(Hillsboro, Ore.) – Fourteen non-profit organizations received funding from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment and celebrated during a virtual award event on September 30, 2020. The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment was established to create a long-term stable source of funds for local artists and cultural organizations. Since 2015, the Endowment has provided funding awards to two individual artists doing community projects as well as every nonprofit arts and cultural organization in the city.
For 2020, 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 $746, up from $563 the previous year, including:
- Airlie Press
- Bag&Baggage Productions
- Golden Road Arts
- 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
Jennifer Perrine, board member of Airlie Press, said, “The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment award has allowed Airlie Press to not only survive, but thrive in times of acute uncertainty. As a non-profit poetry publisher that highlights voices of the Pacific Northwest, Airlie Press has long depended on revenue from book sales and fundraising efforts to publish 2 – 3 books per year. Now, we are grateful to have such generous…when poetry is more necessary than ever. Poetry heals, poetry unites, and poetry is at the core of our community.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our local artists and arts groups are facing serious challenges. With this in mind, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment committee is launching its fall fundraising campaign this month to continue to grow the fund and support for the arts in our community. For every $1,000 added to the Arts Endowment, an estimated $50 in support for arts and culture is generated each year. Endowment committee member Lynn Scheller issues this call, “Whether you are a creative artist or an appreciative consumer, join with your community friends to prove that we believe in the value and positive power of the arts. Invest in the future of our local arts and culture by donating to the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment today. In this time of great need, let’s make sure they’re here in the future to inspire our spirits and feed our souls.”
For more information about the Endowment or to donate online, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/HACC.
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.
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 Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/HACC or follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HillsboroArts.
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Cultural Arts is a division of the City of Hillsboro’s Parks & Recreation Department. For more information about Cultural Arts, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/CulturalArts.