For Immediate Release
January 12, 2021
Contact: Elaine Swyt,Secretary, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition 503-329-7334, firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Increasing how local culture is valued andsupported.
- Supporting the creation of, or participation in, cultural projects and activities.
- Stimulating the partnerships and collaborations that grow capacities to support assets and remove barriers.
- Working closely with local governments, businesses, and others to embed local culture in communitydevelopment.
- Growing communications capacity for cultural groups, organizations, andartists/creatives.
- 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 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 www.clackamasculturalcoalition.org or www.culturaltrust.org.