2020 Public Program Grantees

In February 2020, the Oregon Humanities Board of Directors awarded $60,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations from around the state. These grants will support programs that bring people together to think and talk about challenging issues and ideas and support communities during the difficult transitions and circumstances created by the pandemic.

Hood River County Heritage Council—Cherished Memories/Recuerdos Apreciados (Hood River)
$5,000 in support for Cherished Memories/Recuerdos Apreciados a program to provide structured opportunities in both English and Spanish for rural dementia patients and their caregivers to share fond memories, stimulated by museum artifacts, photos, and music.

Community Alliance of Lane County—Citywide Union de Activistas (Eugene)

$7,500The BIPOC Capacity-Building Initiative & White Anti-Racist Leadership Development

Of our two initiatives, the first is to build and sustain a BIPOC (largely Women of Color) formed and facilitated Working Group focused on creating local BIPOC led and hosted spaces for healing and relationship. We are calling this the BIPOC Capacity-Building Initiative.

Division Midway Alliance
$5,800 Community Dialogue on Displacement, Relocation and Placemaking The goal of the program is to bring the voice of East Portland communities, who are either closed to facing displacement or have been displaced through storytelling and dialogue

Columbia River Creative Initiatives From the Inside Looking Out
From the Inside Looking Out: A Prison Reform Symposium is a publicly accessible, day-long symposium about prison reform held inside the prison and conducted by folks who are currently incarcerated at Columbia River Correctional Institution as well as invited guests who have expertise on the matter. The Symposium will be organized with, coordinated by, and draw from the expertise and experiences of those most affected within the community, folks who are currently incarcerated. The event will be designed and planned through the creation of in-class programming as well as a steering committee comprised of currently incarcerated folks in the class. Without the proposed platform, the affected community is actively oppressed in regards to having an opportunity to voice their perspective on prison reform. A premise that currently and formerly incarcerated folks have deep experiential knowledge to draw from. The symposium is a necessary conversation in the nation, and the proposal of an investigation of this topic inside of a prison is a unique and unprecedented approach.

World Stage Theater—Growing Up Black In Oregon
$7,500 Growing Up Black in Oregon explores the challenges, trauma, and triumphs of the African American community, the divisions, fears, and distrust toward our own and others. Keeping in true Black History festival NW fashion, World Stage Theatre will invite local and home-grown experts to facilitate intimately themed forums from April to January covering an in-depth look at Black life in Oregon from the perspectives of youth, adults, elders, parents, millennials, bi-racial, special needs, immigrant, homeless or those living in poverty and LGBTQ African Americans.

Lake County Resource Initiative—Rural Voices on a Changing Land
$7,356 This project is carefully designed to increase community energy and synergy by employing a diverse, locally strategic set of engagement activities using different mediums and methods to invite participation. All program activities will take place during a 6-month period with a rhythm that builds and sustains interest within the community, capitalizing on earlier work. All results will be actively shared though social media; local newspapers and radio; posters placed at community events, businesses, and community spaces; and school partnerships. This community responds openly when asked to share their stories, reflections, observations, active restoration activity and more which leads to reflection on the broader issue of this project. We estimate reaching a minimum of 10,000+ individuals.

Activities will be facilitated by the lead artist, collaborators and partners. They intertwine and organically build on and inform the whole program. Subsequent activity details will be constantly tweaked, responding to input and ideas from community leading to the final town hall event

The Immigrant Story—The Immigrant Story Live
$3,000 TIS Live is primarily designed to be a storytelling program. In the weeks leading up to the event, immigrant speakers will be coached by a professional storyteller who will help them craft compelling, dynamic narratives. The story coach will encourage speakers to explore multiple aspects of their immigration story, including their lives before immigration, the immigration process, challenges faced as a new immigrant in America, and the relationship between their native heritage and their identity as an American immigrant. At the event, each speaker will publicly share his or her story with the audience, and all speeches will be recorded for archival purposes

Street Roots—The Vendor Voices Initiative
$3,750 The Vendor Voices Initiative program seeks to center the ideas and expertise of people experiencing homelessness and poverty through public performances and speaking engagements, providing additional income generating opportunities for some of the 700 vendors who earn an income selling Street Roots every year. These additional income opportunities will come in the form of stipends paid for time served giving public performances and other speaking engagements, including mentorships and coaching of other vendors. Support from Oregon Humanities Public Program will help us provide new opportunities for our vendors. The Vendor Voices Initiative will nearly double the amount of stipends we can provide to our vendors in 2020.

Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center—Timber Story Workshops and Roots Music Project
$4,950 Our goals will bring people who live in Oregon to build relationships across cultures and experiences.
The project will provide a way for people to share different perspectives about the complex realities of life in rural Oregon and will be embraced and amplified in OregonÕs urban landscape.
Our project provides a way to collect and share individual stories to celebrate our place in the communities where we live.

In partnership with Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD), 
Building Healthy Families, Fishtrap, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla (CTUIR), Wallowa Resources (WR) rural community based timber stewardship, annual MHIC Gathering Partner, and outdoor school collaborator, Oregon Historical Society, committed rural educators, historians and professional musicians, to name a few state-wide collaborators, MHIC is providing a conduit that connects rural voices through a multicultural lens.

Warm Springs Community Action Team—Warm Springs Reservation Old Commissary Dedication
$7,125 Since 2001, the Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) has promoted community development on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, empowering the 5000 Tribal members to seize their economic, social, and cultural independence amidst a history of structural barriers to thriving. The Tribal-led WSCAT has worked with Tribal community members since 2015 on the Old Commissary Project, a plan to move and renovate a 100-year-old government commissary and rededicate it as a business incubator and retail space. With this proposal, WSCAT seeks $10,000 from the Oregon Humanities Public Program for the Old CommissaryÕs dedication and opening in July 2020, the completion of this major capital project developed and led by members of the Paiute, Warm Springs, and Wasco Tribes on the Warm Springs Reservation. This program honors a Tribal future which surmounts the Commissary's colonial origin by transforming it into a Tribal business incubator and retail space.

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