All Projects

The Bend Cultural Tourism Fund invests in cultural activities that draw visitors from beyond a 50-mile radius, benefiting our local economy and our community. We fund new activities through our Small Marketing/ Research Grant program (formerly Catalyst Grant), as well as long standing cultural traditions via our Large Marketing Grant program. Since its inception in 2015, the BCTF has awarded $2,032,105 for 102 projects. Learn more about these projects below.

American West Art Festival

The High Desert Museum’s multi-day art festival will feature visual artists’ depictions of the…

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Annual Piano Showcase

The Sunriver Music Festival is teaming up with the Tower Theatre to present the…

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Après Ski Bash Concert Series

The Crow's Feet Commons Après Ski Bash is a series of free downtown concerts…

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Art at Burning Man Exhibit

To support Vast, Loud and on Fire: Art at Burning Man exhibition and associated…

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Art in Nature Outdoor Concert

To fund Art in Nature outdoor concerts at the High Desert Museum Thursday, September…

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Central Oregon Center for the Arts logo

Arts Discovery Study

To fund a discovery study for the creations of a new facility that will…

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Arts for the People Exhibit

High Desert Museum will mount the exhibit, “Arts for the People”, which will make…

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Author! Author! Series

The Deschutes Public Library Foundation will continue its literary Author! Author! series, presenting renowned…

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Bend A Cappella Festival

The Tower Theatre Foundation, partnering with local vocal music leaders, will launch "Bend A…

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Bend Creative Music Project in Bend, OR

Bend Creative Music Project

To fund marketing for the Bend Creative Music Project, outdoor concerts heard through wireless…

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Bend Podcast Project

To fund the development of a set of short, micro podcasts that are single…

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Bend Roots Revival

To fund marketing efforts for Bend Roots Revival, scheduled for September 23-25, 2022.

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Big Butte Challenge in Bend, OR

Big Butte Challenge

To fund the creation of historical podcasts as part of the Big Butte Challenge,…

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Central Oregon Maker Faire

To fund marketing efforts for the Central Oregon Maker Faire, held at COCC campus…

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Concerts in Bend Oregon

To fund shoulder season concert promotion.

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Contemporary arts festival in Bend, OR

Contemporary Arts Festival (Words, Art, Performing)

  • 2021
  • ScaleHouse
  • $12,000
  • Small Marketing/Research

To fund a two-day multi-disciplinary event with performances, talks, workshops, spoken-word performances, poetry slams…

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Creative Festival

To fund the research and development of a new October Festival.

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Cruisin' 97 Exhibit

The Deschutes County Historical Society (DCHS) will create Cruisin' 97, an exhibit and heritage…

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Cascades Theatrical Company logo

Cultural Connections Video

To fund the creation of a Cultural Connections video to play before the December…

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Deschoops basketball tournament in Bend, OR

Deschoops 3x

To fund part of a cultural experience at the Deschoops 3x3 basketball tournament in…

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Dinosaurs Take Flight Exhibit

Presenting the traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx, brings to life…

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Discover Bend: Play Like a Local

To fund the creations and marketing of Discover Bend: Play Like a Local, self-guided…

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Edward Curtis Exhibit

A6 will present an art exhibit of eminent photographer Edward Curtis and produce several…

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Central Oregon Center for the Arts logo

Feasibility Study

To fund a feasibility study to determine the suitability of building a comprehensive performing-and-visual-arts…

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GeoTour event in Bend, OR

GeoTour

To fund the Bend Arts, Culture and Adventure (BACA) GeoTour & AdventureLab, highlighting 12-15…

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High Desert Music Festival

To fund the creations and promotion of the High Dessert Music Festival(HDMF), a music…

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Holiday lights in downtown Bend, OR

Holiday Events Marketing

To fund marketing efforts for Downtown Holiday events.

