June 2021 Blog Post

It’s an exciting (and busy!) time for the Youth Arts for Change Program! This past year has been one of evolution and adaptation as we found new and creative ways to engage Clackamas youth in the arts. With wonderful partners like Todos Juntos, Parrott Creek Child and Family Services, and the Clackamas Juvenile Department, YAC has come out stronger, wiser and more flexible than ever! Over the course of the last year, youth from all of our partners received creative opportunities and instruction in a variety of media and techniques. Provided with their own art kits, our youth participants rose to the occasion (not a surprise, these kids are amazing!) and made stunning artwork imbued with their ideas, interests and dreams.

We are about to wrap up a second distance learning art program in collaboration with Todos Juntos in Canby for students from Baker Prairie Middle School. In the two programs, I had the amazing teaching opportunity to have the same group of students in both programs! Not only are these youth artistically talented, but have all done an amazing job of translating their ideas into visual art. I was consistently impressed not only with their work, but also of their commitment to these programs in their regular attendanceand creation of work despite the lack of an in-person setting. Over the course of these 2 programs, youth made Cubist Portraits, sculptures (using paper, cardboard and aluminum foil), zentangles, mandalas, abstract art and much more!

Building on what we have learned over the last year, we are also excited to be starting a new YAC program in collaboration with Todos Juntos in Sandy, providing a distance art program to their youth for the next 5 weeks! These youth also received their own art kits and we cannot wait to see what they create! YAC is also working on program planning for the next year and we look forward to continuing to serve Clackamas youth, whether in person or online, providing artistic opportunities, in a fun and engaging atmosphere to encourage reflection and positive expression!

– Lisa

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