RACC awards $693,959 for arts-related projects in 2015

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $693,959 in project grants for calendar year 2015, including 66 grants to nonprofit organizations and schools, and 80 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. This year’s project grants are made possible by increased funding from the City of Portland, RACC’s largest funding source, and RACC’s workplace giving program, Work for Art. Clackamas County, Washington County, Multnomah County and Metro also helped fund these project grants.

RACC supported 49% of all requests with full or partial funding. Among the projects awarded to individual artists, 64% have never received RACC funding before, and 35% of all organizations are receiving project grant support for the first time. The pool of applicants continues to change and evolve as well – 40% of all proposals received this year were from artists and arts organizations that have never before applied for RACC funding.

“RACC made a commitment several years ago to finding and funding more diverse and accessible artistic programs,” said executive director Eloise Damrosch. “These project grants demonstrate that we are indeed reaching new and talented people in our community. The range of projects funded by RACC in 2015 will be deep and broad, and we will continue to improve on this every year going forward.”

To vet the proposals, 44 volunteers served on 11 different panels organized by discipline. Most volunteers (93%) served on a RACC grants panel for the first time. Guided by staff during the months of October, November and December, these volunteers evaluated proposals based on artistic merit, audience development and financial accountability, forwarding their final recommendations to the RACC board of directors for approval on December 17.

A summary of funded projects can be found at www.racc.org/2015projectgrants. Among them:

  • First-time grant recipients included Sabina Haque who will premiere her multimedia installation at the Littman Gallery investigating the emotional impact of the “War on Terror” in Pakistan and in the Portland refugee community; Darrell Grant will present a CD release event for his jazz composition “The Territory” including video interviews with other notable Oregon artists; and photographer Larry Cwik will present large scale photographic work depicting the Inupiat, Inuit, and other Arctic communities in northern Alaska, Canada, Norway and Russia revealing recent lifestyle changes and the impact of global climate change.
  • Organizations that were awarded project grants for the first time include Historic Parkrose which received funding to support “Summer Nights on Sandy” – a street fair with local entertainment, vendors, and family fun focused on the arts; Friends of Zenger Farm, located in outer Southeast Portland in the Johnson Creek watershed, will work with artist Leon Smith to facilitate the production of a community designed and built living structure at their 6 acre educational farm; and People-Places-Things LLC will develop a series of 52 images by Dominican artist Hampton Rodriguez that make a “Deck of Professions” reflecting the diversity of the city through our occupations and which will be used to teach language classes to immigrants.
  • Projects rooted in community participation include a series of writing workshops called “With You On The Journey” culminating in a staged reading led by Carol Imani for family members of people in prison; a program by The Aspire Project which provides tap and classical dance classes and performance opportunities for low-income children and families in North Portland; and a bilingual exhibit at the Portland Mercado titled “El Espiritu del Emprendador”, facilitated by Hacienda CDC highlighting the entrepreneurial spirit of the Latino community.
  • Arts-in-Schools opportunities will bring youth from the Oregon Trail Academy in Boring, Oregon to King Elementary School in Portland to collaborate on songwriting and then perform under the direction of One World Chorus; and a project by Laura Leiman involves students at Astor and Cesar Chavez K-8 schools creating unique signatures, monograms & self identifying symbols as they explore what makes each person’s identity special through the art of the letterform.
  • In addition, 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 Kelly Goeller for a film mandala and video tapestry showing a storybook version of the Pacific Northwest titled “Habitat.”

2015 recipients of RACC Project Grants: PDX Pop Now, artwork by Erik Stotik, Kukatonon, musician Darrell Grant.

2015 recipients of RACC Project Grants: PDX Pop Now, artwork by Erik Stotik, Kukatonon, musician Darrell Grant.

Below is a complete list of funded projects. More detailed summaries of each grant are available at www.racc.org/2015projectgrants

RACC project grants for individuals, calendar year 2015

Note: (*) denotes Clackamas County applicants, and (**) denotes Washington County based applicants.  All other applicants are based in Multnomah County.

