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PGE Foundation awards more than $200,000 to support arts and culture grants in second quarter 2017
In the second quarter of 2017, the PGE Foundation awarded 22 grants totaling $211,250 to arts and cultural education outreach programs. Grants were awarded to programs that promote innovation and creativity by integrating art and culture into the curriculum and expanding access to arts experiences for young people.

Arts and culture grants were awarded to:

  • Arts Council of Pendleton, $5,000: To support arts education for young people in Pendleton and outlying cities
  • The August Wilson Red Door Project, $10,000: To support arts education, access and opportunity for Portland-area high school students of color
  • Bag and Baggage Productions, $5,000: To increase access to live theater for high school students in four rural counties
  • Confluences, $10,000: To support Confluence in the Classroom
  • Know Your City, $5,000: To support free multidisciplinary arts learning/publishing program
  • Literary Arts, Inc., $10,000: To support the activities of Literary Arts' Youth Programs
  • Metropolitan Youth Symphony, $10,000: To support Music Equity Program, breaking down barriers to music education
  • Northwest Film Center, $8,750: To help Title1 7th graders meet media arts and career readiness curriculum goals
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre, $10,000: To support the Student Performance Series, bringing world-class ballet to K-12 students
  • Oregon Black Pioneers, $10,000: To support curriculum development, marketing and programming for Racing to Change
  • Oregon Children's Theatre Company, $15,000: To support Ticket to Read, an arts education initiative for low-income students
  • Oregon Council for the Humanities, $5,000: To support Humanity in Perspective course for adults living on low incomes without college degrees
  • Oregon East Symphony Inc., $5,000: To support Symphony Strings, an afterschool beginning strings program for 4th and 5th grade students
  • Portland Art Museum, $15,000: To bring arts history into the classroom through the Teacher Poster Project
  • Portland Center Stage, $15,000: To support free playwriting and theater fundamentals courses for teens in the Portland metro area
  • Portland Opera Association, Inc., $10,000: To support Portland Opera to Go's statewide educational tour
  • Portland Playhouse, $10,000: To support art opportunities for students, inspiring young people to discover their full potential
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council, $25,000: To support arts integrated learning for K-8 tri-county students
  • Salem Art Association, $5,000: To support free arts/history education field trips for 4th grade Title I students
  • Sisters Folk Festival Inc., $5,000: To support at-risk children participating in arts-based education in the Sisters area
  • White Bird, $10,000: To support Alvin Ailey outreach project with Portland Public Schools
  • Write Around Portland, $7,500: To support access to creative writing for youth through creative writing workshops


  • The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation’s giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 1,700 grants and distributed more than $20.7 million to help improve the quality of life for Oregonians by supporting programs and services that encourage safe and healthy families, provide educational opportunities, and encourage arts and cultural diversity. Gwyneth Gamble Booth is chair, Dave Robertson is president and Kregg Arntson is executive director.

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