Participation in music and fine arts programs in school has been shown to improve study habits, test scores and grades, and to enhance creativity, math and critical thinking skills. Simply put, music and arts programs make our kids better students and better thinkers. A child does not need to grow up to be an artist, musician, or actor to benefit from exposure to the creative arts.
Music and Arts Partners is an independent, volunteer, nonprofit organization of caring parents that works to fill the funding gaps for arts and music in the West Linn – Wilsonville School District and:
- Brings exceptional support to the district’s art students and programs
- Works to secure adequate resources for all arts programs in West Linn-Wilsonville Schools
- Supports and links arts educators
- Provides a district-wide arts communication network
- Develops partnerships with civic and business groups
As of June 2013, we have contributed over $750,000 to arts programs throughout the district.
MAP is a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust, “preserving and strengthening Oregon’s culture”. Through the dedicated efforts of our MAP grant writers, we receive awards from luminary foundations such as the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation, Dorothea M. Lensch Fund, and Juan Young Trust. These grants fund workshops, purchase musical instruments, furnish staging equipment for drama and art, sponsor large performance-based events, and bring professional artists-in-residence to the district to work with teachers and students. And, MAP is especially proud to sponsor scholarships for graduating seniors who appreciate how much Music and the Arts enrich their education today and tomorrow.