Shirod Younker, Coquille Tribe, photo by Andy Batt
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