RACC awards record sum to 42 arts organization



The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $1,589,710 in unrestricted funds (“General Support” grants) to 42 local arts organizations. This sum is the highest amount of General Support awarded in RACC’s 14-year history, about 6% greater than last year. The increase is made possible due to steady levels of public investment in RACC – from the City of Portland, Metro, and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties – plus significant growth in Work for Art, RACC’s workplace giving program.

Arts organizations can apply for RACC General Support every two years, and this is the second-year allocation to organizations that successfully competed for General Support in 2008. To be eligible, organizations must maintain 501(c)(3) status, have annual revenues of at least $80,000, and be located in Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington County.

In recognition of the cultural and economic benefits they provide, the following organizations received RACC General Support in 2009-10:
Artists Repertory Theatre, $54,732
Blue Sky Gallery, $10,696
Bodyvox, $22,694
Broadway Rose Theatre Company (Washington County), $30,845          
Cappella Romana, Inc., $10,656
Chamber Music Northwes, $51,761
Do Jump Movement Theater, $27,547
Ethos Inc., $17,544
Film Action Oregon, $19,519
Friends of Chamber Music, $19,454
Homowo African Arts & Cultures, $21,006
Imago Theatre, $28,051
Lakewood Center for the Arts (Clackamas County), $33,425          
Literary Arts, Inc., $40,877
Live Wire!, $11,314
Metropolitan Youth Symphony, $28,035
Miracle Theatre Group, $27,797
Museum of Contemporary Craft, $20,943
Northwest Children’s Theater and School, $26,433
Northwest Dance Project, $12,314
Oregon Ballet Theatre, $84,950
Oregon Children's Theatre, $56,592
Oregon Repertory Singers, $26,085
Oregon Symphony Association, $141,066
PlayWrite, Inc., $14,036
Portland Art Museum, $191,938
The Portland Ballet, $16,338
Portland Baroque Orchestra, $20,804
Portland Center Stage, $87,366
Portland Chamber Orchestra, $14,525
Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, $13,295
Portland Gay Men's Chorus, $15,096
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, $26,805
Portland Opera Association, $137,369
Portland Piano International, $14,338
Portland Taiko, $37,264
Portland Youth Philharmonic, $27,865
Profile Theatre Project, $22,401
Tears of Joy Theatre, $29,623
White Bird, $48,265
Write Around Portland, $18,450
Young Audiences of Oregon, $29,596

Total:                                  $1,589,710         

In December, RACC will announce another 90-100 awards for individual artists and nonprofit organizations in the form of Project Grants, which provide funds (typically $1,500 to $6,000) for unique arts activities taking place in calendar year 2010.  

The next cycle of General Support applications will begin in early 2010, and application materials will be posted online at that time.  RACC also provides Professional Development grants for artists and arts organizations in two cycles each year; “Opportunity and Emergency” grants for arts organizations based in Portland; and Fast Track Grants to schools throughout the region that need help paying for arts education activities. For more information on these grant programs, visit www.racc.org/grants

RACC Staff to Contact

Mary Bauer
Communications Associate