Oregon Community Foundation introduces $32 Million in new Fields Fund Investments to Support Arts and Education

On May 9, 2009, the Oregon Community Foundation announced that it had just recieved the largest single gift in its history and one of the largest single gifts made to any community foundation in the country – $150 million from the estate of  Fred W. Fields to support arts and education.

As the City of Portland weighed the importance of increasing public funding for arts and arts education and went on to pass a groundbreaking ballot measure to increase funding for arts teachers and arts organizations by $12 million annually, OCF’s new Fields Fund begun developing a long-term vision and strategy for infusing education and arts programs throughout the state with a significant new philanthropic funding stream.

In November 2011, the OCF’s Fields Fund released $1.3 million in special one-time grants to 136 non-profits across Oregon that are doing good work in areas that were meaningful to Fred and Suzanne Fields. And this May, the Oregon Community Foundation announced their plan for a five-year, $32-million investment in strategies and programs that will support education and the arts for all Oregonians

“OCF is honored to be the steward of a gift that will annually provide millions of dollars in support for essential education and arts programs in communities across the state,” said Max Williams, OCF president and CEO. “It is really a gift to Oregon, and will continue the generous spirit of giving personified by Fred and Sue Fields.”

In celebration of the generosity of Fred and Sue Fields and in anticipation of the powerful impact that the Oregon Community Foundation will have on arts and education in Oregon through the Fields Fund, we are excited to share the details of OCF’s new Fields Fund initiatives: Creative Heights and Studio to School.

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In recognition of the need for arts and culture organizations to test new ideas and to stretch their creative capacity, the Oregon Community Foundation announces the  Creative Heights Initiative. Through this four-year initiative, OCF will provide grants to help arts and culture organizations take strategic risks in the creation and dissemination of high-quality new works in Oregon, as well as provide unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture.

Up to $1 million annually is available in total. OCF is interested in reviewing proposals for a range of funding levels and timelines to best serve the needs of the particular project.  Up to 25 projects will be selected per annual cycle with grants ranging from $10,000 to $125,000 per project.

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In order to increase community capacity to deliver on-going arts education, The Oregon Community Foundation announces a new statewide arts education initiative.  Studio to School is a multi-year grant program to support up to 15 collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication. Activities can occur both during the school day and in out-of-school time. Through this project, The Oregon Community Foundation aims to increase arts opportunities for underserved youth in grades K-8 and to support communities in strengthening their networks and capacity to offer year-round arts education.

Studio to School Learning Community

Along with grant support for direct programming costs, all grantees must commit to participate in meetings of a learning community around collaborative strategies for supporting high-quality, innovative arts education opportunities for elementary and middle school-aged youth. Meetings will occur two to three times per year and administrators, program managers, and educators will be required to participate. Grantees must also participate in program evaluation and will be eligible for technical assistance related to data collection and other evaluation requirements.

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 11.16.06 AMEstablished in 1973 by Portland philanthropist William Swindells Sr., The Oregon Community Foundation was formed as a permanent endowment for community improvement efforts throughout the state. It is now the largest foundation in Oregon, with $1.1 billion in assets. The Foundation works with individuals, families and businesses to create charitable funds to support community causes in which they are interested. Through these funds, OCF disbursed approximately $86 million in grants and scholarships in 2011.

The Case for Arts Education

In her October 12, 2013 New York Times Opinion piece “Is Music the Key to Success?”, author Joanne Lipman sums up the enormous  benefits of a lifelong music education as described by three tremendously accomplished men – Paul Allen, Allen Greenspan and Woody Allen.

Consider the qualities these high achievers say music has sharpened: collaboration, creativity, discipline and the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas. All are qualities notably absent from public life. Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of view — and most important, to take pleasure in listening.

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Lipman’s piece offers an anecdotal analysis of the link between arts education and access to success in life that is actually quite well supported by innumerable surveys, research and reports that drill down into the provable quantitative impacts of arts education and access on performance in school and in the workforce.

