OCF has announced a new statewide arts education initiative. Studio to School is a multi-year grant program to support collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication. Through this project, OCF aims to increase arts opportunities for underserved youth in grades K-8 and to support communities in strengthening their ability to offer year-round arts education.
OCF recently awarded a total of $1,260,000 in individual grants of $70,000 each to 18 projects around the state for their first year of Studio to School funding. Each project will receive two more years of funding at $70,000 per year and has the potential to receive $35,000 in funding for years four and five, with a possible total of $280,000 per project. OCF will also convene all project partners for training, peer exchanges and professional development several times each year. Preference was given to programs that: focus on low-income youth, rural youth or youth of color; include both in-school and out-of-school time programming; and expand on existing local resources and programs.
“We are a foundation that values education - and the arts are a critical component of a complete education. We need solutions for making quality arts education opportunities available for all Oregon’s youth and we believe that our Studio to School partners are part of those solutions,” said OCF President and CEO Max Williams.