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Coos Art Museum Among Those To Receive Grants
The Oregon Arts Commission has awarded 18 capacity grants totaling $349,014 in its Sustaining Oregon’s Arts effort to strengthen arts organizations in Oregon. Grant recipients included five Southern and South Coast organizations, including Umpqua Valley Arts Association and the Coos Art Museum.
Sixty-four applications requesting over $1.2 million were submitted to aid arts organizations in building their operating capacity, improving their financial sustainability, refining artistic products, diversifying audiences and strengthening management and board governance. The Arts Commission’s review panel, chaired by Commission Chair Julie Vigeland of Portland, commended the caliber of requests, which proposed diverse strategies to help groups navigate changes in the arts field brought on by technological advances, demographic and funding changes, and shifting consumer and donor behavior.
“These competitive grants will help arts groups that are ready with specific plans to strengthen the capacity of their organizations. We received more strong requests than we could fund in this round – evidence that arts groups across the state are working hard to improve their organizational performance,” noted Christine D’Arcy, Executive Director of the Commission.
Capacity Grants were awarded in part, to the Coos Art Museum, totaling $5,000, to support the replacement of its current 8-unit phone system from the 1970′s with a new system.