Past Responsive Program Grant Recipients


Projects that received Responsive Program Grant funds from November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.

Centro Cultural Del Condado De Washington (Centro Cultural, Cornelius) 
$1,000 in support of Edad De Oro, a senior program that serves 100 low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking Latinx people who are over 60 years old.

COCC Afrocentric Studies Club- Red Door Project (Central Oregon Community College Foundation, Bend)
$1,000 in support of Central Oregon Community College’s Afrocentric Studies club whose mission is to increase awareness of black culture amongst our student members and to also connect and respond to community issues that affect communities of color. For this reason we have embarked on this ambitious project to bring the Red Door Project “Evolve” production to Central Oregon.

We Are What We Eat: A Food & Race Workshop (Resolutions NW & Manar Alattar, Venue Barnes, and Maggie Michaels, Portland) 
$1,000 in support of a food and race workshop centered around communities of color and how they are being most impacted by inequity in our national and global food systems. The training is developed through a partnership between a group of local food activists and Resolutions Northwest. 

Oregon Native American Language Youth Fair Seminars (Celebrating Traditions; Native American Arts and Cultures, La Pine)
$1,000 in support of language Seminars in preparation for the First Annual Oregon Native American Language Youth Fair. These seminars are for the tribal Language Departments and their language instructors for each tribe.

Hmong Community Conversation on Violence and Healing (APANO, Portland) 
$1,000 in support of an open and reflective dialogue in the Hmong community in response to tragic events including murder suicides, gang violence and the most recent shooting in Fresno, CA that took 4 Hmong men’s lives. 

Thursday Night Talks (Clatsop County Historical Society, Astoria)
$1,000 in support of exploring under-examined and often challenging components of area history, the Clatsop County Historical Society (CCHS) is proposing to generate programming that addresses how issues of racial inequity, poverty, policing, and addiction have manifested within Astoria and the broader Clatsop County as both historical and contemporary challenges.

Imagining Indigenous Resistance (Nightingale Gallery: Eastern Oregon Foundation, La Grande)
$1,000 in support of an exhibit on Indigenous perspectives. As a public art space in La Grande occupying former tribal lands, the Nightingale Gallery has a responsibility to serve as a platform for public discourse on issues facing Indigenous people. The exhibition centers the experiences of Indigenous people and Pacific Islanders.

Hiroshima Peace Tree Initiative: A reconciliation project (Klamath Falls City Schools, Klamath Falls) 
$1,000 in support of an initiative as part of an evening that commemorates the end of WWII, the planting of two Hiroshima Peace trees, and the bringing together of our community, and its responses to the impact of WWII and its implications today as we search for common ground. May is also the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month.

Portland Through a Latinx Lens (Portland Through a Latinx Lens via SE Uplift, Portland)
$1,000 in support of the creation of opportunities that bring folks from diverse backgrounds together to learn about the intricacies of being Latinx in Portland, as well as to engage, connect and empower Latinx folks in our communities. We aim to encourage the engagement and connection of Latinx people and our broader community in meaningful conversations, and to celebrate and frame the culture and heritage of Latin Americans.

Miss Juneteenth Oregon Program (Juneteenth Oregon, Gresham)
$1,000 in support of workshops that provide education, tools, and resources to help youth build resilience, gain confidence and make positive life choices. We aim to empower black and brown youth in Oregon and SW Washington. Our leadership development curriculum helps youth develop skills to intentionally and positively influence the actions of others through a culturally-specific lens. We emphasize not only learning about leadership but practicing leadership through entrepreneurship and service learning opportunities in the community.

Capturing Conversation: Stakeholder Share about Summer Lake (PLAYA, Summer Lake)
$1,000 in support of micro-events in which participants previously tapped for their expertise in water-resource issues and Summer Lake area knowledge share additional perspectives for filming. The ideas and issues to be discussed will focus on how we can mutually and individually live and work in the Summer Lake basin and Lake County. 

Community Rituals of Grief and Renewal (Ashland BIPOC Sanctuary via Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ashland)
$1,000 in support of the BIPOC sanctuary to hold grief rituals to provide a healing space that is welcoming to communities of color in conjunction with trained WOC (Women of Color) grief facilitators from Tending the Threshold. 

Immigration and Deportation - Lao Nationals (IU Mienh Association of Oregon via East Portland Neighbors, Portland)
$1,000 in support of the Iu Mienh Association of Oregon for community  engagement and outreach, cultural preservation projects. The grant will support a community informational session and legal clinic concerning deportations for Lao nationals.

#HomeBoundBroadway (Tower Theatre Foundation, Bend)
$1,000 in support of  the #HomeboundBroadway program that invites our theatre audiences to submit videos of their own performance of a favorite Broadway number. It allows  individuals and families sequestered during this COVID-19 to be creative, and to share something they love with their neighbors through our online forum. 

