12 Portland arts organizations receive $10,000 education grants from Oregon Arts Commission

On Friday, the Oregon Arts Commission announced that it will award 24 arts learning grants to organizations across the state that partner with Oregon schools to provide arts programs for students in the kindergarten to 12th grade. Each organization, 12 of which are based in Portland, will receive $10,000 from the commission to be used for specific initiatives in 2023. Priority was given to programs that partner with Title 1 schools, those located in communities with high poverty rates, and those operating in rural areas.

“So many schools lack adequate funding for arts education,” Oregon Arts Commission Executive Director Brian Rogers said in a news release announcing the grants. “We are grateful to these arts organizations for providing creative and enriching experiences for our young people. OAC grant funds come from contributions from the state, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Among the selected Portland organizations are Young audiencewhose classroom-focused Right Brain initiative was scrapped by the Regional Arts and Culture Council following a sweeping reorganization in early 2020, and the Portland Operawho will use the money to commission and feature a new work about the life of Oregon civil rights lawyer and former editor Beatrice Morrow Cannady.

Other Portland recipients include the Oregon Architectural Foundationwhich offers design residencies at schools in low-income communities across the state; in Taikowho teaches Japanese Taiko percussion and translates rhythms into light patterns for deaf students; literary artswhich hosts writers’ residencies at 11 Multnomah County high schools; Milagro Theaterwhich organizes performing arts residencies in Woodburn; Oregon Ballet Theaterwhich offers 10-week in-school dance residencies; Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestraswhich offers after-school music lessons; Oregon Children’s Theaterwhich provides classroom residences to Portland Metro Elementary Schools; Portland Theater, which develops its annual social justice theater project for middle and high school students; the Portland Ballet, which hosts a dance education program in Title 1 schools; and caldera artswhich offers personal artistic mentorship.

Further afield, grants have been awarded to a wide range of organizations, including the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, which will use some of the funds for a haunted house workshop, and Bend’s High Desert Museum, which offers to primary school students of the curators live.

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