RACC awards $665,595 for artistic projects in 2016

2016 Project Grant recipient, Laura Moulton (at right), will create a book on her Street Books project.

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $665,595 in project grants for calendar year 2016, including 54 grants to nonprofit organizations and 77 grants to individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.

“Once again, the region’s artists and nonprofit organizations have brought a tremendous variety of interesting projects to our attention,” said executive director Eloise Damrosch. “We received a record number of applications, 359 total, and although we couldn’t invest in them all I am truly excited about the 131 projects that we were able to fund.”

A summary of every funded project can be found at www.racc.org/2016projectgrants. Some examples of projects supported within each discipline include:

  • Dance projects included new solo works and ensemble pieces, performance festivals, and a competitive residency program at New Expressive Works, which will support eight diverse choreographers with space, professional feedback, and a showcase performance.
     
  • Literature projects ranged from the sixth annual arts journal “Leaf Litter” produced by Signal Fire to memoirs, humorous essays, chap books and short fiction. Examples including a new book by Laura Moulton with her collaborator Ben Hodgson about the evolution of a bicycle-powered street library, its patrons who live outside, and the way literature can form a bridge between people from many walks of life, as well as a long-form nonfiction essay by Paul Martone entitled “Denny’s 1996” examining racial discrimination in the 1990s.
     
  • Media Arts covers audio, film and video works, from the avant-garde to documentaries to film festivals. This year, supported projects include a documentary by Lenore Eklund called “Food As Medicine,” a web series by Pamela Chipman looking to engage the person on the street with conversations about art, and Jennifer Lamastra’s stop motion animated short of a sad paper girl who encounters 1000 swirling origami paper cranes.
     
  • Multi-Discipline projects support a wide range of performances and presentations that combine and transcend specific categories. Liminal will present a “film-play hybrid” in real time; Luciana Proaño will produce a dance, poetry, music performance inspired by Peruvian folklore and photography; CymaSpace is producing six artistic showcases that facilitate accessible performing arts for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community; Douglas Detrick is leading creation of a collection of musical-storytelling episodes for his chamber-jazz quintet inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick.
     
  • Music includes a variety of genres from ukulele and tango music to ragas and opera. Okaidja Afroso will work on and release a new album in collaboration with innovative musicians from his native Ghana, and Maria Garcia and her partner Momoko Muramatsu will record and release a new CD as XX Digitus Duo at a two piano/four hand event.
     
  • Theatre projects can be published scripts like “Heathers: the Musical” (Staged! Musical Theatre) or works-in-progress like Dmae Roberts new play “The Courtesan.” They reflect local issues such as the city of Vanport (Damaris Webb to produce and direct “Cottonwood in the Flood” by local playwright Rich Rubin) and classic inspirations (Cerimon House to support a re-imagined Shakespeare story in a playwright residency project with Jennifer Le Blanc).
     
  • Visual Arts projects will include documentation of the endangered oral history of Palestinian folk, fabric and fiber arts by Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, black and white paintings by Ty Ennis that explore the day-to-day life of an artist and father, and an in-depth photography project by Geoffrey Hiller documenting the TriMet #75 bus route from St. Johns to Milwaukie. Japanese Garden Society of Oregon will present an exhibit about Japan’s most influential contemporary architect, Kengo Kuma, and Blackfish Gallery has a month-long exhibit and lecture by Native American artist James Luna coming in 2016.
     
  • Community Participation & Access projects support arts programs and services that involve community participants directly. Sisters of the Road will facilitate a short 10 minute film on homelessness in Portland, Hollywood Senior Center with host a writing and photography project between seniors and youth from Beaumont Middle School, and Congregation Beth Israel is receiving their first RACC grant to support their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day evening Shabbat event. Other examples of community based projects will bring the Artosaur out into the community (Christine Martell), engage youth in the written, spoken and sung word to address social justice and personal transformation (Renee Mitchell), and connect artists and day laborers (Patricia Vazquez Gomez).

This year’s project grants are made possible by both public and private funding sources, including the City of Portland, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, Metro and the Oregon Arts Commission. RACC’s first annual summer fundraising gala, In the Garden of Artistic Delights, brought in nearly $35,000 to fund some of the project grants for individuals, and RACC’s workplace giving program, Work for Art, contributed $27,000 to fund some of the project grants for organizations.

