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Been Away for Awhile

25 Jan
Office view from the elevators

Office view from the elevators

So.  I’ve been away for awhile.  The biggest reason…we moved our office.  It all began in October of 2011, when, in an effort to reduce expenses, we started looking for a new space that was smaller and more affordable.  Fortunately, the search didn’t take long, and better yet, we found a space in the SAME BUILDING!  All we had to do was move one floor up.  You would think that would be easy, but moving never is.  The actual physical move went pretty smoothly.  The hard part was coordinating our technology;  you know, getting Ethernet drops to all the desk locations, installing the phone system, moving the DSL modem and getting it up and running, hauling the extremely heavy server upstairs and getting everyone’s computers setup.  Overall, we had a down time during business hours of only a couple of hours.  PHEW!  We’re still setting up the office, but you kind of get the idea from the pictures.  The cool thing;  the elevators open directly into our space, kind of like the penthouses you used to see on TV shows in the late seventies and early eighties.  It’s pretty cool.

The office now has a 360 degree of downtown Portland

The office now has a 360 degree view of downtown Portland

We also had our Run For The Arts program going full board at the same time.  I’m happy to report the schools involved did exceedingly well, raising over $140,000 for arts programming in their schools.  We couldn’t be happier.

If that weren’t enough, we’re working on our annual fund-raiser which takes place on February 11, 2012.  So in October through December, we had to get the save-the-date reminder card and invitation designed and mailed.  I am happy to report we got that accomplished as well.

I’ll have plenty of other things to talk about soon, so stayed tuned and thank you for reading!


Christi Crowley Appointed New Young Audiences Development Coordinator

19 Sep

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

PORTLAND, OREGON (September 19, 2011) – Young Audiences is pleased to announce the appointment of Christi Crowley to the newly created position of Development Coordinator. With a BA in Elementary Education and Sociology from Boston College, experience in both school and business settings, and a background in theater, Crowley brings a multi-dimensional skill set to the organization where she plans to increase giving opportunities and broaden fund-raising outreach.

Ms. Crowley has worked as a grant writer and project coordinator for the North Clackamas School District (NCSD) in Milwaukie where she gained valuable experience in proposal writing, program design, evaluation and administration across a variety of programs.

Crowley is recognized as a highly motivated and organized individual. Her excellent communication skills and ability to make connections around common interests and promote collaborative problem-solving make her an ideal candidate to nurture Young Audiences’ partnerships with schools, artists, and the community.

Crowley says of her appointment, “I am thrilled to become part of the Young Audiences team and look forward to working as an advocate for the arts in our public schools.”

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.

Americans For The Arts – Update

2 May
With a recent budget victory, high visibility on Capitol Hill, and three new arts education reports being released, arts education advocates are gathering momentum to impact education policy nationally.On April 15, Congress and the president approved the FY 2011 appropriations bill which included restoration of the federal Arts In Education program – the only education program to be restored from being cut or terminated earlier in the year. This is a huge victory!  This was directly following a successful grassroots advocacy campaign by 550 advocates from across the country who joined actors Alec Baldwin, Hill Harper, Kerry Washington, and Kevin Spacey during the national Arts Advocacy Dayon Capitol Hill to support the arts and arts education.Last week, Americans for the Arts published its National Arts Policy Roundtable final report which captures the recommendations from an event co-convened at the Sundance Preserve by President and CEO of Americans for the Arts Robert L. Lynch, and Robert Redford, founder of the Sundance Institute.  Officials from both the U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities participated in the National Arts Policy Roundtable. The report identifies four key recommendations, including the need for increased research, strong public policy support, and better casemaking efforts from the field.These recommendations arrive at an important time. The chairmen of the House and Senate education committees in Congress have promised action soon on the reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind). Most immediately, the need for increased federal research cited in the National Arts Policy Roundtable recommendations will be answered, in part, by two new federal studies being released this week:

Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics is  releasing the preview of a study on the national status and condition of arts education — it has been almost a decade since the last one was published!  The full study is scheduled to be released by the end of 2011 and will be a key measurement of access to arts education.

Later this week, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is set to release their study    “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools” which will promote successful arts education models and best practices as identified by this committee appointed by President Obama and chaired by the First Lady.

The momentum that has been built by recent advocacy on Capitol Hill and the boost from these national studies will serve the arts education field well as Congress considers education reforms later this year. Americans for the Arts will keep you informed on policy developments and call on advocates to take action when needed.

 source: info@artsusa.org

Groupon Teams with The Snowman Foundation to Raise Money for Their Instrument Donation Program

23 Mar

Groupon and The Snowman Foundation are joining together to raise money to support our instrument donation program.  This program puts instruments, mostly pianos, into the hands of passionate, dedicated, talented young kids in need.  We put them into their homes, their schools, and community organizations.

For only $10, you can help make a significant impact for these kids!  Please make your donation March 22 through March 24 at http://www.groupon.com/deals/snowman-foundation And to sweeten the deal, Snyder Roofing will generously match each gift, up to $2500, so please give now so we can take advantage of this great partnership!

We must raise at least $300 (the cost of placing a piano in a student’s home) in order to take full advantage of this fundraising opportunity, so please help us reach and exceed our goal!

Please pass on this opportunity to your friends!  We only have two days to take advantage of this great partnership and raise lots of money!

The Snowman Foundation
“Giving the gift of music to children.”

source: The Snowman Foundation

That Time of Year…

10 Dec

We received the below message from the Snowman Foundation and wanted to pass it on…

Do you know a student, organization, school or non-profit that is in need of a piano?

The Snowman Foundation currently has pianos in storage.  We’d like to find good homes for these pianos for the holiday season!

The Snowman Foundation strives to provide access to music for kids and our instrument donation program is one way we provide that access.  Through our instrument donation program, we take in instruments that are no longer being used and in turn, provide those instruments for students in need.

I have attached the one-page, short application.

The Snowman Foundation
811 NW 19th, Suite 102
Portland, Oregon 97209

Instrument Application

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