Donors bring fundraising to $5.7 million for the fiscal year

Salem, Ore. – Donations to the Oregon Cultural Trust exceeded $5.7 million in fiscal 2022, an increase of 11.7 percent over fiscal 2021. The amount also beats previously announced calendar year 2021 results of $5.55 million, which is important as the results of the fiscal year determine the funds available to present awards to cultural organizations across the country.

“We sent out a spring appeal reminding donors that donations made before June 30 increase our available pool of funding for grants, and they have responded generously,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Cultural Trust . “It is clear that culture donors recognize that the more than 1,500 cultural organizations we support continue to recover and rebuild from losses suffered during the pandemic.”

More than half of the money raised will be distributed directly to Oregon’s nonprofit cultural community later this summer; the remainder will add to the Cultural Trust’s permanent fund. Cultural Trust grants are distributed to the five statewide cultural partners—Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities, and the Oregon State Office of Historic Preservation—as well as through the 45 County/Tribal Cultural Coalitions, which reimburse funds in their communities and directly to cultural nonprofits through cultural development grants.

The 90 projects supported by culture development grants in FY2022 include:

  • Access to culturally relevant celebrations and events featuring traditional arts, music and dance for Latinx families and the wider community Comunidad y Herencia Cultural at Springfield;
  • An exhibition in Favell Museum in Klamath Falls by Klamath-Modoc artist Ka’ila Farrell-Smith – her first for her native community. Her art explores the space between the indigenous and western paradigms;
  • Indexing, cross-referencing, digitizing, and expanding access to the Harney County Library oral history collection for the community, researchers, and genealogists by the Harney County Library Foundation for burns;
  • Access to robust, community-led arts production and exhibition opportunities for BIPOC artists, cultural professionals and residents in East Portland’s Jade District through the Oregon Asia-Pacific American Network in Portland;
  • Construction of the Arrivals Plaza at Astoria Nordic Heritage Park, a cultural attraction for North Shore residents and visitors Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association;
  • Installing an elevator to improve accessibility to the Carnegie Library landmark in La Grande by Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, Inc.;
  • funding of Portland Chinatown History Foundation first paid Executive Director to develop, maintain, strengthen and expand operations, programs and collaborations;
  • Expanded access to the performing arts of India through a hybrid model where the experience of live concerts and masterclasses is delivered at home via social media by Rasika Society for Arts of India at Hillsboro; and
  • The preservation of the historic community center by strengthening the wall supports and replacing damaged roof structures with the Willamette Community and Grange Hall Historic Building Foundation in Corvallis.

For a complete list of Cultural Trust grant projects, including links to the Cultural County Coalitions and the several hundred county projects they are funding this year, visit www.culturaltrust.org.

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The Oregon Cultural Trust was established by the Oregon Legislature in 2001 as a unique vehicle to reward Oregonians who invest in culture. Oregonians who donate to a cultural nonprofit and then make a matching donation to the Cultural Trust receive a 100% state tax credit for their donation to the Trust.