On December 8, 2015, the Jackson County Cultural Coalition Board awarded a total of $26,000 in grants to the following 24 organizations for 2016 projects and activities.
- Ashland Gallery Association – $700
Providing art students with the necessary tools for college application portfolios through funding for Portfolio Day materials and student art supplies.
- Ashland New Plays Festival – $1,000
Purchasing 3 wireless microphones for the Festival’s portable sound system, enhancing the audience experience in the multiple venues in which ANPF performs.
- Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre – $1,200
Developing more experienced dancers into organizational leaders and polished performers, enhancing organizational capacity, and creating a leadership successor program through the “Dancers in Leadership” project.
- Chautauqua Poets and Writers – $1,000
Bringing some of the country’s most respected authors to the Rogue Valley for public readings and workshops with students, teachers, and community members.
- Craterian Performances – $900
Funding scholarships for the Teen Musical Theater of Oregon’s “Youth Access to the Performing Arts” project, providing Southern Oregon teens and pre-teens with a professionally staged after-school and summer theater experience.
- Gold Hill Historical Society – $1,300
Constructing a protective shelter over the 1892 Lucky Bart 5-stamp mill artifact, a prime educational tool for the region’s mining history and the only gold stamp mill on public display in Southern Oregon.
- Guardians of the Eagle Point Museum – $1,300
Purchasing a display case to showcase rotating exhibits of Native American artifacts on loan from the Cowcreek-Umpqua tribe, acknowledging the role they played in shaping Eagle Point and the Rogue Valley.
- Historic Jacksonville, Inc. – $1,200
Funding for a summer intern for the 1863 Beekman Bank, the 2nd oldest bank in the Pacific Northwest preserved intact as a museum since 1915, making it accessible to the public 3 days a week during June, July, and August, 2016,.
- Jackson County Heritage Association – $1,000
Updating and printing brochures to increase the visibility of historical societies in Jackson County and public awareness of local heritage education opportunities.
- Jackson County Library Services – $1,000
Providing books for “Jackson County Reads Shakespeare,” encouraging the community to explore the legacy of William Shakespeare during the 400th anniversary of his death.
- John Muir Magnet School – $1,000
Funding for 2 local artists to share their expertise through the Arts Focus program, adding visual, literary, and performing arts to students’ learning experience.
- Rogue Community College, Music Department – $1,500
Moving beyond the concert hall setting and taking music to community markets, other events, and non-traditional settings aided by the purchase of a portable sound system and electronic keyboard.
- Rogue Valley Chorale – $900
Purchasing music for 60 youth singers for the Spring Sing program, an interactive peer-to-peer program sharing the choral arts with students in 3 local school districts.
- Rogue Valley Genealogical Society – $1,000
Bringing a professional genealogist to the Rogue Valley in conjunction with the Society’s 50th anniversary celebration, providing educational programs and expertise not locally available.
- Rogue Valley SMART Program – $1,000
Purchasing 400 culturally specific high quality books for use in 32 “Start Making a Reader Today” programs throughout Jackson County, improving the reading skills and success potential of primarily low-income, high risk pre-K through 3rd grade Jackson County students.
- Rogue Valley Symphony – $1,000
Sending symphony musicians into schools to coach music students via the Classical Coaches in the Classroom program, supporting band and orchestra teachers in middle and high school classrooms.
- Schneider Museum of Art – $1,200
Updating and digitizing records of public art on the Southern Oregon University campus, enhancing research and public access and engagement.
- Southern Oregon Historical Society – $1,200
Teaching children about pioneer history through exploration of and participation in historic farming activities through Youth Educational Programs at historic Hanley Farm.
- Southern Oregon Public Television – $1,200
Producing 2 Student Showcase episodes featuring student role models sharing their hard work and success. Episodes will air weekly, be stream-able, and accessible for national viewing.
- Southern Oregon Repertory Singers – $1,000
Supporting a Musical Outreach program of interactive choral concerts through performances in schools and assisted living facilities, pre-concert lectures, and student singing opportunities.
- Southern Oregon University Pre-College Youth Programs – $1,200
Underwriting instructor fees for the Young Artists Institute summer residential program, providing workshops, mentoring, evaluations, and presentations for creative writing, theater, and fine arts students.
- Stories Alive – $1,250
Connecting Talent Middle School students’ life experiences with ancient myths and legends through creative writing and self-portraits in its Students Legends literacy program.
- Women With Wings – $1,000
Providing scholarship funds for members to attend the national LGBTQ GALA Festival 2016 and share the music and life-affirming experience with the organization and community.
- YMCA – $750
Funding for art supplies for the annual YMCA Youth Art Exploration Project, an after-school and child care art program exposing participants to the media of watercolor, chalk, photography, paper, and clay, and culminating in Y-Art Night, a showcase of the children’s art projects.