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Meyer Memorial Trust Grant ‘Huge’ Endorsement of Celilo Park Art Installation

June 25, 2014, by Colin Fogarty

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – Oregon’s philanthropic community is rallying around Maya Lin’s sixth and final Confluence Project site along the Columbia River system. The Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded a $500,000 capital grant to help build a curved, raised walkway modeled after the tribal fishing platforms at Celilo Park near The Dalles, Oregon. The art installation tells the story of Celilo Falls, which was submerged under water by The Dalles Dam in 1957.


“The Confluence Project is one that has special historical and cultural significance in our region,” said Doug Stamm, chief executive officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. “Completion of Maya Lin’s final site, the Celilo Arc, will ensure that future generations will be able to experience the story and legacy of the now-submerged Celilo Falls.”


The grant from Meyer Memorial Trust follows a gift of $150,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation in May, a $250,000 grant from the Ford Family Foundation in March and a $250,000 gift from the Collins Foundation in December. Last year, the Oregon legislature allocated $1.5 million to the Celilo Arc restoration project. It is scheduled to be completed in 2016.


Over the next three years, the project will invest more than $8.5 million to design on three acres of land, improve the park’s facilities, and improve access to both the park and the adjacent tribal treaty fishing access site. An estimated 500,000 visitors are expected at the park annually from local communities, the region and the world.


“Meyer Memorial Trust’s endorsement of this project is huge,” said Colin Fogarty, executive director of the Confluence Project. “There is little at Celilo Park that tells this important story, beyond of few small signs. Maya Lin’s Arc will serve as a reminder about the profound significance of this site and the role the river still plays in our lives.”


Meyer Memorial Trust is a private foundation that is not connected to Fred Meyer Inc.


About Confluence Project:
The Confluence Project is catalyst for discovery. We create spaces that promote moments of insight about the confluence of culture, history and ecology along the Columbia River system. We share stories of this river through six public art installations, educational programs, community engagement and a rich digital experience.


Confluence was founded in 2002 as a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest Tribes, acclaimed artist Maya Lin, and local communities from Oregon and Washington. Four of the six planned sites featuring art by Lin have been completed and annually serve more than 1.7 million visitors and community members along the Columbia River system at Cape Disappointment State Park (Ilwaco, WA), Vancouver Land Bridge (Vancouver, WA), Sandy River Delta (Troutdale, OR), Sacajawea State Park (Pasco, WA); Chief Timothy Park (Clarkston, WA) will be completed in 2014 and Celilo Park (The Dalles, OR) in 2016.


For more information about the Confluence Project, please contact Executive Director Colin Fogarty at colin@confluenceproject.org or call 360-693-0123.

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