Blue Lake Rising Grants were launched in 2014 by Dell’Arte to use art to strengthen business and the economy in Blue Lake, as part of a grant from ArtPlace America.

Ten grants for $500 were presented to ten winners - of all ages - on January 23, 2014, as part of the first annual Steelhead Days. The grants were decided by an independent panel of community members. The BLR Grants were celebrated in a community wide parade "The Center Of the Universe Party" as part of the 2014 Mad River Festival.

The BLR grants were so successful, that community partners have come together to support another round in 2015.  The hope is to continue the grants on an annual basis.


November 5, 2013 Proposal available online or in person at the DAI office

January 8, 2014 Proposals due (5 p.m.)

January 25, 2014 Winners announced

July 31, 2014 All projects must be completed

August 31, 2014 Final reports due from winners


1) Proposals can be submitted by individuals or organizations.

2) Applicants under the age of 18 must include the signature of an adult sponsor.

3) Proposals from Blue Lake residents will be given priority consideration.

4) Winning proposals will be determined by a volunteer panel of community members.

5) Successful applicants will be required to submit a 1 page final report on expenditure of

funds and impact of project on the applicant and the community; report should include a

photo of the completed project.

6) The grant recipient is responsible for any necessary communication with the city or

private property owners.

2014 Blue Lake Rising Grant Winners 

  • Anson Smith & Becca Finney: Stilts, Acrobatics, and Spectacle Theatre for 5-8 grade at Blue Lake School ASES afterschool program with a final free performance open to the public. 
  • Artie Skeeter: A bicycle tire inflator station in front of Stardough's Cafe.   
  • Barbara Browning:  Creating Order to Create,” a workshop for  creative individuals. 
  • Blue Lake Education Foundation: a public garbage can decorating project with Blue Lake School.
  • Blue Lake Museum: Keith and Mariel Morison will create a bench of Japanese design and garden in front of the Blue Lake Museum.
  • Blue Lake Parks and Rec:  to commission a mural inside Prasch Hall by local artist Jerry Wallace. 
  • Joshua Krienke: summer percussion camp for kids with a final presentation at the 2014 Mad River Festival. As an award winner under the age of 18, his sponsor is his drum teacher, Jesse Jonathon.   

  • Mad River Old Crows:  to build  a park bench on Blue Lake trail at Taylor Way in the Blue Lake Industrial Park. 

  • Margo Whitcomb:  Center of the Universe"  manhole cover at the intersection of H St. in Downtown Blue Lake. 
  • Mad River Rose: to create a music video called  “Sounds of Our Town.” This includes a procession though Blue Lake and incorporates Blue Lake landmarks and its residents. 


Stiltwalkers from Blue Lake Elementary Join the Parade

Stiltwalkers from Blue Lake Elementary Join the Parade