In fact, a 2013 Americans for the Arts publication entitled  “Arts Education Navigator: Facts & Figures” highlights research to support the contention that arts education in schools and arts access in communities has a measurable impact on whether students Stay in School, Succeed in School, Succeed in Work and Succeed in Life. Here are a few of our favorite Arts Education Quick  Facts to bolster your next debate on the importance of arts education.

Students who participate in the arts are:

  • 4 times more likely to have been recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times as often elected to class office
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely win an award for school attendance

Longitudinal data of 25,000 students demonstrate that involvement in the arts is linked to:

  • Higher academic performance
  • Increased standardized test scores
  • More community service
  • Lower dropout rates

Research shows that students at risk of not successfully completing their high school educations cite their participation in the arts as a reason for staying in school.

Students who take four years of arts and music classes while in high school on average score about 100 points better on their SATs than students who took only one-half year or less.

The average GPA of students who earned arts credits in high schools was 3.17 vs. 2.97 for students who earned low or no arts credits

Low-income students with few or no arts credits are 5 times more likely not to graduate than their peers who earned many arts credits

Low-income students with intensive arts experiences in high school were 3 times more likely than students who lacked to earn a bachelor’s degree. They also were more likely to earn “mostly A’s” in college.

Low-income students were 4 times more likely to participate in student government and school service clubs when they have arts-rich experiences.

For more Facts & Figures or access to scores of studies and reports on the benefits of arts education and access, visit the Creative Advocacy Network’s  Knowledge Bank at  www.theArtsCAN.org.

Arts & Culture coverage will get a much needed boost when  OPB’s State of Wonder debuts November 2nd

Oregon Public Broadcasting announced this month that its new arts and culture radio program, State of Wonder, will debut on OPB Radio November 2 at noon. The weekly program can be heard every Saturday at noon and can be streamed online from opb.org or on mobile devices with the OPB News app.

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A magazine-style show, State of Wonder will feature interviews and reporting on the latest in visual arts, theater, music, literature, culture and more. It will consist of original stories and will also largely draw from content within OPB’s robust arts and culture portfolio including Oregon Art Beat, OPB News,Oregon Experience, KMHD jazz radio and OPB music. Serving as the hub of OPB arts and culture content, State of Wonder will shed light on what is happening within the local arts community and how it connects to the greater region, nation and world.

 

State of Wonder is produced and hosted by April Baer, a seasoned reporter and producer who has been with OPB since 2004. Joining her will be contributing producer Ifanyi Bell, who has worked on a variety of arts and culture stories for OPB as a digital producer for nearly three years.

 

“We interpret ‘State of Wonder’ as the moment when you can’t tear yourself away. Maybe it’s the book that kept you up late, the exhibition that left you speechless, the record that wormed its way into your head or the game you couldn’t put down, said April Baer, OPB. “There are plenty of algorithms out there that can steer you toward something new. But we wanted to make room for stories that also tell you how artists and creatives are getting their work in front of you.”

 

Baer and Bell, along with other OPB arts and culture reporters, will serve as curators of premium arts and culture stories each week for State of Wonder. Moving beyond traditional arts event calendar listings, they will bring to life the week’s show-stopping stories, ideas, and must-see happenings. They will have frank conversations about the economic, social and political currents shaping the creative economy. Equally important, they will showcase what is being created in local communities and how individuals are digesting these creations.

 

While the show itself will have a playful, lighthearted and sometimes irreverent feel, State of Wonder will be extremely pointed, curious and informative.

 

State of Wonder has launched both a new Facebook fan page and Twitter page where listeners and followers can check in on what will be discussed on upcoming shows, learn about local artists and creators, see upcoming events and find out more about what’s happening in the arts community. Beginning in this month, State of Wonder will be posting audio segments on Facebook from a variety of pilot shows previously recorded. In this clip, the April Baer talks about the current state of the arts tax, goes into a classroom to explore how the arts help children learn, visits an Andy Warhol exhibit at a tribal museum in Pendleton, and teases a story about “Star Wars in verse.”

