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Learning

Creativity is a critical component in helping young people learn and think and yet arts education is often squeezed by tight budgets. This series spotlights programs that are filling that gap. How are they working? How are they sustainable? How are they adapting to a diverse population? What can we learn from them and how can they be replicated?

This series is supported in part by a generous grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Striving to hit the low notes

Band students at Toledo Jr/Sr High School have their choice of instruments, but a tuba remains out of reach.

Remembering Bruce Browne

The Portland choral director and educator leaves a rich legacy in sounds and singers.

Crop of art by Evie S.

Storytelling without words

From pets to the pandemic, a Sitka Center project spurs discussion among second-graders about the year’s events.

Portland Youth Philharmonic: Creative Response

Pandemic inspires youth orchestra to create a new music festival and commissioning program featuring new music by diverse voices Art is all about creativity, so when the pandemic struck, Portland Youth Philharmonic, facing cancellation of in-person classes and concerts, got creative. The

In February, the Taft Jazz Band makes is last performance before going online due to the pandemic shutdown. Photo courtesy: Music Is Instrumental

Helping the bands play on

The Music is Instrumental program pays for mentors to keep music education alive in Lincoln County schools.

Music Workshop: filling a void

A music-ed program that aids teachers globally is helping schools cope with the pandemic’s challenges.

Pandemic Ed: Dancing remotely and well

With studio dance classes on hold for the pandemic, dance teachers and their students have begun to adapt to the new reality: Zoom dance classes. It’s working.

Passing the Torch

Cascadia Composers’ In Good Hands expands students’ horizons and brings music to the next generations.

A little ArtSpark in Eugene

As schools shut down, arts teachers in Lane County shift online and take the art to kids across 16 districts.