What was your first cultural experience? Do you remember:
- Listening to your grandfather read fairy tales?
- Making your own Halloween mask?
- Marveling at the inventiveness of 19th century tools at the historical society?
- Playing bassoon after a performance of Peter and the Wolf?
- Making art in your aunt’s studio?
Culture brings together family, friends and community in common experience. You know this. That’s why you gave to the Cultural Trust in 2010. You joined with 12,000 others in donating $3.8 million to support our common goal of sustaining and developing what defines us as Oregonians.
You also enabled thousands of Oregonians to share a cultural experience. Many of them children.
The cultural nonprofits that you support directly and through your matching gift to the Trust provide enrichment that makes children’s imaginations soar, instills a thirst for knowledge and inspires a desire to achieve excellence. Many of those programs are offered free to school groups and youth organizations but they are not free to produce.
Your gifts make it possible for
- Literary Arts to inspire and nurture readers and writers in rural Oregon;
- The Coos Art Museum to expand its gallery space and showcase artwork by area school children;
- A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village to provide interactive, science-based and fun! learning to 8,000 low income children;
- Ethos to offer music education to children in metro area and rural counties.
Your gift to the Trust supports Portland Youth Philharmonic, which grew from the Sagebrush Symphony, a youth orchestra founded in Burns 100 years ago. A Trust grant to PYP enabled 75 student musicians to travel to Burns to participate in October’s community-wide celebration of the Sagebrush centennial. The trip was about a lot more than concertizing.
I’d never been to a rodeo or seen Native American dances before, let alone joined one! Going to Burns was like being away from home for thousands of years and then returning...I felt like I belonged in Burns with people who understood the joys of music. -- Stephanie Zhao, musician
Cultural Trust donations support Portland Opera’s Opera-To-Go program, bringing opera to easy-to-get-to, comfortable settings for families and children. The productions are sensitively abridged, translated into English and produced with humor as well as educational content. This year, The Elixir of Love will reach 20,000 students in 70 locations across the state.
We’d never been to an opera, so weren’t sure what to expect…If your goal was to dispel the myth that opera is stuffy and unapproachable, then you certainly achieved it for…a standing-room only crowd. What a tremendous experience! -- Gary M. Stein, parent
Cultural Trust donations help preserve traditional fishing boats at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. The museum partnered with the National Park Service, the Library of Congress and Clatsop Community College on the project, which has deep meaning especially for the young people involved.
I believe that the documentation of historic boats - in fact any historic object - is valuable to society as a whole in that it preserves a record…of our cultural artifacts. …With modern data storage technology we have little excuse not to leave a complete record, and I trust our descendants will thank us for doing so. -- Dale Espelund, student
Projects funded by the Cultural Trust have significant impact in communities across Oregon. The enclosed list highlights this spring’s projects. As you experience these programs and hear people talk about them, we hope you’ll take pride in knowing that you had a direct hand in making them possible for thousands of your fellow Oregonians.