Public Program Grants
In February 2021, the Oregon Humanities Board of Directors awarded $100,000 in grants to 17 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 to adapt to new ways of doing public programs during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Architectural Heritage Center (Portland, OR)
$5,075 to support “Black Portland: Architecture, Culture, and Diversity Dialogues” —The launch of a timely series of recorded, intergenerational dialogues with members of Portland's black community that probe issues of the built environment, diversity, and race through personal stories and experiences. The dialogues will accompany a forthcoming exhibit at the Architectural Heritage Center of black environmental portraiture, taken by artist and photographer Intisar Abioto.
Ascension School Camp and Conference Center (Cove, OR)
$8,695 to support “Xmaash Tamaycht - Camas Bake” —This funding will support an on-going effort led by Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Nez Perce People to revitalize the connection to Camas in Northeast Oregon through camps focused on gathering, processing, baking, monitoring and restoring this culturally significant First Food.
Astoria Visual Arts (Astoria, OR)
$4,750 to support “Visions of the Past Moon: Historic Chinook Tansy Creek Project” —Funding will support the creation of an interpretive exhibit that raises public awareness of the historic Tansy Creek Site and contemporary issues facing Chinook people, exploring an era straddled between lost tradition and new found meaning.
BASE Oregon (Medford, OR)
$7,500 to support “Black Alliance & Social Empowerment” —The building of an included Black community through education, networking and workshops within Southern Oregon.
Bridgeworks Oregon (Portland, OR)
$2,500 to support "Voices from the Inside" —Oregon Humanities funding will support travel to rural Oregon prisons and the surrounding communities in order for the artist/mentors to present “Voices from the Inside,” a video project produced by Oregon State Penitentiary adults in custody (AICs); in addition, artist/mentors will lead public conversations about the men in the video and their lives inside.
Casa Latinos Unidos (Corvallis, OR)
$5,100 to support “Nuestras Historias” —This funding will support the implementation of a permanent virtual exhibit of oral histories of the Latinx community of Benton and Linn Counties.
Japanese American Museum of Oregon (Portland, OR)
$7,500 to support “INAKA-Back to the Land and Legacy” —In Oregon, prior to World War II, 60% of fruits and vegetables were produced by Japanese American farms. This history includes Portland's inner and outer southeast, Hood River, Odell, Pine Grove, Dee, Parkdale, Gresham- Troutdale, Hillsboro, Ontario, and the Willamette Valley. INAKA Back to the Land and Legacies focuses on historic loss and generational stories of survival and resilience. The Japanese American Museum of Oregon will research, document and design programs to "unearth" the diversity of farming histories in our state. INAKA will build relationships with communities of color to heal from the traumatic histories of racism in Oregon.
Juniper Pine Project (McKenzie Bridge, OR)
$2,500 to support “McKenzie River Recovery Project” —The grant will fund a series of interviews with Holiday Farm Fire survivors who live within the fifty mile area of the frontier rural, unincorporated towns on the McKenzie River, and these interviews will seed a community conversations at the end of a three and a half month period about the current relief effort but also the boom or bust nature of our area, and we will do this in hopes to begin community healing as well as documenting this historic time for generations to come. This three month interview process will repeat with another community conversation.
KXCJ-LP (Cave Junction, OR)
$7,500 to support “Keep it Local - KXCJ Community Radio Programming” —We are a community-powered radio station in Cave Junction, Oregon and are seeking funding to support the production and coordination of locally produced weekly radio programming during 2021: five radio programs that focus on holding local officials accountable, centering news about nature and Native issues, creating a platform for local musicians, highlighting local stories, and engaging youth in radio drama production.
Next Up (Portland, OR)
$7,500 to support “2021 Youth Organizing and Popular Education Cohorts” —This funding will support our year-round youth leadership development cohorts that build community organizing skills and an anti-racist social justice analysis for Portland Metro’s high school aged, college aged and other young adults.
On the Inside (Portland, OR)
$5,000 to support “On the Inside” —The funding will support the hiring of project managers and the purchasing of materials for the creation of a book composed of responses to prompts, written by female inmates in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, and published alongside responses from women on the outside who partake in our class series.
PassinArt: A Theatre Company (Portland, OR)
$4,500 to support "Hear Me: I Am Here" - A Conversation By & With Youth of Color —This funding will support monthly youth-led dialogues that explore often overlooked stories of resiliency, hope, wisdom and joy among youth of color in Oregon. By decentralizing adult voices and centering the voices of youth, this project hopes to empower and inspire other young people around the state to know their voice matters, too, and their stories and perspectives are worth hearing by adults.
Portland Chinatown History Foundation/Portland Chinatown Museum (Portland, OR)
$7,500 to support “Portland Chinatown Museum Community Roundtables” —This funding will support a series of 9-10 virtual roundtables, which will share the stories of Oregon’s early rural and urban Chinese settlements, in partnership with curators, historians, archaeologists, archivists, planners and preservationists, and Chinese descendents in 8 locations -- Portland, Jacksonville/Ashland, Salem, Astoria, the Dalles, John Day and Grant County, Pendleton, and Bend. This series aims to provide a better understanding of early Chinese immigrant history and culture and its importance to Oregon’s growing Asian American population.
