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Grants aim to help draw tourists to OSF and Britt Festivals

 Posted: 2:55 PM March 21, 2014

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Britt Festivals are among seven arts organizations to get Cultural Tourism Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland received $10,000 to advertise to bilingual and ethnic audiences in Oregon and northern California to attract new tourists of color throughout the nine-month season, particularly to plays and events related to CultureFest in September, organizers said.

Britt Festivals in Jacksonville received $7,500 to support Taste of Summer, an annual kickoff event held in downtown Jacksonville that includes music, wine, art, family activities and food, promoting local businesses and activities.

Other recipients around the state include Portland Art Museum, Salem Art Association, Hood River's Independent Film Festival, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival. In all, $67,500 was awarded today through the program that provides funds to help draw out-of-town audiences to arts events and activities.

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