Three Rogue Valley organizations were awarded grants by the Oregon Arts Commission as part of its Arts Build Communities grant program.

Three Rogue Valley organizations were awarded grants by the Oregon Arts Commission as part of its Arts Build Communities grant program.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland was awarded $7,000 to help create a more diverse audience and company and reduce barriers to attendance for underserved communities.

The Jefferson Nature Center was given $4,250 to support artist stipends for "Shifting Patterns: Preparing for Unsettled Days in the Rogue and Klamath Basins," a series of eight reading and display events featuring artist/writer interpretations of regional scientific climate change predictions.

The Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon was awarded $3,750 to support Ballet "Heritage Storytelling through Dance," to enable students to discover their cultural identity and to strengthen their knowledge by dancing stories that celebrate their heritage.

The grants are among 25 totaling $110,000 provided by the Oregon Arts Commission in the 15th year of its ABC program.

The program supports projects that broaden the impact of the arts in communities and foster community arts partnerships across the state. This year 50 proposals requesting more than $270,000 were submitted.

More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at www.oregonartscommission.org