Funding allows local vets/families to take free art classes

By on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

CANYON CITY – Grant County Veteran Services Officer Katee Hoffman informed our newsroom recently that thanks to special funding, Grant County veterans, their spouses and their children will be able to take art classes for free at Painted Sky Center for the Arts.

Hoffman said Painted Sky will send the bill to the center for veterans and their loved ones, and Grant County Veteran’s Services will reimburse the center thanks to recent grant moneys. Find additional details for local veterans by visiting Katee at Veteran Services, located at the county “L” building on East Main in John Day.

Painted Sky has also received funding for summer youth programs. See the press release below:

(Press Release from Painted Sky Center for The Arts)

 Juniper Arts Council has received the Oregon Community Summer Grant for $180,367 through the Oregon Association of Service Districts (OAESD) to fund Painted Sky Center for the Arts (PSCA) summer programming.

Painted Sky Center for the Arts is a project of Juniper Arts Council, a nonprofit organization serving Grant County.  PSCA offers arts education, workshops, and exhibit opportunities and currently offers the following arts classes: visual arts (i.e. painting, drawing, fiber), theater productions, literary arts classes, after-school arts programming, youth summer programs, ceramics, and classes in traditional leatherworking.

The Oregon Community Summer Grant will be used for PSCA summer programming that includes middle school/high school enrichment events (movies, yoga, and crafts in the park), daily elementary arts and cultural instruction, early learners’ art events, and outdoor enrichment events. Summer programming will be held with a “World Tour” theme to bring a fun, festive, cultural element to the programming. 

Daily elementary arts and cultural education instruction is planned from June 27 through August 19 th from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding the week of July 4th and holidays). High school enrichment activities include movies, yoga, and crafts in the park. 

With the Oregon Community Summer Grant, PSCA will offer more programming with an increase in daily duration, dates, times, and students. Grant funding will provide wages to staff, community outreach/marketing, supplies, and food for youth. These funds will allow PSCA to expand programming exponentially. The 2022 programming is intended to serve approximately 450 area youth.

The Oregon Association of Education Service Districts (OAESD) is focused on addressing the opportunity gap in K-12 education by reducing socioeconomic, geographic, and racial inequities in youth success. Funded by the State of Oregon, OAESD is awarding $48 million for school-aged children to participate in community-based learning, enrichment, and recreation programs offered through non-profits and public agencies across the state during summer 2022.

For more information on PSCA summer programming or how you can support our community efforts, please visit or call 541-575-1335.