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Non-profit infuses Oregon with pandemic relief funding for the arts

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Columbia River Institute for Indigenous Development Foundation and OCF
Columbia River Institute for Indigenous Development Foundation in Redmond received a $15,000 grant from OCF.

Over a million dollars has been deployed by a philanthropic organization--to support the arts in Oregon.

The Oregon Community Foundation is one of the state’s largest supporters of the arts. The newest round of grants will assist historically under-funded artists including those in BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.

Jerry Tischleder is Program Officer for Arts and Culture with OCF. He said the funding will assist artists impacted by the pandemic. “You know, arts and culture groups have been especially hard hit over these last two years with losses reported at over $66 million dollars in 2020 alone,” he said. “Social gathering is often their life-blood so the impact has been huge.”

Oregon Black Pioneers and OCF
The Oregon Black Pioneers historical society received a $5,000 grant from OCF.

Seventy-six community-based arts organizations have been awarded grants through the Arts and Culture Recovery Fund. One recipient is Oregon Black Pioneers, an historical society dedicated to preserving and presenting African American experiences. Another is the Soromundi Lesbian Chorus of Eugene. Tischleder added money will also go to nine tribes throughout the state.

Oregon Community Foundation
Over a million dollars in arts funding has been deployed by Oregon Community Foundation to artists and art groups throughout Oregon.

In addition to the grants, OCF has awarded $1 million in funding to the Oregon Arts Commission to support individual artists across the state through the Artist Resilience Program.

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Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.