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Meyer Trust provides $500,000 for Celilo Arc

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded a $500,000 capital grant to help build a walkway designed by renowned artist Maya Lin and modeled after the tribal fishing platforms at Celilo Park near The Dalles.

The art installation tells the story of Celilo Falls, which was submerged under water by The Dalles Dam in 1957. It is Lin’s sixth and final Confluence Project site along the Columbia River system.

“The Confluence Project is one that has special significance in our region,” said Doug Stamm, chief executive officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. “Completion of Maya Lin’s final site, the Celilo Arc, will ensure that future generations will be able to experience the story and legacy of Celilo Falls.”

The work is expected to draw many thousands of visitors to the park annually from local communities, the region and the world. More than 2,000 Northwest students, teachers, artists, and volunteers are expected to visit the park every year as part of Confluence Project’s educational programming.

“Meyer Memorial Trust’s endorsement of this project is huge,” said Colin Fogarty, executive director of the Confluence Project. “There is little at Celilo Park that tells this important story. Maya Lin’s Arc will serve as a reminder about the profound significance of this site.”

Meyer Memorial Trust is a private foundation that is not connected to Fred Meyer Inc.

The Confluence Project creates spaces intended to promote moments of insight about the confluence of culture, history and ecology along the Columbia River system.

Details: Executive Director Colin Fogarty at or call 360-693-0123.


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