CANYON CITY – Juniper Arts Council officials awarded $6,400 in Oregon Cultural Trust grants to local residents at a March 19 meeting.
Juniper Arts president Kris Beal and members of the council awarded six grants at the meeting held at the Grant School District No. 3 conference room.
Grant recipients were Lonnie Lawrence and Jamie Schafer, representing the Monument Fourth of July Jubilee, $1,000; Kyle Cline, Friends of Kam Wah Chung, $2,000; Ken and Jayne Primrose, Friends of Grant County Historical Museum, $600; Raymond Field, Prairie City School art department, $900; Linda Cook and Jeannette Harrison, Grant County Genealogical Society, $500; and Rebecca Bogardus, Summer at the Youth Arts Program, $1,400.
Beal explained the Oregon Cultural Trust gives grants to each county with a cultural coalition through tax deductible donations the Trust receives.
Each representative told the audience how they intend to use the funds they’ll receive.
For example, Bogardus said the money benefits a two-week summer art camp she coordinates. The program will run four hours a day, July 6-17, in Dayville, and include classes for Grant County students, ages 5-18, who want to learn art, drama or an instrument – the music students will receive instruction from a teacher who specializes in their instrument.
“It’s a quality arts program for everybody,” she said, regardless of where they live in the county, the size of their school, or their income level.
The cost to the students is $15 for a T-shirt.
In the near future, the Juniper Arts Council also will award $4,500 in grants funded by the John and Linda Shelk Foundation for projects that benefit the public in Grant County.
The council also offers a $300 college scholarship for a student interested in pursuing a major or minor in the visual or performing arts, including, but not limited to music, art, dance and drama. Applications are due May 11.
Anyone interested in joining Juniper Arts can contact Beal at 541-932-4892.