As we near the Christmas season and the New Year, the Youth Arts for Change (YAC) program chug chugs along! This year presented us with many challenges, but we have been able to adapt, change, and create new ways to bring art programming to Clackamas County youth.

Our partnerships remain strong and are poised to become stronger in 2021. Baker Prairie Middle School is in the midst of their programming, working on a number of projects that will culminate in visual artist books that will serve as a snapshot into their lives at this moment in time. YAC’s focus has always been on utilizing art as a catalyst for self expression and positive change, and with students stuck at home unable to go out and be involved in regular community activities, our online programs give them a chance to connect with other youth in a safe and laid back atmosphere. Artwork by these students will be open to the public and displayed in Clackamas County’s Development Services Building on March 9th. Projects include: Zentangle hand art, tape paintings, solar prints, pour paintings, and more!

Parrot Creek Ranch has also been a great partner during these trying times. For the first time, Youth Arts for Change has developed short video lessons to support teaching staff at the ranch. Since there are so many restrictions with COVID, our teaching artists cannot physically be at the ranch to teach. In this way, YAC can support our partners by allowing them the flexibility to choose which projects to do and when. Partners can walk through each project provided with a written lesson plan and instructions, as well as the video, and deliver the arts instruction themselves. We are so grateful to our partner for their openness and flexibility in order to keep everyone safe and healthy. We can’t wait to hear feedback from them once their projects wrap  in mid-March!

We know that by working together with our partners, being open to change, and being flexible, there’s nothing we can’t tackle! The arts continue to be as important as ever and we continue to be laser focused on providing the best arts programming in the county. With 2020 under our belt, we’ve learned a lot and cannot wait to continue to improve programming and create offerings for youth in our community.

Have a safe and artsy holiday break!

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