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 Brenna Murphy for experimenting with virtual reality as an artistic medium and building a series of virtual spaces with digital sculpture installations titled “Realms.”

RACC’s peer review process involved 43 volunteers who served on 12 different panels organized by discipline. They were guided by staff during the months of October, November and December, evaluating proposals based on artistic merit, audience development and financial accountability. Most volunteer panelists (91%) served on a RACC grants panel for the first time. The RACC Board of Directors approved all panel recommendations on December 16.

More detailed summaries of each grant are available atwww.racc.org/2016projectgrants.

RACC project grants for individuals, calendar year 2016

Note: (*) denotes Clackamas County applicants, and (**) denotes Washington County based applicants.  All other applicants are based in Multnomah County. AF = Artistic Focus and CPA = Community Participation & Access.

Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim *

AF

Folk Arts

$2,633

Chata Addy

CPA

Music

$6,188

Frances Payne Adler

AF

Multi-Discipline

$6,071

Okaidja Afroso

AF

Music

$5,250

Devon Allen

AF

Theatre

$4,538

Karl Anderson

AF

Social Practice

$6,318

Scott Ballard

AF

Media Arts

$5,313

Barbara Bernstein

AF

Media Arts

$6,300

Sascha Blocker

AF

Theatre

$3,162

Grace Carter

AF

Theatre

$6,224

Jamuna Chiarini

AF

Dance/Movement

$2,837

Pamela Chipman

AF

Media Arts

$5,209

Scott Conary

AF

Visual Arts

$5,065

Bruce Conkle

AF

Visual Arts

$5,226

Emily Counts

AF

Visual Arts

$3,609

Kerry Davis

AF

Visual Arts

$5,801

Douglas Detrick

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,211

Catherine Duffly

CPA

Social Practice

$4,384

Lenore Eklund

AF

Media Arts

$5,496

Ty Ennis

AF

Visual Arts

$3,855

Adrienne Flagg

AF

Theatre

$4,845

Adam Friedman

AF

Visual Arts

$5,527

Hilary Galian

CPA

Visual Arts

$4,100

Maria Garcia

AF

Music

$4,672

Damien Gilley

AF

Visual Arts

$5,235

Gia Goodrich

AF

Visual Arts

$5,925

Laura Hadden

CPA

Media Arts

$5,201

Courtenay Hameister

AF

Literature

$5,900

Allie Hankins

AF

Dance/Movement

$5,760

Jen Harrison

AF

Music

$6,636

Megan Haupt

AF

Music

$5,235

Faith Helma

AF

Multi-Discipline

$4,816

Matthew Henderson

AF

Visual Arts

$3,524

William Raul Hernandez Molina

CPA

Visual Arts

$4,917

Geoffrey Hiller

AF

Visual Arts

$5,198

Justin Hocking

AF

Literature

$6,255

Tahni Holt

AF

Dance/Movement

$3,296

Anthony Hudson

AF

Multi-Discipline

$3,341

Chuck Israels

AF

Music

$6,300

Sara Jaffe

AF

Literature

$4,789

Avalon Kalin

AF

Multi-Discipline

$1,525

Jennifer LaMastra

AF

Media Arts

$4,477

Alain LeTourneau

AF

Media Arts

$4,924

Wisteria Fleming Loeffler

CPA

Theatre

$6,300

Elizabeth Malaska

AF

Visual Arts

$4,612

Brenda Mallory

AF

Visual Arts

$6,522

Christine Martell **

CPA

Visual Arts

$6,453

Paul Martone

AF

Literature

$4,763

Kayla Mattes

AF

Visual Arts

$4,763

Renee Mitchell

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$5,214

Ben Moorad

AF

Literature

$5,250

Laura Moulton

AF

Literature

$6,120

Brenna Murphy

AF

Multi-Discipline

$4,875

Brenna Murphy

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Innovation Prize

$2,500

Hunter Noack

AF

Music

$6,605

Chris Parkhurst

AF

Media Arts

$4,500

Jess Perlitz

AF

Multi-Discipline

$2,363

Vu Pham

AF

Media Arts

$5,054

Mo Phillips

AF

Music

$5,734

Ryan Pierce

AF

Visual Arts

$6,837

Luciana Proaño

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,306

Jennifer Rabin

AF

Literature

$2,348

Sabine Rear

AF

Visual Arts

$1,982

Vanessa Renwick

AF

Media Arts

$5,806

Anne Rioseco Greenwood

AF

Visual Arts

$5,405

Morgan Ritter

AF

Visual Arts

