The Oregon Arts Commission has awarded more than $117,000 to Southern Oregon arts organizations, with more than half of that total awarded to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The commission awards grants in three areas: operating support grants, which fund the operations of arts groups; arts learning grants, which support art links to education; and arts services grants, which provide operating funds for arts councils and other groups working to make the arts accessible in Oregon.
Southern Oregon grants were awarded to:
- Chamber Music Concerts, Ashland, $3,500 operating support grant: To support a season of 12 concerts, two residencies and accompanying master classes, lectures/performances and school programs.
- Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $50,000 operating support grant: To support the 2013-14 season of 11 plays in three theaters over a 39-week season, free outdoor Green Shows, a new playwright in residence, a pilot Latino Playwrights Project, new play development, diversity and inclusion forums, and the opening of a new production facility in Talent in 2013.
- Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $15,000 arts learning grant: To support School Visit Partnerships, one of 22 OSF education programs that serve more than 175,000 students, teachers and adult learners annually. The three-year partnerships provide professional development opportunities and reusable curricula for teachers and in-school residencies by teams of OSF actors that include classroom workshops, all-school assemblies, and evening performances for the community. The partnerships culminate in a third-year visit to Ashland with travel subsidies, free play tickets and free ancillary programming. Some 18,500 students and 50 teachers from 23 Oregon high schools will participate in 2013-14.
- Peter Britt Gardens Music & Arts Festival Association, Medford/Jacksonville, $11,000 operating support grant: To support a broad spectrum of live performances, including a three-week Classical Festival, a music series, and concerts of regional, jazz and chamber music artists that will occur in a new Performance Garden to be built this year.
- Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford, $4,500 operating support grant: To support visual arts exhibits in three exhibition spaces, education programming, a third Friday art walk, the Art in Bloom Festival, classes and retail shop.
- Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Medford, $5,000 operating support: To support training and performance opportunities for 160 young musicians from Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties.
- Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, $6,500 arts learning grant: To support the StARTS Early Learning Initiative, a collaboration between Klamath County School District and the Ross Ragland Theater to restore performing arts to grades 2-4 in a new public-private partnership.
- Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, $19,000 operating support grant: To support the 2013-14 presenting and education season benefiting more than 80,000 audience members each year in its renovated 1940 art deco-style theater. Its work falls into four categories: main stage performances, community cultural development, youth education and outreach and community engagement.
- Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, $3,000 operating support grant: To support year-round programming with more than 30 gallery exhibits each year, an annual festival attracting 15,000 people, and K-12 educational offerings including shows in a student gallery, field trips and on-site education programs.
The Oregon Arts Commission, which manages the Oregon Cultural Trust, 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 Cultural Trust.
For more information, see www.oregonartscommission.org.