Arts Action Alliance, $7,000

To support Youth Art For Change, a partnership between the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Parrott Creek Services and the Clackamas County Juvenile Department to offer teens in custody a unique way to complete required community service while gaining confidence and learning to work cooperatively.  Using peer student interns, artists and field trips, youth will gain skills in telling their stories to audiences through theater and graphic-novels.
Contact: Cheryl Snow, 503-266-1496,

Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council, $4,900

To support artist and performer fees and coordination of five gatherings of recent immigrants, refugees, members of ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities to assist them in developing and telling personal narratives through performance, visual art, and music. Through shared culturally specific arts, traditional foods and social interaction between people of diverse backgrounds, the gatherings will build understanding and strengthen community.
Contact: Nim Xuto, 971-409-6157,

Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, $2,600

To support artist’s fees and materials for Broken to Beautiful, a glass-art project at Chenowith Elementary, a recently-designated priority school in Oregon, to increase parental engagement, community support and student pride. Working with a professional glass artist, K-5 students, and their parents, will design and create a glass art piece in the school's courtyard and community area.
Contact: Shelley Toon Hight, 5410490-9297,

Corvallis Arts Center, $6,300

To support Art in Rural Storefronts, a series of contemporary art installations in vacant commercial spaces in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Funded, in part, by an ‘Arts Works’ grant, this project connects artists with local businesses and rural advocacy organizations to  bring innovative, thought-provoking art projects to areas that lack spaces dedicated to contemporary/non-commercial art.
Contact: David Huff, 541-754-1551,

Curious Comedy Theater, $4,500

To support expansion of the New Memories Project which uses teaching artists to lead improvisational theater workshops with early onset Alzheimer’s patients to improve participants' quality of life by reducing agitation, increasing positive interactions and making new positive memories with their families and caregivers.
Contact: Vivien Lyon, 503-477-9477,

Fishtrap Inc, $5,000

To support Wallowa County Reads , a month of literature-based activities around Norman Maclean’s novel, A River Runs Through It, exploring themes of family, nature and coming-of-age in the West. More than 2,200 individuals are projected to be involved through readings, discussions, films, presentations, workshops and celebrations.
Contact: Ann Whitfield Powers, 541-426-3623,

High Desert Museum, $4,500

To support program materials, supplies, travel and staff time for Wild Adventures, free preschool literacy and arts programming serving 3,400 children and their caregivers in four libraries. Using integrated arts programming to promote literacy, Wild Adventures aims to develop children’s interest in reading.
Contact: Janeanne A Upp, 541-382-4754 x 326,

Friends of Klamath County Library, $3,600

To support project management, travel, artist stipends and supplies for Breaking the Silence: The Power of Voice, a visual arts project interpreting Japanese American experiences at the Tule Lake Segregation Center.  The project is a partnership of the Klamath County Friends of the Library, Mazama High School, Ponderosa Junior High School, and the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Site.
Contact: Gayle Yamakaki, 541-882-0122,

Literary Arts, $5,000

To support the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour that brings Oregon's most accomplished writers to reach and teach in nine communities that have limited access to unique literary events.  Working with local librarians, bookstore owners, literary organizations, and writing groups, the tour connects and inspires Oregon’s readers and writers.
Contact: Kirsten Collins, 503-227-2583,

Miracle Theatre Group., $4,500

To support a residency that includes bilingual arts workshops for the participating partners and schools culminating in a performance at Linfield College that will be free and open to the whole community. Teatro Milagro is partnering with UNIDOS, McMinnville Cooperative Ministries,  the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Linfield College to use theater as a medium to bridge cultural divides in the community of McMinnville.
Contact: Danel Malan, 503-236-7253 x116,

The Museum at Warm Springs, $5,600

To support an exhibit on the life and work of the late tribal member and artist Apolonia Susana Santos, and an Artist Village to engage Tribal youth, the community and museum visitors during the museum’s 20th anniversary celebration.
Contact: Carol Leone, 541-553-3331,

