Milagro Receives Nearly $40,000 in Grants to Support 31st Season

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Milagro Receives Nearly $40,000 in Grants to Support 31st Season

In August 2014, Miracle Theatre Group aka Milagro, the Northwest's premier Latino arts and culture organization, was awarded two grants totaling $38,206 in project support for Milagro's 31st season.

On August 1, 2014, the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) awarded Milagro a grant of $15,600 to support its 2014-15 season production of American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose. The play's central character, a Mexican immigrant named Juan José, lapses into a fever dream while studying for his U.S. citizenship exam. Out of Juan José's mind springs a vision of the nation's history shaped by ceaseless waves of immigrants as well as by those who aided or resisted their becoming a new thread in the national fabric. This extraordinary grant allows Milagro the opportunity to take part in the deep and important conversation about the values and changing demographics of the United States.

The OCT was established in 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, has granted over 1,000 grants for a total of $14 million, and is building permanent fund for culture of nearly $20 million. The mission of the OCT is to lead in building an environment in which cultural organizations are sustained and valued as a core part of vibrant Oregon communities. Through grant programs and encouraging philanthropy, the OCT supports cultural nonprofits that inspire Oregon's children, preserve cultural treasures and foster Oregon's reputation as an incubator for new ideas.
For more information, visit www.culturaltrust.org.

On August 27, 2014, Milagro received a Work for Art award of $12,606 to support its 31st anniversary season of works celebrating risk-taking and creativity. Embarking on its 31st season in 2014-15, Milagro has a strong history of serving its large and diverse community with unique, culturally specific programming. The organization has increased its investment in artistic creation; strengthened the governance and fundraising capacity of its board of directors; revamped its fundraising, financial and information management systems to industry standards; and expanded its endeavors in local arts education.

Work for Art is a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), a 501(c)(3) arts service organization. RACC distributes all proceeds through a competitive grant process to local arts and culture organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and community service. For more information, visit www.workforart.org.

On August 4, 2014, Milagro also received a $10,000 grant from the Juan Young Trust to support its 31st anniversary season touring and arts education programs, including four theatrical productions, as well as Milagro's summer and after-school arts camps. The Juan Young Trust has been supporting Milagro's touring and arts education programming since 2004.

The Juan Young Trust was established under the will of Juan Young and began funding grants in February 2000. Its mission is to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that promote the health, education and welfare of children under 21 years old, in the state of Oregon.

For more information, visit gosw.org/sites/juanyoungtrust.

ABOUT MILAGRO - For 30 years, Milagro has been dedicated to bringing the vibrancy of Latino theatre, culture and arts education to audiences in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. We provide a home for artists and audiences seeking authentic, Latino cultural experiences. For more information about Milagro, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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