$2,257

Dmae Roberts

AF

Theatre

$5,250

Ken Selden

AF

Music

$4,181

Norman Sylvester

CPA

Music

$4,104

Sharita Towne

AF

Multi-Discipline

$6,120

Philip Van Scotter

AF

Media Arts

$5,600

Sivagami Vanka **

AF

Dance/Movement

$5,239

Patricia Vazquez Gomez

CPA

Social Practice

$5,250

Matthew Vuksinich

AF

Music

$5,250

Samantha Wall

AF

Visual Arts

$6,749

Damaris Webb

AF

Theatre

$6,015

Ryan Woodring

AF

Visual Arts

$5,600

Jingzi Zhao

AF

Visual Arts

$4,418

 

RACC project grants for organizations, calendar year 2016

Note: (*) denotes Clackamas County applicants, and (**) denotes Washington County based applicants.  All other applicants are based in Multnomah County. AF = Artistic Focus and CPA = Community Participation & Access.

Architecture Foundation of Oregon

CPA

Visual Arts

$6,000

Blackfish Gallery

AF

Visual Arts

$6,297

Boom Arts Inc.

AF

Theatre

$5,250

Caldera

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$6,650

Cerimon House

AF

Theatre

$4,015

Cinema Project

AF

Media Arts

$4,608

Conduit Dance Inc.

AF

Dance/Movement

$6,300

Congregation Beth Israel

CPA

Presenting

$3,173

Creative Music Guild

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,950

CymaSpace

AF

Social Practice

$3,649

Design Week Portland

AF

Presenting

$5,250

Disability Art and Culture Project

CPA

Media Arts

$5,916

en Taiko

CPA

Music

$3,600

Estacada Area Arts Commission *

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$5,055

Estacada Together *

CPA

Music

$4,200

Friends of the Children – Portland

CPA

Visual Arts

$4,492

Hoffman Gallery

AF

Visual Arts

$5,250

Hollywood Senior Center

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$6,108

In Mulieribus

AF

Music

$3,673

India Cultural Association **

CPA

Presenting

$4,131

Japanese Garden Society of Oregon

AF

Visual Arts

$7,000

Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe

CPA

Dance/Movement

$7,000

Latino Network

AF

Multi-Discipline

$6,565

Liminal

AF

Multi-Discipline

$3,040

MediaRites

AF

Media Arts

$7,000

MetroArts Inc

AF

Music

$4,365

Museum of Contemporary Craft

AF

Visual Arts

$5,950

New Expressive Works

AF

Dance/Movement

$7,000

Newspace Center for Photography

AF

Visual Arts

$5,084

Northwest Animation Festival

AF

Presenting

$6,973

Opera Theater Oregon

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,036

p:ear

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$3,926

Pacific Northwest College of Art

AF

Visual Arts

$5,600

PassinArt: A Theatre Company

AF

Theatre

$5,186

Performance Works NorthWest

AF

Dance/Movement

$5,250

Playwrights West

CPA

Theatre

$5,063

Portland Children’s Museum

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$5,250

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

AF

Theatre

$6,289

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,894

Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest)

CPA

Media Arts

$6,300

Portland State University Foundation

CPA

Visual Arts

$4,250

Portland Story Theater, Inc.

CPA

Theatre

$1,959

Portland SummerFest

AF

Music

$5,240

Portland Symphonic Choir

AF

Music

$5,600

QDoc: Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival

AF

Media Arts

$6,251

RASIKA – India Arts and Culture Council **

AF

Presenting

$6,700

Resonate Choral Arts *

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$3,056

Risk-Reward

AF

Presenting

$5,243

Signal Fire

AF

Literature

$3,131

Sisters Of The Road

CPA

Media Arts

$6,650

Staged! Musical Theatre *

AF

Theatre

$7,000

The Old Church Society Inc.

AF

Presenting

$2,887

The Rosewood Initiative

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$3,857

Washington County Cooperative Library Services **

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$4,000