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
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