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Elementary Art Outreach Program CONTINUES!

 WITH SUPPORT FROM THE REED AND CAROLEE WALKER FUND OF THE OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

 

(Medford, OR) – August 22, 2011 –The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the recipient of a $2,775 grant from the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The grant will help increase visual literacy among elementary school students by presenting discipline-based visual arts education. The gift will fund a 5th grade art curriculum at Jackson Elementary School in Medford.
Rogue Gallery and Art Center
As the 2011/2012 school year begins, the Elementary Art Outreach Program at Jackson Elementary School will start its 4th year. The program gives the students a hands-on experience in creating art, and in seeing art in the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s exhibition galleries. Many of the students experience visual arts for the first time in this program.

Jackson Elementary school, like other regional public schools, has lost its funding for arts education. This grant helps keep an art experience in the classroom. Jackson Elementary students are from one of the highest poverty pockets in Oregon. 88-93% of this school’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch. 25% qualify for federal homeless programs.

A recent study shows the positive effects of the arts on attendance and aspiration, suggesting that students living near or in poverty may be more able to advance learning and succeed in reading and math when arts education is part of their curriculum. Academic success builds self-esteem. Investing in the arts can help narrow the achievement gap across socio-economic boundaries.

This funding from the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation gives these students tools for success they can use as they move through their lives.
For more information, contact the Rogue Gallery and Art Center.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and provide for the study, development, exhibition, appreciation of art. We offer local artists an opportunity to display their work, and showcase a wide range of artistic styles and mediums not seen in commercial galleries. Aspiring artists of all ages take classes from local artists. RGAC is located in Medford at 40 S. Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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