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Five arts groups with local ties win state grants

A class poses while taking a break at Astoria Arts and Movement Center (Courtesy Oregon Arts Commission)
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Small grants that can make a big difference in ensuring residents have access to the arts have been awarded to 101 organizations statewide by the Oregon Arts Commission.

Five of those groups are based in or have ties to Clatsop County.

They are Astoria Arts and Movement Center, Astoria Visual Arts, Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, North Coast Chorale, and 45th Parallel of Portland, which has been lending musicians and performing this year at the Liberty Theatre.

The small operating grants are designed to provide operating support to groups with budgets under $150,000.

Eligibility is limited to established nonprofit groups that provide ongoing, sustained artistic programming and outreach programs.

Each organization received $1,494.

“This grant program was developed to increase the Arts Commission’s support of Oregon’s small arts providers,” Arts Commission Chair Anne Taylor said. “These organizations frequently represent the only arts presenter for remote and underserved regions of the state.”

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