Archive | August, 2011

I3 Teaching Artists Sought…

31 Aug

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is currently seeking  teaching artists for the Arts for  Learning Lessons Project in the Beaverton School District. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this project aims to improve literacy skills among grades 3-5 by leveraging the power of the arts with key reading and writing skills. Beginning with classroom-teacher-led, art-integrated lessons, each classroom participates in a five-session residency with a professional teaching artist in a specific art form every spring trimester. Art forms include music, dance/movement, and the visual art of collage combined with literary arts. Artists who have experience with one of these art forms and  experience working with elementary grade levels should apply. These positions include paid training February – March of 2012 and consistent work throughout April – June of 2012 with possible extensions into later years.

Desired attributes and qualifications:

  •  Knowledge of an art form (either music, dance/movement, or any visual art)
  • Willingness to follow a pre-designed outline of five classroom sessions
  • Classroom management skills for elementary grade levels
  • Adaptability to meet classroom teachers’ needs
  • Strategies for working with the complexities of a school environment
  • Self-reflective about teaching practice
  • Willingness/interest in collaborating with fellow teaching artists in the project
  • Located in the Portland-Metro area or ability to commute to Beaverton for typical school hours
  • Able to pass a criminal background check

Note: This application process is for work through the Arts for Learning Lessons Project  only. For more information on how to become a Young Audiences roster artist, please go to our website.

source: Allison Tigard, Arts for Learning Program Coordinator


Say Hello to Our Right Brain Initiative Partner Artists

19 Aug

The Right Brain Initiative

Look who’s new on the Right Brain Initiative teaching artist roster! Many Young Audiences teaching artists work through us to be arts providers for the Right Brain Initiative as well, and six have just joined those ranks. Read more below in our own Briana Linden’s piece, and if you have any questions feel free to contact Miriam Budner, Young Audiences Artist Programs Manager:

YA artist Ben Popp is an animator who received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder of the experimental media group Grand Detour. As a teaching artist, Ben works with his students to explore classroom topics through animation. In his workshops, topics such as the multiplication table become hands-on learning experiences and take on a life of their own on film.

YA artist Carla Wilson is a professional flutist and teaching artist who believes that residencies provide students with the opportunity to experience the music-making process in a non-formal, and therefore non-threatening environment. She encourages students to participate in the musical experience as composers, performers and listeners. Carla has worked with Portland Public School teachers to design curriculum for the Oregon Symphony, Scottish Storyline, and ArtSplash.

YA artist Karen Brunke is a mixed-media collage artist and Certified Arts Specialist. Karen received a BA in Art History and an MA in Art Education, and has been teaching art mediums in K-5 classrooms for 14 years. Through age-appropriate activities, Karen enables her students to appreciate art as a form of visual communication accessible to everyone.

YA artist Karie Oakes is a ceramic artist who began her teaching career 27 years ago at the Portland Children’s Museum. Karie uses clay as a tool for inquiry in the classroom, and encourages her students to ask questions and make hands-on discoveries. Karie creates an environment rich in spatial exploration, unique to clay as a 3-D medium.

YA artist Nancy Smith Klos is a multi-media teaching artist of 25 years who has been featured on Oregon Art Beat and HGTV’s Modern Masters. Nancy works with both children and adults, including 8 years teaching Adult Arts Seminars at the Portland Art Museum. In her residencies, Nancy works with students to cultivate their creative spirits, and with teachers to integrate art into the science curriculum.

YA artist Sarah Nagy is a filmmaker and teaching artist. Sarah holds an MA in Film from the University of Amsterdam, a BA in Writing from Marylhurst University, a certificate in Film from the Northwest Film Center, and is founder of the Buckman Film Academy. She works to engage her students through collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and engagement of all the senses. Sarah dreams of one day producing a Lego video that will receive a million hits on YouTube.

source: Miriam Budner, Briana Linden, The Right Brain Initiative, Young Audiences of OR & SW WA

Is your school short on arts funding but big on creative reuse?

18 Aug

SCRAP is looking to partner with a school for the 2011-2012 school year. Our school partner will receive:

$25 of creative reuse art materials per month
Support for planning art curriculum and working towards a sustainable classroom environment
A free field trip to SCRAP for up to 25 students
A fundraising opportunity at our Holiday Bazaar

Download the school partnership flier or fill out the Partnership Application form online now! Due Friday, August 26 at 4 pm.


SCRAP at School

SCRAP can come to your school to do a one hour presentation. SCRAP at School includes hands on activities, a presentation on the how and why of creative reuse, and everyone makes a simple project out of reused materials to take home!

SCRAP at School presentations cost $50 and last one hour. To schedule a SCRAP at School presentation, complete the SCRAP at School planning form. The education coordinator will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your request to confirm a date and time for your presentation.


 source: SCRAP

Call for Artist Qualifications for 1% Project at Oregon Institute of Technology

17 Aug

Institute of Technology: Village for Sustainable Living

National and international artists are invited to submit qualifications

The Art Selection Committee for the Oregon Institute of Technology Village for Sustainable Living seeks artwork to enhance and animate the outdoor living spaces of this residence hall. Work defining and lending character to the three outside common areas of the apartment units may involve passive use of wind, solar or other sustainable technologies. Creating a sense of place and belonging for resident students while providing inspiration that emphasizes sustainable life styles, innovation and opportunities for learning is foremost.

Submissions must be received in person or by mail at the Arts Commission offices by 5PM, September 9, 2011.  The approximate art budget for this project is $115,000, which will include artist fees, and fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation, and all other project costs. These funds may be divided between multiple art projects.  Please review the full project description..

source: Oregon Arts Commission

Grant from Oregon Cultural Trust

2 Aug

We are so pleased and honored to announce that Young Audiences of Oregon Inc. has been awarded a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust  for Arts and Education Programs!  The Oregon Cultural Trust is Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities. The Trust has invested over $11 million in Oregon’s culture since 2003.

Projects funded by the Cultural Trust have significant impact in communities across Oregon.  We are excited to be among the 60 competitive grant awards given this year.  As you experience our programs and hear people talk about the Cultural Trust, we hope you’ll take pride in knowing that as a cultural donor who matches your donations with a gift to the Cultural Trust you have a direct hand in making projects like ours possible for thousands of your fellow Oregonians.

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