CROOK COUNTY CULTURAL COALITION
On August 9, 2001, Gov. Kitzhaber signed into law HB 2923, legislation providing funding and structure for Oregon’s Trust for Cultural Development. This legislation established a tax credit for direct contributions to the Oregon Trust for Cultural Development – a long-term public/private funding initiative designed to preserve and strengthen culture for all Oregonians. Funds raised through the Oregon Cultural Trust are distributed to counties and tribes to support local cultural projects and collaborations through competitive grants. The funds also support cultural projects of regional and statewide significance.
The biggest source of funding for the Oregon Cultural Trust is gifts from individuals and businesses. To encourage gifts, the State of Oregon offers a 100 percent tax credit for individual contributions made to the Trust – a dollar-for-dollar reduction of personal tax liability. Individuals can also strengthen Oregon culture by purchasing a Cultural Trust license plate from the Department of Motor Vehicles, through contributions to Oregon cultural nonprofits, and/or by attending cultural events. To learn more about how to support culture in Oregon or how to make an on-line contribution, visit www.culturaltrust.org.
The original Crook County Cultural Coalition was formed in December 2002 through appointment by the Crook County Court. This volunteer committee was established to initiate cultural planning efforts for the purpose of determining local and regional needs, baseline inventories of cultural resources, and benchmarks as directed by the Oregon State Legislature in its formation of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Crook County Cultural Coalition Board
Chair: Tom Jay
The Cultural Coalition uses the following priorities to determine annual grant award winners. These priorities were created based upon the public outreach and survey process conducted by the original planning committee. Each priority is accompanied by a set of strategies and benchmarks to measure success in addressing these priorities. Collaborative efforts will accelerate the achievement of these goals.
Priority 1: Engage K-12 youth in the arts, heritage and culture
Priority 2: Protect the investment in existing cultural resources.
Priority 3: Provide programs for young adults to further their cultural development.
Priority 4: Support cultural programs that stimulate economic growth.
Priority 5: Encourage broader appreciation of the cultural traditions of diverse ethnic groups.
Priority 6: Foster local cultural identity and improve marketing and promotion of a variety of cultural activities/opportunities.