Cultural Advocacy Coalition board members travelled to the Oregon State Capitol to talk arts and culture with Governor Kate Brown ahead of the holidays. Oregonians face a big year ahead as the Oregon Cultural Tax Credit is up for renewal in spring 2019. The tax credit is one of the most effective forms of engagement in culture in our state, yet many people don’t know about it.
What Does the Tax Credit Mean for Oregonians
The tax credit helps fund cultural events, activities, awareness, and access to cultural events across the state reaching from the coast to urban centers and to the high desert. Oregon Humanities Executive Director and Cultural Advocacy Coalition Board of Directors member Adam Davis said the Oregon Cultural Trust is a critical mechanism that has helped distribute thousands of dollars to tribal and county coalitions and cultural partners through competitive grants. Funds from the tax credit have supported more than 1,400 arts, heritage, and humanities nonprofits.
“The tax credit in Oregon is unique to the nation and it allows people to spread culture to one another, said Coalition Executive Director Sue Hildick. “Whether you sing in the shower or go to the ballet, creative expression is important to our health and wellbeing, and we must keep the tax credit going.”
How to Get Involved
First, learn how to take advantage of the Cultural Tax Credit while supporting organizations you care about.
Second, consider supporting the Coalition as the only statewide advocacy organization lobbying Salem on behalf of art, culture, heritage, and the humanities. Make a gift today.
And finally, we encourage you to sign up for Coalition news updates and save the date for our Arts & Culture Advocacy Day on April 23rd. Don’t forget to follow us on social media as we share out information from member organizations around the state.