Muse Club Program (World Muse, Bend)
$1,000 in support of Muse Club Programs encourage and support youth to become social change leaders in their school and communities. With students now schooling from home, we will begin providing our Muse Club Programming to middle and high school students via online platforms.


Projects that received Responsive Program Grant funds from November 1, 2018 through  September  30, 2019.

Airlie Poetry Night (Airlie Press, Hillsboro)    
$1,000 in support of a free, open poetry event as part of the Association of Writers and Publishers (AWP) conference. This event explored some challenging topics, such as the disparity of incarceration rates amongst indigenous peoples in the justice system, the current state of the Latino community in the Portland metro area, and invisible communities within the city.

Improved Nez Perce Teaching Box (Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph)
$1,000 in support for updates to the Nez Perce Teaching Box, a toolkit to use in middle schools in Oregon and Washington to educate students on the rich history and culture of indigenous peoples, especially on the history of the Nez Perce people.

Understanding and Confronting White Nationalism (Community Alliance of Lane County, Eugene)
$1,000 in support of a four-part series of film screenings and community conversations with civic leaders, activists, and artists to enhance the local communities’ understanding of and ability to confront white nationalism in Lane County.

Public Showing of Circles and Discussion (Resolutions Northwest, Portland)        
$1,000 in support for a showing of Cassidy Friedman’s film Circles followed by community conversations around restorative justice. The film showcases the restorative justice movement that is addressing the root causes of conflict, accountability and equity with youth in communities of color.   

Stories my Mother and Father Told Me (Portland Chinatown Museum, Portland)  
$1,000 in support of a multifaceted Asian American storytelling series that explores the intersections of race, generation, gender, and place in regard to immigrant life. Organized by the recently opened Portland Chinatown Museum, the series is a response to a desire among museum members, broader Asian American and white audiences, and the Chinatown community for more storytelling programs featuring Chinatown community elders.

Three Immigrant and Refugee Stories on Exclusion and Inclusion (MediaRites Productions, Portland)      
$1,000 in support of an hourlong combination of three monologues followed by an audience conversation moderated by radio producer, writer, and MediaRites Executive Producer Dmae Roberts. The monologues are “See Her Strength” by writer/performer Samson Syharath, a story honoring the sacrifices of the writer’s mother; “Carmelita” by Latina writer Yasmin Ruvalcaba, showing the desperation of a refugee risking her life to find safety but being met with fear and danger; and “Harvest,” written by Dmae Roberts, covering four generations of an Asian American’s family history in Oregon, including the long history of Oregon’s exclusion laws and Robert's present-day reflections as an Asian American.

Intracommunity Healing Conversations (Untangled, Tigard)
$1,000 in support of four dialogues addressing large gaps in, and laying the groundwork for comprehensive community-based dialogue within refugee communities around identity, integration, belonging, and the future. Dialogues were cofacilitated by a psychiatrist, an expert on trauma, and a former asylum-seeker.        

St. Johns Village: A Series of Living Room Discussions (St. Johns Center for Opportunity, Portland)
$1,000 in support of community-driven, living-room-style discussions led by the St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO) and the St. Johns Welcomes the Village Coalition to discuss the relocation of a tiny house village, Hazelnut Grove, from Portland’s Overlook neighborhood to St. Johns. The discussions’ goals are to begin the process of integrating village members into the community.

Training on Anti-Blackness  (Impact NW, Portland)       
$1,000 in support of a workshop to provide education, improve awareness, and provide a focused space to address racism, ostracization, inequities, and lack of retention of black employees, facilitated by Tashia Harris, a black transfemme, writer, educator, trainer, and professor. 

Alegria Joy (Baker County Community Literacy Coalition, Baker City)          
$1,000 in support of the Alegría program, a series of events to celebrate and support Latino culture and heritage at South Baker Intermediate School.

Know Your Legal Rights Outreach (El Programa Hispano Católico, Gresham)          
$1,000 in support of a bilingual English/Spanish information and leadership program addressing access to information in the Latino community. The program included a Know Your Rights workshop to provide information related to immigration rights and housing discrimination.

Art Reflecting Life: A Response to the Homelessness Crisis in Eugene-Springfield (Eugene Opera, Eugene)
$1,000 in support of educational opportunities and performances by the Eugene Opera, community partners, and teaching artists to bring forward issues of homelessness and support youth creating monologues and dialogues to be presented to the community. 

Native Artists and Storyteller Symposium (Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., Portland)
$1,000 in support of a program responding to the lack of Native American visibility regarding representation of voice and culture in the Portland urban area. The program brought artists, storytellers, and the community at large to participate in talks, panels, and film screenings to discuss topics around Native artists and storytellers.