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HomeGrown Music Festival

To fund marketing efforts for the HomeGrown Music Festival 2024, the fourth annual High…

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Juneteeth Celebration

To fund marketing for the Juneteenth Celebration in June, 2023.The festival will provide unique…

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Late summer concert at Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend, OR

Late Summer/Fall Concert Marketing Campaign

To fund marketing efforts for post-Labor Day concerts at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater.

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Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon

Les Schwab Amphitheater Concerts

The Les Schwab Amphitheater increase visitor traffic by promoting several of its concerts to…

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Little Shop of Horrors

To fund the creation of annually recurring musical experience around the cult classic musical:…

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Living Stories Exhibition

To fund the marketing for Living Stories: Exploring Dynamic Artforms of the Indigenous Plateau…

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Central Oregon Film office logo

Location Manager Familiarization

To fund part of the costs of bringing up to ten location managers to…

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Central Oregon Film office logo

Location Scout Tour

Central Oregon Film Office is researching and developing a new program to bring in…

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High Desert Makers Festival in Bend, OR

Maker Festival

To fund a maker festival planned for November, organized through the High Desert Makers…

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Cascades theater in Bend, OR

Off-season Marketing

To fund marketing for shoulder seasons productions.

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Opening Japan Woodblock Prints Exhibit

A6 will present a major art exhibit, “Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Woodblock Prints,”…

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Winterfest in Bend, OR

Oregon Winterfest

Every year, over a long wintry February weekend more than 20,000 people are drawn…

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Performing and Visual Arts Venue Planning

To partially fund planning and consulting for COCA, which intends to build a facility…

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Piano Flow Live Concert Series

  • 2021
  • Paula Dreyer
  • $4,500
  • Small Marketing/Research

To fund the development of a concert series that will take place in outdoor…

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Play Series

To fund marketing efforts for four plays and musicals in the shoulder season.

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PLAYA Art + Science Symposium

  • 2022
  • PLAYA
  • $10,000
  • Small Marketing/Research

To fund the first iteration of what it intends to make a bi-annual Art…

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PNW Photo Summit

Bend Photo Tours' Pacific Northwest (PNW) Photo Summit is a 3-day conference comprised of…

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Podcast Marketing

To fund the creation and execution of a comprehensive marketing plan for the cultural…

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Something in the Woods: Sasquatch in the High Desert Exhibit

To fund marketing efforts for "Something in the Woods: Sasquatch in the High Desert,"…

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TEDxBend

  • 2017
  • TEDxBend
  • $11,550
  • Large Marketing

Sparked by the celebrated TED conferences worldwide, TEDxBend is our very own locally-organized event…

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Theater Events Website

Stage Right Productions will develop a website that will be a single source for…

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Eastern Cascades model railroad open house in Bend, OR

Train Club Open House

To fund website improvements and social media for the 25th Anniversary of the Train…

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Imagine a world exhibit at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR

Utopias Exhibition — Imagine a World

To fund Utopias (name changed to Imagine a World), an upcoming High Desert Museum…

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Vámonos Outside Latinx Outdoor Film Festival

To fund the first outdoor-focused film festival for Latinx community members.

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Water in the West Exhibit

The High Desert Museum's innovative, interdisciplinary exhibition, Water in the West, will use art,…

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Weekend of Art

Bend Art Center will host the 2nd Annual Weekend of Art in Bend on…

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Winter Comes Exhibit

The Deschutes County Historical Society will prepare a major exhibit, “Winter Comes,” telling the…

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Winter Pride Festival in Bend, OR

Winter Pride Festival

OUT Central Oregon proposes to further develop and establish an LGBTQ winter festival in…

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Words in Action Literary Festival

Words In Action is a two-day literary festival sponsored by OSU-Cascades Masters of Fine…

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World War II High Desert Homefront Exhibit

The High Desert Museum (HDM) will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United States’entry…

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A Few of the Awarded

Grantees

Dirty Freehub

2 Projects

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High Desert Museum

9 Projects

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OUT Central Oregon

2 Projects

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