Five Eastern Oregon cultural organizations – including two in Wallowa County – will receive a total of $48,000 in Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) grants for fiscal year 2012-13.

Fishtrap Inc. was granted $8,000 in operating support for its literary programs and a grant of $3,000 goes to the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance for educational programming and its annual music festival.

Other Eastern Oregon recipients were Arts East, the Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council (grants of $6,000 and $3,000); Arts Council of Pendleton ($7,000) and Crow Shadow Institute ($3,000).

Janis Carper, director of the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance since its inception in 2004, hopes the cluster of grants she applied for will help fund a second paid position for the organization.

“Every little bit helps,” she said. “We have a qualified person ready to do the work.” With a population of 7,000 countywide and 2,000 in Enterprise, every single job makes an impact, she noted.

Chris D’Arcy, OAC executive director, pointed out that the grants help arts organizations deliver abundant services across Oregon.

“Not only do the programs supported by these grants expose people to great art and inspire us with live performance and new works, they pay dividends to Oregon through job retention, community vitality and lifelong learning for our citizens,” D’Arcy said.

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