Past Public Program Grant Recipients


In 2019, the Oregon Humanities Board of Directors awarded $60,000 in grants to eleven nonprofit organizations from around the state.

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.


In 2018, the Oregon Humanities Board of Directors awarded $59,980 in grants to thirteen nonprofit organizations from around the state.

Chinese American Benevolent Association (Eugene)
$5,246 in support of DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon, a four-day series of film screenings, panel discussions, and Q&As April 19–22, 2018, in Eugene

Clackamas County Arts Alliance (Oregon City)
$5,000 in support of the Ask the Question Project, an exhibit of photos and narratives that aims to break down stigmas and stereotypes relating to suicide and mental illness

Columbia Center for the Arts (Hood River)
$5,000 in support of Activism as Art, a series of performances and community conversations in April 2018

Fishtrap (Enterprise)
$3,750 in support of Winter Fishtrap, a series of community conversations about timely issues facing the West, taking place in early 2019

Kitchen Commons (Portland)
$3,500 in support of Kitchen Conversations, two gatherings addressing healthy relationships to food and other eaters

Kitchen Table Democracy (Portland)
$5,000 in support of Educated in Oregon, an audio project that will explore how storytelling creates space for productive conversations about the future of education in Oregon

Know Your City (Portland)
$3,200 in support of Know Your City Walking Tours, accessible tours of the city that focus on untold stories of oppressed people

The Museum at Warm Springs (Warm Springs)
$7,500 in support of "Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands," an exhibit featuring the 1855 treaty that defined the area of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and affirmed the sovereignty of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon (Portland)
$5,000 in support of the Oregon Just Transit Alliance Community Conversation Project, an effort to include communities that are disporportionately affected by environmental injustices in making decisions around environmental and economic issues

Oregon Nikkei Endowment (Portland)
$5,500 in support of Gamanfest: Reclaiming Identity through Art & Activism, a two-day event to engage young Asian Pacific American people in examining intergenerational impacts of racism, May 11–12, 2018, at Portland Community College

The Resilience Project (Corvallis)
$4,554 in support of the Latino Youth Digital Storytelling Project, an ongoing effort to train Latino youth in writing, editing, and filmmaking skills to help them produce digital stories with their families and share those stories with the community

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis)
$2,250 in support of Mingle and Muse, a free lecture series focused on issues of race, culture, and art in the summer of 2018

The Vanport Mosaic (Portland)
$4,500 in support of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2018, a four-day multidisciplinary festival commemorating the seventieth anniversary of the flood that destroyed the city of Vanport and celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, May 23–28, 2018,  in Portland


In 2017, the Oregon Humanities board of directors awarded $60,000 in grants to thirteen nonprofit organizations from around the state. These grants supported programs that brought people together to think and talk about challenging issues and ideas.

RiverStars Performing Arts (Cave Junction)
$6,000 for In Our Valley...

RiverStars Performing Arts' project will engage youth in interviewing community members using a comic book format to ask how change happens and how people see their own role in making change. Participants will interview their families, church communities, and peers and use the resulting information to create text and scores for a performance and public dialogue to invite community reflection.

Boom Arts (Portland)
$5,625 for post-show discussions and humanities programming

Boom Arts will foster public dialogue on social issues among diverse Portland audiences through post-show discussions offered in conjunction with six upcoming theater presentations. Dialogues will feature visiting artists, local scholars, and community leaders. 

The City Repair Project (Portland)
$5,025 for Making a Place for Everyone: A series of community conversations about place, equity, diversity, and sustainability

The City Repair Project will present a series of three conversation cafes exploring the question, “What makes a place inclusive, equitable, and sustainable for marginalized communities?” Community leaders from organizations such as APANO, R2D2, Don’t Shoot PDX, and Groundworks PDX will offer brief stories from their work, then pose a question to attendees to discuss in small groups. Themes of houselessness, equity, and diversity will weave through all three events.

Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (Portland)
$9,100 for Sloughtown Listening Sessions

Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Historic Parkrose will present six listening sessions to build a shared vision for how homeless camps, habitat restoration, public safety, and public access can coexist along the Columbia Slough. Stakeholders in this discussion include residents, businesses, environmental interests, homeless people, and the Police Bureau.

National Alliance for Mental Illness Multnomah (Portland)
$3,000 for Evening with the Expert

National Alliance for Mental Illness Multnomah's Evening with the Expert will be a series of panel discussions led by activists working in the mental health field in Multnomah County. The series will generate discussion around the ways religion, language, race, and sexuality impact our approach to mental and emotional well-being.

Newspace Center for Photography (Portland)
$2,000 for Migration Stories

In conjunction with Northern Triangle, an exhibit on the Central American refugee crisis along the US/Mexico border, Newspace Center for Photography will present a free public storytelling program, Migration Stories, providing a space for individuals to share their experiences of migration.

Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education (Portland) 
$4,750 for History, Justice, and Civic Engagement

OJMCHE will present three public programs that explore issues of prejudice using the lens of Jewish identity, building on the museum's three new permanent exhibits on Jewish identity, the Holocaust, and discrimination in Oregon.

Portland Playhouse (Portland)
$3,000 for 2017–18 community engagement series

Portland Playhouse will present three interactive dialogues on race, gentrification, and life in North/Northeast Portland during its 2017–18 season with the goal of strengthening the community through sharing, listening, breaking down barriers, and building relationships that extend beyond the events.

Resolutions Northwest (Portland)
$3,000 for Undersanding Racism Dialogues

Resolutions Northwest will conduct five Understanding Racism Dialogues and one facilitator training to support personal reflection and activation of participants of all races regarding their own implicit racial biases. All discussion will be contextualized and rooted in the history of systemic racial oppression in the US and in Oregon specifically. Participants will develop individual and community strategies for interpersonal racial reconciliation and become change agents for racial justice in their workplaces, neighborhoods, and larger civic community. Participants will become more knowledgeable, effective, and impactful contributors to the movement for equity and justice.

Crook County Foundation (Prineville)
$3,500 for What's Brewing?

Crook County Foundation will present a gathering to promote community conversations about local, regional, and global issues. 

Oregon Black Pioneers (Salem)
$5,000 for Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years

Oregon Black Pioneers' groundbreaking new interactive exhibit will engage visitors of all ages and backgrounds as it traces how discrimination practices affected Oregon’s Black populations and spurred the civil rights movement across Oregon. Through personal photos and artifacts, text, and interactive experiences, this project will illuminate Oregon’s vibrant Black communities during the civil rights era amongst a larger context of discrimination and displacement. The exhibit will be at the Oregon Historical Society from January 15 to June 28, 2018, then travel to other venues around Oregon.

Willamette Heritage Center (Salem)
$4,000 for History in the News

Willamette Heritage Center's History in the News series provides a public forum that puts current events in historical context. The monthly series begins with a roundtable of historians, political scientists, and other experts providing historical background and insights into a “hot” item in the news—for example, health hazards in schools. The audience then engages in Q&A and discussion about the topic, leaving with a better understanding of the topic’s history and prepared to continue the conversation and make informed decisions. History in the News will expand on the enormous success of the 2016 pilot program, sponsored in part by a Responsive Program Grant from Oregon Humanities.

PLAYA (Summer Lake)
$6,000 for Art, Science, and Community Collaborations for Creative Place Making

PLAYA’s residents will engage Lake County community members through free programs, workshops, and educational activities by hosting a minimum of twelve gatherings where artists/scientists and the public discuss questions related to place, identity, and community.


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