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Teacher Bari Frimkess leads a recorder class for students in the Phoenix/Talent school district as part of an Arts Learning project led by the Rogue Valley Symphony Association.
Teacher Bari Frimkess leads a recorder class for students in the Phoenix/Talent school district as part of an Arts Learning project led by the Rogue Valley Symphony Association.
FY2018 Arts Learning Grants fund 20 statewide K-12 arts education projects (Photo) - 01/09/18

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.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org.

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