Bend Cultural Tourism Fund announces practically $320,000 in grants

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission announced Wednesday 20 grants for Bend cultural tourism-targeted pursuits taking place September 2021 through June 2022, awarding a whole of $319,500. 

The funds will assist community companies leverage internet marketing resources to attract much more cultural travelers for the duration of the shoulder seasons and winter season months – a time of 12 months when the city’s tourism sector is down yet the vivid cultural activities so central to Bend’s character are however going powerful, in accordance to the announcement, which proceeds underneath.

The method started off in 2015 and typically awards closer to $200,000 annually. On the other hand, owing to pandemic constraints for vacation and gatherings, the application went on hiatus in 2020. This year’s awards include have-over from the 2020 budget, making it the largest quantity granted because the program’s commencing. This sixth spherical of awards pushed the complete BCTF funding more than the million-dollar mark, infusing local organizations with $1,228,335 in whole.

Many of these activities will be recognized by Bend citizens, these as the 2021 BendFilm Festival and Planet Muse’s “Muse UnConference,” when a lot of are new principles or applications beneath development.

The commission awarded 6 grants under the “Catalyst” category this 12 months, which is meant to support the development of new situations or goods that even more cultural tourism in Bend.

These grants provided funding for a two-day Present-day Arts Competition by Scalehouse, a feasibility research for creating the Central Oregon Centre for the Arts, and the generation of historical and cultural podcasts that will be embedded in Dirty Freehub’s bike ride directory. A entire list of projects is underneath.

“Bend’s vivid arts and tradition scene is part of what helps make our neighborhood unique, and it’s been great to check out it turn out to be this sort of an integral component of our city’s economic growth,” stated Check out Bend CEO Kevney Dugan. “The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund is a great system that aids diversify the community’s tourism offerings as we start to rebound from the hardships of the previous yr.”

Subsequent is the total listing of grants awarded:

BendFilm, Inc, 2021 BendFilm Pageant, $45,000
To fund the 18th Once-a-year BendFilm Festival held October 7 – 17, 2021. Each year the pageant is Bend’s premiere tumble season occasion drawing thousands of website visitors from across the region, nation, and globe to Bend.

The Bend Bulletin, Bend Arts, Society and Journey GeoTour & AdventureLab, $19,000

To fund the Bend Arts, Society and Journey (BACA) GeoTour & AdventureLab, highlighting 12-15 partaking arts & society sites through Bend by means of geocaching.

Cascade Relays, Big Butte Challenge, $6,000

To fund the development of historic podcasts as element of the Significant Butte Obstacle, a digital occasion hosted above 3 months that provides folks with each other to access the summit of 6 Buttes in Central Oregon.

Cascades Theatrical Company   $3,500

To fund the generation of a Cultural Connections online video to engage in right before the December displaying of the “Wonder on 34th Road.”

Central Oregon Movie Business office, Locale Supervisor Familiarization, $5,000

To fund part of the expenditures of bringing up to ten site managers to Bend to scout for filming.

Eastern Cascades Design Railroad Club, Open up Home, $6,000

To fund web page advancements and social media for the 25th Anniversary of the Train Club’s Open Residence, which has constantly been held in both September or October.

Large Desert Museum, Utopias Exhibition, $40,000

To fund Utopias (operating title), an upcoming Significant Desert Museum exhibition, that will glimpse at the ambitions, intentions and outcomes—sometimes disastrous—of utopian and intentional communities in the Superior Desert.

Lay It Out Gatherings, Bend Fall Competition, $25,000

To fund the Bend Fall Festival, now returning for its 15th efficiency, reprising its are living music stages, well-liked Harvest Sector and The Souk, an intercontinental artisan marketplace, and the upgraded Fantastic Artist Promenade.

Old Mill District, Bend Brewfest, $11,000
To fund internet marketing for the transfer of the Bend Brewfest from August to the next weekend of May possibly in 2022.

OUT Central Oregon, Winter PrideFest 2022, $28,000
To fund a multi-working day and multi-celebration weekend celebrating diversity and inclusivity in the outdoors by means of various wintertime activities, social gatherings, and enjoyment. Wintertime PrideFest 2022 will choose place Thursday through Sunday, March 3-6, 2022.

Pek Assignments LLC, Deschoops 3x, $7,500

To fund element of a cultural experience at the Deschoops 3×3 basketball event in Downtown Bend on September 4th and 5th of 2021.

Tower Theatre Basis, Stage the Adjust Convention, $40,000

To fund the first at any time “Stage the Change” function on the West Coast. The two-working day convention will be Friday, Might 20 – Saturday, May perhaps 21, 2022 focusing on high university pupils all through the Pacific Northwest.

Wanderlust Excursions, Art in Character at the Substantial Desert Museum, $18,500

To fund Art in Nature  outdoor concerts at the Substantial Desert Museum Thursday, September 9, 2021 in the evening from 5 pm to 10 pm.

Environment Muse, Muse UnConference, $17,000

To fund a 4-day party hosted by Planet Muse, a non-gain corporation influenced by the enormous probable of individuals to produce beneficial improve in their life, in their neighborhood, and in our globe.


Bend Photograph Tours LLC, PNW Image Summit, $10,500

To fund the creation of the PNW Photograph Summit in October 2022, a two-day Stay Speaker Collection, and Digital Summit showcasing speakers via a reside stream experience.

Central Oregon Center for the Arts, Feasibility Research, $10,000

To fund a feasibility examine to establish the suitability of developing a in depth undertaking- and-visual-arts facility in Central Oregon.

Filthy Freehub, Bend Podcast Project, $6,500

To fund the development of a set of short, micro podcasts that are single matter-particular relating to Bend’s historical past and/or culture that can be embedded into on the internet route guides for climbing, biking, paddling, etcetera.

Higher Desert Makers, Maker Festival, $4,500
To fund a maker competition prepared for November, organized via the Large Desert Makers and affiliated sponsors.

Paula Ganiaris, Piano Circulation Are living Live performance Collection, $4,500

To fund the improvement of a live performance series that will get spot in out of doors configurations all over Bend through wireless headphones, led by neighborhood composer and pianist Paula Dreyer.

Scalehouse, Up to date Arts Competition (Words, Artwork, Accomplishing), $12,000

To fund a two-day multi-disciplinary event with performances, talks, workshops, spoken-term performances, poetry slams and interactive artwork assignments.

ABOUT THE BEND CULTURAL TOURISM FUND: The intent of the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund is to enrich the local economy through the promotion and cultivation of Bend’s cultural tourism plans. The awarded grant resources will be utilised to: enable bring in cultural travelers for the duration of the shoulder seasons and winter months, when cultural tourism organizations are most active diversify Bend’s tourism choices and make on attempts to establish Bend as a premier year-spherical cultural tourism desired destination.

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