New Program Aims to Equitably Support Arts & Culture Organizations
In recognition of the growing need for free or low-cost venues for the development and presentation of cultural work, the City of Hillsboro launched the Venue Grant program in January 2019. Following an open call for proposals, the City is pleased to award Venue Grants to seven community groups. Awardees have been granted the free use of event space at the Walters Cultural Arts Center to host an upcoming presentation, performance, or networking event this spring. The goal of these grants is to not only support arts and culture organizations that serve Hillsboro residents, but also to foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community, and provide access to arts and cultural experiences for those who are underserved.
The Inaugural Venue Grant awardees are:
· Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, with a “Best of” concert featuring various small group ensembles, performing May 17
· An Evening of Chamber Music, a concert to benefit the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment, happening May 23
· Westside Youth Choir, with a free, donation-only concert to conclude their season, performing May 31
· NATYARANGAM, a performance of classical Indian dance by students of the Natya Dance School, happening June 7
· Tualatin Valley Creates, with an Arts & Culture Leadership Incubator Friendraiser, on June 13
· Portland Chamber Orchestra, with a recital of works by Chopin, featuring world-renowned pianist Mei-Ting Sun, performing June 14
· Hillsboro Contra Dance, with their Summer Kickoff social dance, happening June 21
All events supported by the City of Hillsboro Venue Grants will be accessible to the public.