Accomplishments

Here are some of our accomplishments – working from the most
recent to the beginning of WAAC time.

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2015-2016:  THE YEAR OF TRANSITION FOR OUR NON-PROFIT

Over a course of this past year, we talked with parents and schools to understand what is needed to support arts in education.  We realized that much of the work that we have done  is now being successfully managed by our schools.  With the Portland arts tax in place,  our schools are including more arts in education than we have seen in many years!

So we thought hard about how we would like to change our organization and came up with a new, exciting initiative called Creativity Speaks!  Please see our new website.  We hope you will join us on October 8, 2016.

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September 2016:  9th Annual Chalk Festival

WAAC passed the hosting of the 9th Chalk Art Festival in September 2016 to Rieke Elementary School. Artists of all ages came together and transformed the sidewalks into an outdoor splash of color.

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November 2015:  6th Annual IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS

Our final year with In the Bag!  Thank you Linda Doyle for giving all your enthusiasm, and skills to make these very successful.  The fall of 2015, WAAC once again  raised $12,000 to support the arts at Wilson High School.   Thank you volunteers and thanks to everyone who generously donated  purses, bags, and other items.

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September 2015:  8th Annual Chalk Festival

WAAC hosted its 8th Chalk Art Festival in September in front of Rieke Elementary School. Artists of all ages came together and transformed the sidewalks into an outdoor splash of color.

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November 2014:  5th Annual IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS

Everyone did it again!  This year over $12,000 was raised to support the arts at Wilson High School.   Thank you volunteers and thanks to everyone who generously donated  purses, bags, and other items.

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September 2014:  7th Annual Chalk Festival

WAAC hosted its 7th Chalk Art Festival on Sunday, September 7, 2014  in front of Rieke Elementary School. Artists of all ages came together and transformed the sidewalks into an outdoor splash of color.

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April 2014:  Jazz and Pizza Night Fundraiser

We had fun and we raised close to $1,000 for our Small Grants Program.  Thanks everyone!

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November 2013: 4th Annual IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS
We collected over 1,200 items and raised over $11,000 to support the arts at Wilson High School.

Thanks to you and many generous businesses and celebrities, over 1,200 purses and other items were donated. Over $11,000 was raised for the arts at Wilson from the sale and silent auction.

Thanks to you, we are helping to pay for:

• Theatrical Acoustic Auditorium Curtains
• Ceramics Wheel
• Digital Media Apple Server
• Photography Flatbed Scanner
• Pentax 35mm SLR Cameras
• Advanced Art Printing Screens & Supplies
• Wood Shop, Metal Shop & Architectural Drawing Tools & Equipment

“Responding to the challenges of today’s culture requires the influence of artistic creativity and imagination. Thank you WAAC for your continued support of the arts.” – Lisa Pieren, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics Teacher

“There is no greater cause than encouraging the creativity of the young artist.” – Matthew Carlson, Advanced Art, AP Studio Art, Photography, Advanced Photography, & AP Studio Art Photography Teacher

“Two years ago this program was shuttered. This year the technical arts has 176 students in 6 classes. Art programs, and specifically manual arts courses, are notoriously expensive to run. Without the support of our community and WAAC, we would be hard pressed to maintain a well-equipped facility.” – Steve Walmer, Wood Shop, Metal Shop, & Architectural Design Teacher

“Bringing the students and work together through a server.” – Martin Douglass, Digital Media Design, Advanced Digital Media Design, & Web Design Teacher

“Support from our community enhances the learning experiences for all of our students.” – Marie Pearson, Draw-Paint-Print, 3-D Design, Advanced Art, & AP Studio Art Teacher

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!” Margaret Murer, Wilson Choirs Director

“Wilson stands unique among Portland high schools in not only the value it places on Arts education, but in the freedom it allots it?s instructors to pursue truly challenging projects. WHS Arts instructors challenge their students, pushing them beyond creating entertainments or decoration, and into provoking discussion about the world around them. Thanks as always to those who have supported WAAC and In The Bag!” Jamie Miller, Wilson Artistic Director/Theatre Teacher

Thank you,
Linda DoyleJaci Evans, and Carolyn Grill Event organizers

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September 2013:  6th Annual Chalk Art Festival
WAAC hosted its 6th Chalk Art Festival on Sunday, September 8, 2013 and celebrated the arts in our schools on the sidewalk in front of Rieke Elementary School.  Artists of all ages came together and transformed the sidewalks into an outdoor splash of color. Artists and admirers enjoyed face painting thanks to Taylor Stroup, Helen Griffith-Jones and Dennis Jones. A big thank you goes out to Jen Evans, who for the last six years as shown up to draw the WAAC logo on the sidewalk for all to see!