 

Kudos to OPB for increasing their coverage of Arts and Culture in Oregon. November 2nd cannot come soon enough!

 

Revisiting Act for Art:  The Creative Action Plan for the Portland Metropolitan Region

For decades, regional arts leaders and elected officials have worked to increase Portland’s creative capacity with the understanding that the arts shape neighborhoods, improve K-12 education, boost economic development and enhance livability. In 2008, a  region-wide Creative Capacity Project engaged more than 1,500 citizens in an assessment of the region’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to culture, creativity and the arts. The result was a comprehensive Creative Action Plan called Act for Art which has served as both a road map and a call to action since it was published in 2009.

As the genesis of the Creative Advocacy Network and the initial rallying cry for Portland’s groundbreaking new Arts Education & Access Fund, Act for Art remains a touchstone for the realization of the true creative and cultural capacity of our region. As 2013 comes to a close and revenue from Portland’s new public fund for the Arts begins to have an impact, it is time to revisit the goals and action items set forth in Act for Art.

Here’s where we said we would be by 2014:

 

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A:  Establish a dedicated, sustainable public funding mechanism that generates $15-20 million per year region-wide.

B:   Increase total private sector giving to the arts by 10-25% and Generate $1 million or more annually through Work for Art

C:  Finalize recommendations for investing public dollars in venues and facilities.

 

 

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A:  Increase in free and reduced cost arts experiences and cultural activities

B:  Dedicate more public funds to support proven arts education programs

C:  Increase in national and international media visibility and cultural tourism

 

 

 

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A:  New strategies for helping artists achieve savings on housing and other basic living expenses

B:  Comprehensive technology solution(s) to help facilitate artist networking

C:  Measurable increase in earned revenue for artists and arts organizations

Join us for the Oregon Arts Summit on October 7th!

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If we believe the arts are key to establishing and maintaining vibrant communities, what does engagement look like? How are we connecting with communities? How can we work together when so much is at stake?

On October 7th, join us at the Oregon Arts Summit to Re-Think Engagement: to examine how audiences and arts organizations have repositioned their relationships; look at the power of the arts to engage students and transform learning; and learn about communities—in Oregon and across the nation—that have used arts and artists to create ‘place.’

This year’s Summit will include a track of three arts education break-outs with national and Oregon speakers and experts. Powerful and compelling artists will present and perform their work. Topics like creative place making will be addressed by plenary speakers and in smaller groups.

How and what have we learned from our audiences? How have different ways of engagement taken our work to new or different places or communities?

How are we creating context for new and authentic relationships?

How are the arts engaging schools and community? How are communities engaging with schools in and through the arts?

Engaging communities—rural and urban—around creative place making—what’s in place to make it happen?

Advocacy—How do we engage others in bringing vision to action?

Sold out the past four years, our annual one-day Summit has become known as the place where individuals and teams of staff and board come together for provocative learning exchanges that spark new insights and connections to their work. This year will be no different.

Learn more and Register Today!

Registration is limited and just $85 a person. Oregon residents traveling more than 160 miles one way to attend the Summit are eligible for a registration waiver. 10% discount for groups of two or more. Substitute teacher stipends are available.

 

Updates Underway on National Standards for Arts Education: State Arts Action Network Drives Advocacy to Adopt New Standards in all 50 States

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, has joined the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) leadership team revising the national voluntary learning standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts for grades preK-12. In addition, Americans for the Arts will assume a leadership role in advocating for all 50 states to adopt the standards.

“As America’s education system moves toward increased accountability measures, it is imperative that the arts have current standards as well as assessment and evaluation models that can inform best practice for teaching and learning,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

“If we don’t update the standards to meet the needs of current educational priorities, the arts risk being marginalized in American schools, limiting our young people’s access and opportunity to a full and balanced education.”

