Run For The Arts Exceeded Our Fundraising Goal

24 Jun

Run For The Arts

Schools from Portland to Hermiston and Young Audiences have completed one of the most successful years with the Run For The Arts. School districts have been forced to continue making damaging cuts to arts programs, leaving students much less artistic exposure and engagement in their primary and secondary education. The biannual jogathon has raised over $730,000 which will benefit nearly 22,000 students for residencies and performances by over 100 professional teaching artists, teacher professional development and much needed art supplies. This year’s amount represents an almost 10% increase over last year, sprinting past fundraising projections and expectations. The total-raised-to-date has risen to nearly $13 million since the inception of the program in 1977.

The fall and spring runs consisted of a total of 83 schools in 13 districts across 6 counties. While all participating schools are worthy of praise and recognition, Sabin, Glencoe and Woodstock elementary schools doubled the money they raised from the previous year. Also noteworthy, are W.L. Henry Elementary, whom we welcome back after a long hiatus and newcomer Southwest Charter School. For a complete list of participating schools, please visit our website www.ya-or.org.

The Run For The Arts was sponsored by local businesses Oregon Screen Impressions and the Fred Meyer Fund. Participating students were awarded prizes from Binney & Smith, Northwest Children’s Theater, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Children’s Museum and Portland Youth Philharmonic.

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