Partnerships and collaborations are not just buzzwords at the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, but are the core of all we do. Through forging relationships with Clackamas County organizations, agencies, educational institutions and artists we are able to provide a wide array of cultural experiences and services. These opportunities for our community reach all ages and backgrounds, magnifying the rich cultural resources that have long been a part of Clackamas County.
Todos Juntos is one of those organizations with which we are proud to collaborate. Founded by Eric Johnston in 2000, its mission is to develop partnerships that lead to the creation or enhancement of local resources and services to all youth and families. Todos Juntos is committed to academic success, recreation and healthy choices for underserved local youth. CCAA has built a strong relationship with Todos Juntos since 2013, partnering to bring arts and culture to youth.
In 2014, the Youth Arts for Change program and Todos Juntos spearheaded the Interview Project, a new program in Canby School District’s Baker Prairie Middle School, The Interview Project connects youth with their community by exploring the intersection of narrative and image-making. During the 8-week program, students work with a professional artist after school, using interviews and visual art to develop new skills and tell the stories of their community. The project helps them to create connections and understand the importance of participation. The Interview Project ends with a final exhibit and presentation by the students about the work they created and what they learned during their 8-week journey. We are about to embark on our third Interview Project season in January, and are excited to see what the youth create!
In 2016, the Arts Alliance collaborated with Todos Juntos on a program to integrate art for Molalla and Sandy middle school students with the dynamic Cesar Chavez history. This unique program was focused on creating murals that reflected what students were taught about the sweeping Chavez story and his life principles.