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Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) was established on the enduring principle that "the most creative solutions arise from groups of private citizens who come together to work in partnership and address their common needs and aspirations" (OCF Grant Guidelines, 1998). We believe fully engaged residents are a building block for healthy communities and a healthy democracy. This report explores examples of effective community engagement in Oregon today. OCF strives to practice the key components identified in this report:* We connect with people from around Oregon to explore what we can accomplish together by drawing on our strengths rather than focusing on shortfalls.* We support building relationships across diverse communities as a necessary underpinning for efforts to address opportunity gaps and other mutually identified issues.* We listen and provide support so engaged community members can succeed.
Oregon is experiencing widening socioeconomic disparities, and now, more than at any time in the past several generations, the circumstances into which a child is born largely determine the life he or she achieves. Despite widespread belief in the American dream, for many children this dream appears out of reach. Characteristics of neighborhoods and communities, family structure and circumstances, and educational experiences all play a role in providing—or limiting—children's opportunities. Oregon's low-income children, children of color and rural children do not have the same set of opportunities enjoyed by higher-income and white children, and this opportunity gap has far-reaching implications for personal achievement and well-being as well as for community vitality.
This report summarizes the existing literature that explores quality in arts education. Following a general overview of the literature, the first part of the report is organized using the eight Studio to School principles for the pursuit of high-quality, equitable, sustainable arts education programming. Just as the principles are interrelated, there is alsooverlap in the literature on quality in arts education. Existing literature also provides more detail about particular aspects of arts education — such as those who provide arts education (e.g., teaching artists) and their contribution to quality. Therefore, the summaries for each principle are of varying length, breadth and depth. The second part of the report is an annotated bibliography that describes the context and relevant findings for each report included in thisliterature review.
Latinos in Oregon explores the contributions that Latinos have made to the state and the disparities that still exist between Latino and white Oregonians by examining trends among a variety of indicators over the past five to 15 years.