Oregon Arts Organizations Celebrate Arts Education Week


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Students work together on a group poem in The Arts Center’s Poetics Rising program in 2019

Oregon Arts Educators, representing several arts organizations around the state, celebrate the impact of arts education in their communities by requesting Governor Brown sign a proclamation announcing Arts Education Week to be September 8 – 14, 2019. 

Arts Education, which is the practice and experience of the arts in many forms, is vital to the full development of a student’s educational experience. Through dance, media arts, music, theater, visual arts and more, arts education promotes creative expression and skill building. Arts Education is an important element of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education and increases students’ ability for creative problem-solving and constructive questioning. 

Arts Education week was established in 2010 by Congress and is celebrated nation-wide through participation and advocacy. Special tool kits and resources for arts educators can be accessed through Americans for the Arts. 


Students’ collaborative poem from The Arts Center’s Poetics Rising program at South Albany High School 2019

Facilitated by Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, a cohort of arts educators from Oregon Arts Commission, Arts in Education in the Gorge, The Corvallis Arts Center, Lane Arts Council, Latino Network, and Pendleton Center for the Arts, convened this year to discuss the impacts of arts education in their communities and within Oregon state-wide. From poetry to theater programs, artist residencies and special training for teaching artists, arts education is thriving in various forms throughout Oregon. 

Students, educators and parents can celebrate Arts Education week by visiting a local arts organization, looking at local art in communities, attending poetry readings, live music, and film screenings, discussing what they see and experience, and learning more about how they can make and explore art.

Governor Brown signed a Proclamation declaring September 8-14, 2019 Arts in Education Week

A student from Linn-Benton Community College, leads a high school class through reading poetry at The Arts Center’s Poetics Rising program 2019

Find more great projects are resources at these national and local arts agencies:

Americans for the Arts: https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/arts-education/national-arts-in-education-week

Oregon Arts Commission: https://www.oregonartscommission.org/

Arts in Education of the Gorge: https://www.gorgeartsined.org/

The Arts Center (Corvallis): https://theartscenter.net/

Lane Arts Council: http://lanearts.org/

Latino Network: https://www.latnet.org/

Pendleton Center for the Arts: https://pendletonarts.org/