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2012 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Contest Submissions on Display

19 Apr
2012 T-Shirt Design Winner

2012 Run For The Arts Modified Winning Design

This time of year, Run For The Arts keeps me pretty busy; helping the schools with additional materials and answering their always good questions, assisting parents of participating students with their sponsor sheet questions, getting the banners hung all over town and getting the T-Shirt Design Contest submissions on display for the public as well as getting them on our website.

Well, most of that has been taken care of already.

Starting Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th, a vast majority of the submissions we received for the 2012 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Design Contest will be on display at Umpqua Bank in the Pearl District.  In the past, they were on display for about 4 weeks, but it was only a matter of time before others started clamoring  for this choice location (right on the Portland Street Car Line) and we were reduced to just a week.  I’ll take what I can get.

If you don’t get a chance to see them at Umpqua Bank, you can see them on our website.  I probably sound like a broken record (will that phrase ever be retired even though vinyl is moving to the annuals of old tech?), but this year was tough in selecting a winning design, so enjoy all the wonderful submissions!


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 http://www.culturaltrust.org/  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.

Arts for Learning & the Oregon Arts Commission

13 Jul

You can read more about our Arts for Learning project with the Beaverton School District, funded by the US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (I3) grant…

Arts Commission Releases Two New Monographs

The Oregon Arts Commission announces publication of two new monographs, Arts Build Communities, which highlights twenty-eight Arts Build Communities projects, undertaken across the state between January and December, 2010; and  Proficiency in the Arts and Beyond: Arts Learning in Oregon, which highlights Oregon-based best practices and notable accomplishments in arts education, and profiles eight individuals and organizations making a positive impact in their educational community.

The Commission created the Arts Build Communities program in Oregon in 1996, using federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to better connect the arts with issues important to Oregonians: downtown revitalization, small business development, community and folk traditions and projects engaging youth.  The 2010-funded projects benefited more than 300,000 people in Oregon.

Read or download both reports: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/about/oregon_arts_commission_publications.php

source: Oregon Arts Commission

Investing in Innovation (I3) Update

13 Jul

Arts for Learning

What an exciting school year it has been! As soon as our funding was finalized in September 2010, we began working on designing, devising and executing our 5 year project. Project partners met in Portland, OR, and then continued to collaborate from around the country to ensure success on all fronts. Our work was made possible because of community support and belief in this program. And it is because of that we were able to meet such tremendous milestones

A total of 48 classroom teachers in 16 schools piloted curriculum-aligned Units, reaching over 1,300 students. Working directly with teachers, through several professional development opportunities and implementation support, along with forums for feedback and reflection, we have laid the groundwork for what is to come.

The Arts for Learning Lessons, in previous implementations elsewhere, have successfully reached all types of learners, particularly English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. We were able to witness that success in each of the 48 classrooms in Beaverton: Teachers reported students’ increased engagement level, collaboration skills, and confidence in reading and writing. Teachers marveled at the students’ written work as students began to find their voice and write dynamic stories and poems. One teacher after another asked: Why didn’t we have this sooner?

As we look ahead to the significant increase in scope and scale of next fall, we recognize the diligence, perseverance, and dedication of these lead 48 teachers who will carry us through to another successful school year. Increasing from one teacher in each of grades 3-5 per school to all teachers in grades 3-5, we’ll have just under 200 teachers involved— reaching over 5,000 students.

We are so pleased to share the wonderful progress that we’ve made!

source: Allison Tigard, A4L Project Coordinator

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.

New Young Audiences Executive Director

23 Jun

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Denis Hickey, a longtime teacher, administrator and arts in education advocate in the Portland metro area, has been appointed Executive Director of Young Audiences Arts for Learning Oregon & Southwest Washington.

Hickey previously worked in the North Clackamas School District for more than 30 years. Most recently, he was the Associate Director, K-12 Curriculum, where he successfully directed four major arts initiatives. He was also a co-founder and director of Sojourner School, a national award-winning elementary school in Milwaukie, OR, noted for its rigorous liberal arts curriculum and exceptional student performance. A longtime volunteer with many organizations that promote arts in education, Hickey holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Lewis & Clark College.

“I strongly believe the arts will lead the way to the reform all stakeholders want to see in education, and I am deeply committed to nurturing our partnerships with schools, artists and the community to make sure every child achieves his or her potential,” Hickey said.

At a time when school budgets are declining and Young Audiences’ programs are more vital than ever, Hickey’s expertise in the educational system is very valuable, according to Young Audiences President Al Davidian.

“Our chapter is experiencing tremendous growth as school administrators seek to leverage their funds and produce improved outcomes,” Davidian said. “Denis will help us manage that growth and still reach as many children as we can.”

Hickey succeeds Gail Hayes-Davis, who is retiring after five years as Executive Director. During that time she increased both the visibility and individual donor contributions through Mad Hot Ballroom, where 5th graders perform what they have learned in dance residencies with artists. She introduced the Right Brain Initiative to the metro area and subsequently became the Implementation Partner for the initiative, and helped secure the largest arts in education grant given for Innovation in Education, i3 with Beaverton School District, Arts for Learning Lessons. In May, she received Young Audiences’ Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime support of the arts. Hayes-Davis plans to travel with her husband and spend time in Central Oregon pursuing her passion for painting.

House Committee to Vote on Termination of Arts Education Program

23 May

The House Education & Workforce Committee has just scheduled a meeting on Wednesday morning to vote on legislation that would terminate the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. Oregon’s member of Congress, Rep. David Wu, is on that committee and can help prevent that from happening.

Last month you might recall that vigorous grassroots advocacy successfully rescued the Arts in Education program and helped secure a $25 million budget for arts programs across the country. This legislation scheduled for a vote on Wednesday (HR 1891) is even more serious because it would permanently terminate this federal program by stripping it out of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act.

The lead sponsor of this bill calls the Arts in Education program “unnecessary” and “inappropriate.”  We think that the arts have too often been shoved to the margins when our schools need them most.  Don’t let HR 1891 further narrow the educational opportunities of our nation’s students.

Please take two minutes to send a quick customizable message and call on Rep. David Wu to work against this effort to terminate the Arts in Education program.

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and simple.

source: Americans for the Arts

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