The Modoc War Documentary Screening and Conversation with Don Gentry, Chair of Klamath Tribes (Ross Ragland Theatre, Klamath Falls)
$1,000 in support of a community screening of the OPB documentary The Modoc War accompanied by a panel and community discussion with Klamath Tribal Chairman Don Gentry. This program brought together people to discuss historical misconceptions and to appreciate local history and culture.         

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation (Presence Collective, Portland)
$1,000 in support of conversations facilitated by Zen Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams discussing radical dharma as a tool to address barriers to dismantling white supremacy. This was a deeply immersive introduction to encountering race and racism where it lives in our lives. It supported awareness and the practices of dismantling the negative impacts of racialization on our collective minds, hearts and bodies.


Projects that received Responsive Program Grant funds from November 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

Astoria Call to Life: An Earth Day Ingathering (Clatsop Community College Foundation, Astoria)
$1,000 in support of a performance by pianist Rachelle McCabe and writer Kathleen Dean Moore that uses music and words to address the global climate crisis and mass extinctions.

Beyond the Bars (Champion Team of Yamhill County, McMinnville)
$1,000 in support of peer support groups and a job fair for people coming out of jail or prison.

Bridging Our Divide Community Dialogue Events (Bridging Our Divide, Salem)
$1,000 in support of community conversations focused on fostering understanding across political and ideological divides

First Draft Gatherings (Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton)
$1,000 in support of free monthly gatherings featuring author readings and Q&A sessions

Black History Month Film Series: I Am Not Your Negro (Self Enhancement, Inc., Portland)
$1,000 in support of a screening of Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Aisha Karefa-Smart, a niece of James Baldwin, and Darrais Carter, assistant professor of Black studies at Portland State University.

Little Stone Project (Bend)
$880 in support of Little Stone Project, a four-day art and education event to encourage participants to reflect on their individual contributions to larger social movements

Love You Madly (Eugene/Springfield NAACP, Eugene)
$1,000 in support of a series of performances and conversations with eight local Black artists at the Mims House in Eugene

PICA World AIDS Day Program (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland)
$1,000 in support of a three-day series of video screenings, readings, and panel discussions relating to the work of Sarah Schulman, an AIDS historian and journalist

Season of Nonviolence: Julissa Arce (Central Oregon Community College, Bend)
$1,000 in support of a lecture and community conversations with immigration and education rights advocate Julissa Arce

SHINE Program Intervention Programming (Impact NW, Beaverton)
$1,000 in support of a program providing bilingual legal information regarding immigration, bystander intervention and self-empowerment curriculum for young girls, and self-defense classes for young parents and families

This Land (High Desert Museum, Bend)
$1,000 in support of a series of film screenings, panel discussions, and community conversations about the role of public lands in Oregon.


Projects that received Responsive Program Grant funds from November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017.

Coordinated Care Organization Forum (We Can Do Better, Portland)
$1,000 in support of a convention of community members, policy makers, government agencies, and advocates for community helath in Oregon to work towards better health care for all

Dry Years, Wet Years, Tradition and Change: An Evening with Patricia Nelson Limerick (Hollywood Theatre and Hare in the Gate Productions, Burns)
$1,000 in support of a conversation about Burns's role in the evolving West with Professor Patricia Nelson Limerick, a scholar of the American West

Fall Prevention in the Home (Age-Friendly Innovators, Jacksonville)
$950 in support of an interactive discussion between the public and community leaders in housing and human service arenas 

Indigenous People's Day 2017 (Natives of One Wind Indigenous Alliance — Red Earth Descendants, Ashland)
$500 in support of events during the 2017 Columbus Day holiday weekend that elevate conversations about the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of Indigenous people and their contributions

Muse Clubs in Schools (World Muse, Bend)
$1,000 in support of the creation of a social awareness campaign for middle and high school students designed to bring attention to the negative effects of intolerance in order to develop a culture of compassion in Central Oregon

Race and Domestic Violence: A Conversation (Adelante Mujeres, Portland)
$750 in support of a community conversation about the intersection of race and domestic violence, focusing on aspects of  immigration, policing, culture, and gender 

Race and Place: Old Town's Chinatown and Japantown through Chinese American and Nikkei Eyes (Portland Chinatown History Foundation, Portland)
$800 in support of a series of conversations exploring Old Town's multiethnic past, featuring Chinese and Nikkei panelists who grew up in those quarters

Race Toolkit Project (Racial Equity Coalition, Rogue Valley)
$1,000 in support of a program providing resources and entry points to conversations about race 

Social Justice Film Series (Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario)
$1,000 in support of an eight-week film series providing education and conversation on social justice topics impacting the Malheur County community



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