North Salem High School, $4,900

To support Riparian Mosaics, a community project involving youth, families and seniors that will result in an exterior mosaic at the Environmental Learning Center near the high school.  People of all ages will participate in a series of free art & poetry workshops focused on Salem’s Mill Creek flora & fauna and the Mill Creek flood at multiple locations in Salem.
Contact:  Cynthia Richardson, 503-399-3241,

Northwest Children's Theater & School, $2,800

To support the purchase of live streaming technology to bring the theater's original musical programs to Doernbecher Children's Hospital patients and families. The project will allow in-patient children to watch matinee performances in the hospital's auditorium or on iPads. Patients will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive Q&A sessions following the performances.
Contact: Amanda Sledz, 503-222-2190

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, $7,000

To support the pilot year of the Latino Playwright Project which will bring Latino playwrights and directors to Ashland in Fall 2013 to develop and present new plays, and network and share ideas with other artists.  An advisory committee of artists and community leaders will shape accompanying programming.  The project is designed to develop an event by and for Latino/a artists and the Latino community that can be replicated biennially.
Contact: Deborah Small, 541-482-2111 x 249,

Oregon Writing Project, Lewis & Clark College, $5,600

To support SlamBoo, a contest designed to unite students from rural, urban and suburban Oregon around slam poetry.  Teachers and aspiring high school Slam poets will provide instruction at four geographically and culturally diverse middle schools. Participants collaborate, compete and share a common meal as they cross boundaries of geography, race, and class--cultivating empathy and creating new friendships.
Contact: Linda Christensen, 503-768-6132,

Portland Art Museum, $6,300

To support a partnership with the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) to offer an 8-week summer arts workshop for Native American high school students. Students will familiarize themselves with the Museum’s Native American art collection, research a specific work of art, and record a story about their connection to that work. The stories will be published online and in the museum’s Native American galleries for visitors.
Contact: J S May, 503-276-4272,

City of Redmond, $2,800

To support sculptor Ryan Beard’s residency with elementary, middle and high school students as he completes the design, construction and installation of a public art work on Redmond’s first traffic roundabout.
Contact: Jackie Abslag, 541-923-7763,

Salem Art Association, $5,00

To support artist fees, public events and project oversight of Project Space, which gives six local artists the opportunity to create new work and collaborate with one another in under-used but visible public spaces in downtown Salem in summer 2013.
Contact: Sandra Burnett, 503-581-2228 x303,

Team for Economic Action in Molalla, $6,300

To support a public charrette to create the master plan for the design and development of the Rodeo Walk of Fame, an interactive public art project featuring the Centennial Buckaroo Rodeo that recognizes and celebrates the city's values. The project aims to create a year-round attraction to increase foot traffic in Molalla's core. Funding will also support a demonstration portion of the project.
Contact: Jennifer Kay Hood, 503-829-5003,

Tears of Joy Theatre, $6,300

To support the North Portland Community Reused Parade Puppet Project, part of the St. John's Parade in May, including free puppet making classes, a Family Night Festival and a new Tears of Joy educational puppet show created with reusable materials. The project is a partnership between Tears of Joy Theatre, James John after-school, Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program and SCRAP.

Contact: Karen Tobin, 503-248-0557,

Valley Repertory Theatre, $3,600

To support space rental, script printing, set construction, and artist stipends for a third annual original docu-drama about the town’s history based on interviews conducted with Newberg residents.
Contact: Hannah Adderly, 971-832-9202,

Willamette Valley Law Project, $6,300

To support fees for muralist Juanishi Orosco and a coordinator for a mural in Woodburn that will recognize the contributions of Latino farm workers in Marion County.  Orosco will lead the project and engage the community to design and paint the final work.
Contact: Larry Kleinman, 503-560-6725,

Yamhill County, $3,600

To support artist fee’s for Yamhill County's Arts Off and On the Bus,  a site-specific public art project for the Intermodel Transportation Center (ITC) in McMinnville. Yamhill County, with seven partner organizations, will engage the public in art making at the site, develop an ongoing program for art on the buses and promote local arts and cultural activities through the ITC’s electronic billboard.
Contact: Tonya Saunders, 503-474-4910,