Merkley, Wyden announce $450K coming to Oregon arts, cultural organizations, 2 in C. Oregon

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) – Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden,
D-Ore., announced Tuesday a total of $450,000 is coming to Oregon from the
National Endowment for the Arts’ for Arts Projects and Challenge America grants
in several communities in the state: Beaverton, Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem,
Springfield, and Warm Springs.  

“Art plays a critical role in enriching our lives, and
it’s important that we give the artists in our communities the support they
need to keep delivering their crafts and bringing communities together,”
said Merkley, who used his position on the Senate Appropriations committee to
help secure nearly $400 million in the last two years for NEA. “I’m
pleased to see these funds coming to Oregon’s artists, and I will continue to
advocate for the investments we need to have a successful and thriving arts
industry and community across the nation.”? 

“The arts play an essential role in our communities,
bringing people together and feeding the mind and soul,” Wyden
said. “Oregon is home to incredible organizations that support
artists and allow more people to enjoy their work. These investments are
much-deserved, and I’ll keep fighting to help the art industry unlock its
full potential.”

In the first round of awards for fiscal year 2023, the NEA
is awarding $34 million in funding to organizations across the nation for Arts
Projects, Challenge America, and Research Awards categories, as well as
Literature Fellowships. Grants for Arts Projects is NEA’s largest grants
program and supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts
education, as well as the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the
health and well-being of people and communities and for the improvement of
overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.

he Challenge America program offers support primarily to
small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to
underserved groups and communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural
contributions to share. 

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Challenge America awards coming to Oregon: 

  • Immigrant
    Story in Beaverton: $10,000 
  • Oregon
    Arts Watch in Portland: $10,000 
  • Elderberry
    Wisdom Farm in Salem: $10,000 
  • Tananawit
    in Warm Springs: $10,000 

Arts Projects awards coming to Oregon: 

  • University
    of Oregon in Eugene (on behalf of Museum of Natural and Cultural History):
  • Western
    Arts Alliance in Portland: $45,000 
  • Young
    Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington in Portland: $40,000 
  • Comunidad
    y Herencia Cultural in Springfield: $30,000 
  • Profile
    Theatre Project in Portland: $30,000 
  • Lane
    Arts Council in Eugene: $25,000 
  • Portland
    Opera in Portland: $25,000 
  • BendFilm,
    Inc. in Bend: $20,000 
  • Oregon
    Symphony in Portland: $20,000 
  • Portland
    Japanese Garden in Portland: $20,000 
  • DanceAbility
    International in Eugene: $15,000 
  • Portland
    Playhouse in Portland: $15,000 
  • Boom
    Arts, Inc. in Portland: $10,000 
  • Eugene
    Concert Choir in Eugene: $ $10,000 
  • NW
    Dance Project in Portland: $10,000 
  • Oregon
    Ballet Theatre (OBT) in Portland: $10,000 
  • Portland
    Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland: $10,000 
  • Portland
    Youth Philharmonic Association (PYP) in Portland:? $10,000 
  • Triangle
    Productions in Portland: $10,000 
  • White
    Bird in Portland: $10,000