Theater Department Receives Oregon Cultural Trust Grant

The Oregon Cultural Trust has granted funding to Linn-Benton Community College’s theater department for the project “Bridges,” a community engaged arts project working with residents of the city of Independence.

The $10,300 grant will be used to produce an original play through the theater department’s Sanctuary Stage, a program for creating community plays.

“Bridges” will focus on the lives, experiences and challenges of Latino families living in Independence. The play will be developed using information from story circles, interviews and public forums with residents, and will be directed by LBCC theater faculty and executive director of the Majestic Theater in Corvallis, Tinamarie Ivy.

The Bridges project hopes to involve approximately 1,200 Polk County residents to participate in the creation and performance of the play about Latino culture and history in Independence, with a goal of strengthening inter-generational and cross-cultural relationships.

The play will be performed in the summer of 2015 at Riverview Park Amphitheater in Independence.

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