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THE COLLINS FOUNDATION AWARDS CONFLUENCE PROJECT $250,000 FOR CELILO PARK

December 19, 2013, by Courtney Yilk

The Confluence Project is pleased to announce the recent award of a $250,000 capital grant by the Collins Foundation for the Celilo Park project. The Collins Foundation award contributes to over $5.8 million raised for the Celilo Park project from individual contributions, foundation grants, and state and federal funding sources. Confluence's sixth and final site is budgeted at $8.2 million, with a site dedication planned for 2016. Project work including design and permitting is well underway as Confluence works to cap off its capital campaign.

Celilo Park will restore a public space of historic community connection and provide new artistic, cultural, and recreational resources onsite. Over the next three years, the project will invest over $8.2 million to install Maya Lin's 'Celilo Arc', redesign/restore 3 acres of land, replace/improve site facilities, and improve access to tribal treaty fishing. An annual 500,000 local, national, and international park visitors are expected, as well as over 2,000 local students, teachers, artists, and volunteers engaged in educational programming and an estimated 300,000 visitors online. Project work supports new cultural tourism initiatives while celebrating contemporary salmon economies as community leaders are harnessing Celilo's potential to enrich their sense of sense of community, returning to a place of power and memory to look forward.

Confluence is honored and grateful to The Collins Foundation and each and every individual, foundation, business, and government agency that supports a shared vision for a restored Celilo Park. As we work to complete our final site, we appreciate your support in providing place-based art as the lens through which to explore confluences of culture, environment, and regional heritage of the Columbia River and its tributaries. Contributions to the Confluence Project may be made online at www.confluenceproject.org/contribute.

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 Interim Executive Director David DiCesare at david@confluenceproject.org or call 360.693.0123.

 


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