Milagro Receives $79,000 in Support of Original Works, Community Engagement

In February 2014, Miracle Theatre Group aka Milagro, the Northwest's premier Latino arts and culture organization, was awarded 3 grants totaling $79,000 in support of Milagro's 31st, 32nd, and 33rd seasons, and 2013-2014 season productions ARDIENTE PACIENCIA and LEARN TO BE LATINA.

On February, 21, 2014, The Collins Foundationawarded Milagro a general operating support grant totaling $75,000 to be dispersed $25,000 per year for three years to support performances, programs, and operations celebrating Latino culture, diversity, and history.

Milagro serves an audience base that is predominantly low to middle income, Latino and student, reaching both urban and rural audiences throughout Oregon. The organization has embarked on a three-year plan to enhance its play selection process, in-house design team, arts education programming, and community partnership development. The three-year grant from the Collins Foundation will allow Milagro to address these new challenges while maintaining its home production schedule and touring programs, advancing experimental programming, better serving the target demographic, and strategically planning for the future of the organization.

The Collins Foundation is an independent, private foundation established in 1947 by Truman W. Collins Sr. and other members of the family of E.S. Collins. The Foundation serves people in urban and rural communities across Oregon through its grants to nonprofit organizations working for the common good, including arts & humanities, children & youth, community welfare, education, environment, health & science, and religion. In the fourth quarter of 2013 alone, the Foundation committed more than $3.4 million to support the work of 67 nonprofit organizations across Oregon.

Milagro also received a $3,000 grant from Oregon Humanities to Learn to be Latina: Identity Bootcamp, a series of post-play conversations with audiences, scholars and local experts to talk about ascribed and self-defined identity and how they impact our livelihoods and our social interactions. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Formerly the Oregon Council for the Humanities, Oregon Humanities was established in 1971 and is one of five statewide partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Finally, Milagro received $1,000 from Sterling Bank to support the production of Ardiente Paciencia, Milagro's 2013-2014 season Spanish language production imagining Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's later years.

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