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November 2012: 3rd Annual IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS

We collected over 850 purses and other items. Over 500 mimosas were served. And, we raised $9,000 in much need funds for choir, orchestra, band, drama, and visual arts at Wilson High School and helped pay for new band instruments and repairs, a printmaking etching press, stage drapes, sheet music, field trip scholarships, darkroom camera repair, drafting drill drivers/belt sander, band festival/parades transportation costs, digital media software, stage lighting/sound hardware, band uniforms, and print/draw/photography/ceramics supplies.

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September 2012:  5th Annual Chalk Art Festival
WAAC hosted its 5th Chalk Art Festival on Sunday, September 9, 2012.  We celebrated the arts in our schools at the Hillsdale Farmers Market on the sidewalk in front of Rieke Elementary School.  Artists and admirers enjoyed face painting thanks to Taylor Stroup, Helen Griffith-Jones and Dennis Jones. Fun was had for everyone through magic and unicycling thanks to Sean Oulashin, Christopher Sessions, and Brian Adams! Thanks to Jaci Evans for the photos. A big thank you goes out to Jen Evans, who for the last five years as shown up early to draw the WAAC logo on the sidewalk for all to see!

Check out the photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/lsdoylewaac/ChalkArt2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCPmfpczXuIvfCQ&feat=email

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August 2012: WAAC Marched in Multnomah Days Parade
We marched in our second parade on Saturday, August 18, 2012!  Musicians of all ages playing “When the Saints Come Marching In” and “America the Beautiful” and were surrounded by avid supporters of the arts in the schools. We are already planning for next year! Thank you to those that made it happen! Thank you Multnomah Village!

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March 2012: Family Bingo Night
all proceeds benefit our “Small Grants” program held at the Multnomah Arts Center.

Fun, Smiles and Bingo guaranteed! Prizes for the lucky ones (or skilled). Food and Drink were available for purchase. Proceeds of Bingo Night were used to support the WAAC Small Grants Program, funding arts education programs at Wilson H.S., Robert Gray M.S., Jackson M.S., Maplewood, Hayhurst, Capitol, Markham, Stephenson and Rieke Elementary Schools in SW Portland.

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February 2012: Grant Awarded to WAAC
WAAC received OnPoint Community Credit Union grant ($1,000) to support the educational experiences for our high school students and quality entertainment for our community through the Wilson High School Theatre Arts Program, and to support our Small Grants Program for visual arts, band, choir, dance, music, or anything that helps strengthen arts education in our nine schools.

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November 2011: “In the Bag” … Great Sale for A Great Cause!
For the 2nd Annual “In the Bag: benefit for the arts at Wilson High School” we collected over 1,000 new and gently used purses and handbags, and over $7,000 was raised for choir, orchestra, band, drama, and visual arts programs at Wilson High School. Stay tuned for another update on how the funds are going to be used.

Many thanks to our friends at O’Connors and all who donated, shopped, bought and/or volunteered, with a very special thank you to Carolyn Grill. Special thanks to Paloma ClothingSwitch Shoes & ClothingO’ConnorsKeyBank HillsdaleSip D’Vine WineshopUPS HillsdaleHaircolor Salon Dirk, and Erica Meyers for their help as donation sites. We are especially grateful to the young musicians who performed at the purse sale.

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November 2011: Purse donations continue to make positive difference
The 2011 purse sale fundraiser is over, but those benefitting from the event continues. As we cleaned up after the event, we learned that students in our larger community could benefit from these purses and bags. So we gladly passed on some of these “jewels” to the Tigard-Tualatin School District Adult Transition Program and to The Circus Project.

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September 2011: WAAC’s 4th Annual Chalk Art Festival
once again transformed sidewalks
Artists of all ages transformed the sidewalks into an outdoor splash of color under sunny skies.  Everyone enjoyed live music, face painting, and cool shave ice.

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August 2011: WAAC Marches in Multnomah Days Parade
We marched in our first-ever parade!  We had an amazing group of musicians of all ages playing “When the Saints Come Marching In” and were surrounded by avid supporters of the arts in the schools. We are already planning for next year! Thank you to those that made it happen! Thank you Multnomah Village! 

“A great parade and fun for the whole family!! Thanks for letting us be a part of the festivities and promotion team for the Purse Sale and Chalk Art festival.” Jeff Evans

“That was fun! WAAC worked their magic once again!!” Gail Lembke

“If you missed the Multnomah Days Parade, you missed the awesome WAAC marching band! They may have been small, but could they play. Thanks to everyone who came and to everyone who cheered us on.” Carolyn Grill

“The positive response from the smiling parade spectators to our band made the whole experience for us who were marching with WAAC very joyful. We invite anyone who wants to show their support for arts in education to join us next August in the parade and we hope to be a large crowd of marchers and musicians.” Liz Garnand

See you next year!   Check out the photos.

