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July 26, 2013, by Aili Schreiner


July 26, 2013

Jane Jacobsen, Executive Director, 360.693.0123

Vancouver, WA (July 26, 2013)- Confluence Project will be receiving capital funds from state and federal sources to complete Maya Lin designed artwork at Chief Timothy Park near Clarkston, WA, and continue site work at Celilo Park near The Dalles, OR. To complete the final two of six Confluence Project sites, both Oregon and Washington states approved capital funds in recently passed state budgets- $747,000 from the state of Washington and $1.5 million from the state of Oregon. In addition, Western Federal Highways will administer recently approved federal transportation grant funds for key site improvements at Celilo Park, bringing the $8.1 million Celilo Park project to 50% of its funding target. Antone Minthorn, chairman of the Confluence Board of Directors, commented "This is important work and I am pleased with the progress we are making with Confluence Project." Nearing completion of its public land restoration and public art installation goals, the Confluence Project is in the final years of its capital campaign, culminating in $38.17 million raised since achieving non-profit status in 2002.

Approximately $345,000 of the $747,000 Washington state funds will help complete Maya Lin's designed ‘Listening Circle' at Chief Timothy Park in Nez Perce homelands. The project is awaiting approval by park land owners, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District. Construction is slated to last six weeks beginning in spring of 2014 and is timed to avoid migration patterns of area Osprey. A remaining $402,000 is budgeted for directional and interpretive signage at completed Washington sites, namely Cape Disappointment State Park, Sacajawea State Park, and the Vancouver Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver National Park.

The state of Oregon has allocated $1.5 million in bonded lottery funds to build Maya Lin's designed ‘Celilo Arc' at Celilo Park, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreational property across from Celilo Village. Funds will be available in 2015 to meet the anticipated 6 month construction timeline. Critical site work at Celilo Park has been funded in part through federal transportation funds, including safety improvements to the rail crossing at the park's entrance, redesigned parking lot, updated restroom facilities, and new interpretive features. Combined state, federal, and private funds for Maya Lin's ‘Celilo Arc' and Celilo Park exceed 50% of the project's $8.1 million budget.

The Confluence Project is approaching area foundations and community supporters to cap off the capital campaign. Jane Jacobsen, executive director of the Confluence Project, shares "We are honored to gain the support from both Oregon and Washington, as well as funding from federal transportation sources for Celilo Park. These funds allow us to continue our work in six sites along the Columbia River and bring positive attention to the great Pacific Northwest." Contributions to the Confluence Project may be made online at

About the Confluence Project
The Confluence Project employs place-based art as the lens through which to explore confluences of culture, environment, and regional heritage of the Columbia River and its tributaries. We are a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest Tribes, acclaimed artist Maya Lin, and local communities from Oregon and Washington to reclaim public spaces of cultural, physical, and ecological significance to the Columbia River Basin. We do this through public art installations, environmental restoration, and educational programming. Four of the six planned sites featuring art by Maya Lin have been completed. In 2010, these sites served 1.7 million+ visitors at Cape Disappointment (Ilwaco, WA), Vancouver Land Bridge (Vancouver, WA), Sandy River Delta (Troutdale, OR), Sacajawea (Clarkston, WA). Chief Timothy and Celilo Parks will be complete in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

For more information about the Confluence Project, please contact Executive Director Jane Jacobsen at or call 360.693.0123.

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