Oregon Arts Organizations to Receive Small Operating Grants for Fiscal Year 2022 | Community

Small grants that often make a big difference in ensuring access to the arts for Oregonians, especially in rural areas, have been awarded to 109 arts organizations statewide by the Commission on arts organization for fiscal year 2022. Twelve more small arts organizations qualified over fiscal year 2021.

Awarded to arts organizations in virtually every region of the state, small operating grants are designed to provide support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000. Eligibility is limited to organizations that have operated as an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for two or more years and that provide ongoing and sustained arts programming and outreach programs . Each organization received $2,178, just over double the amount awarded in fiscal year 2021.

“The Arts Commission’s small operating grants allow tiny, all-volunteer organizations to have outsized impact,” said Erin Scheessele, executive director of Orgelkids USA. “It allows us to dream bigger and bring a little wonder to our communities. For Orgelkids, this meant we could focus our resources on designing and building a bike for our pipe organ so we could continue our outreach and education during the pandemic.

“Although the Drexel H. Foundation and our community are rural and small compared to other parts of Oregon, our impact is HUGE,” said Sandijean Fuson, President of the Drexel H. Foundation. “Operating costs during COVID increased when we couldn’t rely on our traditional volunteer base. This grant has allowed us to maintain an uninterrupted existence of the programs we have had for over 25 years, reminding our community that they are important.

“This grant program was developed to increase the Arts Commission’s support for small but powerful arts providers in Oregon,” said Arts Commission Chair Jenny Green. “These organizations often represent the only arts outlet for remote and underserved areas of the state.”

For more information about the Small Operating Grants Program, contact Liora Sponko at (971) 345-1641 or by email at [email protected]

Small operating grants for fiscal year 2022 have been awarded to:

Anima Mundi Productions, Phoenix

Applegate Regional Theater Inc., Veneta

Accelerated Art, Tillamook

Art in Oregon, Oregon City

Eugene Arts and Business Alliance, Eugene

Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland

Astoria Arts and Movement Center, Astoria

Astoria Visual Arts, Inc., Astoria

Bach Cantata Choir, Portland

Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre, Medford

Bandon Showcase, Inc., Bandon

Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, Beaverton

Blueprint Ensemble Arts & Theater Initiative, Portland

Bridgetown Conservatory of Musical Theater, Portland

Bump in the Road Theatre, Portland

CC Stern Type Foundry, Portland

Cannon Beach Arts Association, Cannon Beach

Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts, Government Camp

Cascadia Chapter of the National Association of Composers, Portland

Cascadia Concert Opera, Astoria

Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective, Portland

Ceili from the Valley Society, Salem

Choro at Schola, Portland

Classic up close, Tigard

Columbia Arts Guild, Columbia City

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association, Hood River

Conchords Chorale, Tualatin

Corvallis Guitar Company, Corvallis

Singers from the Corvallis repertoire, Corvallis

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale

Eastside Theater Company, Gresham

Emerald Empire Art Association, Springfield

Experience Theater Project, Beaverton

Oregon Choral Festival, Salem

Calapooia Gallery, Albany

Symphony Association of the Grande Ronde, La Grande

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater Northwest, Portland

High Desert Chamber Music, Bend

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, Hillsboro

Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita

Inland Northwest Musicians Inc., Hermiston

Integrated Arts (DBA Harmonic Laboratory), Eugene

Keizer Creative Arts Association, Salem

Klamath Movie, Klamath Falls

Play It Forward by Michael Allen Harrison, Beaverton

Mid-Valley Prelude Sinfonia Inc., Albany

Montavilla Jazz Festival, Portland

Morpheus Youth Project, Portland

Music Education and Performing Artists Association, Eugene

North Shore Choir, Astoria

Opal Center for Arts and Education, Cottage Grove

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland

Oregon Artist Series Foundation, Salem

Oregon Arts Show, Portland

Oregon Brass Society, Eugene

Oregon Children’s Choir Association, Eugene

Oregon Coast Children’s Theater, Toledo

Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival Association, Newport

Oregon Spirit Choir, Salem

Oregon Symphony Group, Beaverton

CAP Partners, Astoria

PDX Contemporary Ballet, Portland

Performance Works Northwest, Portland

Peruvian Cultural Festival and Events, Beaverton

Piano Santa Foundation, Portland

Portland Chamber Music, Portland

Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland

Portland Festival Symphony Orchestra, Portland

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, Portland

Portland Taiko, Portland

Portland Wind Symphony Orchestra, Portland

Rasika Society for the Arts of India, Hillsboro

Resonance Vocal Ensemble, Portland

Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, Salem

Salem Pops Orchestra, Salem

Salem Symphonic Winds, Salem

Salem Youth Symphony Association, Salem

Southern Oregon Guild, Cave Junction

Youth Steps, Portland

The Dalles Art Association, The Dalles

The Geezer Gallery, Portland

Tolovana Art Colony, Cannon Beach

Tualatin Valley Community Band, Tigard

Creation of the Tualatin Valley, Beaverton

Twilight Theater Company, Portland

Umpqua Symphony Association, Roseburg

Valley Art Association, Forest Grove

Willamette Jazz Society, Eugene

Willamette University, Salem

Willamette Valley Symphony Orchestra, Albany

Women in Film-Portland, Portland

Wordcrafters in Eugene, Eugene

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