When the standards were drafted in 1994, Americans for the Arts led the initial advocacy effort in all 50 states to adopt them. The organization will collaborate with NCCAS leadership in a similar capacity, this time activating its State Arts Action Network—which consists of arts education leaders in all 50 states—to drive state-level advocacy efforts to endorse, adopt and adapt the 2014 National Core Arts Standards as the recognized model of quality arts education throughout the United States.

“I am excited to continue our work to advance arts education in state policy and further strengthen the arts as a strategy in the education reform efforts taking place across the country,” noted Lynch.

Lynn Tuttle, President of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) and an NCCAS leadership team member, said she was delighted that Americans for the Arts has become a partner in the standards project. “NCCAS is thrilled that Americans for the Arts has joined the coalition. Currently, 48 states have adopted arts standards. Their support is an important boost to the new standards’ credibility and will strengthen our effort to gain widespread endorsement and adoption in the states.”

Americans for the Arts is the latest organization to join the broad coalition of stakeholders developing the new standards. The group hopes to create a product that will reflect and encompass the most current research in the arts education field, national and international developments in education, and policy directions, including Common Core State Standards and the drive to develop 21st century skills.

Other NCCAS leadership organizations include the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, The College Board, National Art Education Association, National Dance Education Organization, Educational Theatre Association, National Association for Music Education, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, Young Audiences and arts educational leaders in the field of media arts.

The new standards will be released in March, 2014. A review of the draft K-8 standards was completed in July; NCCAS will be issuing a call for public review of the draft high school standards on September 30. Interested individuals should visit the coalition’s website at nccas.wikispaces.com or the NCCAS Facebook page at facebook.com/NationalCoalitionForCoreArtsStandards to learn how they can participate in the review process, and for other information about the project.

Three local non-profits bring art to life in local classrooms, one paintbrush at a time

As Portland public elementary schools welcome back nearly 70 arts and music teachers now funded by the Arts Education & Access Fund, classrooms that have been collecting dust must now be restocked with arts supplies. And while many schools have small budgets available for the basics, community support is often an essential ingredient for a flourishing K-5 arts program.

While community-based non-profits play many essential roles in our public schools, from providing after school programs to offering artist residencies, three local organizations have stepped up to help our schools, teachers and students get their back-to-school shopping done. These organizations have filled Portland’s classrooms with literally tons of paper and paint, ribbon and clay, markers and crayons.  The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, Schoolhouse Supplies and SCRAP have all played a critical role in restoring arts education to Portland schools this Fall by making donated arts supplies available at low or no cost.

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neurotome http://www.shellbellecouture.com/info/buy-green-xanax-bars-online.php buy green xanax bars online niche Dreaming Zebra‘s Community Art Recycling Program provides access to art and music supplies for thousands of children, schools, art therapy programs and community organizations throughout the United States. In 2012, Dreaming Zebra provided free art supplies, musical instruments, and public art experiences to more than 50,000 young artists — children who otherwise might not have experienced the joys and benefits of an art education.

nitrile buying xanax in mexico nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP, NADP+, NADPH) Schoolhouse Supplies is an award-winning nonprofit that supports public education in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom supplies. They operate Oregon’s only volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community. The Free Store for Teachers is a resource for all Portland Public Schools teachers, including alternative and charter programs; community members can also volunteer here to earn additional shopping vouchers for teachers and education non-profits outside of PPS. Store hours are Tuesday-Thursday 1-7 pm; click here for a complete shopping calendar, or visit http://schoolhousesupplies.org/ for more information.

nidus avis xanax 0.25mg for sleep neuropsychiatry SCRAP‘s mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. SCRAP was founded in 1998 by a group of teachers who wanted to find a home for their leftover classroom materials. They brought these materials to A Teacher’s Space, a resource center for Portland Public School teachers, and left them on a table for others to use. In 1999, an innovative teacher named Joan Grimm got together with a handful of her peers and received a grant from DEQ to open a small creative reuse center for the community. SCRAP was born.