Funds will bring arts programs to students in Redmond and La Pine
Bend Art Center recently received $3600 from Clabough Foundation to provide arts education to underserved students in Redmond and La Pine. This grant will enable Bend Art Center to bring arts education programs directly to the schools as part of a newly-formed “Artist in Schools” program.
Education Manager Dawn Boone notes, “In 2016, we found that several outlying schools were not able to take advantage of our education programs due to the high cost of bus transportation. Outlying schools also lose a lot of instructional time when students travel to us.”
In fall of 2016, with funding support and volunteer assistance from Art on the River, Boone tested an off-site arts education program at Lynch Elementary in Redmond. “We packed up reproductions of several prints in our ‘Opening Japan’ exhibit (what’s known as a museum box), and brought along all the tools and supplies to do a connected printmaking activity.”
Three Lynch Elementary classes learned about traditional Japanese printmaking and Japanese culture during the period of “the floating world.” Students inked, registered and hand-printed two-color relief prints of geishas and samurai warriors. Prints were based on actual Japanese prints from the 1800s.
With the Clabough grant and pledged funding from Art on the River, Bend Art Center is poised to offer off-site “Artist in Schools” programs across the region this fall. These programs reflect the organization’s growing commitment to address equity and arts access in Central Oregon.