RACC awards record sum for project grants

Above: The Beaverton Arts Commission awarded a 2012 project grant to present Ten Tiny Dances at
an event showcasing Beaverton’s ethnic diversity.

Homepage: Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe received a 2012 project grant to present Movement is the Pathway to a Golden Life, the theme of their 2011-12 performance season.

Posted:

12/19/11

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced today that a record sum, $692,268, will be awarded for artistic projects taking place in 2012 – including grants to 76 organizations and schools, and 77 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.

Demand for project grants has been increasing steadily over the last five years, and RACC received 312 applications in all for 2012 – up 6% over last year. Proposals are submitted to one of three different categories – “artistic focus,” “community participation,” and “arts in schools.” During the months of October and November, 63 volunteers serving on 17 different panels evaluated the proposals based on artistic merit, community involvement and fiscal soundness, and 153 (49%) of the proposals were ultimately recommended for funding and approved by the RACC Board. Funded projects include:

  • A number of documentary film and photography and oral history projects documenting communities and families, including Andrea Leoncavallo’s She Inspires 365; Wayne Bund’s Mimesis: Fantasy and Friends; My Story’s We are Portland; and Portland Jewish Academy’s A Journey Through Generations.
  • A review panel was formed specifically to review a large number of multi-disciplinary projects that involve both visual arts and literary forms, language or text. Funded projects in this category include Robert Tomlinson’s Portrait of a Process; Sarah Horowitz’s The Dividing Line and Ben Young’s Clouds.

Included in the total, an anonymous donor continues to provide special funding for an annual “Innovation Prize” of $2,500. This year’s award for outstanding, innovative, media-oriented project goes to Edward Davee for the feature length narrative Lost Division.

A complete listing of grants appears below, and short summaries of all funded project grants are available online at www.racc.org/2012projectgrants.

“We were amazed and inspired by the proposals we received this year,” said Eloise Damrosch, executive director of RACC. “With many extraordinary projects in store for 2012, I am especially proud that RACC continues to invest in a diverse mix of new and emerging artists, including 86 grants to artists and organizations that have never received project grant support from RACC before.”

With so many projects to invest in, it is fortunate that increased funding was available this year – 29% more than last year’s total of $535,806. For the first time in three years, local hotel occupancy rates were high enough to trigger a $100,000 allocation of transient lodging tax revenues to project grants; support from the City of Portland was up this year; and RACC continues to build private sector support through its workplace giving program, Work for Art. Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County and Metro also provide funding for RACC project grants.


Project grants to organizations:

Organization
Type of grant/discipline
Amount
45th Parallel
Music
 $      5,026
Agnieszka Laska Dancers
Community Participation
 $      5,700
A-WOL Dance Collective
Dance/Movement
 $      2,418
Bag & Baggage Productions
Theatre
 $      3,211
Barnes Elementary
Arts-in-Schools
 $      4,128
Beaverton Arts Commission
Presenting
 $      5,700
Cascadia Composers
Music
 $      4,680
Cinema Project
Media Arts
 $      5,463
Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon
Theatre
 $      4,680
Conduit Dance, Inc.
Dance/Movement
 $      5,700
Corbett Education Foundation
Community Participation
 $      2,703
Create Plenty
Arts-in-Schools
 $      3,895
Curious Comedy Theater
Theatre
 $      5,375
Curious Comedy Theater
Arts-in-Schools
 $      3,354
defunkt theatre
Theatre
 $      5,607
Dill Pickle Club
Presenting
 $      4,446
Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center
Visual Arts
 $      6,000
Ecotrust
Community Participation
 $      4,607
Emerson School
Arts-in-Schools
 $      1,530
Estacada Area Arts Commission
Community Participation
 $      5,691
Estacada Together
Arts-in-Schools
 $      5,676
Fear No Music
Music
 $      5,700
Gallery Homeland
Multi-Discipline
 $      4,446
Hand2Mouth Theatre
Theatre
 $      4,680
Harambee Centre
Community Participation
 $      3,077
India Cultural Association
Community Participation
 $      3,857
junk to funk recycled fashion show
Visual Arts
 $      4,186
Kukatonon
Arts-in-Schools
 $      4,800
Lewis & Clark College Hoffman Gallery
Visual Arts
 $      5,400
Live on Stage
Theatre
 $      4,981
MetroArts Inc.
Music
 $      5,865
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
Community Participation
 $      1,575
Molalla High School
Arts-in-Schools
 $      2,175
Mountain Writers Series
Literature
 $      5,700
Museum of Contemporary Craft
Visual Arts
 $      4,680
My Story
Community Participation
 $      2,633
Native American Youth Association
Arts-in-Schools
 $      4,800
New City Initiative (JOIN)
Community Participation
 $      4,000
NW Documentary Arts & Media
Media Arts
 $      5,801
Opera Theater Oregon
Theatre
 $      4,840
Oregon Cultural Access (ORCA)
Community Participation
 $      5,354
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Community Participation
 $      4,500
Oregon Partners of the Americas
Multi-Discipline
 $      1,748
Orlo
Literature
 $      5,900
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Visual Arts
 $      5,100
PDX Pop Now!
Presenting
 $      4,886
Performance Works Northwest
Dance/Movement
 $      5,100
PHAME Academy of Fine Arts
Community Participation
 $      5,054
Portland Jazz Festival
Music
 $      4,355
Portland Jewish Academy
Arts-in-Schools
 $      2,277
Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW Fest)
Media Arts
 $      5,400
Portland Playhouse
Theatre
 $      5,396
Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival
Media Arts
 $      5,605
Portland State University Department of Art
Social Practice
 $      4,500
Portland Story Theater
Theatre
 $      4,893
Portland Theatre Works
Theatre
 $      2,288
RASIKA, India Arts and Culture Council
Music
 $      5,225
Resonance Ensemble
Music
 $      4,680
Rex Putnam High School
Arts-in-Schools
 $      5,700
RiverCity Music Festival
Music
 $      3,810
Riverside Elementary
Arts-in-Schools
 $      3,040
Roosevelt High School - College and Career Transitions
Arts-in-Schools
 $      4,444
Sowelu Theater
Theatre
 $      4,360
The Art Gym
Visual Arts
 $      4,800
The Brooklyn Bay
Arts-in-Schools
 $      2,799
The Circus Project
Community Participation
 $      5,225
The Library Foundation
Community Participation
 $      4,800
The Media Project
Media Arts
 $      4,500
The Obo Addy Legacy Project
Arts-in-Schools
 $      5,400
Transformation in Arts
Community Participation
 $      5,288
Triangle Productions!
Theatre
 $      5,503
Troika Ranch
Multi-Discipline
 $      4,826
Vibe of Portland
Community Participation
 $      2,486
Vibe of Portland
Arts-in-Schools
 $         713
Von Tundra
Visual Arts
 $      4,478
Water in the Desert
Multi-Discipline
 $      4,800

