One Curry County artist received a grant recently as part of the Artist Relief Program created by the Oregon Arts Commission in partnership with Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

The Curry County winner was part of 646 artists statewide who received grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

“Artists are the creative core of our communities and help define who we are. They inspire us to innovate, to learn and grow,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “We are thankful to be able to provide support as our artists continue to suffer great losses due to the pandemic. While the requests far exceeded available funds, we hope the awards will help artists sustain their practice until better times arrive. We are extremely grateful to our partners at Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation for making this program possible.”

Nina Ventra of Port Orford, who specializes in multidisciplinary art, was awarded $1,000.

“The relief applications submitted by working artists across Oregon demonstrated both the deep need and courageous resilience in our arts communities,” said Jerry Tischleder, Oregon Community Foundation’s program officer for arts and culture. “It’s crushing to recognize all that has been lost and I’m humbled that OCF could play a role in mending a portion of the damages. I applaud the review panels across the state who dug in to direct how funds would be allocated – it was hard work that couldn’t have been done without broad community input.”

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