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2019-2020 Community Arts & Culture Grants Awarded

Post Date:05/09/2019 1:00 pm

Since 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 18 grants totaling $50,000 to 16 different organizations, including:

Project Grants:

  • Curvy Chic Closet Foundation for production costs for the largest plus-size fashion show held on the West Coast, including set design, DJ, and video production. This show empowers plus-size women with positive body messages and highlights original designs by local, regional, and national designers.
  • Griffin's Place to expand existing arts-based programming serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Hillsboro Contra Dance to support monthly social folk dances for all ages in Downtown Hillsboro.
  • Hillsboro Farmers Market to support local musicians at the weekly Downtown and Orenco markets.
  • Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra to support a concert paying tribute to the Pacific Northwest in March of 2020, including music composed by Northwest residents and special guest artists from Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company.
  • Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market to provide free live music on the Sandy Farmer Stage, which highlights local musical talent at the Tuesday Night Market.
  • Huehca Omeyocan to fund the purchase of pre-Columbian instruments and regalia for workshops and performances throughout Hillsboro.
  • The Immigrant Story for the addition of video storytelling to The Immigrant Story website. The Immigrant Story documents, narrates, and curates stories of immigrants in order to enhance empathy and help promote an inclusive community.
  • Oregon Chorale to fund the Chorale's December concert, including works by multicultural composers, mariachi groups, Latin dancers, and sing-alongs in English and Spanish.
  • Westside Quilters Guild to support and promote the Biennial Quilt Show featuring over 100 quilts in November 2019.
  • 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.

Core Support Grants:

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

  • HART Theatre 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 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.
  • Rasika is a Hillsboro-based cultural organization dedicated to presenting and promoting classical Indian dance, music, and culture, through high quality concerts, lectures, demos, and classes.
  • 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.
  • STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy offers innovative programs for youth where they may develop their own unique creative voice in a supportive environment. STAGES nurtures artistic, intellectual, and character development through an educational theatre arts program that develops confidence, respect, compassion, cooperation, creativity, and critical thinking.
  • Westside 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.

In its twelfth year of funding, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council has awarded over 150 grants, totaling over $400,000. To offer your own support of our vital arts community, attend a concert or theater production, visit a gallery for the First Tuesday Art Walk, or consider volunteering for an organization. There are many ways to make an impact on our community. For additional information on the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council’s grant program, please visit


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