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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nexins xanax images 3mg neurovascular 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.

Nikolsky sign xanax 1mg pill neurosuture 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 for more information.

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.

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