May is National Arts Education Month. To celebrate the work of our island youth, a month-long student art exhibit is held at the Orcas Center each year. This work features A-OK art from K-8 classes as well as incredible pieces from the High School students. Join us for an artist reception Friday, May 3rd from 5:30-7pm.
Since 2014, A-OK (Art for Orcas Kids), has operated as a program under the umbrella of OIEF (Orcas Island Education Foundation). A-OK receives grant money from OIEF, OICF (Orcas Island Community Foundation), and ARTSWA (Washington State Arts Commission), as well as from fundraising events, including Clay Café, the A-OK “Garage Sale,” and private donations to keep the program afloat. In addition, A-OK participates in the OICF Holiday Catalog and the Rosario Festival of Trees. Orcas Island School District recognizes art as a state mandated core subject, and supports A-OK by providing a Certified Staff member to work alongside our teaching artists in the art classes.
A-OK provides talented local artists to work with the classes of the public elementary and middle schools. These teaching artists inspire students, and help them bring the visual arts to life through age-appropriate projects. The opportunity for students to work with real artists, tap into their imaginations, and create works of their own can be transformative in the lives of our children.
Learn more about the A-OK program and how to get involved: https://oief.org/programs/a-ok/