A total of 20 Oregon arts organizations have received $192,938 in FY 2017 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants to support arts education projects across the state. The grants range from $4,357 to $14,918.
"We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year's applications, and are confident that the education of thousands of students around the state will be enriched as a result," said Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower, who chaired the review panel. "The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn."
Arts Learning grants are designed to: support projects that expand opportunities for K-12 students to learn in and through the arts by filling a critical gap or expanding opportunities for learners; encourage teachers and administrators to build knowledge about the arts through relationships with teaching artists and arts organizations; and include a plan for measuring new achievements, skills or attitudes of participants.
Grant applications are evaluated based on project quality and scope, project preparation and evaluation of student learning.
Editor's note: Although grant recipients are listed with their organizations' base location, the population they reach is often outside of their immediate community -- often in rural and underserved parts of the state.
Organizations receiving 2017 Arts Learning grants, and their project descriptions, are:
Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Portland: $7,870
Architects in Schools: To support a curriculum-based, six-week architecture design residency program for 3rd through 5th grade Oregon classrooms.
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $7,001
Story Baskets: To support an integrated arts residency using basket weaving and storytelling to improve student skills in art, math and literacy.
Caldera, Portland: $14,918
The Geography of We - How Fire Sparks, Ignites and Transforms: To support a year-long arts mentoring project serving 430 underserved youth.
Fishtrap, Inc, Enterprise: $4,880
Various Writing Programs: To support Fishtrap's continuum of writing instruction for youth in Wallowa County.
Know Your City, Portland: $6,146
Youth Print PDX: To support the expansion of the 13-week arts and civics curriculum into two schools to serve 240 diverse youth in Multnomah County.
Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $11,360
Arts Apprenticeships: To support intensive, hands-on apprenticeships for low-income middle and high school students in Springfield.
Literary Arts, Portland: $14,282
Writers in the Schools: To support up to 45 semester-long creative writing workshops at 11 Multnomah County high schools.
Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $4,357
Healthy Relationships Workshops: To support three days of workshops for students at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy with a performance of "Broken Promises."
Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland: $13,478
Oregon Ballet Theatre L.A.B.: To support expanded dance residencies at three outlying, Title 1 schools in the Centennial, Reynolds and Beaverton school districts.
Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland: $14,773
BRAVO Youth Programs: To support intensive daily orchestral music education in rigorous after-school programs for more than 100 students at three schools with high poverty rates in Portland.
Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland: $6,639
Loud & Clear and Read, Write, Act: To support K-8th grade in-school residencies that use the power of theater to advance arts education and support classroom learning.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland: $12,009
School Visit Partnerships: To support Oregon Shakespeare Festival's School Visit Partnerships with Oregon schools, an expansion and enhancement of the company's School Visit Program.
Oregon Symphony Association, Portland: $12,427
Link Up National Concerts: To support two interactive, educational Link Up National Concerts in 2017, serving 5,400 3rd-5th graders from nearly 20 Oregon elementary schools.
Portland Art Museum, Portland: $9,688
Student Programs Expansion: To support the expansion of K-12 student programs, focused outreach and school tours for 16,000 students in the greater Portland region.
Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland: $6,369
Portland Opera to Go: To support an educational tour bringing live opera performances to up to 15,000 students in K-12 schools around the state.
Portland Playhouse, Portland: $9,688
Fall Festival of Shakespeare: To expand the 10-week after-school theater education program to serve 10 Portland-area schools in the fall of 2016.
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland: $14,396
Right Brain Initiative: To support arts integrated educational experiences for nearly 27,500 K-8 students and 1,300 educators in the Portland-metro tri-county area.
Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $8,146
Youth StARTS: To support more than 3,000 hours of performing arts in-classroom instruction in Klamath County elementary schools.
Stories Alive, Ashland: $10,116
The Story Machine Program: To support 200 hours of literacy instruction and professional performances of original student work in nine Southern Oregon elementary schools.
The Arts Center, Corvallis: $4,395
Microbiomes - To See the Unseen: To support 220 students from five elementary schools in the creation and exhibition of collaborative artwork examining microbes and microbiomes.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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