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|Eight "World of Work" Projects Awarded to Introduce Underserved Oregon Youth to Arts Careers|
|(December 18, 2013) Dozens of underserved Oregon youth will test drive artistic careers alongside working professionals in eight “Connecting Students to the World of Work” projects announced today by the Oregon Arts Commission. Designed to expose underserved students in grades six through 12 to arts-related industries, the “World of Work” program is funded by the Oregon Legislature (HB3232).
This grant program is a powerful opportunity to make strategic investments in some of Oregon’s most underserved youth populations,” says Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission.“ A strong body of research demonstrates that the arts contribute to academic success for high school students from low socio-economic backgrounds, English language learners and students with special needs. Students show an improvement in state test scores, increased attendance and participation, reduced drop-out rates and higher likelihood of completion a post-secondary degree – all outcomes which align with Oregon’s 40-40-20 graduation goal.
Grants awarded total $281,535; the press announcement with project descriptions are listed here .
The awarded applications are listed below as follows:
Arts Education/Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Oregon Arts Commission
775 Summer St. NE Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 986-0085 phone
(503) 986-0260 fax
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