Portland Playhouse (Portland, OR)
$6,000 to support “Joy (Comes) In the Mourning: A Conversation Series” —This project will support online conversations and creative exploration for three affinity groups: highschool age youth; BIPOC who have lost loved ones; and BIPOC facing loss of land / displacement. Over two weeks in May, groups (capped at 15) will reflect on their experiences of loss, build altars, and explore the role of mourning rituals and altars, in diasporic and Indigenous cultures, as tools for collectively processing grief and building resistance. Each affinity group will be paired with an artist who will build a large altar that celebrates the group’s resilience at a public site in the King Neighborhood.
Rural Development Initiatives (Coburg, OR)
$5,000 to support “Understanding Rural Leadership Development and Systems Change” —This funding will support a series of statewide interactive webinars to facilitate discussion related to the impacts of 2020 events in rural Oregon communities, with the goal of encouraging reflection, considering future trends, and taking action towards systems change.
Signal Fire (Portland, OR)
$2,500 to support “BIPOC Virtual Programming” —This funding will support two virtual workshops designed to center coalition building among intergenerational Black and Indigenous artists, activists, farmers, and environmentalists.
The Vanport Mosaic (Portland, OR)
$7,238 to support “Vanport Mosaic Festival 2021” —This funding will support the 6th Vanport Mosaic Festival, a month of “memory activism” to amplify Oregon’s silenced histories through art performances, oral history screenings, exhibits, tours and dialogues.
Responsive Program Grants
COVID-19 Vaccine and Me (The Rosewood Initiative, Portland)
$1,000 to co-create vaccine information in partnership with local care providers to share with their diverse community. This information will be shared in conversational English classes that are already offered, and can be reused in the future. Materials may be videos, comics, poems, or songs. The goal is to create a safe space for community members to learn more about the vaccine and have a trusted source of information.
Engaging At-Risk Youth in Disaster Preparedness (Umpqua Valley Habitat for Humanity, Roseburg)
$1,000 to host four outdoor, in-person disaster preparedness workshops for young people ages 13-25. The workshops will focus on: Basics of survival and disaster preparedness; Preparing a disaster plan for individuals and families; First Aid/CPR; creating a "Go Bag" of supplies to prepare for disaster events. The goal is to empower youth through gaining skills and knowledge given recent disasters such as wildfires and the current pandemic.
Future Prairie Radio (Future Prairie,Portland)
$1,000 in support of a weekly podcast that examines the future of art, design, and culture through the eyes of marginalized artists. This podcast seeks to promote the work of these artists by celebrating and amplifying their voices, centering the narratives of those who are often working from the fringes and periphery of our regional arts ecology. The goal is to directly assist queer Portland artists who are unemployed or underemployed and receiving little to no support for their vital contributions to our community
Public Program Grants
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.
Lake County Resource Initiative (Lakeview, OR)
$7,356 in support of "Rural Voices on a Changing Land," a series of programs using arts and science to engage rural community members on the topic of climate change. Activities include environmental field trips, a photography show, and an interactive map website.
Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center (Joseph, OR)
$4,950 in support of Timber Story Workshops and Roots Music Project, initiatives to share stories about living in rural Oregon. Plans include collecting individuals' history narratives and photographs and student writers performing their work.
Warm Springs Community Action Team (Warm Springs, OR)
$7,125 in support of the opening event for the Old Commissary Project, an effort by Paiute, Warm Springs, and Wasco tribal members to renovate a 100-year-old government commissary into a reclaimed tribal space. The opening event includes performances, storytelling, and video and audio testimonials about the complexity of the commissary's history.
Division Midway Alliance (Portland, OR)
$2,800 in support of a community dialogue on Diplacement, Relocation and Placemaking for East Portland residents. Activities include inviting speakers and community members from low-income, immigrant, and refugee communities to engage the issues of diplacement and explore solutions.
World Stage Theatre (Troutdale, OR)
$7,500 in support of "Growing Up Black In Oregon," a series of conversations surrounding the challenges, traumas, and triumphs of Black Oregonians of various backgrounds. Discussions are themed by group, such as Black elders, Black LGBTQ community members, Black migrants, and more.
The Immigrant Story (Hillsboro, OR)
$3,000 in support of "The Immigrant Story Live," a series of musical performances and storytelling to share and celebrate the experience and contributions of immigrants of color in our communities.
Columbia River Creative Initiatives (Portland, OR)
$8,906 in support of "From the Inside Looking Out: A Prison Reform Symposium," which involves current incarcerated people and people from the public to hold conversation regarding personal experiences and ideas for prison reform.
Street Roots (Portland, OR)
$3,750 in support of the Vendor Voices Initiative, an effort to bring people together across various housing statuses. Activities include financially compensated workshops, poetry readings, and a Holiday zine project for vendors of the Street Roots newspaper.
Hood River County Heritage Council (Hood River, OR)
$4,050 in support of pop-up memory café programming taking place in Hood River, Cascade Locks, and the upper Hood River Valley. This project provides bilingual engagement opportunities for rural dementia patients and caregivers using museum artifacts.
Community Alliance of Lane County (Eugene, OR)
$7,500 in support of Back to Back programming, an initiative to shift the culture in a white-dominant area to be more livable and welcoming to members of color. Programming includes workshops, movie nights and facilitated discussion, art performances, anti-racist curriculum, and more.
Responsive Program Grants
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.
Public Program Grants
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.
Responsive Program Grants
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.
Public Program Grants
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
$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
Responsive Program Grants
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.
Public Program Grants
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.
Responsive Program Grants
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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