Saving Grace Welcomes New Executive Director

Saving Grace welcomed Cassi MacQueen as their new executive director July 1. Saving Grace was established in 1977 and provides comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. MacQueen is a native Texan who grew up working with at-risk youth in some of the most impoverished areas of North Texas. Her career has included leadership positions at non-profit organizations across the country including Chamberlain Performing Arts, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, and as Chief Operating Officer of Cascades and Alaska Regions at the American Red Cross.

Mountain View High School Program is Best of Oregon

Mountain View High School’s Agricultural Sciences and Technology Program – which includes animal science, metals and fabrication, plant science, agricultural leadership, natural resources and more — was recently named the best program in the state by the Oregon Agriculture Teacher’s Association. “We are excited to recognize the tremendous work the staff at Mountain View is doing to support hands-on education pathways that allow students to develop career-ready skills,” said Superintendent Shay Mikalson. “This program is developing future veterinarians, farmers, welders, scientists, leaders and more — and is a great asset to our schools.” Recent hands-on experiences include: Natural resources students calculating the Water Quality Index for Tumalo Creek; welding students creating nesting tubes for ducks, which were installed in the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District in collaboration with Ducks Unlimited; and pre-veterinarian students practicing blood draws and injections on simulation animals. Mountain View’s program will go on to compete against agricultural science programs from around the region. Bend.K12.Or.US

Bend Cultural Tourism Commission Awards 2019 Grants

The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission awarded ten grants for Bend activities taking place through June 2020, giving away a total of $200,000. Funding will support a variety of cultural programing, including development of a new Burning Man exhibit at the High Desert Museum, BendFilm, Bend Design, Muse Conference, Tower Theatre Foundation’s “Bend A Cappella Festival,” Sunriver Music Festival’s Piano Showcase, the Light Ice and Fire Exposition at Oregon Winterfest, and Out Central Oregon’s Winter PrideFest. The Commission also gave two Catalyst grant awards this year to support cultural initiatives in the development phase: they went to the Pacific Northwest Photo Summit in October, a three-day conference comprised of speakers, trade show, photo portfolio reviews, product launches and photo contests, and a program by the Central Oregon Film Office to familiarize location scouts with Bend for future film production. “Bend’s vibrant arts and culture scene is part of what makes our community special, and it’s been wonderful to watch it become such an integral part of our city’s economic development,” says Kevney Dugan, CEO of Visit Bend.

Legislative Support for Arts, Heritage and Humanities 

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition, the only statewide advocacy organization lobbying Salem on behalf of arts, culture, heritage and the humanities, celebrated legislative support for policies and funding in Oregon’s cultural sector this summer. Locally, High Desert Museum received funding for the second session in a row with an investment of $250,000 as part of a bill to fund Capital Projects. Other provisions included extensions of the Cultural Trust Tax Credit and special tax assessments for historic preservation properties, plus funding for Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Historical Society. “Central Oregon is brimming with creative expression, which the Coalition wants to deepen and extend through public resources so that all Oregonians can experience the impacts,” says Sue Hildick, senior advisor of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition. “From the High Desert Museum to BendFilm; from the Deschutes Public Library to the Sisters Folk Festival, we count on our members to raise their voices in support of arts and culture in Oregon.”