Studio to School is a multi-year grant program to support 18 collaborative projects between schools and community arts organizations to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication. Activities can occur both during the school day and in out-of-school time.

Through this project, The Oregon Community Foundation aims to increase arts opportunities for underserved youth in grades K-8 and to support communities in strengthening their networks and capacity to offer year-round arts education.

The Studio to School Initiative is being evaluated by a team of staff in OCF’s Research Program. Over the five years of the Studio to School Initiative, the evaluation team will collect and analyze information about the work of the grantee project teams and OCF staff in order to answer the following key evaluation questions:

  1. How and how well is the Initiative building knowledge and consensus around what quality, sustainable arts education looks like?
  2. What arts education programs are grantees developing through their projects, and how?
  3. What does successful, quality, sustainable arts education programming look like (considering the context in which grantees are operating)?
  4. What outcomes are evident for those involved in the grantee projects and Initiative – students; parents/family members; arts education providers and arts organization staff; school teachers and staff; and other community members? What larger systems outcomes are evident?

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