The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund awards 19 grants totaling $400,000

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Bend Cultural Tourism Commission, a Visit Bend Project, is pleased to announce 19 scholarships for Bend cultural tourism-focused activities taking place from September 2022 through June 2023, awarding a total of $400,000.

The funds will help local organizations leverage marketing resources to attract more cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months – a time of year when the city’s tourism industry is down, but vibrant cultural activities so central to the character of Bend are still going strong.

The program began in 2015 and historically funds between $200,000 and $300,000 per year. This seventh round of awards pushed total BCTF funding to over $1.5 million, injecting local organizations with a total of $1,628,335.

Many of these events will be recognized by Bend residents, such as the Bend Fall Festival 2022 Art in Action Stage and the BendFilm Festival, while many are new concepts or programs in development.

The commission awarded five grants this year under the “Catalyst” category, which aims to support the creation of new events or products that promote cultural tourism in Bend. These grants included funding to create an annually recurring musical experience around Greenhouse Cabaret’s cult classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” a June 19th celebration, and the launch of a biannual art symposium. and science. A full list of projects is below.

“We are delighted to have received the highest number of applications in the program’s history this year,” said Visit Bend CEO Kevney Dugan. “The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund is growing and reaching an increasingly diverse group of projects that enrich the community’s cultural offerings for visitors and residents.

Here is the full list of grants awarded:

1988 Entertainment LLCConcerts in Bend Oregon, $30,000

To fund the promotion of concerts in the shoulder season.

Bend Roots RevivalBend Roots Revival, $14,000

To fund marketing efforts for Bend Roots Revival, scheduled for September 23-25, 2022.

Bend Yoga Festival, LLCBent Yoga Festival, $30,000

To fund marketing efforts for the Bend Yoga Festival, a destination festival, including a multi-day cultural experience of yoga practices in various forms: intensive asanas, lectures, workshops, meditations, kirtan (music call show and response), and more.

BendFilm, Inc.19th Annual BendFilm Festival, $44,750

To fund marketing for the 19th Annual BendFilm Festival 2022, to be held October 6-9, 2022.

Cascades Theater CompanyCascades Marketing, $7,500

To finance the marketing of shoulder season productions.

Central Oregon Media Group dba The BulletinCheck Out Bend: Play Like a Local, $30,000

To fund the creation and marketing of Discover Bend: Play Like a Local, self-guided tours highlighting 25-30 captivating arts and cultural venues and events throughout Bend.

Dirty freewheelPodcast Marketing Grant, $10,000

To fund the creation and execution of a comprehensive marketing plan for cultural podcasts that complement many gravel riding routes in Bend.

High Desert MuseumLiving History exhibit, $45,000

To fund the marketing of Living Histories: Exploring the Dynamic Art Forms of the Indigenous Plateau (working title), where six Indigenous artists will be commissioned specifically for this original new exhibition to create works of art that will be used in the indigenous communities before arriving at the Museum.

Organize eventsBend Fall Festival Art in Action Avenue and Stage, $26,000

To fund the promotion of the Bend Fall Festival, scheduled during the fall shoulder season from Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2, 2022, in downtown Bend. The Bend Fall Festival has become central Oregon’s largest arts festival.

Old Mill DistrictOld Mill District Late Summer and Fall Concert Marketing Campaign, $19,000

To fund marketing efforts for the concerts after Labor Day at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater.

OUT Central OregonWinter PrideFest 2023, $30,000

To fund marketing for Winter PrideFest 2023, is a multi-day, multi-event weekend celebrating diversity and inclusiveness in the outdoors through various winter activities, film screenings, cultural talks, social gatherings and some pleasure.

Paula DreyerBend Creative Music Project, $5,750

To fund the marketing of the Bend Creative Music Project, outdoor concerts broadcast via wireless headphones.

scale houseBend Design 2022, $28,000

To fund Bend Design in October 2022.

Tower Theater FoundationStage the Change PNW Conference 2023, $30,000

To fund marketing for the second annual “Stage the Change” event for high school students across the Pacific Northwest on Friday, April 21-22, 2023.


Central Oregon Center for the Arts, Arts Discovery Study, $10,000

To fund a discovery study for the creation of a new facility that will provide a

home for the presentation of music, theatre, dance, exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops and other manifestations of creative expression.

The Greenhouse Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, $10,000

To finance the creation of a recurring musical experience each year around the cult classic musical: “Little Shop of Horrors”.

High Desert Music Collective LLC, High Dessert Music Festival, $6,000

To fund the creations and promotion of the High Dessert Music Festival (HDMF), a music and

cannabis culture festival designed to bring craft cannabis enthusiasts and music lovers to Bend.

Father’s Band, Juneteenth, $14,000

To fund the marketing of the Juneteenth Celebration in June 2023. The festival will feature unique, family-friendly entertainment, music, food and dance.

PLAYA, PLAYA Art + Science Symposium, $10,000

Fund the first iteration of what it intends to do with a biannual symposium on art and science

in Bend on a weekend in April 2023.

ABOUT BEND CULTURAL TOURISM FUND: The purpose of the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, a project of Visit Bend, is to improve the local economy through the promotion and cultivation of Bend’s cultural tourism programs. Grant funds awarded will be used to: help attract cultural tourists during the shoulder seasons and winter months, when cultural tourism organizations are most active; diversify Bend’s tourist offerings; and build on efforts to make Bend a premier year-round cultural tourism destination.

James C. Tibbs