Portland-based arts organizations receive public funding increases

Milagro Theater is one of sixteen organizations receiving AEAF proceeds this month. Opcion Multiple runs through February 28th. (Photo by Russell J. Young)

PORTLAND, ORE – On January 28, the RACC Board of Directors approved $1,471,626 in disbursements to 16 General Operating Support (“GOS”) member organizations that have submitted their FY2014 financial statements and other final reports to RACC. These grants are made possible thanks to $1.28 million in revenues from the city’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund, plus $600,000 in gap funding from the city’s fall 2014 Budget Monitoring Process, or Fall BuMP.

The grants listed below are in addition to RACC funding that each organization received last fall, and their combined allocations bring all GOS organizations to at least 3.8% public funding of their eligible annual revenues – many steps closer to the AEAF goal of providing 5% public funding. RACC directed most of the funding to five “major” arts organizations that have experienced the largest funding discrepancies in the past. Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Art Museum, Portland Center Stage and the Portland Opera had averaged 1% public funding; now they all stand at 3.8%. Specific allocation amounts include:

Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Inc., $2,030

Friends of Chamber Music, $7,966

Literary Arts, Inc., $23,553

Miracle Theatre Group, $5,127

Oregon Ballet Theatre, $120,089

Oregon Symphony Association, $398,300

Pendulum Aerial Arts, $1,468

PHAME, $3,327

PlayWrite, Inc., $1,000

Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film Center, $468,538

Portland Center Stage, $207,486

Portland Opera Association, Inc., $193,506

Portland Youth Philharmonic, $8,061

The Portland Ballet, $15,994

Third Angle New Music, $1,000

White Bird, $14,181

“It is tremendously gratifying to begin seeing the impact that the Arts Education & Access Fund can have in our community,” said RACC’s executive director, Eloise Damrosch. “We remain grateful to Portland City Council for referring this measure to the ballot in 2012, and to the voters who clearly understand the many ways that strong and vibrant arts organizations enhance our quality of life, generate cultural tourism and other economic benefits, and improve our children’s education.”

RACC is retaining $410,022 to invest in up to 29 more General Operating Support member organizations that will file their FY2014 reports in the months ahead. Because most of the larger organizations have already been funded, fewer resources will be required to fund the smaller remaining groups, which include:

Artist Repertory Theatre


Cappella Romana, Inc.

Chamber Music Northwest

Children’s Healing Art Project

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

Echo Theatre Company

Ethos Music Center

Hollywood Theatre

Imago Theatre

Independent Publishing Resource Center

Live Wire! Radio

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Northwest Children’s Theatre

Northwest Dance Project

NW Documentary Arts & Media

Oregon Children’s Theatre

Portland Baroque Orchestra

Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Portland Jazz Festival

Portland Piano International

Portland Taiko

Profile Theatre Project

Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Tears of Joy Theatre

Write Around Portland

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington