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"Astoria: Part Two" Receives Creative Heights Grant

Posted 17 October 2017


Members of the cast of Astoria: Part One. Photo by Jennie Baker.

We were very excited to recently receive a $100,000 grant from The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) through its Creative Heights initiative, which aims to help “performing and visual artists and other cultural creatives to test new ideas, stretch their creative capacity, and take creative risks.” The creative risk this OCF grant will support is our upcoming production of Astoria: Part Two, the conclusion of Chris Coleman’s epic adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Peter Stark.

With two parts produced across two seasons, Astoria is the most formidable and complicated artistic venture The Armory has ever undertaken. In addition to premiering Part Two in January, we will be offering a few reprise performances of Part One, plus three opportunities to experience the full story in a day-long marathon. Surrounding the Astoria production, we will also be presenting a variety of community programs, including an exciting exhibition of contemporary artworks by Columbia River Native artists.

The Oregon Community Foundation’s mission is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy, working with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds that support the community causes they care about. In this final round of the four-year Creative Heights initiative, OCF awarded more $945,000 to 13 Oregon nonprofits – including The Armory, which also received a Creative Heights grant for Astoria: Part One

For more information on OCF and its programs, visit

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