On Wednesday, April 6, the Ashland Art Center (AAC) received a wonderful surprise in the form of a huge and beautiful cake shaped like an artist’s palette. The cake was a “Thank You” gift from the Culinary Arts students at Ashland Middle School to our very own Denise Baxter and all the folks at AAC.
Two years ago, Ashland Art Center partnered with Ashland Middle School to reignite arts curriculum at the school. Budget cuts had forced several art programs to be cut at Ashland Middle School and other school across the state, in spite of the clear evidence that arts education is beneficial to young people in a myriad of ways, from enhanced cognitive and problem-solving skills, better social skills, to lower incidences of school drop-outs and higher SAT scores. Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) created the Studio-to-Schools program to restore arts education to schools by partnering with arts organization around the state. Ashland Art Center was one of only 16 sites in the states to be awarded the grant. With funding from OCF in place, programs in music, visual arts, film/video arts, and culinary arts at Ashland Middle School once again began to grow and thrive. Today and into the future, features of arts education are being incorporated into the AMS curriculum so that all kids have the chance to benefit from arts education.
To express their appreciation the AMS Culinary Arts students, with support from teacher Jamie Hayden and volunteer Dan LaFonde, baked and decorated the artist’s palette cake. Check out the great pictures and the Daily Tidings article here: http://www.dailytidings.com/sports/20160406/culinary-creativity
Then join us at Ashland Art Center on Friday, May 6, for Ashland’s First Friday. The cake will be on display and served to visitors. Come join the fun!