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Live theater arts are alive and dancing across Oregon.

Creative minds at 138 Oregon arts organizations will be empowered by $1,118,435 in fiscal year 2020 Operating Support Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.  Ranging from $3,114 to $ 29,924, the grants are available to nonprofit organizations with arts at the core of their mission and budgets over $150,000*.

“We often hear that these are the most important grants we award,” said Arts Commission Chair Anne Taylor. “They alleviate some of the economic pressure and allow Oregon arts organizations to focus on their missions.”

Organizations receiving Operating Support from the Arts Commission last year expended $213 million, employed 11,681 FTE and produced events and activities that were attended by close to 3.7 million people.

*Organizations with budgets under $150,000 are eligible to apply for Small Operating Grants.

Fiscal year 2020 Operating Support Grants were awarded to:


Artula Institute for Art and Environmental Education, Bandon: $3,635

Cannon Beach Arts Association, Cannon Beach: $4,043

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay: $5,891

Liberty Restoration Inc, Astoria: $4,919

Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City: $4,198

Newport Symphony Orchestra, Newport : $3,640

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, Newport: $12,735

Central Oregon

BendFilm, Bend: $5,156

Playa, Summer Lake, $6,499

Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., Sisters: $7,100

Sunriver Music Festival, Sunriver: $4,411

The High Desert Museum, Bend: $18,757

Tower Theatre Foundation, Inc., Bend: $6,284

Gorge/Eastern Oregon

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton: $11,717

Crossroads Creative and Performing Arts Center, Baker City: $4,278

Columbia Arts, Hood River : $7,092

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Pendleton: $5,818

Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council, La Grande: $3,114

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise: $7,448

Four Rivers Cultural Center, Ontario: $7,057

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph: $3,114

Oregon East Symphony, Pendleton: $3,114

Portland Metro

Alberta Abbey Foundation, Portland: $4,635

All Classical Portland, Portland: $11,244

Artichoke Community Music, Portland: $5,198

Artists Repertory Theatre: Portland: $8,952

August Wilson Red Door Project, Portland: $6,177

A-WOL Dance Collective, Inc, Clackamas: $4,633

Bag & Baggage Productions, Inc., Hillsboro: $5,860

BodyVox Inc., Portland: $14,488

Bosco-Milligan Foundation, Portland: $4,931

Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Tigard: $9,934

Caldera, Portland: $12,827

Camp45 Contemporary, Portland: $4,438

Cappella Romana Inc, Portland: $8,569

Chamber Music Northwest, Portland: $13,996

Children’s Healing Art Project, Portland: $3,114

Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City: $8,958

Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Oregon City: $3,293

CoHo Productions Ltd, Portland: $3,999

Corrib Theatre, Portland: $4,043

Curious Comedy Theater, Portland: $7,133

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center Inc, Portland: $11,798

Echo Theater Company, Portland: $5,156

Ethos Inc., Portland: $6,404

Film Action Oregon dba Hollywood Theatre, Portland: $7,270

Friends of Chamber Music, Portland: $8,362

Imago the Theatre Mask Ensemble, Portland: $4,511

Independent Publishing Resource Center Inc,Portland: $7,854

Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego: $10,898

Literary Arts Inc, Portland: $14,819

Live Wire Radio, Portland: $9,328

Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland: $8,754

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $6,205

My Voice Music, Portland: $4,785

Northwest Children’s Theater & School Inc, Portland: $9,842

Northwest Professional Dance Project, Portland: $9,596

Old Church Society, Inc., Portland: $5,937

Open Signal, Portland: $16,894

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland: $10,494

Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland: $7,995

Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland: $4,495

Oregon Children’s Theatre Company, Portland: $15,846

Oregon Repertory Singers, Portland: $3,451

Oregon Symphony, Portland: $29,234

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland: $9,451

Pacific Youth Choir, Portland: $7,094

Phame Academy, Portland : $7,704

Polaris Dance Company, Portland: $7,181

Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland: $4,931

Portland Art Museum, Portland: $29,591

Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland: $10,262

Portland Center Stage at The Armory, Portland: $20,124

Portland Children’s Museum, Portland: $13,286

Portland Columbia Symphony, Portland: $3,442

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, Portland: $4,438

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus Inc, Portland: $7,259

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland: $14,274

Portland Opera Association, Portland: $23,607

Portland Piano International, Portland: $5,579

Portland Playhouse Portland: $9,755

Portland Symphonic Choir, Portland: $4,656

Portland Youth Philharmonic Association, Portland: $5,946

Profile Theatre Project, Portland: $5,817

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland: $29,231

Stumptown Stages, Lake Oswego: $5,445

The Circus Project, Portland: $7,413

The Portland Ballet, Portland: $7,165

Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Inc., Portland: $4,771

Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland: $9,228

Triangle Productions, Portland: $6,621

Vibe of Portland, Portland: $4,043

Western Alliance of Arts Administrators Foundation, Portland: $5,424

White Bird, Portland: $9,809

Write Around Portland, Portland: $10,525

Young Audiences of Oregon Inc, Portland: $6,773

Young Musicians & Artists, Portland: $4,522

Youth Music Project , West Linn: $5,028

YU Contemporary Inc, Portland: $5,024

Southern Oregon

Chamber Music Concerts, Ashland: $5,049

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association, Ashland: $29,924

Rogue Valley Art Association, Medford: $6,761

Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford: $3,114

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $12,895

Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland: $4,733

Southern Oregon Film Society, Ashland: $4,520

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, Ashland: $3,938

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, Medford: $4,777

Willamette Valley

Ballet Fantastique, Eugene: $3,983

Chehalem Center Association, Newberg: $7057

Children’s Educational Theatre, Salem: $4,043

Corvallis Arts Center Inc, Corvallis: $7,232

Corvallis Youth Symphony Association, Corvallis: $4,248

Cottage Theatre, Cottage Grove: $3,984

Enlightened Theatrics, Salem: $7,627

Eugene Ballet, Eugene: $11,024

Eugene Concert Choir Inc, Eugene: $6,792

Eugene Opera, Eugene: $5,602

Eugene Symphony Association, Eugene: $19,060

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene: $5,027

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem: $7,482

Historic Elsinore Theatre Inc, Salem: $5,386

Joint Forces Dance Company, Eugene: $5,573

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene: $11,400

Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $14,242

Lord Leebrick Theatre Company, Eugene: $4,985

Maude I Kerns Art Center, Eugene: $4,931

Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene: $17,231

Oregon Folklife Network/University of Oregon, Eugene: $4,890

Oregon Mozart Players, Eugene: $4,339

Oregon Symphony Association in Salem, Salem: $4,931

Pentacle Theatre Inc, Salem: $5,451

Salem Art Association, Salem: $12,618

Salem Multicultural Institute, Salem: $6,981

Shedd Institute for the Arts, The John G, Eugene: $13,053

The Very Little Theatre, Eugene: $4,043

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg: $6,856

Willamette Art Center, Salem: $4,438

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at:


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