MEDFORD, Ore. – The Jackson County Cultural Coalition has awarded $31,124 in grants to 18 local non-profit organizations for 2018 projects and activities that support and promote arts, heritage and humanities in Jackson County.
The 18 organizations and their awarded amounts are as follows:
1. Ashland New Plays Festival - $2,024
For purchase of a soundboard and amplifier to enhance the sound system and improve the audience experience.
2. Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre - $1,500
Supporting “Sharing Mexican Cultural Dance Opportunities,” an outreach program that includes performances at local schools, and dance workshops
3. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley - $1,000
A six-week summer performing arts workshop for students at the Talent School club.
4. Camelot Theatre - $3,000
In support of the summer Conservatory program, for students ages 9-17.
5. Craterian Performances - $2,500
Supporting the Youth Access to the Performing Arts Program by providing scholarships for Teen Musical Theater of Oregon.
6. Gold Hill Community Development Organization - $2,000
To restore the ancient Takelma Salmon Ceremony at Ti’lomikh Falls, a traditional Native American cultural activity offered for free to the public.
7. Jackson County Library Foundation - $2,000
Supporting “Baby’s First Book,” to enhance early childhood literacy and encourage families to develop relationships with local libraries.
8. Kids Unlimited - $2,000
Supporting “Art for Students in the Gap” with supplies for the school’s new art room, for teacher-directed art immersion experiences.
9. Modern Roots Foundation - $800
Funding for “Linking Musical Prosperity” program, providing music lessons, instruments, and scholarships for underprivileged Jackson County youth.
10. Rogue Valley Chorale - $1,000
Production support for three “Spring Sing” concerts in collaboration with the Medford, Phoenix/Talent and Central Point School Districts.
11. Rogue Valley Genealogical Society - $1,800
Funding for visits by two professional genealogists to Jackson County, to provide educational opportunities for people interested in researching their family heritage.
12. Rogue Valley SMART - $2,000
Funding to purchase culturally specific, high-quality books to be used and given away in 30 SMART programs throughout Jackson County.
13. Rogue Valley Symphony - $2,000
Supporting the Family Discovery Concert on May 19, 2018, designed to introduce children and families to the instruments and sounds of an orchestra.
14. Rogue World Music - $1,000
Supporting a cultural arts education program in partnership with Central Point’s Crater Renaissance Academy.
15. Southern Oregon Railway Historical Society - $2,000
Funding for the purchase of two train simulator systems at the Railroad Park in Medford, to give visitors a virtual train driving experience.
16. Southern Oregon Repertory Singers - $1,000
Funding for the Community Support program, including live concerts, free lectures, and the outreach voucher program.
17. SOPTV - $2,000
In support of the Student Showcase program, which features students from throughout southern Oregon.
18. Southern Oregon University Hannon Library - $1,500
To support Hannon Library's project: Ashland in Transition: From Blue Collar to Cultural Icon, 1960-2000
The Jackson County Cultural Coalition is the local affiliate of the Oregon Cultural Trust, a statewide cultural plan that raises and invests significant new funds in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Funds are distributed to local communities to support their cultural priorities, through competitive grants for projects of regional and statewide significance, and through grants to Oregon’s statewide cultural agencies to support their ongoing efforts. Funds for local grants are made possible by a Cultural Participation Grant from the Trust.
Taxpayers donating to a recognized local cultural organization and then making a matching donation to the Cultural Trust—up to $500 for an individual, $1,000 for a couple filing jointly—can deduct the amount of their donation to the Trust from any taxes they owe the State. In 2014, the Oregon State Legislature voted to make this tax credit available to Oregon taxpayers through 2020.