The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has received a $10,000 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission to promote cultural tourism.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has received a $10,000 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission to promote cultural tourism.

The grant will be used to advance "Stay Closer, Go Further," an intensive marketing program to promote the festival's 2009 season and Ashland as a destination.

The campaign is more comprehensive than any previous marketing effort, extending from Astoria to Sacramento and west to the coast, with special emphasis on the Interstate 5 corridor and first time advertising in six new Oregon markets.

The arts commission received requests from 26 organizations for a total of $207,000, and granted nine awards totalling $71,969.