The Oregonian published an interesting article about how few elementary students receive arts education in Portland. The article debates a claim by the Creative Advocacy Network that 77% of students graduate elementary school without being exposed to art by stating that many kids get art exposure through collage, puppet making, or other side projects at least once before graduating. However, they did find it mostly true that around 77% of elementary school kids will not get to take an art class at school.
This is all the more reason to support organizations that advocate for the arts in our communities and to get kids involved. We’ll post the dates of the next time that we’ll be out painting the Hub/ Community Garden mural (weather permitting). If you want to get involved, we welcome you to come on down!