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County cultural groups win $400,000 in state support

Astoria Visual Arts, which sponsored a kids' wall decorating event, was one of dozens of groups to win funding.
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Clatsop County’s cultural organizations received more than $400,000 in grants through Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support.

More than $25.7 million will be distributed to 621 groups across the state through a partnership between the Oregon Cultural Trust and its county and tribal cultural coalitions.

The funds, meant to help cultural groups facing losses due to the pandemic, were made available through a $50 million relief package from the Oregon Legislature in July.

“Many cultural organizations and institutions have closed their doors to help keep us all safe during this pandemic,” Gov. Kate Brown said. “These grants will mean that more than 600 Oregon arts and culture organizations … will be able to keep up their vital creative work.”

The largest award is $1.4 million to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; the average grant is $41,458. Just under $90 million in requests were received. Funding was determined based on eligible request amounts.

Groups receiving funds in Clatsop County:

Astor Street Opry Company, $19,587; Astoria Arts and Movement Center, $12,753; Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association, $3,818; Astoria School of Ballet, $5,142; Astoria Visual Arts, $9,234; Cannon Beach Arts Association, $1,430; Cascadia Concert Opera, $14,381; Clatsop County Historical Society, $59,423; Columbia River Maritime Museum, $127,460; Friends of the Astoria Armory, $72,791; Lower Columbia Q Center, $7,326; Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, $13,130; North Coast Chorale, $7,517; North Coast Symphonic Band, $2,849; North Oregon Coast Symphony in Cannon Beach, $4,360; Partners for the PAC, $18,126; Seaside Museum & Historical Society, $17,046; Sparrow Dance Company, $1,587; The Writer's Guild, $2,077; and Trails End Art Association, $2,844.

Members of the Clatsop County Cultural Foundation, which helped select the recipients.

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