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Beaverton Art Literacy 2014

Why We Need You!

We Believe...

Art Teaches Problem Solving. Making art teaches that there is more than one solution to the same problem. Art challenges our beliefs and encourages open-ended thinking that creates an environment of questions rather than answers.

Art Prepares Kids for the Future. Creative, open-minded people are highly desired in all career paths. Being creative is a life long skill and can be used in every day situations.

Art Generates a Love of Learning & New Ideas. Art teaches risk taking, learning from one’s mistakes, and being open to other possibilities. Kids who are creative are also curious and passionate about knowing more.

Art is Big Business. At the core of the multi-billion dollar film and video game industry are artists creating images and stories. Every commercial product is designed by artists from chairs to cars, space stations to iPods.

Art Develops the Whole Brain. Art strengthens focus and increases attention, develops hand-eye coordination, requires practice and strategic thinking, and involves interacting with the material world through different tools and art mediums.

Art Improves Holistic Health. Art builds self-esteem, increases motivation and student attendance, improves grades and communications, nurtures teamwork, and strengthens our relationship to the environment.

Art Supports Emotional Intelligence. Art supports the expression of complex feelings that help kids feel better about themselves and helps them understand others by “seeing” what they have expressed and created.

Art Builds Community. Art reaches across racial stereotypes, religious barriers, and socio-economical levels and prejudices. Seeing other culture's creative expression allows everyone to be more connected and less isolated - "we see how we are all related." Art creates a sense of belonging.

Art Awakens the Senses. Art opens the heart and mind to possibilities and fuels the imagination. Art is a process of learning to create ourselves and experience the world in new ways..

Art is Eternal. Creativity and self-expression has always been essential to our humanity. Our earliest creative expressions were recorded in petroglyphs, cave paintings, and ancient sculptures. One of the first things kids do is draw, paint, and use their imaginations to play.

From the Chalkboard Project Mark Wagner 2008

Volunteer Today!

We have a need for community and parent volunteers!

Please consider becoming an Art Literacy Volunteer. There is no cost to you, all materials and training are provided by school Art Literacy Coordinators and several of our schools need volunteers to present Art Literacy in classrooms. 

 You do not need to be a parent of a student to participate!

Become a part of the volunteer community bringing art to Beaverton classrooms.

Contact Jill Bogle at for information.


The Beaverton School District in Beaverton, Oregon is home to an exceptional volunteer-staffed elementary and middle school art education program called Art Literacy.



Nancy Ryles Art Show May 2013




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