RACC announces first round of General Operating Support awards for 2014-15; three new member organizations added

PORTLAND, ORE – Disjecta, Pendulum Aerial Arts, and Portland Jazz Festival will join up to 46 other local arts organizations receiving General Operating Support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in 2014-15. More than $1.1 million will be invested as unrestricted support for many of the region’s most established nonprofit arts organizations.

General Operating Support grants are awarded after a rigorous review conducted by a panel of community volunteers and RACC board members. Organizations are evaluated on artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility, and must demonstrate broad community support including a stable base of audiences and donors. The review also includes an objective third-party financial analysis from the Nonprofit Finance Fund to help measure operating health. 

Starting this year, RACC is transitioning to a new reporting and funding calendar, reviewing organizations soon after they complete their fiscal years rather than all at once. At its June 25 meeting the RACC Board of Directors approved $1,114,301 in funding for 40 groups; as many as nine additional organizations will receive grant awards when their reports are completed and their financial statements are evaluated later this year.

General Operating Support grants are funded by the City of Portland general fund, and by Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. These organizations will also receive proceeds from RACC’s workplace giving program Work for Art in August, and those that are based in Portland will receive additional funding from the city’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund later this year.

FY2014-15 General Operating Support grants include:

Artist Repertory Theatre, $40,899
Blue Sky Gallery, $10,920
Broadway Rose Theatre Company, $18,500
Cappella Romana, Inc., $11,073
Chamber Music Northwest, $32,815
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, $9,500
Friends of Chamber Music, $12,972
Hollywood Theatre, $13,335
Imago Theatre, $16,723
Independent Publishing Resource Center, $10,642
Lakewood Center for the Arts, $19,000
Literary Arts, Inc., $31,870
Live Wire! Radio, $11,544
Metropolitan Youth Symphony, $16,649
Miracle Theatre Group, $18,040
Northwest Children’s Theatre, $25,201
Northwest Dance Project, $14,632
NW Documentary Arts & Media, $7,000
Oregon Ballet Theatre, $53,099
Oregon Children’s Theatre, $39,375
Oregon Symphony Association, $133,334
Pendulum Aerial Arts, $7,000
Playwrite, Inc., $10,080
Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film Center, $175,700
Portland Baroque Orchestra, $15,797
Portland Center Stage, $90,027
Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, $11,546
Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, $11,199
Portland Jazz Festival, $10,000
Portland Opera, $89,131
Portland Piano International, $10,230
Portland Taiko, $12,195
Portland Youth Philharmonic, $17,480
Profile Theatre Project, $14,483
The Portland Ballet, $10,578
The Third Angle New Music Ensemble, $7,000
Third Rail Repertory Theatre, $10,177
White Bird, $37,740
Write Around Portland, $12,375
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, $14,440

Organizations that have yet to be reviewed and funded for 2014-15 include Bag & Baggage Productions, BodyVox, Children’s Healing Art Project, Echo Theater Company, Ethos Music Center, Oregon Repertory Singers, PHAME Academy, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and Tears of Joy Theatre. For more information, visit www.racc.org/grants