ArtSpark Eugene is a collaborative initiative led by the Rotary Club of Eugene, Lane Arts Council, the Eugene Education Foundation, and Eugene School District 4J to provide schools in the 4J district with sustainable, high-quality arts education.
With funds raised through ArtSpark, Lane Arts Council brings professional teaching artists into classrooms to engage students with visual arts projects. Artists serve the entire school, interacting with each classroom at least four times to create clay sculptures, puppets, murals, and more.
Thanks to the ArtSpark initiative, every elementary school in the district receives two ArtSpark programs each year. In the 2018-2019 school year we reached 6,698 elementary students and provided 1,612 hours of arts education, with 76% of this programming based in Title I schools. This is a 60% increase in the number of hours of arts education provided before ArtSpark was implemented.
Many schools lack the resources needed to support arts education on their own. Your support is essential to continuing opportunities for Eugene elementary students to make art in school. Please donate to ArtSpark today!
“Our puppetry program was absolutely phenomenal! It was extremely engaging, great classroom management, and everyone felt successful. Students had a chance to experience freedom for creativity and to grow a different part of their brain.” –Mitzi Shirk, Teacher at Edgewood Elementary
“I heard students saying ‘I want to be an artist when I grow up’ and ‘I want to be an art teacher’ - these residencies are truly fostering a love for the arts among our young people! Students learned color mixing, drawing and painting at a large scale, and working together to solve problems in a group workspace.” –Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, Muralist, Teaching Artist at Charlemagne Elementary
“Art is my outlet. When I’m drawing, I feel at home. There are no rules, no judgments, no negativity.” –5th grade student, ArtSpark participant, César Chávez Elementary