For Immediate Release

January 12, 2021

Contact: Elaine Swyt,Secretary, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition 503-329-7334,

Clackamas County Cultural Coalition Distributes $39,000 to 17 Local Grant Recipients

New Funding Will Be Used to Support Local Arts, Heritage & Humanities Projects

The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition in its 17th cycle of giving, awarded a total of $39,000 in grants to 17 arts and culture organizations through the Project Grant program. A total of $58,398 was requested by county grant applicants.

The grant program’s purpose is to locally distribute private funds contributed to the Oregon Cultural Trust in support of goals and funding priorities outlined in the Clackamas County Plan for Arts, Heritage and Humanities. This year’s funding priorities were:

  1. Increasing how local culture is valued andsupported.
  2. Supporting the creation of, or participation in, cultural projects and activities.
  3. Stimulating the partnerships and collaborations that grow capacities to support assets and remove barriers.
  4. Working closely with local governments, businesses, and others to embed local culture in communitydevelopment.
  5. Growing communications capacity for cultural groups, organizations, andartists/creatives.
  6. Operating support due to COVID-19 pandemic

An independent Grant Review Panel was convened to review the 24 applications received.

The 17 applicants and projects recommended for funding (including 8 first time recipients) are:

The ArtbackA Camino Largo, Paso Corto Mural $2,500.00
Art in OregonOperating Support $2,500.00
Chapel TheatreOperating Support $2,300.00
Charbonneau Arts Association “The Biggest Pumpkin” Community Sculpture $2,500.00
City of CanbyAmplify Wait Park     $2,000.00
Forests Forever, Inc. – Develop an Educational Interpretive Panel, Molalla Log House $2,500.00
Jacknife Zion Horseheaven Historical SocietyOperating Support            $2,500.00
Mark Prairie Historical Society –Let’s Warm Up Mark Prairie Schoolhouse! (Award returned) $2,500.00
NAMI Clackamas – Online “Open Minds Art Studio” and Art Show $2,500.00
New Century Players –“There I Take My Stand” $2,500.00
Rex Putnam Music Boosters KINGSMEN THUNDER Virtual Drum Line Start of Season $2,500.00
Rivers of Life CenterCelebrating our Seniors and County Through Word and Song        $2,200.00
Rose City Brass QuintetRCBQ Tour of Clackamas Communities & Parks during COVID $2,500.00
West Linn Historical Society13th Willamette Living History Tour  $2,500.00
The Whiskey Hill StoreIn Store Historical Display $1,000.00
Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation Conversion of Print Book to eBook $2,000.00
Wilsonville Celebration DaysOperating Support $2,000.00

The Grant Review Panel was comprised of arts, heritage, humanities and community development professionals including:

  • Katinka Bryk – Librarian, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition Chair
  • Bill Briare –Retired Faculty Dean of Arts & Sciences
  • Sandy Carter– Heritage, Preservation Author, Grant-writing Instructor
  • CorinndeTorres – Theatre Director, Chapel Theatre
  • Samara Phelps –Clackamas County Dept of Tourism & Cultural Affairs
  • Rebecca Robinowitz- Librarian, City of Sandy
  • Bob Sterry– Writer, Singer, Performer, Poet & Voice-Over Actor
  • Fayra Teeters – Managing Director, Masque Alfresco

Katinka Bryk, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition Chair, says “It’s exciting to be able to offer these funding opportunities for Clackamas County arts, culture and heritage organizations, and individual creatives. The impact extends beyond simply the immediate performance or project- cultural experiences can change lives and communities for the better. They increase the quality of life, explain our history and bring joy. Thank you to all the organizations who work so steadily to make Clackamas County the best place to live.”

Since its inception in 2005, the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition has provided funding of over $535,208 to 304 local arts, heritage and humanities projects and needs. Funding is made possible through the Oregon Cultural Trust which is an innovative, statewide private-public program that raises money to support and protect Oregon’s cultural activities and interests. More information is available at or