Benton County Cultural Coalition has awarded $15,000 in grants to 12 local groups for the 2017 season.
The recipients are: Benton County Historical Society and Museum, family day, $500; Kings Valley Charter School, weaving skills, $1,680; Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County, Mexican folkloric dance, $1,000; Corvallis Guitar Society, guitar workshops with Carlos Perez, $1,500; Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, stories of local immigrants, $900; Corvallis Repertory Singers, media ready video, $600; Kings Valley Community Trust, historic preservation, $2,500; Mary’s River Grange, acoustics and electrical, $1,350; Start Making A Reader Today (SMART), book acquisition, $820; Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, Julian digital storytelling, $2,000; Willamette Valley Concert Band, Memorial Day concert, $500; and Wilson & Lincoln 509J music teachers, Orgelkids Curriculum and pipe organ construction, $1,650.
Highlights among the funded projects include:
• The Kings Valley Charter School will teach rug-weaving skills using old clothing and fabric, with each student creating a rug.
• The Marys River Grange Hall 685 will enhance acoustics and electrical capacity for its stage.
• The Corvallis Guitar Society will host a two-day guitar festival for classical and related guitar styles, June 9-10, featuring Carlos Perez, a guitarist from Chile.
• Wilson and Lincoln 509J Music Teachers will integrate Orgelkids into their curriculum for one week during which students will assemble a working, two-octave, mechanical-action pipe organ, and more.
• The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center will capture and tell stories of local immigrant/international families and individuals through a mixed art and word project.
The Benton County Cultural Coalition was established in 2004 to distribute funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information, see bentonculture.org.