When PDX Pop Now! came on the scene in 2004, the small non-profit began fostering connections between local musicians and audiences. It also took on an important advocacy project: access to arts and culture for young people.
Last summer, PDX Pop Now! received an Oregon Cultural Trust grant to support a free, all-ages, three-day Summer Festival of music. The Cultural Trust is honored to support this project, as we believe Oregon is lucky to have a diverse and passionate community of musicians, and live music is something to be enjoyed by everyone - not just adults.
The Oregon Cultural Trust connects Oregonians to culture and culture to Oregonians. We invest in Oregon’s future by supporting cultural programs for youth. This year the Cultural Trust also funded the Ross Ragland Theatre in Klamath Falls, for its educational outreach - school matinees, lectures, workshops, and a four-week theatre for youth day camp. The program will reach over 8,000 school children in 42 schools in four counties.
Our support of projects like these and others, including A Lincoln Portrait narrated by Tom Brokaw, part of a city-wide project in Eugene which explores themes of war and peace, enhances our children’s growing experience an dincreases the vitality of our communities - creatively, intellectually and economically.
But who is the Oregon Cultural Trust?
We are you - Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities. Together, we make culture accessible to people of all ages and walks of life. When you support the Cultural Trust you, say “Yes!” to Oregon culture. Renew your museum or historical society membership; give to your favorite literary or performing arts group. Answer a public radio or television pledge drive. Support the school music boosters and library friends.
Then, match your donations with a contribution to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Your gift to the Trust costs you nothing – thanks to Oregon’s cultural tax credit – but its benefit to Oregon is enormous.
Christine D’ArcyExecutive Director
This year Portland experienced a unique phenomenon that could well be called “The Rothko Spring.
With support from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Portland Art Museum staged a comprehensive exhibition of Mark Rothko’s work, the first such showing in Portland since 1934. In April, at the museum, Chief Curator Bruce Guenther spoke about Rothko’s work and legacy, and the music ensemble Third Angle performed Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel, a musical ode to the artist, to a sold-out hall. The concert was also supported by a grant from the Cultural Trust.
The buzz did not stop there. In February and March, Portland Center Stage, (a Cultural Trust grantee since 2006), adapted John Logan’s Tony Award winning play, Red, about Rothko’s struggle against the commoditization of his art.
The result? A citywide celebration of Rothko, an artist as important for his connection to Oregon as he was for his style and grand use of color.
Mark Rothko arrived in Portland at age 10 from Northern Russia. As an adult he moved away but he gravitated back to the Northwest time and again until his death in 1970. However, his connection to Oregon’s art history was almost forgotten.
Thanks to the Cultural Trust and some of Portland’s most important arts organizations Mark Rothko has once again become a household name in the region.
What is the Cultural Trust? The Trust is you. The Trust is Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities.
The Oregon Cultural Trust provides support for collaborations like Rothko – and many more - that impact and change the lives of Oregonians. You can be involved – and make culture happen in every corner of Oregon.
So, this spring, say Yes! to Oregon culture. Renew your museum or historical society membership; give to your favorite literary or performing arts group. Answer a public radio or television pledge drive. Then match your donations with a contribution to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Your gift to the Trust costs you nothing – thanks to Oregon’s cultural tax credit – but its benefit to the cultural community is enormous.
In honor of Oregon’s birthday - February 14 - we celebrate Oregonians who make culture happen every day.
Shannon Applegate’s family walked to Oregon. They yearned to be here, in the Eden at the end of the Applegate Trail, ultimately settling in what is now Yoncalla. The Applegate house built in 1892 still stands to this day, as an historic home, a tourist site and the site of a pioneer herb garden that continues to flourish.
Shannon Applegate is also an accomplished writer, winner of a 2008 Governor’s Arts Award and a singer in the Slow Ponies, a cowgirl band. She’s one of thirteen Oregonians that the Cultural Trust featured in 2011. Oregonians, whose ties to culture are deep and rooted; whose ties to culture are part of their everyday lives and work. Oregonians, whose ties to culture bind us all together through our arts, heritage and humanities.
On Oregon’s birthday, we thank you again for your 2011 contribution. Your donation, last year, together with over 11,000 Oregonians will enable the Cultural Trust to make grants in July 2012.
Experience some of the cultural projects this spring made possible by donations like yours:
The impact of Oregon culture is far reaching, broad and deep. The Cultural Trust, at its core, exists to honor the role that culture plays in our daily lives; shining light on it for all Oregonians.
When you donate to culture in our state, you’re celebrating what it means to be an Oregonian.
Thanks to you, Oregon culture surrounds us. It reminds us of who we are, where we live and what we believe in.Thanks to you, culture touches all of us in Oregon.Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen logs hundreds of miles to bring the power of poetry to students and libraries in Lake and Klamath counties. This is Culture.The Oregon Historical Society’s curator of education interprets car racing, rock and roll music and the contents of the OHS vault to museum visitors young and old. This is Culture.The Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation will use historic locomotives to attract new visitors to Portland’s central eastside. This is Culture.The High Desert Museum is developing the first major exhibit on the African American experience in Oregon. This is Culture.When you donate to the Oregon Cultural Trust, you bring culture alive in every corner of Oregon. Your gift is free to you, and good for Oregon. Your investment, together with contributions from over 21,000 Oregonians, has put over $15 million in a permanent trust fund, and awarded direct funding of over $11 million to hundreds of cultural nonprofits in our state since 2002.Your gift to the Cultural Trust this year will do even more. The Eugene Symphony will address themes of war and reconciliation, the contributions of Century Farmers & Ranchers will be recognized, and the Portland Art Museum will mount a retrospective of the work of Mark Rothko who spent his formative years in Oregon.The Cultural Trust thanks you for your past support and invites your continued participation by giving before the end of 2011. Culture in Oregon depends on you to make sure the arts, heritage and humanities are as strong tomorrow and for our children as they are today.Please join me in making a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust today. Every gift counts. No gift is too small. Be generous!
Oregon Days of Culture is an annual celebration honoring the role of the arts, humanities and heritage in our everyday lives. Presented by the Oregon Cultural Trust, to which Oregonians have contributed over $25 million to bring cultural moments to life across the state, Days of Culture spotlights culture in every corner of the state: film screenings, live performances, tours, community gatherings, volunteer activities, family events…even a photo contest where entrants can win cash, digital cameras, hotel getaways and more.
Already 460 events are listed at www.OregonDaysofCulture.org. Activities will take place statewide, from Elgin to Astoria to Brookings.
One new draw to the website: The first ever “This Is Culture: Oregon Photo Contest” begins October 1 and will run through the end of October. Of special interest to supporters of arts, heritage and humanities groups: two entrants will win $1,000 cash to donate to any Oregon cultural nonprofit they choose.
Cultural nonprofits enjoy the unprecedented exposure that comes from listing their events on the interactive calendar at OregonDaysOfCulture.org. With the surge of postings for this year’s event, the Cultural Trust predicts Days of Culture 2011 will exceed last year’s total of 599 posted events.
Visitors to the site can also watch a new animated short that distills the Trust’s unique donation process into a fun, 1-minute video. Produced by Sheepscot Creative, “Donate, Match, Get the Whole Match Back” features the work of numerous talented Oregonian artists and musicians. The video is available to all cultural advocates, including more than 1,300 cultural nonprofits, to post on websites and share with friends.
Get involved: celebrate culture in your community! There’s something for everyone during Oregon Days of Culture.
2011 Days of Culture sponsors include McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, and Whole Foods Market.
Photo credit: Shirod Younker, member of the Coquille Tribe, photographed on the Willamette River by Andy Batt
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