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March 2011: WAAC Awards Six Grants
The WAAC Board received applications for the latest round of our “Small Grants” program. Six applications were deemed to meet the criteria and were awarded amounts ranging from $100 to $350. The grants went to:

  • Rieke Elementary School – Support a new Performing Arts Troupe resulting in a small play with 3rd through 5th grade students this spring.
  • Wilson High School Visual Arts – Purchase art supplies for upcoming community art exhibits.
  • Markham Elementary School – Purchase art supplies for their artist-in-residence program.
  • Maplewood Elementary School – Help pay for a guest artist to teach staff art lessons centered on their green spaces at school.
  • Wilson High School Dance Team – Help pay for transportation and event fees for upcoming competitions.
  • Capitol Hill Elementary School – Help pay for a new Grand Staff – Music Mentorship Program where selected students learn about musical instruments, genres, and history
  • from professional musicians.

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November 2010: In The Bag: Benefit for the Arts
The first ever “In the Bag” new and gently used purse and handbag sale and auction on November 14, 2010 exceeded all expectations.  Over 600 purses were donated, and over $5000 was raised to help the Wilson High School choir, orchestra, band and musical theater programs.  Click here to view photos, hear reactions and read more. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

September 2010: 3rd Annual WAAC Chalk Festival 
A free Chalk Festival was held on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at the Hillsdale Farmers. Artists arrived, picked up their bucket of chalk and headed to their little corner of the sidewalk to create, to transform their vision at the 3rd Annual Chalk Art Festival on September 12, 2010. Visitors walk by stunned and amazed at the talent and the artwork taking shape right in front of them.  Click here to learn more.

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April 2010: 2nd “Live @ O’Connors” SW PDX Young Musicians Concert
Featured performances by local SW Portland high school musicians drew another hug crowd to the April 25, 2010 concert at O’Connors in Multnomah Village.  Thanks to all those who participated.

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December 2009: SW PDX Young Musicians are a hit!
A standing room only crowd attended the CD Release Party showcase performance on December 13, 2009 by young musicians at O’Connors in Multnomah Village. The whole evening was a chance for the young musicians in our community to show off their talents, and the resounding approval from the audience showed that the evening was a big hit for all those who performed and attended. Primal Digital, LLC and the Wilson Area Arts Council cohosted the event and a separate CD was produced and sold promoting these talented young artists.

For the complete review, artwork and photos, click here:
http://www.wilsonarts.org/SW_PDX_CD/Review.htm

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November 2009: WAAC Awards Four Grants
The WAAC Board received four applications for the latest round of our “Small Grants” program. All were deemed to have merit and were awarded amounts ranging from $150 – $350. The grants went to:

• Rieke Elementary music program for a media projector.
• Odyssey (Hayhurst) Middle School Journalism Club for general expenses.
• Robert Gray Middle School for their spring production of Grease.
• Hayhurst Elementary School “Lyrical Lessons” music program for sheet music and other curriculum materials.

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October 2009: Grant Awarded to WAAC
WAAC submitted a grant proposal to Juan Young Trust to secure money for instruments in the Wilson Area Cluster. $3000 was awarded which has helped WAAC to purchase a Baritone and with the remaining money to use towards a French Horn combined with future fundraising efforts. See our Instrument Drive for more program overview.

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September 2009: 2nd Annual WAAC Chalk Art Festival
A free Chalk Art Festival was held on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at the Hillsdale Farmers Market, sidewalk in front of Rieke Elementary School from 10am to 2pm. All ages/ abilities participated and the SW Portland community was invited including families from Wilson HS, Robert Gray MS, Jackson MS, Hayhurst School, Capitol Hill ES, Rieke ES, Markham ES, Stephenson ES, Maplewood ES. Click here to learn more:

http://www.wilsonarts.org/chalk-art/chalk.htm

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January 2009: Four WAAC “Small Grants” were awarded
Funds went to Maplewood for an annual arts magazine; to Capitol Hill for their lunchtime choir program; to Stephenson for a document camera and projector; and to Robert Gray for their spring musical Bye Bye Birdie.

