The Curry County Cultural Coalition, in a special grant cycle for 2021, awarded grants totaling $7,500 to 14 organizations whose projects most closely fit the goals and guidelines for the Oregon Cultural Trust and the CCCC. The purpose of the awards is to increase public participation in Oregon culture. An additional focus for the special grant cycle was to assist organizations with COVID-19, such as retooling to adapt the delivery of programs to conform with physical distancing and other public health and safety mandates. Eligible expenses included computer hardware and software, cameras, training, facility retrofitting and sanitizing, personal protective equipment and more.
The recipients for special grant projects to be completed in 2021 are:
▪ $1,000 to Riley Creek School Music Department for sheet music, instruments and repairs
▪ $1,000 to Curry County Library Network to provide a joint literary program on diversity, equity and inclusion for Curry County libraries
▪ $1,000 to Pelican Bay Arts Association for Festival of Art in the Park to cover expenses to expand to Azalea Park from its former site at Stout Park to provide better social distancing
▪ $550 to the Gold Beach Community Center for an entrance mural that highlights the history and culture of Gold Beach
▪ $550 to Curry Arts for an indoor mural at the Event Center on the Beach to be painted by local artists
▪ $500 PBAA to expand the organization’s children’s art program to provide free classes for third graders at Kalmiopsis Elementary
▪ $500 Friends of the Langlois Library for a community celebration, including an ice cream social and South Coast Folk Society Open Band performance
▪ $500 to Harmony and Me for online Zoom music classes for individuals with varying physical, developmental, social and cultural differences
▪ $500 to Pacific High School for additional student art materials because supplies cannot be shared due to COVID
▪ $350 to Curry County Fairgrounds/Event Center on the Beach to create a display of blueprints, photos, programs and awards to showcase the history of the fairgrounds
▪ $300 to Brookings Events, Arts & Concert Hall (BEACH) towards a feasibility study for a performance and arts venue
▪ $300 to Curry County Historical Society for deferred maintenance projects
▪ $250 to Brookings Harbor Christian School for purchase instruments for music appreciation
▪ $200 to Brookings Harbor Education Foundation for art easels for the Kalmiopsis playground
Oregon Cultural Trust funds are generated through direct donations, the sales of Cultural Heritage license plates and individual state tax credits. One third of the money that the OCT grants each year is distributed among 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions, based on population. These autonomous coalitions set their own priorities and re-grant OCT funds within their jurisdictions.
The next CCCC grant cycle will occur in the fall.