Feeling Thankful

21 Nov
Kinder Morgan + YA

Artist Mark Brody, Beverly Cleary Hollyrood Students, Development Director Christi Crowley, and representatives from Kinder Morgan show off a brand new mosaic.

It’s the time of year when we start to count up our blessings. At Young Audiences, there are so many people, places, and partners to add to the list. This past week I was lucky to join Teaching Artist Mark Brody at Beverly Cleary Elementary’s Hollyrood Campus to put the finishing touches on a brand new glass mosaic which will grace the school entrance.

This multi-part piece includes fused glass acorns and butterflies (made by the kindergarten and first grade students) with lettering designed by Mark and laid out by the students. Parent volunteers gathered together to build up the background, and Development Director Christi Crowley and myself did our best to fill in the grout.

We were honored to be joined at the Hollyrood campus by Allen Fore and Marco Ullmer of the Kinder Morgan Foundation. This is the first year Kinder Morgan has supported our Arts in Education programs and we couldn’t be happier to have them on board. Their enthusiasm for the excellent work of our artists and the learning of our students was absolutely palpable.

Read on for the official press release from our school visit.

Portland, OR —  November 15, 2012  Representatives from Kinder Morgan Energy Partners visited Beverly Cleary School to watch as the final touches were made on a large mosaic piece for the school entryway.  Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington teaching artist Mark Brody has been working with Kindergarten and 1st grade students since early November to create the mosaic. This and other art projects were made possible in part by a $2,500 grant from the Kinder Morgan Foundation to support Young Audiences’ work in the community.

Allen Fore and Marco Ullmer of Kinder Morgan were able to see the mosaics and meet some of the young artists that participated in their creation.  “We are so excited about our new partnership with the Kinder Morgan Foundation,” says Young Audiences Development Director Christi Crowley, “their support will make a real and positive difference in the lives of our young people.”

Kinder Morgan is an American energy company that owns or operates approximately 75,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals in the United States and Canada, including Oregon. The Kinder Morgan Foundation donates more than $1 million annually to charitable causes involving youth in the areas of academic, art, and environmental education.

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington believes in the power of the arts to inspire young people and expand their learning.  With generous support from individuals and foundations like Kinder Morgan, Young Audiences is able to bring exciting, innovative arts programming to over 85,000 young people each year.


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