Individual Artist

Category/Discipline

Amount

Tori Abernathy

Visual Arts

$ 1,921

Abra Ancliffe

Visual Arts

$ 5,215

Sean Andries

Theatre

$ 4,050

Johanna Barron

Visual Arts

$ 5,400

Matthew Berger

Arts-in-Schools

$ 5,978

Tracy Broyles

Multi-Discipline Performance

$ 3,799

Ben Buswell

Visual Arts

$ 5,007

Matthew Carlson

Music

$ 4,796

Robin Chilstrom

Arts-in-Schools

$ 5,991

Adriene Cruz

Community Participation

$ 5,279

Larry Cwik

Photography

$ 5,332

Amber Dawn

Media Arts

$ 3,735

Shawn Demarest

Visual Arts

$ 4,757

Suniti Dernovsek

Multi-Discipline Performance

$ 5,693

Brenan Dwyer

Media Arts

$ 3,680

Alex Falcone

Theatre

$ 2,090

Michelle Fujii

Multi-Discipline Performance

$ 3,990

Mario Gallucci

Photography

$ 4,110

Nicole Georges

Literature

$ 6,000

Erik Geschke

Visual Arts

$ 3,360

Kelly Goeller

Media Arts

$ 4,514

Darrell Grant

Music

$ 5,955

Sabina Haque

Visual Arts

$ 5,935

Jen Harrison

Music

$ 5,700

Elijah Hasan

Media Arts

$ 4,563

Bethany Hays

Visual Arts

$ 4,410

Justin Hocking

Literature

$ 6,000

Kurtis Hough

Media Arts

$ 5,400

Nathaniel Hulskamp

Music

$ 5,787

Carol Imani

Community Participation

$ 3,593

Raina Imig

Community Participation

$ 5,429

Abraham Ingle

Visual Arts

$ 4,134

Katharine Jacobs

Photography

$ 4,640

Dawn Jones

Media Arts

$ 5,950

Kelly Kendziorski

Media Arts

$ 5,661

Theresa Koon

Music

$ 4,800

Horatio Law

Visual Arts

$ 4,800

Laura Leiman**

Arts-in-Schools

$ 5,951

Alain LeTourneau

Photography

$ 5,860

Katherine Longstreth

Dance

$ 4,307

Joaquin Lopez**

Multi-Discipline Performance

$ 5,499

Bertha Marin

Visual Arts

$ 4,950

Tere Mathern

Dance

$ 5,700

Matt McCormick

Media Arts

$ 4,456

Brenna McDonald

Dance

$ 4,966

Marc Moscato

Literature

$ 5,310

Pepe Moscoso

Photography

$ 4,408

Lena Munday

Visual Arts

$ 2,309

Travis Neel

Visual Arts

$ 4,584

Travis Nikolai

Visual Arts

$ 3,848

Eric Nordstrom

Media Arts

$ 4,800

Caroline Oakley

Community Participation

$ 6,000

Liz Obert

Photography

$ 2,558

Ann Marie O’Malley

Literature

$ 5,343

Stephen Osserman

Music

$ 5,581

Roger Peet

Visual Arts

$ 5,054

Kajanne Pepper

Multi-Discipline Performance

$ 3,563

Judith Pulman

Literature

$ 4,732

Joanne Radmilovich Kollman

Arts-in-Schools

$ 3,312

Jayanthi Raman**

Dance

$ 5,400

Kirsten Rian

Literature

$ 3,960

Dmae Roberts

Literature

$ 4,760

Ethan Rose

Music

$ 4,780

Heidi Schwegler

Visual Arts

$ 6,000

Shalanda Sims

Community Participation

$ 4,732

Ilana Sol

Media Arts

$ 5,700

Pablo Solares-Rowbury**

Visual Arts

$ 4,280

Anne Sorce

Theatre

$ 3,602

Jack StockLynn

Theatre

$ 4,402

Ellie Stuckey

Media Arts

$ 4,648

Kate Szrom

Photography

$ 5,230

Barbara Tetenbaum

Visual Arts

$ 5,405

Chanel Vivian

Visual Arts

$ 4,710

Kimberly Warner

Media Arts

$ 4,160

Katie Watkins

Theatre

$ 3,447

Claire Willett

Theatre

$ 4,475

Brandon Woolley

Theatre

$ 4,800

Jennifer Wright

Multi-Discipline Performance

$ 4,750

Lucy Yim

Dance

$ 4,394

Leni Zumas

Literature

$ 5,225

 

RACC project grants for organizations, calendar year 2015

Note: (*) denotes Clackamas County applicants, and (**) denotes Washington County based applicants.  All other applicants are based in Multnomah County.

