Caldera is excited to announce that we are the recipient of a $70,000 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for the Studio to School program. These competitive grants were awarded to just 18 non-profit programs across the state. Studio to School supports the expansion of our year-round arts-based mentoring and photographic storytelling programs at Peninsula K-8 for the next three years.
During the upcoming school year, Caldera will extend its programming to serve 3rd– to 8th– graders at Peninsula, creating a cohort that will untimely participate in Caldera for 10 years, from 3rd– to 12th-grade (instead of our typical 7 year cohorts). This is an exciting moment for Caldera, and we look forward to using this project as a model for other partner schools across the state.
Late last year, Caldera was also awarded $15,000 ($10,000 from the Fred W. Fields Fund and $5,000 from the Anonymous Fund) to support our Teacher Training Program from OCF. The Teacher Training Program serves teachers and students in Caldera’s ten partner schools, integrating art into the classroom, working with artists, and increasing the effectiveness of working with underserved youth.
“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.
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. OCF makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. For more information, visit www.oregoncf.org.
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