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Don’t forget our Grant Cycle for next year ends on December 1, 2020

 

Two opportunities for artists and arts organizations:

 

Artist Relief

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Upcoming grant deadlines are November 18, 2020 and December 10, 2020. For details, go to ArtistRelief.org.

Donate before January 1 and claim your tax credit.

In Josephine County, we have a wonderful Rogue River, great hikes in the outdoors, and growing cultural venues that create a positive economic impact in our area. Both culture and the outdoors contribute to a good quality of life here in our valley. One of our best-kept secrets, however,  is how the Oregon Cultural Trust protects that quality of life.

Uniquely Oregonian, the Oregon Cultural Trust was established in 2001 to support art, heritage, history and humanities; together they define our cultural character. Our very own Brady Adams was Senate President when the Oregon Cultural Trust was created.

The Cultural Trust empowers Oregonians to double the impact of their cultural giving at no additional cost to them.

Make a donation to one or more of Oregon’s 1,400+ cultural nonprofits, then make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust by Dec. 31. You get 100 percent of the Cultural Trust donation back when you file your state taxes, and the state legislature will invest that same amount in Oregon culture. Remember to claim the cultural tax credit on your State Tax Form.

Now is a critical time for spreading the word about the Cultural Trust and the tax credit. Due to confusion around federal tax law changes, donations declined last year for the first time since the 2008 recession. While the new laws do impact how many Oregonians itemize deductions at the federal level, they do not change the benefits of investing in Oregon culture. Whether or not you itemize, your donation to the Cultural Trust still prompts a 100 percent tax credit on your state taxes!

Since its creation, the Cultural Trust has awarded $24 million to Oregon cultural nonprofits. In our County those grant awards have exceeded $250,00. We have supported local schools, the Symphony, Concerts, Visual Artists and Musicians as well as Public Art projects.

Please total your cultural donations, give a matching amount to the Cultural Trust and claim the cultural tax credit on your state taxes. Be sure to let others know of this great benefit to you and our county!!

A State Tax Credit

Short video which helps to explain the figures on the chart. https://vimeo.com/306297076 Tax Season is coming up soon.  As the year comes to an end we are all asked for donations by many organizations. The Oregon Trust offers a positive benefit.  If you donate to your favorite cultural organization and then donate an equal amount to the Trust you get a Tax Credit.  This can really help your tax liability. The chart at the right illustrates the benefits. We hope you will consider us and the cultural organizations of Josephine County in your giving that can also benefit you.

Exchange for Change 2019

Exchange for Change brought together youth from Portland and Jo Co to expand awareness of each other and the different lives they all have. We assisted with some support of this innovative method to create change in our world.

Three Rivers Community Orchestra

 

Give to cultural nonprofits for a tax break

The following letter to the editor was published in the December 28, 2018 issue of The Daily Courier. Thank you, John Harelson, for the letter of support!

As a supporter of arts and education, and as a library district board member, I’d like to share some information about a great tax credit opportunity for all Oregonians. Residents of Oregon who contribute to one of 1,400 Oregon cultural nonprofits, including the Josephine County Library Foundation, can receive a state tax credit of up to $500 per individual or $1,000 per household. Donors simply add up all the contributions they’ve made to qualifying nonprofits, then make a matching contribution to the Oregon Cultural Trust by Dec. 31 for a 100 percent credit to directly reduce 2018 Oregon income taxes. Our local libraries have received $51,572 in direct grants from the Cultural Trust, and Josephine County has received $239,375 including support from the Josephine County Cultural Coalition, which makes grants locally using the same tax funds. Oregon is the only state that offers an opportunity to give directly to local cultural nonprofits and get a tax break. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to give to nonprofits in Josephine County and receive a tax credit this year. To make a donation for 2018 and to find out if you’ve already given to a qualifying nonprofit, visit the Oregon Cultural Trust website.
JOHN HARELSON
Grants Pass

Boys & Girls Club 2018 grant

The Boys & Girls Club 2018 grant funded materials for art work for the children.  Here is a sample of the work.  The exhibit is now showing at the Shops at 6th & G Streets. The art will remain up through December 30, 2018.  For more information on purchasing the children’s work, contact Clarissa at 541-476-5258.

Have you donated to the Cultural Trust yet?

Now’s the time as you will receive a Tax Credit when you do your taxes. Pick your favorite cultural non-profit and donate, then match your donation to the Cultural Trust — https://culturaltrust.org/

3 Rivers Chorale

The 3 Rivers Chorale used grant funds from Josephine County Cultural Coalition to purchase a trailer for their equipment. Follow this trailer to get to a great chorale performance!

Join us in supporting the arts and culture!!

Illinois River Valley Arts Council

Here’s a story about another completed project by the Illinois River Valley Arts Council.

This project was supported by JCCC and Haines & Friends.

Spring 2018 mini-grant awards 

The following projects and organizations are being supported by the Josephine County Cultural Coalition 2018 Mini-Grant program:

  • “Featured Musicians at the Cave Junction Market” – CJ Farmers’ Market – $500
  • “Open Studios ‘How It’s Made’ Catalogue” – GPMA – $500
  • “Support Editorial Coverage of Cultural Events and Artists” – RV Messenger – $500
  • “Opera to Go” – Sunny Wolf Charter School – $110
  • “Sheet Music Purchase” – Three Rivers Community Orchestra – $500

We hope you will support these groups in their efforts to enhance the arts, culture, and heritage of our community of Josephine County!!

Women’s Crisis Support Team

Josephine County Cultural Coalition helped support the WCST’s fundraiser: An Evening to Remember.

Grants Pass Museum of Art

The GP Museum of Art was granted monies for Elementary students to visit the Museum for arts instruction. We visited the Museum during one of the classes. The students were engaged with their attention to their instruction into the world of art!  

Recognition from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

The Josephine County Cultural Coalition is thrilled to have been recognized by Senator Jeff Merkley for its work, particularly for its support of the Frederick Douglas exhibit at the Grants Pass library throughout January 2018. At a January town hall meeting, Senator Merkley presented a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to members of the JCCC board. With your help, the coalition will continue to serve the Arts, Heritage and Culture of our community.

Josephine County Cultural Coalition announces the 2017-18 Grantees

  • 3 Rivers Chorale to aid in a permanent Riser Storage System
  • B Wishes Music for the Honey Bee Choir for Kids
  • Barnstormers Theatre for Stage Lighting
  • Boys and Girls Club for the Junior Picasso Club
  • Grants Pass Museum of Art providing educational visits for 5th Graders to the Museum
  • Rogue Valley Symphony and Connecting with the Classics
  • Siskiyou Music Project for Artists in the School
  • Twin Heroes 2018 Festival Residency
  • Frederick Douglass Traveling Exhibition at the Josephine Community Library
  • Women’s Crisis Center to aid in An Evening to Remember
  • Woodland Charter School for Music Instrument Development

2017/2018 Josephine County Cultural Coalition projects

We hope you had a chance to see their presentations!!

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The Josephine County Cultural Coalition works to foster a culturally rich community in Josephine County by encouraging participation in the arts, heritage, humanities, and culture through education, activities, fundraising, and grant awards. OCT-logo-miles-1_0The coalition is part of the Oregon Cultural Trust network. Click to learn more about the Josephine County Cultural Coalition. Click to contact us.