Liberty Arts' 'We Art Together' brought creativity to Siskiyou students, seniors
A program initiated by Liberty Arts brought the arts to students and seniors throughout Siskiyou County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The art education outreach program "We Art Together" replaced the nonprofit's traditional "Explorations" gallery-visits program, said Barbara Soule, Art Education Director for Liberty Arts in Yreka.
She said the outreach served 14 schools and groups throughout the county, with special attention to the more distant, rural locations, during both distance and hybrid-learning protocols. It provided more than 1,200 individual art projects to students and seniors in all areas of the county, including far-flung Happy Camp, Seiad Valley and Dunsmuir that don't normally participate in the visit program.
The We Art Together program was supported by the California Arts Council and Pacific Power Foundation with the goal of exposing new art to students by creating projects adapted from concurrent gallery exhibitions, Soule said.
She coordinated the project along with Maureen Williams.
Feedback from both educators and students has been highly encouraging, said Soule. "Teachers have appreciated the fully-planned projects, and the children loved their very own binder packets, and using the provided materials in personally creative ways."
Artwork from a second grade class at Dunsmuir Elementary will be on display at Fairchild Medical Center throughout June, Soule said.
In addition, art projects were sent to seniors who were homebound during the pandemic so they could stay connected with the outside world through art.
Due to uncertainty in funding, We Art Together is tentative for the returning school year, Soule said. They've reapplied for grants and are hopeful they will again be successful to keep the program going.
Contact Liberty Arts at email@example.com or 530-842-0222.