Sisters High School senior Jaimee Simundson has done some extraordinary things in her first eighteen years. She recorded a CD, built a guitar, taught fifth grade music, and held a professional internship. Her post-graduation plan is to serve with Americorps and then head to college.
Nine years ago Jaimee had different interests, a mix of academics and athletics, until she discovered the Americana Project. The project, which brings music education and American folk traditions to the public schools in Sisters, mentored Jaimee to find herself, not only as a performer, but as a teacher, songwriter, luthier, and member of a focused, achievement-based peer group. This June, she’ll graduate with career experience, education options, and a unique life trajectory.
The Oregon Cultural Trust, through the Deschutes County Cultural Coalition, has made multiple grants to the Americana Project. Directly, and through its county and tribal coalitions and five statewide partners, the Trust has awarded thousands of arts, heritage and humanities grants.
This important work inspires our children, engages our citizens and fuels our economy, ensuring that Oregon is and remains a great place to live, work and play, all the while building a permanent fund for culture in Oregon.
It’s simple to give to the Oregon Cultural Trust. And that gift benefits you while it increases tourism, builds community, and educates young people across the state.
First, donate to one or more of the 1,300+ cultural nonprofits in Oregon. A searchable list is provided at http://www.culturaltrust.org/what-we-support/participating-cultural-non-profits. Then, make an equal gift to the Cultural Trust. Oregon’s unique cultural tax credit means your Trust donation comes back to you when you file your taxes – up to $500 per individual, $1,000 for households filing jointly and $2,500 for C-Corp businesses.
Give by June 30 to continue providing uncharted opportunities for Oregonians like Jaimee Simundson. Join me in supporting Oregon culture by making your gift, today!