Local Arts Organizations to Receive FY2023 Small Operating Grants

Salem, Oregon – Small grants that often make a large difference in ensuring arts access for Oregonians, especially in rural areas, have been awarded statewide to 106 arts organizations by the Oregon Arts Commission for FY2023. 

Awarded to arts organizations in virtually every region of the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000. Eligibility is limited to organizations who have operated as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit for a minimum of two years and provide ongoing, sustained artistic programming and outreach programs. Each organization will receive $2,261. 

“Although the Drexel H. Foundation (Vale) and our community is rural and small compared to other parts of Oregon, our impact is HUGE,” said Sandijean Fuson, president of the Drexel H. Foundation. “This grant helps us keep an unbroken existence of programs we have had for over 25 years, reminding our community they are important.” 

“Music is sanity,” said a participant in the Open Hearts Open Minds (Portland) Columbia River Correctional Institution Music Studio. “It has been my sanctuary, my sounding board, my therapy. Without it I truly believe I would have crumbled from the daily pressures of prison life and the immense stress involved in spending years in prison.”

“This grant program was developed to increase the Arts Commission’s support of Oregon’s small but mighty arts providers,” said Arts Commission Chair Jenny Green. “These organizations frequently represent the only arts presenter for remote and underserved regions of the state.”

FY2023 Small Operating Grants will be awarded to these local organizations, among many others statewide:

Anima Mundi Productions, Phoenix
Art Presence, Inc., Jacksonville
Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland
Guitar Society of Southern Oregon, Ashland
Rogue Valley Wind Ensemble, Ashland
Southern Oregon Guild, Cave Junction

For more information about the Small Operating Grant Program, contact Liora Sponko at (971) 345-1641 or via email at liora.sponko@biz.oregon.gov.

News Release from Oregon Arts Commission