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Pamplin Media Group – Local organizations and initiatives receive over $60,000 in funding for arts and culture

Support from the Oregon Community Foundation funds language programs, small business revitalization and local artists

Four Jefferson County organizations received a combined $60,000 in funding from the Oregon Community Foundation.

The Jefferson County Cultural Coalition, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Warm Springs Community Action Team, The Tananáwit Warm Springs artist community and the Columbia River Institute for Indigenous Development all received grants as part of OCF’s Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, designed to support historically under-funded artists and communities in Oregon.

The Oregon Community Foundation funds hundreds of projects throughout the state every year. As a nonprofit, they distribute funds to other nonprofits, community organizations and programs. In 2020, they distributed over $227 million in funds across Oregon.

Warm Springs Community Action Team

The Warm Springs Community Action Team received two $25,000 grants from OCF. The October grant funds are going towards funding their ongoing youth mural project, where

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Leslie Odom Jr to Receive Spotlight Award From Palm Springs Film Festival

Leslie Odom Jr. will receive the Spotlight Award, Actor from the Palm Springs International Film Awards for his role in “One Night in Miami,” PSIFA organizers announced on Monday.

Odom plays iconic soul singer Sam Cooke in the film from director Regina King and also does his own singing on Cooke classics like “Chain Gang” and “A Change Is Gonna Come.” “I was terrified,” he told TheWrap of playing Cooke in the drama, which is based on an actual night in which Cooke, boxer Muhammad Ali (then called Cassius Clay), activist Malcolm X and football star Jim Brown met in a Miami hotel room after one of Ali’s fights.

Odom also co-wrote and performs a new song, “Speak Now,” in the film.

Past recipients of PSIFF’s Spotlight Award, Actor include Timothée Chalamet, Jamie Foxx, Sam Rockwell and J.K. Simmons.

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