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2017-18 Community Arts & Culture Grants Awarded

Post Date:06/07/2017

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Rick PaulsonSince 2008, the City of Hillsboro has supported the local arts and cultural community through the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council’s (HACC) grant program. For the 2017-2018 grant submission period, HACC received twenty-nine proposals with over $106,000 in requests. HACC grants provide much needed funds for arts programs, capacity-building and core operating support. According to Melissa Moore, the Community Arts Program Supervisor, “with these funds, groups pay local actors, buy costumes or instruments, and provide art education to youth in the community. These dollars make a difference.”

This year, the HACC awarded a total of $49,057 in grants to 12 different organizations. This year’s recipients include:

Core Support Grants:

Bag & Baggage Productions, $9,600: Bag & Baggage Productions is the only theatre company in the Pacific Northwest with a focus on producing major literary adaptations of classic dramatic literature. They remove barriers from students to experience live theatre through their PASSPORT program, which offers free tickets to all high school students from a four county region.

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, $3,681: HSO provides an affordable and family-friendly cultural experience in Washington County with three concerts per year. Additionally, 70+ amateur musicians are given the chance to perform. An all-volunteer organization that began 2001, HSO’s plans include developing a long-range strategic plan to maintain the existence of HSO for many years to come.

Oregon Chorale, $7,250: The Oregon Chorale is a 65-voice symphonic chorus based in Hillsboro, Oregon dedicated to performing beautiful, provocative choral music at the highest level while keeping concerts affordable, accessible and fun for its audiences. Founded in 1985, the Chorale is open for audition to anyone ages 18 and up, but is also an active force of outreach to young musicians in the Hillsboro area through internships and music scholarships.

Project Grants:

STAGES production of A Secret GardenBag & Baggage Productions, $3,000, to support production-related expenses, including artists’ wages for Death and the Maiden in March 2018 at the new Vault Theater.

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir, $2,900, to pay for three quality choral specialists to work with the youth singers ahead of each concert as well as rehearsal rental space.

Hillsboro Farmers’ Market, $1,500, to provide free live music at their downtown Saturday markets throughout the season. Funds will be used to pay the musicians.

Hillsboro Schools Foundation, $3,000, to sponsor the creation of a collaborative temporary art installations in conjunction with the Hillsboro School District and neighbors. The “Love Tapestries” will be installed on fences and around the school – celebrating love, inclusion, kindness and empathy.

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, $3,000, to purchase timpani (or kettledrums) and other percussion equipment needed for the Orchestra’s upcoming performance. The Orchestra plans to offer the use of the equipment to the school where their rehearsals takes place in exchange for storage space.

Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market, $1,500, to fund the Sandy Farmer Stage, which highlights local musical talent in the center of the Who's on 3rd art and music area of the Tuesday Night Market.

Masque Alfresco, $1,150, to perform Tartuffe, Moliere’s famous commedia dell’arte satire featuring slapstick antics, colorful stock characters, and period costumes, updated with current social and political jokes. These August outdoor performances are family-friendly and free.

Oregon Chorale, $3,000, to fund two concerts in Hillsboro in June 2018, featuring Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 5 in a Flat Major with professional orchestral musicians and vocal soloists.

Sequoia Gallery + Studios, $1,766, in partnership with M&M Market, will begin a pilot program to instruct children and their parents in linoleum block printing.

STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy, $1,710, to hire a website designer to create a more user-friendly, comprehensive and maintainable website for STAGES.

Washington County Arts Alliance, $3,000, to fund for the printing of a catalog and lawn signs to promote the 8th Annual Washington County Artists Open Studio Tour. The tour will take place in October 2018, where artists in Hillsboro and through-out the County will open their studios to the public.

Write Around Portland, $3,000, to hold two creative writing workshops, in partnership with social service agencies in Hillsboro. The workshops will culminate in the publication of participants’ writing in a professionally designed book and a community reading where participants will share their stories with audience members.

In its tenth year of funding, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council has awarded 116 grants to 37 different organizations, totaling over $310,000. For more information on our grant program and grant writing workshops, please visit our website at

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 or follow us on Facebook at


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