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Cultural Trust Improves Lives

Community support for music education

3/16/2016, 11:12 a.m.
Non profit celebrates record in donations
The BRAVO Youth Orchestras transform the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music education. Launched in 2013, BRAVO now serves over 350 students at Rosa Parks and Cesar Chavez schools in north Portland.

An intense orchestral after-school program to improve the lives of underserved children at Rosa Parks and Cesar Chavez schools in north Portland is among the beneficiaries of community support from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The non-profit is celebrating a record $4.56 million in donations last year, a 5.4 percent increase over 2014 and the largest annual increase since the 2008 recession.

“This is a powerful vote for culture,” said Brian Rogers, the trust’s executive director. “Every donation we receive is an Oregonian saying, Culture is important.”