(Hillsboro, Ore.) – Thirteen non-profit organizations received funding from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment on October 1, 2019 during ArtFest, the kickoff to Hillsboro Arts Month at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.
The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment was established in 2013 to create a long-term stable source of funds for local artists and cultural organizations. The Endowment is a public-private partnership between the City of Hillsboro and the Hillsboro Community Foundation, a 501c3 organization, and is funded by the community, for the community in perpetuity. Since 2015, the Endowment has provided funding awards to two individual artists doing community projects and two community organizations, including the Westside Youth Choir and HSD Mariachi Una Voz.
For 2019, with the growth of the fund, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council chose to divide the awards equally among all of the arts and cultural non-profit organizations based in Hillsboro. Each of the recipients received $563, including:
- Bag&Baggage Productions
- HART Theater
- Hillsboro Historical Society
- Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra
- The Immigrant Story
- Influence Music Hall and Gallery
- Oregon Chorale
- Sequoia Gallery + Studios
- STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy
- Westside Community & Youth Orchestra
- Westside Quilters Guild
- Westside Youth Choir
According to Diane Swingen of the Oregon Chorale, “the award is much appreciated, as it will pay for the group’s music for the upcoming season.”
Honorary awards were presented as well to Primrose & Tumbleweeds as the Business Partner for the Arts of the Year, for their in kind support of many organizations in the Downtown area, and to Carol Loughner as the Arts Volunteer for the Year. Loughner was awarded for her long time board involvement with the Westside Youth Choir and Sequoia Gallery + Studios.
The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment committee looks forward to watching the awards grow as the fund grows. The committee is hosting a benefit fundraiser featuring Portland musical theater legends Merideth Kaye Clark and Susannah Mars and celebrating the music of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland at the Happy Days Are Here Again! Supper Club on Saturday, November 9. Tickets for this event include the cocktail hour, dinner, and show for $125. For more information about the Endowment and benefit supper club event, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/HACC.
The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC) is a program of the City of Hillsboro’s Parks and Recreation Department. The HACC’s mission is to support the growth of arts and culture as assets for a vital, prosperous and livable community. To learn more about the HACC and its programs, go to www.Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/HACC or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/hillsboroarts.