In December 2013, the Jackson County Cultural Coalition Board awarded a total of $23,000 in grants to the following 16 organizations for 2014 projects and activities.
- Ashland Gallery Association – $1,100
Students will receive scholarships for workshops and artist supplies and participate in a “Portfolio Day” and Student Art Exhibit.
- Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre – $2,000
Funds will provide 375 low income children with an introduction to Mexican traditional dances, folk crafts, and games through artist in residency programs and on-going weekly classes.
- Chautauqua Poets and Writers – $2,000
This grant will help bring 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-Teen Musical Theater of Oregon – $1,000
Performing arts scholarships will increase and enrich youth exposure to and participation in musical theater.
- Dancing People Company – $2,000
Six professional artists will teach dance, composition and improvisation for two weeks each at Crater and Eagle Point high schools culminating in collaborative choreography and performances.
- Jackson County Library Services – $2,000
This grant will help fund books, guest speakers, and promotion for the Oregon Reads 2014 program honoring the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford.
- Kapi’oanuenue – $350
Funding will purchase costumes for a Hawaiian luau, introducing Rogue Valley residents to Hawaiian dance, music, stories, and food.
- National Association of Composers, Southern Oregon Chapter – $1,000
Monies will expand the exposure of local musicians and composers by adding a Medford concert featuring winning work from their annual student composition competition.
- Rogue Community College, Music Department – $1,000
The Music Department will use the funds to purchase new percussion instruments.
- Rogue Gallery & Art Center – $1,500
Funds will support a February 2014 Chinese Cultural Exhibition featuring the splash ink art of Yeh Feipai celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse.
- Rogue River Mural Society – $1,000
This grant will contribute to the creation of a 107 foot mural depicting a logging scene from around 1900.
- Rogue Valley Chorale – $750
Monies will underwrite a field trip for the Chorale’s Cantare youth chorus to participate in the American Music Directors’ Association Middle School Music Festival.
- Rogue Valley Family YMCA – $1,500
Funds will underwrite the purchase of digital cameras and art supplies for the annual YMCA Youth Art Exploration Project that culminates in Y-Art Week.
- Rogue Valley Genealogical Society – $1,800
Funding will support scanning and digitizing of late 19th and early 20th Century Jackson County court records and maps to make them available to the public.
- Siskiyou Music Project – $2,000
The Artists in School program will bring national and regional musicians to Jackson County schools to present workshops, mini-performances, and master classes.
- SMART Program – $2,000
Monies will purchase Newbery and Caldecott award winning books to be used in 29 SMART programs throughout Jackson County.
The Jackson County Cultural Coalition, an affiliate program of the Oregon Cultural Trust, recognizes the importance of all aspects of the Arts, Heritage and Humanities, and seeks to promote public and private support for each. Key needs in this rich cultural fabric of Jackson County include adequate public funding and community awareness. The goals of the Jackson County Cultural Coalition are to support participation in and access to cultural activities for all Jackson County residents; to support and promote cultural educational opportunities, especially for youth in Jackson County; to support and promote awareness in Jackson County of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The Oregon Cultural Trust is a statewide cultural plan to raise significant new funds to invest 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.