Monday, April 01, 2013

RACC Opportunity Grant kicks off Jim PepperFest 2013 fundraising

The Regional Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) has awarded a $10,000 Opportunity Grant to the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission (OCHC) in support of Jim PepperFest 2013: The Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival.

A message from OCHC President David Milholland just arrived, announcing:

“Today we opened a letter that stated: “Congratulations! It is my pleasure to inform you that the Regional Arts & Culture Council is awarding funds for your Special Opportunity Grant proposal. Your award amount for this cycle in 2012-13 is $10,000 based on the review panel scoring as approved by the RACC Board of Directors.” These are the first funds formally committed for our Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival this August 7-10 at Parkrose High School, an exciting project led by Sean Aaron Cruz.

“More news in the near future on this groundbreaking cultural event.

“Please visit our website – – which details six April, 2013 events in celebration of OCHC’s 25th birthday this spring. All are free and each reflects our longstanding Mission Statement:

The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission discovers,
celebrates, and commemorates contributions to
Oregon’s diverse literary and cultural legacy,
raising awareness through publications and
other media, memorials, and public events.

“May your own spring be fruitful. Thanks for your support and interest these many years.”
            Cordially, David Milholland – OCHC President

The Regional Arts and Culture Council serves Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.

RACC Vision, Mission and Core Values statements:

To enrich community life by working with partners to create an environment in which the arts and culture of the region flourish and prosper.

Through vision, leadership and service the Regional Arts & Culture Council works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life.

Core Values
We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right.
We value a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences.
We value a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture.
We value a community that celebrates and supports its artists, and its arts and cultural organizations.
We value arts and culture as key elements in creating desirable places to live, work and visit