Priorities of Curry County Cultural Coalition
1. Advocate for Curry County’s collective cultural resources
Such as a publicity campaign to promote local facilities and events, marketing and communication materials
Examples: In 2008 a grant was awarded to Friends of Cape Blanco for printing new rack cards to advertise the lighthouse and historic Hughes House, plus Theatre 101 received a grant for advertising.
2. Preserve and enhance cultural and historic resources
Such as projects which preserve local historic and cultural sites, ways to increase visitation and participation at those sites, and equipment needed for a specific purpose
Example: In 2011 a grant was awarded for the Chetco Historical Memorial for Native American history.
3. Promote Curry County arts, humanities, and heritage to residents and
Such as the creation of performing arts centers, advertising and promotion to residents and tourists about cultural opportunities, projects that promote cooperation between arts/cultural organizations and Chambers of Commerce and other community groups, tour packages which include cultural offerings, and the production of a video or CD about local artists.
Examples: Three grants have been given for sound systems and enhancing the performing arts space to the Pistol River Concert Association in 2006, the Curry County Fair in 2010, and Stagelights Musical Arts Community in 2012.
4. Broaden and deepen public perception of the arts, humanities, and
heritage of Curry County
Such as developing information system that improves dialogue among county musicians, artists, and historians, more classrooms/studies for art and music instruction, county-wide competitions for student artists, musicians, writers bringing cultural and entertainment programs from other places to the people of Curry County.
Example: 2011 grants were awarded in Port Orford for storyteller and OMSI traveling science fair and to Curry County Fair for parrot show.
In December 2016 the Curry County Cultural Coalition (CCCC) awarded grants totaling $8,500 to thirteen organizations whose projects most closely fit the goals and guidelines of the Oregon Cultural (OCT) and the CCCC.
– Brookings Area Council for the Arts – $500 for its American Music Festival series at Azalea Park in Brookings
– Brookings Harbor Community Theater – $800 for a lighting upgrade
– Curry County Fair – $1,000 for Indiginous Culture in Action event at the county fair
– Curry Coast Community Radio – $450 for radio production equipment for BHHS students’ creative opportunities
– Friends of Curry Library – $650 for the Living Roots of Music with Lauren Pelon
– Friends of Langlois Library – $600 for an Evening with Molly Gloss
– Oasis Shelter Home – $500 for Oasis revival art therapy
– Pelican Bay Arts Association – $500 for Festival of Art in Stout Park
– Port of Port Orford – $1,000 for the Port’s beautification and restoration project
– Port Orford Main Street Revitalization – $500 for replication of historical sign
– Port Orford Library Foundation – $500 for Spotlines poetry publication
– Stagelights Musical Arts Community – $1,000 for after school guitar classes
– Wild Rivers Coast Foundation for Dance – $500 for graphics identity and website
OCT funds are generated through direct donations, the sales of Cultural Heritage license plates, and individual state tax credits. One third of the money that the OCT grants each year is distributed among 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions, based on population. These autonomous coalitions set their own priorities and re-grant OCT funds within their jurisdictions. The Curry County Cultural Coalition reviews applications annually and awards grants to groups that fulfill the OCT mission of increasing public participation in Oregon culture, giving priority to first-time applicants.