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Celebrate Days of Culture Oct. 1-8!

October 2, 2012

By Meryl Lipman

An archives crawl ending up at McMenamins. An exhibit of Chinese aviation history in Oregon. A downtown tour of historic Condon. These are but a few of the 300 events listed for Days of Culture, October 1-8, 2012.

A statewide celebration of heritage, arts, and humanities, this collection of happenings was facilitated by the Oregon Cultural Trust to mark its 10th anniversary.

Oregon Cultural Trust board and staff tour the site of Celilo Falls; a grant to the Confluence Project has helped forward a heritage/art installation project envisioned for that site.

On October 8, 2002, a unique and generous cultural tax credit became effective, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that ranks with the Bottle Bill and Vote by Mail. The tax credit was tantamount to the State’s seal of approval for culture, an acknowledgement that culture is critical to the health of our Oregon.

Since then, the Cultural Trust has raised $25 million in private donations and granted over $12.5million in development and partnership grants, working tirelessly to promote heritage, arts and humanities. From in-school and after-school programs to archiving and historic preservation projects, the Trust supports non-profits that impact education, tourism and industry. People throughout Oregon benefit from the Trust.

Among the Trust’s five partners are the Oregon Heritage Commission, State Historic Preservation Office and Oregon Historical Society, as well as two arts and humanities organizations. The partners gather each year to fund projects like the Oregon Folklife Network and the Confluence Project’s development of a heritage installation at Celilo Park, projects that incorporate all three aspects of the Trust’s mission – heritage, humanities and the arts.

Trust grants to 36 county cultural coalitions and six tribal coalitions have also funded regional or ethnic history exhibitions, and they have helped save theaters, farms, homes, buildings, and installations, some over a century old.

Days of Culture is a celebration of Oregon. So please check out events in your area – or take a road trip – or and support the Oregon Cultural Trust as it prepares to turn 10.

Meryl Lipman is the Communications Manager for the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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