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April 2009: Wilson High School Holds a First Career Pathways Day
On April 17th 2009 the Wilson HS PTA and the Wilson Area Arts Council joined forces to host the first Career Pathways in the Arts Day at Wilson High School. Approximately 35 arts career professionals met with over 500 Wilson High School students to talk about careers in arts related fields. The fields of graphic design, acting, film production, photography, web design, culinary arts, theater, retail fashion, journalism and digital arts, among others, were represented. Thanks to Wilson PTA for co-sponsoring the event with WAAC.

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September 2008: WAAC’s first Chalk Art Festival transformed sidewalks
At the Hillsdale Farmers Market WAAC held its first Chalk Festival . Artists of all ages transformed the sidewalks into an outdoor splash of color, from fantastic dragons to vibrant pink bicycles. Under sunny skies, the artists and admirers enjoyed live music, face painting, kids musical instrument table, and cool lemonade.

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Spring 2008: WAAC awarded funds to Wilson Speech & Debate Team
After the team was named the 2009 Oregon State Champs, WAAC was proud to be a sponsor to help with the cost for students’ trip to the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Alabama.

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2007- Current: WAAC engages with district leaders in community input
WAAC makes an ongoing effort to meet with PPS administratrion, including Greg Baker and others, to discuss values, concerns and ideas of parents in the community regarding arts education in our cluster.

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Winter 2008: WAAC partnered with Wilson Choirs to fundraise and purchase four new choir risers
Wilson concert Choir, Wilsingers, qualified to represent the PIL at the 2009 Oregon State Choir Championships. The scores were the highest in the PIL for the first time since the Oregon State qualifying festivals/rounds began back in 1989.

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December 2008: WAAC organized school music groups to perform at Hillsdale Holiday event
Robert Gray Panache choir, Ainsworth choir, Wilson fiddle/snare drum group, Rieke/Gray Girl Scout Cadets Troop 1726 from Rieke/Robert Gray, Hayhurst choir, and Wilson band members all performed holiday tunes for the community.

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2007-08: WAAC volunteers developed a complete set of 25 Art Literacy Lesson Boxes
Four new boxes were added this year, to complete the stocking of the Art Resource Room at Robert Gray, plus 70 lessons are available in PDF format. These resources are available to the entire Wilson cluster. For more information contactliz.garnand@gmail.com.

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WAAC blessed with your donations of money and time
WAAC continues to reach out to the SW Portland community to raise funds for grants and programs. Plus, WAAC has received hundreds of volunteer hours from individuals who dedicate their time, talents and energy in making a difference. We owe a special thanks to our school liaisons who helped keep us up to date on events in their schools.

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2008: GoodSearch/GoodShop donated penny to WAAC every time you searched internet
WAAC has received over $500 since we enrolled in the program in 2008. The more people use GoodSearch, the more money will be directed towards WAAC and the arts in our schools. The sky is the limit, so please spread the word!

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Other Programs over the Years:

Over a 1000 families receive our monthly email newsletter
Parents, teachers and students were able to keep up on events and concerts in our schools; success stories celebrating our students; opportunities to support arts education, and more.

2005 to Current: Free Ballet
Free ballet performances and sponsored buses for elementary and middle schools have been available through WAAC through a partnership with with the Portland Ballet (formerly called Pacific Artists Ballet Theatre) to bring many students to free ballet performances over the years:

• The Firebird – May, 2005 [ Evaluation Report]
• La Boutique Fantasque – December, 2005
• Paquita – May, 2006
• La Boutique Fantasque – December, 2006
• Les Sylphides – May, 2007
• Spring Ballet – May, 2009

2005 to Current: Visual Arts
WAAC set up an Art Resource Center to support Wilson Cluster volunteers and art teachers in 2005 which is still in operation today. Since its inception art literacy curriculum have been added to the resource room each year. Thanks to a WAAC grant, art visual supplies and books were purchased for the Art Resource Room. Currently the art resource center provides:
• 25 Art Literacy Curriculum Units
• 70 Lesssons and Visual Aids through a WAAC and PPS grant and through working with Lake Oswego Art Literacy volunteers

2006 to Current: Instrument Drive
An instrument drive was promoted starting in early 2007 to procure very much-needed used and new instruments for our students:
• About 24 instruments have been donated to-date. See our Instrument Drive page for details.

Wilson High School Events
Financial and volunteer support of Wilson High School arts events:
• The Crucible – November, 2005
• Merry Wives of Windsor – March, 2006
• Art Extravaganza – May, 2005, & 2006
• Culture Night – May, 2006 & 2007
• Trojanantics Choir Performance – May, 2007

Other support efforts
• Outreach to parent and community members in the cluster via a monthly newsletter covering arts opportunities and events in the area
• Postcard publication to promote the arts events in our nine schools during Spring, 2007
• Public forums focused on arts education in our schools
• Additional resources for the arts in our schools