Organization

Category/Discipline

Amount

45th Parallel

Music

$ 5,696

Agnieszka Laska Dancers

Dance

$ 4,760

Architecture Foundation of Oregon

Arts-in-Schools

$ 6,000

Beaverton Arts Commission**

Community Participation

$ 5,650

Beaverton School District**

Arts-in-Schools

$ 522

Beaverton Symphony Orchestra**

Music

$ 2,344

Benson High School

Arts-in-Schools

$ 4,743

Big Horn Brass*

Music

$ 3,126

Boom Arts

Theatre

$ 6,000

Cinema Project

Media Arts

$ 1,712

Circus Cascadia

Arts-in-Schools

$ 2,640

CoHo Productions

Theatre

$ 5,697

Conduit Dance Inc.

Dance

$ 5,700

Creative Music Guild

Multi-Discipline Performance

$ 5,400

Disability Art and Culture Project

Community Participation

$ 4,215

Ecotrust

Media Arts

$ 5,615

Estacada Area Arts Commission/City of Estacada*

Community Participation

$ 5,840

Fear No Music

Music

$ 4,905

Friends of Zenger Farm

Community Participation

$ 4,796

Hacienda CDC

Community Participation

$ 4,689

Hand2Mouth

Theatre

$ 4,800

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest

Dance

$ 4,800

Historic Parkrose

Community Participation

$ 5,039

India Cultural Association**

Community Participation

$ 4,228

Irvington PTA

Arts-in-Schools

$ 5,700

Jewish Theatre Collaborative

Theatre

$ 5,197

Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe

Community Participation

$ 6,000

Late Night Library

Literature

$ 5,166

Lewis & Clark College Hoffman Gallery

Visual Arts

$ 6,000

MediaRites

Theatre

$ 4,608

MetroArts Inc

Music

$ 4,612

My Voice Music

Community Participation

$ 4,800

NAYA Family Center

Community Participation

$ 6,000

Nomadic Theatre Co

Theatre

$ 4,784

Northwest Animation Festival

Media Arts

$ 5,883

Obo Addy Legacy Project

Community Participation

$ 5,400

One World Chorus*

Arts-in-Schools

$ 5,140

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon

Community Participation

$ 3,650

Oregon Potters Association

Visual Arts

$ 4,860

Orlo

Literature

$ 5,400

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Visual Arts

$ 4,800

PDX Pop Now!

Music

$ 5,250

People-Places-Things, LLC

Visual Arts

$ 3,375

Portland Children’s Museum

Community Participation

$ 5,700

Portland Community College Foundation

Media Arts

$ 6,000

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

Theatre

$ 5,400

Portland Playhouse

Theatre

$ 5,400

Portland Symphonic Choir

Music

$ 5,400

QDoc

Media Arts

$ 5,950

Raphael Spiro String Quartet**

Community Participation

$ 4,401

RECESS

Visual Arts

$ 2,396

Resonance Vocal Ensemble

Music

$ 3,577

Resonate Choral Arts*

Arts-in-Schools

$ 4,455

Risk/Reward

Multi-Discipline Performance

$ 5,995

Siren Nation

Community Participation

$ 3,654

Southwest Charter School

Arts-in-Schools

$ 2,600

Tavern Books

Literature

$ 4,160

The Art Gym at Marylhurst University*

Visual Arts

$ 5,700

The Aspire Project

Community Participation

$ 2,700

The Circus Project

Arts-in-Schools

$ 5,700

The Library Foundation

Community Participation

$ 5,400

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest)

Media Arts

$ 5,700

triangle productions!

Theatre

$ 5,188

Venerable Showers of Beauty Gamelan

Music

$ 3,380

Vibe of Portland

Arts-in-Schools

$ 1,656

Yale Union

Visual Arts

$ 6,000