The Arts Council of Pendleton was among 17 recipients from across the state that received $10,000 Arts Learning grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

The arts council will use the funds to support one year’s delivery of arts instruction for 800-900 kindergarten through 12th students and teachers. The support will be provided at both Pendleton Center for the Arts and in Eastern Oregon schools.

Arts Learning grants are designed to support high-quality projects that provide a responsive opportunity for learning in and through the arts to benefit youths. In addition, it seeks to foster an exchange of knowledge between artists and educators, and impact the achievement, skills and/or attitudes of learners.

Other regional recipients included Fishtrap. Based in Joseph, the organization will use its grant to support and enhance its youth programs, which offer a continuum of writing instruction for students across Eastern Oregon.

“We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year’s applications, and are confident that the education of students around the state will be enriched as a result,” said Christopher Acebo, commission chair. “The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn.”

For more information, contact Carrie Kikel at 503-986-0081, or visit

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