About Golden Road Arts
Golden Road Arts provides hands-on art lessons by Oregon artists. These video or livestream instructional sessions include accompanying lesson plans that follow state educational guidelines. Golden Road Arts is committed to providing free access to art instruction and to connecting children in grades Kindergarten through 5 with low-cost or free access to associated art materials and tools.
One upcoming event is a July and August 2021 instructional series of 16 live art lessons in conjunction with the Hillsboro Library tied to the summer reading program in Hillsboro Parks.
A secondary goal of Golden Road Arts is to support the appreciation and acquisition of Northwest art by art lovers and patrons of the arts. A purchase of any artwork shown online at Golden Road Arts will include a commission to our website to fund continued free art education as a portion of our philanthropic mission. Curated by Northwest artists for discriminating collectors, our gallery section includes original art by artists who have exhibited and shared their work here and abroad. The artists represent a cross-section of Northwestern art in various media and materials.
“It is my belief art saves lives.”
I still reflect on the power art had for me in school. My self-esteem and grade-point-average were low and I tended to be drawn to the kids who were trouble-makers. When I was on the brink of dropping out of high school in 1974, an art teacher took a piece of my art and hung it in a local shopping mall for others to see. I remember people admiring the piece of art and I realized for the first time in my life that I mattered. The experience turned my life around. When I graduated in 1975 from Cascade High School in Everett, Washington, I was one of the only people from my group of friends that graduated. I went on to college and received a degree in art education. Since that time, I have taught art to a variety of people – including those that are incarcerated. It is my belief that art saves lives.
Data on the Importance of Art
A recent study by the National Endowment for Arts and Humanities found students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.The benefits of art education for children include problem-solving abilities, creativity, literacy, fine and gross motor skills, connection, and understanding.
Unfortunately, many elementary teachers have little or no art training. To meet this challenge, Golden Road Arts, a non-profit, will provide, free-of-charge, videos that a teacher can watch and/or have students watch which will provide fun, inexpensive, and creative art lessons that will meet the Oregon Department of Education Guidelines.
The goal of Golden Road Arts is to provide an avenue for appreciating and sharing the value of art in our daily lives using a web and social media portal featuring Northwest Artists via both an online digital platform and periodic in-person or online digital presentations/demonstrations for students, teachers, parents and art lovers.
The visionary behind Golden Road Arts is arts advocator Barbara Mason. Barbara is an artist, specializing in printmaking and education of art and the importance it holds in a child’s education. “I taught a three-hour night class for many years at a local university for teachers embarking on a career in elementary education. I was their only art class. Teachers need more resources. The program I have created is Golden Road Arts. We are a team of professionals passionate about art education for children.”
“The Arts give life depth, value, passion and meaning.”
Images and music are threads woven throughout my life. Whether as a young student, a broadcaster, a business communicator or simply a fan, I have never been far from creative expression. It surrounds me in my home, it permeates my senses and it fills many of my idle thoughts. I have molded clay, fired pots, drawn charcoal portraits, painted with watercolor and acrylic paints and noodled with colored pencils or crayons. I did none of these things well, but I enjoyed them all. I am a closet musician, singer, and occasional songwriter for projects. I use the arts regularly in my storytelling efforts, because visual and aural components help convey theme, a sense of place and a depth of experience. How I construct projects is fueled by my appreciation for how images and sound convey story and meaning. My appreciation for the arts has given my life depth, passion, value and meaning.