State Grants Are Given To Oregon’s “Small But Mighty” Artistic Organizations

State grants were given to two regional organizations, promoting increased access to the arts.

The Oregon Arts Commission has given funds to 106 organizations across the state for the 2018 fiscal year, including Estacada’s The Artback and Gresham’s Eastside Theater Company. The Small Operating Grants are made to assist organizations with spending caps under $150,000. Each grant had a value of $2,261.

According to Jenny Green, chair of the Arts Commission, “This award program was designed to boost the Arts Commission’s support of Oregon’s small but mighty arts producers.” For isolated and underdeveloped areas of the state, “these organizations typically function as the sole arts presenter.”

Performances have been held by The Eastside Theater Company, formerly Corbett Children’s Theater, for more than 20 years. The company educates young performers aged 4 to 18 and adult volunteers through four performances each year. In November, the troupe will perform “It’s A Wonderful Life Jr., The Musical.”

By constructing visual art installations throughout Estacada, The Artback aims to improve the neighborhood and promote civic pride. Murals are the main focus of the project, which got its start in 1992 when nine seasoned painters came together for a nearby show.

State Grants Are Given To Oregon's "Small But Mighty" Artistic Organizations
State Grants Are Given To Oregon’s “Small But Mighty” Artistic Organizations

It also hosts the Estacada Summer Celebration Arts and Music Festival every year. This summer saw the unveiling of their most recent work, “Let Your Dreams Guide You to a Happy Life,” which was painted on the north wall of the Dollar General in the city.

The governor appoints the nine members of the Oregon Arts Commission, who decide what the arts need and develop public support for the arts policies. Visit to learn more.

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