This February, the Oregon Humanities Board of Directors awarded $59,980 in grants to thirteen nonprofit organizations from around the state. These grants will support programs that bring people together to think and talk about challenging issues and ideas.
Drexel H. Foundation (Vale)
$4,500 in support of Engaging Youth Voices in Shaping Our Community, a project that will present film screenings and facilitated conversations about young people leaving rural communities, engage youth in creating films about their perspectives on the issues that cause young people to move away from those communities, and connect youth and adult participants to share perspectives.
Momentum Alliance (Portland)
$7,500 in support of Oregon Students of Color Conference and Youth Organizing Toolkit, a project at the 2019 Oregon Students of Color Conference to develop leadership by youth of color.
Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon/KSKQ Community Radio (Ashland)
$3,000 in support of Independent Media Week, a weeklong series of workshops, films, and panels for people making and consuming media in the Rogue Valley.
Oregon Rural Action (La Grande)
$5,000 in support of a series of community forums on the Oil-by-Rail Emergency Preparedness Campaign, taking place between April 2019 and March 2020 in baker City, La Grande, Mission, Ontario, and Pendleton.
PLAYA (Summer Lake)
$6,000 in support of Focus on Drought: How We Talk About Water Shortage in a Time of Change, a conversation about drought in Central Oregon.
Portland Meet Portland (Portland)
$3,500 in support of Stories from the Diaspora, a community-based storytelling project to create profiles immigrant and refugee community members and present a series of public dialogues on issues they face.
RiverStars Performing Arts (Cave Junction)
$8,000 in support of Backyard Cavetown: Beyond Boom and Bust, a project in which young people with perform interviews with community members in the Illinois Valley on economic boom and bust cycles in the region and use their perspectives to inform a theater performance about building a sustainable economy.
Sexual Assault Resource Center (Beaverton)
$7,500 in support of Moving Toward a Culture of Consent: Community Conversations Examining Sexual Violence, a three-session conversation series examinging the root causes of sexual violence using popular education techniques.
Skate Like a Girl (Portland)
$5,000 in support of AllySk8, a project that will use skateboarding to explore concepts such as social justice, allyship, microaggressions, and consent through facilitated workshops and experiential learning activities.
Southern Oregon Guild of Artists and Artisans (Kerby)
$3,000 in support of Connecting Threads, a series of intergenerational conversations focusing on belonging, connection, and crafts.
Vanport Mosaic (Portland)
$7,000 in support of the 2019 Vanport Mosaic Festival, a community gathering that will use exhibits, documentary screenings, theater and spoken word performances, tours, and conversations to explore the resilience and resistance of historically oppressed communities.
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