Pacific Power Announces Grants to Support Willamette Valley Arts and Cultural Organizations

Posted on March 15, 2023

Funding helps organizations deliver creative education and enrichment in the local community

SALEM, Ore. (March 15, 2023) — Arts and cultural organizations play an essential role in maintaining healthy and resilient communities. To support their vital work, the Pacific Power Foundation is donating more than $164,000 in new grant funding across the three states it serves.

The grants will help fund projects ranging from Shakespeare performances with American Sign Language interpretation to free music events, and from programming that engages diverse youth in public art projects to museums that share regional cultural history.

“These groups foster creative expression, inspire young minds, nurture well-being, and help us look at the world in new ways,” said Adam Kohler, Pacific Power regional business manager. “We’re honored to support the incredible work they are doing.”

This recent round of grants focused on art and culture is one of the foundation’s four annual grant cycles.

The following six grants totaling $23,000 were given to local organizations supporting communities in the Willamette Valley:

Albany, Oregon American Legion Post 10 for upgrades to the facility that welcomes veterans daily and is in the process of becoming certified as a military heritage museum.

Generations Theater Company to help create a stage for its 2023 musical theater productions of “Cinderella” and “Fiddler on the Roof” in Junction City.

Polk County Historical Society for chimney caps as part of renovations at the Brunk farmhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Revitalize Downtown Stayton for the revitalization of Mick and Mom’s restaurant storefront as part of an ongoing storefront improvement project in downtown Stayton.

Santiam Hearts to Arts to help provide music and art in the Santiam Canyon area, including a community chorus that welcomes anyone who wants to sing and a non-commercial community radio station that keeps area residents informed on local events.

Western Oregon University Foundation for the 2023 production of the Apple Box Children’s Theatre program.


About the Pacific Power Foundation:

The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 2 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power. Since its establishment in 1988, the PacifiCorp Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

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