Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley awarded grant from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation

(image via Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley)
(image via Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley)

(image via Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley) EUGENE, Ore. — Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation to implement a robust art program which will serve over 150 youth, the organization’s Resource Development Coordinator.

According to the organization, the Art Sparks to Help Youth Thrive project will give kids a voice through the arts, provide an outlet for self-expression, foster creativity, equip youth with social-emotional skills to cope with stress, effectively express emotions, tackle adversities and reframe difficult situations. This endeavor will bring together professional artists, volunteers, and mentors to provide youth access to fine art opportunities including sculpting, sketching, watercolor and photography. At the conclusion of the program, youth will share their work in a fine art exhibit and photo contest.

Matt Sorensen, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley, said, “We are grateful for Cow Creek’s investment to give 150 local kids the opportunity to unleash their creativity and nurture a healthy expression of themselves through art. With this grant we will partner with a variety of local artists to enhance the Art Spark experience and reach more youth.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley operates two Clubhouse locations, one in Westmoreland and the other in Bethel School District.

In 2022, nearly 300 youth participated in afterschool programs and summer camps.

“By providing youth with a variety of healthy choices, a hot meal and access to caring adult role models, we can […]

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