Americana Project Arts Outreach Scholarship (APAOS) provides arts-related scholarships and access to low-barrier arts programming to children in Sisters Country. Funding comes from foundations, businesses and individual donors. We couldn’t do what we do without their help. Thank you!

Sisters Folk Festival Inc. (SFF) and Family Access Network (FAN) formed a partnership in 2011. None of us knew the far-reaching impact APAOS would have in the community.  Children who were struggling are blossoming under the guidance of local music and art teachers. The key to the program’s success lies in offering long-term instruction to at-risk youth. Over time they form nurturing bonds with their teachers and fellow students. APAOS has leveled the playing field for children who never dreamed they could take dance classes or learn to play the guitar or piano. They’re learning perseverance, goal-setting and the fact that they have valuable gifts to share.

SFF’s mission is to strengthen community and transform lives through the music and art; APAOS ensures that our most vulnerable Sisters families are included.

“Arts-related education in the schools attracts new families to Sisters, that’s great for our economy. We just shouldn’t forget the children who can’t afford it,” said Yoder.

FAN has received positive feedback from parents, teachers, and students. APAOS opens the door for so many children, ensuring they are included and able to realize their full potential. Families in need of scholarship funds can contact the FAN office at 541-549-0155 for more information.

Additionally, beginning in 2021, Sisters Folk Festival will expand its offerings of extracurricular music and art programming for youth and it will be offered on a donation-based system to eliminate the financial barriers and social stigmas so often faced by students from low-income families.

As the need continues to grow and we reach more children, donations are greatly appreciated. To make a contribution to the APAOS fund, contact Crista Munro by phone at 541-588-7061, or email her at [email protected]

Visitors are welcome to drop by the SFF office in the Sisters Art Works building, 204 W. Adams Ave., Ste. 101 in Sisters, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Please call ahead to be sure we are open to the public, 541-549-4979.

 

 

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