from the Courier on December 28, 2018
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.
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 st. The art will remain up thru December 30. For more info 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/
Three Rivers Chorale and the new trailer for their equipment!!
Wow — it looks very nice. If you see the trailer, follow for great chorale presentations!
Our grant cycle for 2019 grants is now closed.
We will announce our successful grant projects here during December after we have reviewed. For those of you submitting – thank you for continuing to promote the arts and culture in Josephine County.
Join Us in Supporting the Arts and Culture!!
Another completed project by the Illinois River Valley Arts Council
This project was supported by JCCC and Haines & Friends.
Mini Grants — the awardees for our Spring season
“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!!
We helped support Women’s Crisis Support Teams’ fundraiser
An Evening to Remember
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 2018 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!!
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.
The coalition is part of the Oregon Cultural Trust network.
Click to learn more about the Josephine County Cultural Coalition. Click to contact us.