Gresham charter students receive grant to explore careers in art
Students will help Troutdale Historical Society promote highway exhibit
With digital media paving the way of the future, Troutdale historians turned to Gresham web design students for help in marketing their upcoming exhibit: King of Roads: Byway of the People.
Oregon Arts Commission has awarded Greshams Center for Advanced Learning a $50,000 grant for students to develop an ad campaign and promotional website for the Troutdale Historical Societys 100th anniversary celebration of the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Junior and senior CAL students of Cane Prevosts advertising and digital media courses will work with Gresham ad agency Lewis Creative in an internship this summer to begin work on the website.
I am totally thrilled to have a group of really smart young people partnering with us, said Troutdale Historical Society exhibit planner Len Otto.
Otto is hoping the project will be provide a meaningful experience for students while helping to put the historical societys 2016 exhibit on the map.
I want people to be able to type in Historic Columbia River Highway and we are one of the first hits on their site, Otto said.
The Troutdale Historical Society began talks with Carol Egan, director of Gresham Center for Advanced Learning last summer when the two decided to partner with Lewis Creative and develop the project.
Meanwhile, Oregon Arts Commission was offering grants to connect students to the world of work.
The Gresham charter schools grant is the largest of eight grants the Oregon Arts Commission awarded across the state this December as part of its Connecting Students to the World of Work program.
The World of work program is a brand new program made possible by House Bill 3232, a bill the Legislature passed in early July declaring emergency investment in state education.
It is an investment that spoke to the need to prepare young people better for careers, said Carrie Kikel, spokeswoman at the Oregon Arts Commission.
Money was designated to the arts commission to support projects for underserved students grade six through 12 to test drive art careers in the professional world by doing internships, mentorships and job shadows.
Starting this summer, four Gresham CAL student interns will work with Lewis Creative and the Troutdale Historical Society to build their skills in web design, advertising and marketing.
I am hoping we can bring out a spark of passion in some of those kids, Otto said, Maybe somebody will turn something like this into a career.Add a comment