Tuesday, January 19, 2010

1/31 Oregon Arts Commission Deadline for Next Round of Arts & Cultural Tourism Grant Program

Oregon Arts Commission Announces Deadline forNext Round of Arts &
Cultural Tourism Grant Program
Applications due January 31, 2010

The Oregon Arts Commission announces that applications for its Arts &
Cultural Tourism Grant program will be accepted from Oregon arts
organizations and units of local governments through January 31, 2010.

The Oregon Arts Commission established the Cultural Tourism Grants to
support projects and partnerships that advance arts-based cultural
tourism activities. The program, part of the Commission's Creative
Oregon Initiative, fosters stronger links between the arts, culture,
the tourism industry and local economic development.

The program supports activities undertaken by arts or tourism groups –
and especially projects in which both collaborate – designed to
increase tourism motivated entirely or in part by the arts-related
offerings of a community or region. By attracting Oregonians and non-
residents, Commission-funded projects increase the economic benefit of
cultural tourism to communities, regions and the entire state.

Proposed projects may enhance an existing cultural tourism project or
fund a new initiative. Grants in 2009 supported a variety of projects
including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Stay Closer, Go Further,"
marketing program, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art's marketing of
The World Harmony Project, a four-day festival to attract visitors to
the wealth of arts, culture and heritage resources on the University
of Oregon campus, and the expansion and promotion of Miracle Theatre's
critically acclaimed annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
celebration into the Seattle metro market. Additional support went to
the Oregon Symphony to develop "Instant Outlet," a fast, easy and
online Oregon Symphony ticketing system, for the exclusive use of
Travel Oregon staff and select hotel concierges, to PICA for a
marketing campaign targeted to specific west coast media markets for
travel to PICA's seventh annual Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival and to
the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show for the development of a Quilt Walk.

Applicants for Cultural Tourism grants must have IRS 501(c)(3) federal
tax-exempt status and corporate nonprofit status in the state of
Oregon; or be a unit of local government. Up to $10,000 to $10,000 in
matching grant funds may be requested.

The guidelines and applications for the Cultural Tourism grants are
available online through the grants section of the Arts Commission's
website: www.oregonartscommission.org. Additional information is
available by calling the Arts Commission at (503) 986-0082.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts
programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine
commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and
establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission
became part of Business Oregon (Oregon Business Development
Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts
play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon
communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of
the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining
operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in
grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by
the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National
Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online
at: www.oregonartscommission.org

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