The Benton County Cultural Coalition serves as an advocate for culture in Benton County. The coalition is affiliated with the Oregon Cultural Trust, a unique statewide effort to provide long-term support for culture in Oregon.
The Coalition is responsible for distributing Oregon Cultural Trust money received by Benton County. All eligible cultural organizations in Benton County may apply. Grants are intended to sustain, promote, and make accessible culture in Benton County.
VISION: An active cultural life throughout Benton County with high-quality cultural experiences, accessible to everyone.
The Coalition was established on July 1, 2004 by the Benton County Board of Commissioners to be responsible for the distribution of funds provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust in accordance with state guidelines. Grants support projects in the Arts, Humanities and Heritage.
The overarching goal of the Benton County Cultural Coalition is to help in the development and support of, “An active cultural life throughout Benton County with high-quality cultural experiences that are accessible to everyone.”
To reach this goal, we have identified three priorities as well as strategies for their achievement and benchmarks to measure our progress.
The three priorities are:
Strengthen education in arts, humanities and heritage to reach the diverse population of Benton County.
Strengthen infrastructure needed for culture.
Strengthen financial support of existing cultural programs.
Strategies, benchmarks, background on the plan, activities of the Coalition, lists of grants and more information are included in the full text of the 2008 plan revision and in the original plan which was approved in 2004.