The Studio to School Learning Community has been an important way to connect arts educator providers from around the state and inspire each other in our work. It gave Lane Arts Council the opportunity to learn about the needs across the state and how schools and organizations are working to address those needs. Overall, we are inspired and hopeful that the state will increase support for arts education because of this dedicated and passionate group of people.
The learning community might shape our work going forward as we develop our programs or increase partnership across the state. The first step to partnership is building relationships. We now are connected with each other and can build from there. Possibilities could include statewide trainings, conferences and advocacy. I would love for us to develop an arts education funding campaign in partnership with the Cultural Advocacy Coalition.
During convenings, I loved hearing stories around successes and challenges while sitting next to folks during lunch or in-between sessions. A particular activity that stands out as especially impactful include 1) being in Sisters and learning how the entire community supports the arts and 2) the Leads meeting in Portland a few years when we had an informal conversation about needs and opportunities.
I love learning more informally and through connections and conversations. I found that more helpful than the more formal trainings. I would recommend that OCF would expand the interpersonal connective piece in future learning communities.
Overall, I believe this is a fantastic concept and Lane Arts Council would love to continue to be part of statewide convenings. Each year Lane Arts attends the statewide arts education convening hosted by Young Audiences. This provides another informal avenue for arts education coordinators to connect about needs and opportunities.
Thank you for your work on this!
Submitted by Liora Sponko