On December 9, 2014, the Jackson County Cultural Coalition Board awarded a total of $23,000 in grants to the following 20 organizations for 2015 projects and activities.
- Ashland Gallery Association – $500
Funding for Portfolio Day materials and art supplies for Ashland students.
- Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre – $1,500
Fostering a shared cultural experience for 90 pairs of Latina mothers and daughters through weekly dance classes and sewing and crafts workshops to create performance costumes.
- Britt Festivals – $1,200
Providing scholarships for local students to attend a summer String Quartet Academy under the instruction of the internationally known Dover Quartet.
- Chautauqua Poets and Writers – $1,500
Bringing some of the country’s most respected authors to the Rogue Valley for public readings and workshops with students, teachers, and community members.
- Children’s Advocacy Center – $1,500
Supporting a competition for elementary, middle, and high school students for artwork reflecting their cultural heritages.
- Dancing People Company – $1,500
Funding for 6 professional artists to teach dance, composition and improvisation for 2 weeks each at Crater and Eagle Point high schools culminating in collaborative choreography with students and community performances.
- Family Nurturing Center – $500
Funding for the development of a multicultural classroom library for new Nurturing Unlimited therapeutic classrooms.
- Guardians of the Eagle Point Museum – $1,500
Funding will create a website to advertise and promote events, to showcase and create access to collections, and to provide visitor information.
- Kids Unlimited – $1,200
Funding for a mosaic tile project that will teach art and color basics and culminate in a permanent mosaic wall display.
- Oregon Conservatory of the Performing Arts – $1,350
Funding for a 2 week “stage presence” class for teens teaching students to create and maintain a character on stage through verbal and physical expression.
- Rogue Community College, Music Department – $1,400
Funding for the purchase of a set of 4 timpani.
- Rogue Valley Chorale – $1,000
Funding towards production costs and the original composition commission fee for “A Festival of Choirs.”
- Siskiyou Music Project – $2,000
Funding for the Artists in School program that brings national and regional musicians to Jackson County schools to present workshops, mini-performances, and master classes.
- Siskiyou Singers – $750
Supporting 2 spring concerts commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War which will become the basis for a 2015-16 school outreach program.
- SMART Program – $1,000
Funding to purchase Newbery and Caldecott award winning books to be used in 28 SMART programs throughout Jackson County.
- Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association – $1,000
Supporting the establishment of an on-going dance troupe of teens and young adults to perform the traditional Lion Dance for Chinese New Year celebrations.
- Southern Oregon Historical Society – $1,500
Funding for equipment to begin digitizing the SOHS 16mm film collection, providing public access to over 400 hours of color and silent films.
- Southern Oregon Repertory Singers – $1,500 Supporting a Musical Outreach program of interactive choral concerts through performance in schools and assisted living facilities.
- Upper Rogue Historical Society – $1,000
Funding to construct an enclosed shelter for the Weeks Ranch 1890s ox-drawn log wagon and to create a mural backdrop to provide a context for the display.
- YMCA – $800
Funding for art supplies for the annual YMCA Youth Art Exploration Project culminating in Y-Art Week.
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.