Mark your calendar to attend the 2019 ArtSpark gala event on April 26th at the Shedd Institute of the Arts in Eugene! Join us for an evening of food, drink, and fundraising to ignite opportunities for kids to make art in school. The event will feature oral and silent auction, dinner and entertainment, and art from our Eugene 4J students and best-loved Lane County artists.

ArtSpark Eugene is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Eugene, Lane Arts Council, Eugene Education Foundation, Eugene School District 4J, and other community sponsors to bring high-quality arts education programs to every elementary school in the 4J district. With the funding raised from the ArtSpark gala event, every student in the district will have the opportunity to experience the arts with a professional teaching artists.

During their ArtSpark residency, students work with professional Lane Arts Council teaching artists across a wide variety of artistic media, from cartooning to glass-fusing and claymation video production. Research shows that participation in the arts increases student engagement and graduation rates. Students also build confidence and gain important life and career skills such as persistence, creative thinking, innovation, and learning from mistakes. Because schools lack the resources needed to support high quality arts experiences on their own, community members have the opportunity to deeply impact thousands of students by participating in ArtSpark. When you buy a ticket and bid on art, weekend getaways, gift baskets, and wine, you are providing Eugene’s school-children the joy, confidence, and creativity that comes with hands-on arts experiences in the classroom.

Learn more about the ArtSpark initiative at http://www.artsparkeugene.org/

Learn more about Lane Arts Council’s arts education programs at http://lanearts.org/artist-residencies/