $5,000

PlayWrite                                                                                            $8,000

Portland Art Museum                                                                       $45,000

The Portland Ballet                                                                            $5,000

Portland Baroque Orchestra                                                             $20,000

Portland Center Stage (operating support)                                      $18,000

Portland Center Stage (youth education programs)                        $8,000

Portland Chamber Orchestra                                                            $4,500

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus                                                              $7,000

Portland Institute of Contemporary Art                                          $18,000

Portland Opera Association (operating support)                            $50,000

Portland Opera Association (Opera2Go education program)        $13,500

Portland Piano International                                                            $8,000

Portland Symphonic Choir                                                               $7,000

Portland Taiko (three Oregon school programs)                             $7,000

Portland Taiko (operating support)                                                  $8,000

Portland Youth Philharmonic Association                                       $9,000

RASIKA Society for Arts of India                                                     $3,000

Regional Arts & Culture Council (Right Brain Initiative)               $15,000

Regional Arts & Culture Council (arts services)                              $20,000

Regional Arts & Culture Council (operating support)                    $18,000

Tears of Joy Theatre                                                                           $14,000

Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Inc.                                           $4,000

Third Rail Repertory Theatre                                                            $5,000

Triangle Productions!                                                                        $4,000

White Bird Dance                                                                              $15,000

Wordstock                                                                                          $8,000

Write Around Portland                                                                     $11,000

Young Audiences of Oregon, Inc.                                                     $8,500


In Washington County, Bag & Baggage Productions of Hillsboro was awarded $4,000.


Lakewood Center for the Arts ($10,000), The Art Gym at Marylhurst  ($5,000), Arts Action Alliance Foundation ($9,000) and Clackamas Repertory Theatre ($4,000) received funds in Clackamas County.


The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.


The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.  www.oregonartscommission.org



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