October brings falling leaves and color to our world. Here in Hillsboro, we are celebrating Arts Month. Last week the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council hosted an event at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center to kick off the month and to host the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Endowment Awards. A long list of Hillsboro Organizations are supported by the endowments with each one receiving just over $750.00. To many, this money is the lifeblood of programming classes, performances, art installations, plays, and other cultural work.
The Endowment is a fund that received donations and contributions from a variety of sources and the revenues from the fund are distributed to deserving groups. The funds and the endowment are a special partnership of the Hillsboro Arts And Culture Council (HACC), the Hillsboro Community Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation. Citizens are asked to get involved and donate to the endowment as our local businesses and corporations too. This is a win-win for all involved and these funds continue to grow and directly support Hillsboro’s booming art scene!
Learn More about the Endowment right here-
The Hillsboro Arts and Culture Endowment Fund established in 2012 will result in a sustainable long-term funding source to augment, not replace, the independent fundraising efforts of our valued arts organizations. This endowment fund was made possible because of the generous support of many people who recognize that a healthy arts and culture community enhances the quality of life in Hillsboro.
The HACC is a part of the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department and is run under the Cultural Arts Division.
The HACC as an advisory board oversees policies and programs pertaining to arts and culture for the City, which include Public Art, Grants, Arts Month, our performance series, arts education and our many outreach activities. Applications are accepted in the fall through the City Recorder’s Office. More information can be found here: https://www.hillsboro-
oregon.gov/your-city- government/commissions- committees-boards
The Herald attended this fantastic event. Below you will full list of all the organizations that were supported. Here are some photos and we were duly impressed with the staff and organization of the function. The Walters Center is no doubt one of the most beautiful buildings and facilities in our fine town, and we were very proud to see so many people dedicated to the Arts of all kinds.
021 award winners
For 2021, with the growth of the fund, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC) chose to divide the awards equally once again among the 14 arts and cultural nonprofit organizations selected. Each of these recipients received $758:
- Bag&Baggage Productions
- Golden Road Arts
- HART Theatre
- Hillsboro Historical Society
- Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra
- The Immigrant Story
- Influence Music Hall and Gallery
- Oregon Chorale
- Page to Stage
- Sequoia Gallery + Studios
- STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy
- Westside Community & Youth Orchestra
- Westside Quilters Guild
Growing the Endowment
The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment committee looks forward to watching the awards grow as the fund continues to grow.
The committee is hosting a benefit fundraiser featuring “An Evening with Tony Starlight” on Friday, December 3 at 7 pm. Enjoy desserts and drinks as Starlight brings a mix of songs from iconic singers of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, all skillfully blended with humor, a dash of razzle-dazzle, and a sprinkling of holiday spirit. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts. All proceeds raised during the evening will go to the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment.