The Equity Investments program provides additional funding for General Operating Support member organizations to support initiatives which advance their commitment to equity in the arts, with a priority placed on racial equity A total of $149,664 was awarded to nine organizations in FY17-18. The RACC Board of Directors approved these awards on March 21, 2018.
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center – $10,000 – Support for equity-related components of the 2019 Portland Biennial.
Literary Arts – $35,000* – Expansion of Verselandia! Youth poetry slam program to East County high schools.
My Voice Music – $5,990 – Racial equity training for staff with Resolutions NW and Center for Equity & Inclusion.
Oregon Children’s Theatre – $7,500 – Funding for internal equity work including training for staff & board, consulting with leadership, and the translation of materials.
Profile Theatre – $18,750 – Support for In Dialogue and Community Profile programming during the 18 month 2018-19 season.
The Circus Project – $10,508 – Funding for internal equity work including the completion of a Racial Equity self assessment and training for staff.
The Portland Ballet – $20,000 – Collaboration with Kukatonon to create a unified performance piece with dancers from both organizations.
Third Rail Repertory Theatre – $6,920 – Training for staff and leadership with August Wilson Red Door Project and others.
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington – $35,000* – Recruitment of artists of color for teaching artist roster, convene and provide training for artists of color interested in teaching.
* Two or three year grant.