Several Portland Organizations Benefit From Statewide Arts Grants

ACROSS OREGON – From The Oregon Arts Commission: A total of 20 Oregon arts organizations have received $193,001 in FY 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants to support arts education projects now under way across the state. The grants range from $4,451 to $12,046.

"We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year’s applications, and are confident that the education of thousands of students around the state will be enriched as a result," said Arts Commission Vice Chair Anne Taylor, who chaired the review panel. "The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn."

Arts Learning grants are designed to support projects that expand opportunities for K-12 students to learn in and through the arts by filling a critical gap or expanding opportunities for learners; encourage teachers and administrators to build knowledge about the arts through relationships with teaching artists and arts organizations; and include a plan for measuring new achievements, skills or attitudes of participants.

Grant applications are evaluated based on project quality and scope, project preparation and evaluation of student learning.

Note: Although grant recipients are listed with their organizations’ base location, the population they reach may be outside of their immediate community — often in rural and underserved parts of the state.


Organizations receiving 2018 Arts Learning grants, and their project descriptions, are:

Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Portland: $7,877

To support Architects in Schools – a curriculum-based, six-week architecture design residency program for 3rd-5th grade Oregon classrooms.

Caldera, Portland: $11,535

To support Geography of We: Our Brimming Atmosphere, providing approx. 300-400 youth with year-round arts and life skills mentoring/instruction.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene: $8,942

To support affordable, accessible strings classes in nine elementary schools, giving children of all backgrounds the benefits of learning an instrument.

Fishtrap, Enterprise: $11,306

To support and enhance Fishtrap’s youth programs, which offer a continuum of writing instruction for students across Eastern Oregon.

High Desert Museum, Bend: $7,367

To support Kids Curate, a year-long integrated STEAM program that provides meaningful arts learning experiences to under-represented students.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $10,576

To support 120 weeks (2,500 hours) of artist residencies serving 12,000 students at more than 45 elementary and middle schools in Lane County.

Literary Arts, Portland: $11,261

To support up to 45 creative writing residencies at up to 12 public high schools.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $4,451

To support a three-day, arts-integrated bilingual and environmental theatre residency for the Academy of International Studies (AIS) at Woodburn High School.

Northwest Film Center, Portland: $9,494

To support 250 low income and/or minority 7th grade students from Portland middle schools with 144 hours of artist-led instruction in filmmaking.

Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center, Portland: $5,722

To support Echo AiR, an immersive filmmaking program linking 14-18 year olds from marginalized communities to the professional media field.

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland: $11,127

To support "OBT L.A.B. (Learn About Ballet)" dance residencies for K-2 students at three outlying, Title 1 schools during the 2017/18 academic year.

Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland: $11,740

To support intensive daily orchestral music education in rigorous after-school programs for about 175 underserved students in North Portland.

Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland: $7,588

To support K-8th grade in-school residencies that use the power of theater to advance arts education and support classroom learning.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland: $11,944

To support the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s SCHOOL VISIT PARTNERSHIPS for Oregon schools, an expansion and enhancement of its School Visit Program.

Portland Playhouse, Portland: $11,255

To support ten weeks (60-75 hours) of after-school Shakespeare programming for more than 200 students at Portland-area schools.

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland: $12,046

To support arts integrated educational experiences for nearly 30,000 K-8 students and 1,125 educators in the Portland-metro tri-county area.

Rogue Valley Symphony Association, Ashland: $11,025

To support Link Up, a weekly in-school music education program for all 3rd-5th graders in the Phoenix/Talent School District, plus the final concert.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $7,278

To support approximately 1,800 hours of in classroom artist residencies by local artists in eight Klamath County School District schools.

Salem Art Association, Salem: $9,391

To support arts integration at three rural Title I schools, and to provide a relevant pathway for K-5 teachers to integrate arts in their classroom.

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., Portland: $11,076

To support Discovering Yidong Xinag with culturally-tailored multimedia STEAM education in the classroom, Science and Culture Camps and public events.

Image via Oregon Arts Commission

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