 
Project grants to individuals:

Individuals
Type of grant/discipline
Amount
Yulia Arakelyan
Dance/Movement
 $      3,907
Judith Arcana
Literature
 $      3,744
Evertt Beidler
Multi-Discipline
 $      4,500
Miguel Bernal
Arts-in-Schools
 $      3,810
Tiffany Lee Brown
Multi-Discipline
 $      4,680
Wayne Bund
Visual Arts
 $      4,665
Susan Chan
Music
 $      5,400
Jacob Coleman
Theatre
 $      4,269
Bruce Conkle
Visual Arts
 $      5,400
Hanna Craig
Media Arts
 $      5,466
Dana Dart-McLean
Multi-Discipline
 $      4,108
Edward Davee
Media Arts
 $      4,680
Edward Davee
Innovation Prize
 $      2,500
Shawn Demarest
Visual Arts
 $      5,308
Suniti Dernovsek
Dance/Movement
 $      5,692
Aaron Kirk Douglas
Theatre
 $      5,700
Patti Duncan
Media Arts
 $      5,280
Tiffany Ellis
Media Arts
 $      4,500
Sarah Ferguson
Arts-in-Schools
 $      5,335
James Florschutz
Visual Arts
 $      4,800
Jack Gabel
Music
 $      4,485
Christy George
Literature
 $      5,000
Alexis Gideon
Multi-Discipline
 $      5,100
Damien Gilley
Visual Arts
 $      5,391
Cheryl Green
Community Participation
 $      5,501
Jen Harrison
Music
 $      4,952
Chisao Hata
Multi-Discipline
 $      3,788
Erinn Kathyrn Hatter
Visual Arts
 $      3,228
Dana Henderson
Visual Arts
 $      2,470
Helen Hiebert
Visual Arts
 $      4,458
Tahni Holt
Dance/Movement
 $      4,165
Sarah Horowitz
Visual Arts
 $      5,110
Deborah Horrell
Visual Arts
 $      2,570
Kurtis Hough
Media Arts
 $      4,666
Laura Hughes
Visual Arts
 $      2,178
Eric Hull
Theatre
 $      4,872
Eric Hull
Arts-in-Schools
 $      1,488
Ariana Jacob
Social Practice
 $      4,657
Diane Jacobs
Visual Arts
 $      4,323
Tonya Jones
Community Participation
 $      2,912
Kathy Karbo
Theatre
 $      6,000
Andre Knaebel
Visual Arts
 $      4,970
Theresa Koon
Music
 $      5,998
Horatio Hung-Yan Law
Visual Arts
 $      6,000
Andrea Leoncavallo
Visual Arts
 $      4,618
Alain LeTourneau
Media Arts
 $      4,449
Monica MacKenzie
Visual Arts
 $      4,395
Teresa Mathern
Dance/Movement
 $      6,000
Allen Mathews
Music
 $      5,067
Mack McFarland
Visual Arts
 $      3,889
Jim McGinn
Dance/Movement
 $      4,500
Anita Menon
Dance/Movement
 $      5,100
Mike Midlo
Music
 $      4,134
Catherine J. H. Miller
Literature
 $      4,800
Jason Miranda
Theatre
 $      2,838
Renee Mitchell
Arts-in-Schools
 $      5,700
Sarah Nagy
Arts-in-Schools
 $      2,761
Lyn Nance-Sasser
Visual Arts
 $      4,402
Tara Jane ONeil
Multi-Discipline
 $      4,509
Ben Parzybok
Literature
 $      4,478
Frances Payne Adler
Multi-Discipline
 $      4,516
Julie Perini
Community Participation
 $      3,655
Nick Peterson
Media Arts
 $      5,096
Paula Rebsom
Visual Arts
 $         850
Kay Reid
Community Participation
 $      4,619
Nelda Reyes
Multi-Discipline
 $      5,400
Dmae Roberts
Media Arts
 $      5,400
Bobby Ryan
Theatre
 $      4,484
Gwenn Seemel
Visual Arts
 $      4,478
Paul Sivley
Visual Arts
 $      5,333
Laura Faye Smith
Theatre
 $      6,000
Anne Sorce
Theatre
 $      4,058
Robert Tomlinson
Multi-Discipline
 $      6,000
Samantha Van Der Merwe
Theatre
 $      3,503
Shu-Ju Wang
Visual Arts
 $      4,598
Heather Watkins
Visual Arts
 $      5,374
Erin Yanke
Media Arts
 $      5,251
Ben Young
Visual Arts
 $      5,968

For more information on project grants and other grant programs at RACC, visit www.racc.org/grants.
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