The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) has just awarded more than $945,000 to 13 Oregon nonprofits as part of the Creative Heights initiative. A $4 million, four-year investment by OCF in arts and culture around Oregon, the Creative Heights initiative recognizes the need for non-profits, artists and other cultural creatives throughout the state to test new ideas, stretch their creative capacity, and provide unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture. As 2017 marks the end of the initial four-year investment, OCF is in the process of determining next steps for this notable program.
“Through the Creative Heights initiative, OCF is able to support innovative projects that showcase the creativity of Oregonians,” said Max Williams, OCF President and CEO. “We’re also excited that audiences throughout Oregon will have opportunities to experience the creative power of artists in our state.”
The following arts and culture nonprofits received 2017 Creative Heights grants:
- Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland – $75,000 to produce the world premiere of E.M. Lewis' "Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World," a five-part epic set in 1985 about eight scientists who travel to the South Pole to determine whether there really is a hole in the sky.
- August Wilson Red Door Project, Portland – $50,000 to develop, write, & produce six monologues about the culture of law enforcement in the United States, inspired by the theatrical power, relevance and success of the original “Hands Up” productions in Portland.
- CoHo Productions, Portland – $30,500 to cultivate an experimental ensemble of clown performers and re-contextualize the value of clowning in the modern theatre landscape.
- High Desert Museum, Bend – $100,000 to create an interdisciplinary exhibition, “Water in the West,” that will connect artists from multiple mediums including visual arts, music and spoken word with scientists to creatively approach the topic of water in Oregon and explore the relationship between art and science.
- Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph – $85,000 to facilitate a tribal artistic perspective on place in recognition of the 140th anniversary of the Indian removal. JCAC will select original art by a Plateau Indian artist to integrate with Joseph's existing bronze streetscape.
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland – $75,000 to work with Michael Curry to create an interpretive framework, design, and fabrication plan for a large kinetic sculpture that uses visual storytelling to reframe Western science and technology, and an exhibition that invites visitors to explore the dynamics between art and science.
- Oregon Symphony Association, Portland – $100,000 to present “Sounds of Home,” a symphonic exploration of critical social issues including immigration, homelessness and the environment, all of which combine classical masterworks, commissions and visual art forms to spark dialogue on social themes.
- Portland Center Stage, Portland – $100,000 to develop and produce “ASTORIA: PART TWO,” a world premiere that will conclude Artistic Director Chris Coleman's original stage adaptation of Peter Stark's book, "Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival."
- Portland Chamber Orchestra Association, Portland – $85,000 to present "In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild," a traveling outdoor concert series featuring live classical music in forests, fields, deserts, caves, historic sites, and near public art installations throughout Oregon.
- Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Portland – $70,000 to collaborate with the Beijing Queer Chorus and composer Livia Gho to produce “Pacific Overture,” a new production designed to increase cultural awareness and appreciation of diversity using choral music and instrumentation.
- Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, Portland – $80,000 to create a community-guided music, text, and video piece that tells the story of two little-known Oregon towns with significant black and immigrant populations and the diverse residents who made them unique.
- Portland Taiko, Portland – $10,500 to compose a work to bridge the gap between contemporary western classical music and taiko ensemble with composer Kenji Bunch.
- Profile Theatre Project, Portland – $85,000 for a residency and collaboration with National Medal of Arts awardee Ping Chong and Profile's featured playwright who, in dialogue, will create and produce a new theater piece exploring issues of identity with underrepresented Portland communities.
For more information about the Creative Heights initiative and other OCF arts and culture strategies and programs, visit http://www.oregoncf.org/ocf-initiatives/arts-and-culture.