Oregon Arts Learning Grants Awarded to Ashland Organizations

Twenty-three arts organizations will each receive $10,000 grant awards to support their educational projects in partnership with Oregon schools through $230,000 in FY2022 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning funding announced today. 

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“As the pandemic continues to affect our students’ lives and learning environment, this is an especially important time to protect their social and emotional wellbeing,” said Arts Commissioner Matthew Stringer, who chaired the review panel. “Creative outlets can offer young people a way to soothe their fear and anxiety. The beauty and challenge of arts learning can be a hopeful diversion during difficult times. It also inspires further development of problem-solving skills, important for our future leaders,” he said.

Arts Learning grants are designed to: support high-quality projects that provide a responsive opportunity for learning in and through the arts to benefit K-12 students; foster exchange of knowledge between artists and educators; and impact the achievement, skills and/or attitudes of learners. 

Applications were evaluated by the review panel based on project quality and artistic excellence, project support, artistic merit and project impact.

Priority for funding was given to projects that primarily impact schools in one or more of the following categories: Title 1 participation; location within a county with more than 16.9 percent of the population experiencing poverty; or location in a rural community.

Here are the two recipients in our metro:

Rogue Valley Symphony Association, Ashland

To support group instrumental coaching and private instrument lessons to middle and high school students in Jackson, Josephine and Umpqua counties, serving 12 middle schools and 12 high schools, including 100 scholarships offered to middle and high students for nine months of free private lessons.

Rogue World Music, Ashland         

To support 80 hours of instruction for children, developing musicality as a life skill through cooperative singing, movement, body percussion and play.

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