Center Olalla receives a grant for a cultural center | Community

Center Olalla received $ 100,000 in funds from the Inter-Community Health Network – Coordinated Care Delivery System Transformation Committee (IHN-CCO) for a new cultural center called Arcoíris Cultural.

The name is inspired by the rainbow of many diverse cultures in Lincoln County. This pilot project aims to create a cultural center focused on celebrating and supporting the underserved Latin / o / x, Guatemalan and Indigenous populations of Lincoln County.

Led by a team of bilingual and bicultural staff, including Alex Llumiquinga, Martha Varo and Alex Guevara, Arcoíris Cultural will serve as a relay for community strengthening, sharing of traditional arts and culture and the provision of specific social support services to culture.

Arcoíris Cultural will strive to foster the well-being of the whole person through a hybrid of resource navigation, arts, culture and community development. Cultural programming will include music and dance performances, art exhibitions and art classes, traditional cooking classes, artisan markets and much more. Additionally, staff will be able to assist with health system navigation, Oregon Health Plan applications, and language accessibility and development. All of this will be done with the help of community partnerships.

There are many reasons why a person can leave their home and take a trip to another country, all of them complex and unique. Whether the catalyst is trial or hope, peril or promise, violence or vision, every experience contains its own range of emotions. Each trip, and the person or family who undertakes it, carries a story. These stories and experiences should be heard, rather than lost, the project organizers said. As a pilot project, Arcoíris Cultural will seek to connect with vibrant communities that represent nearly a quarter of the population of Lincoln County, while uniting the community as a whole.

The Olalla Center and the Arcoiris cultural team are grateful for the grant from the IHN-CCO to extend its work within this community.

Arcoiris Cultural is located at 324 SW Seventh St., Suite A, Newport. The Olalla Center is currently accepting donations for Arcoíris Cultural. To support this project for the Latina / o / x, Guatemalan and indigenous people of Lincoln County, contact Development Director Diana Russo Teem at 541-336-2254 or [email protected]

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