By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Miracle Theatre Group, also known as Milagro, has received six grants and two sponsorships totaling $47,090 for programming, community engagement, fund-raising and general operating support.
Milagro, the Northwest’s major Latino arts and culture organization, received a $20,000 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The money will enable Milagro to expand its touring and arts education programming, including hiring an associate artistic director to oversee touring and the training of artist-educators.
The National Endowment for the Arts granted $10,000 for development of a new play to be adapted from the novel, “Into the Beautiful North,” by Luis Alberto Urrea, a Mexican-American novelist.
The Oregon Arts Commission awarded $6,000 to support the touring and arts education program, including a bilingual arts residency in Umatilla and Morrow counties. The Bloomfield Family Foundation granted $5,000 to support the touring and arts education programs, including summer arts camps for children. Umpqua Bank, through its Community Giving Program, awarded $3,000 to support Milagro’s bilingual arts education residency at Phoenix High School in Jackson County. The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition granted $2,000 to support three of Milagro’s annual programs. These include Posada Milagro, a free family holiday festival with local artists and performers, storytelling and food.
Also organized yearly is Mujeres, a bilingual performance honoring International Women’s Day. The third event is Latino Artists eXchange/Intercambio de Artistas Latinos, which offers professional development and networking among artists of many disciplines.
Two local organizations sponsored a fund-raising dinner near the end of 2014. The Portland Guadalajara Sister City Organization provided $750 and Grady Britton, an advertising, marketing and public relations agency, provided $340.