Salem Art Association Receives $27,328 From Three Oregon Foundations

The Salem Art Association (SAA) has received $15,828 in support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts. The award provides operating support for SAA’s diverse arts services, which includes: three professional art galleries; Community Arts Education programming for thousands of youth, many in Title I schools; artist services in the newly renovated Annex and collaborative art activities throughout the community; and the annual Salem Art Fair & Festival.

Funding from the Oregon Arts Commission has a significant impact in ensuring that SAA continues to play a vital role in providing diverse ongoing arts education and offering arts opportunities to improve the lives of all people in its three-county area.

SAA is also the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to pilot a Focused on Art project at Four Corners Elementary School (a Title I school). The project will enhance the school’s arts opportunities and provide professional development and arts resources for teachers.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.

The Focused on Art project at Four Corners Elementary School specifically focuses its efforts on one Title I Elementary School by bringing a higher quality of arts learning to 558 students who have limited access to the arts. This model pilot will work closely with the school principal and teachers to teach them how to integrate art into the curriculum.

Additionally, SAA recently received an award of $1,500 from the William S. Walton Charitable Trust to support its Arts and History Immersion Program that offers art and history education to Title I elementary school students through field trips and hands-on art activities while supporting teachers in enhancing their curriculums. The field trips give students a first-hand connection to history, culture, and contemporary art as they participate in a guided tour of the Bush House Museum to learn about Oregon history, visit the Bush Barn Art Center for an overview of the art exhibition, and engage in a hands-on art activity relevant to the exhibits. After a very successful pilot year of serving approximately 465 fourth-grade students from Title I schools, the Arts and History Immersion Project is entering its second year. For many of the students who participated in the pilot, it was their first time visiting an art gallery or a history museum.

The Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization operating the Bush Barn Art Center,  the Annex, the Bush House Museum, a Community Arts Education program, and the Salem Art Fair& Festival.

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