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We are thrilled to announce that Sitka is partnering with Nestucca Valley Grade School and others to offer a 6-week enrichment program for local kids this summer. Starting in July, approximately 100 Pre-K – 8th grade kids will attend science labs in the morning and Sitka art workshops in the afternoon, all exploring our natural environment and our roles in sustaining healthy ecosystems, local culture and social kindness with an overarching theme of "What we do matters.” The program is available free of charge to all Nestucca Valley Grade Schoolers and will take place onsite at the school.
Kids will explore salmon and stream preservation, air quality awareness, recycling, community service, the role of pollinators within our ecosystem and more. Hands-on art activities will introduce a variety of mediums and techniques including acrylic and watercolor plein air painting, mosaics, sculpting, drawing, paper making and book narration and illustration. In addition to creating a selection of individual take-away projects, the entire student body will also work on a large scale collaborative art installation facilitated by local and visiting professional artists from the Sitka community.
This summer youth arts workshop series is made possible through the generous support of the K-12 Summer Learning Fund of Oregon Community Foundation and a special Oregon Department of Education summer enrichment funding program. Through these funding partners, gifts made to Sitka in support of our Youth Arts Program operations now through August will be matched three dollars to one.