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2018-2019 Community Arts & Culture Grants Awarded

Post Date:05/31/2018 1:00 pm

Young AudiencesSince 2008, the City of Hillsboro has supported community based arts programs through the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council’s (HACC) grant program. 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 or musicians, buy costumes or instruments, and provide art education to youth in the community. These dollars make a difference.” This year the HACC awarded 17 grants totaling $50,450 in grants to 15 different organizations. This year’s recipients include:


  • HART Theater to support production-related expenses for The Lion King, Jr. in November 2018.
  • Hillsboro Downtown Partnership to assist with marketing of the Hillsboro Downtown as an Arts and Entertainment District.
  • Tuesday MarketHillsboro Tuesday Night Market to provide free live music on the Sandy Farmer Stage, which highlights local musical talent at the Tuesday Night Market.
  • Minter Bridge Elementary PTA to fund a free afterschool theater program in spring 2019.
  • Miracle Theater Group (Teatro Milagro) to support a 3-day bilingual arts-integrated residency for Brown Middle School in fall 2018 that will include a Milagro original production.
  • Oregon’s Children’s Theater for “Theater for All” programming for underserved youth in the Hillsboro community.
  • Sequoia Gallery + Studios for the expansion of their Plein Air community event leading up to October’s Hillsboro Arts Month.
  • Tualatin Valley Creates to support their mission of increasing awareness of arts opportunities and experiences in Hillsboro and throughout the county.
  • Washington County Arts Alliance to fund catalog printing for the 9th Annual Washington County Artists Open Studio Tour in October 2018. Participating artists open their studios to the public, meeting audiences and answering questions about their creative processes.
  • Write Around Portland 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.
  • Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington for artist residencies in Hillsboro’s McKinney Elementary School next year as a part of the arts-integrated literacy program.


A performance by Bag&Baggage ProductionsCORE SUPPORT GRANTS:

The following organizations received core operating support grants to further their organizational missions this year.

  • Bag&Baggage Productions is the only theatre company in the Pacific Northwest with a focus on producing major 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 the four-county region comprised of Washington, Tillamook, Yamhill, and Columbia Counties.
  • HART Theater is in the business of providing quality community-theater and entertainment to Hillsboro residents and the surrounding areas.  HART is also dedicated to providing educational opportunities, chances for community involvement through volunteer activity, and support for cultural diversity.
  • Hillsboro Community Youth Choir has enriched the lives of young people in a nurturing atmosphere by teaching the joys of singing.  Several age and ability based choirs are available for all young people with a desire to sing, learn, and perform.
  • Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra provides an affordable and family-friendly cultural experience in Washington County with three concerts per year. Formed in 2001 by a group of fewer than 30 amateur musicians, the Orchestra has grown to include over 70 members from a wide range of musical backgrounds. An all-volunteer organization, HSO has developed a long-range strategic plan to maintain the existence of the Orchestra for many years to come.
  • Oregon Chorale is an adult choir based in Hillsboro that promotes beautiful, provocative choral music at the highest level while keeping concerts affordable, accessible and fun for its audiences. Founded in 1985, the chorale supports local youth through its Emerging Voices program, music scholarships, and collaboration with local youth choirs.
  • Sequoia Gallery + Studios is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fine art.  They offer a variety of programs and events that teach and display art; provide an environment for interaction and creative ideas; and provide opportunities for artists’ exhibitions, outreach, and programs.

In its eleventh year of funding, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council has awarded 133 grants to 42 different organizations, totaling over $360,000. For more information on our grant program, please visit our website at

The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC) is a program of the City of Hillsboro’s Parks & 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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