485 Oregon Artists Receive Recovery Grant Awards | JAM’N 107.5

Photo: Paul Hoelshcer – Winter Wren

Recovery grants from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000 will be awarded to 485 artists representing Oregon’s diversity through the Oregon Arts Commission’s Artist Resilience Program, a partnership with the Oregon Community Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. The partnership, which began with the Artist Relief Program in 2020, is investing an additional $ 1.5 million in support for artists ’recovery from the pandemic, bringing the total investment to $ 2.75 million. The average award is $ 2,500.

“We are extremely grateful to the Oregon Community Foundation and the Miller Foundation for their dedication in helping us support our artists during these difficult times,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission. “By reaching out to Oregon artists, we know that we not only support these individuals financially, but also enable them to pursue their creative careers and stimulate Oregon’s cultural environments. ”

The goal of the Artist Resilience Program is to provide funding to artists in Oregon who experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to loss of income, loss of opportunity or other unintended impact on their artistic practice. The funding is intended to help maintain the artistic skills of professional artists.

A total of 600 eligible applications reporting close to $ 9.1 million in lost revenue were received. The duplicate review process engaged 47 peer reviewers representing the diversity and geographic regions of the state who reviewed and evaluated applications based on published review criteria: professional art practice; impact of cancellations and loss of revenue on artistic practice; and needs and access to other resources. A geographic distribution model ensured that artists were funded in each region of the state. Artists applied from all but five Oregon counties; at least one award went to each county where there were applications. An average of 80% of applications are funded from each county of the state.

“During a crisis, artists help us understand our world and stay connected to one another,” said Martha Richards, executive director of the Miller Foundation. “The Miller Foundation stands with Oregon artists at this difficult time because we recognize the critical roles they play in our communities and our lives – they are the foundation of our state’s arts ecosystem.”

“The Oregon Community Foundation is excited to partner with the second wave of support for artists,” added Jerry Tischleder, program officer for the Oregon Community Foundation’s arts and culture. “We recognize that independent and freelance artists are essential to the recovery of our communities, bringing hope and inspiration to the world while using their creativity to help process the collective trauma, grief and loss experienced. all of us over the past two years. ”

The awarded artists represent a wide range of artistic disciplines including: literature (creative non-fiction, fiction, playwriting and poetry); dance (including choreography); music (composition and performance of music); theater and performing arts; visual arts (crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and new media); art of design; folk and traditional arts; and media art.

Source: Oregon Arts Commission