Meghann is an actor, writer and director with a passion for working with children. She was most recently seen playing Sally Brown in Walla Walla University's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," for which she was nominated to take part in the Irene Ryan Scholarship competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival this coming February. When she is not performing she enjoy developing her writing skills in creative, feature and playwriting projects. She is studying communication and drama and this academic combination has opened her eyes to the profound importance of telling stories and inviting others to engage in the art of storytelling.
Meghann is seeking funding for her senior project: Plot Twist. Starting in January 2019 she will mentor 5-8 fifth grade students from local public schools. From January to March she will meet with the students on a weekly basis to help them develop their own short scripts for the stage. When the scripts are done she will hold auditions with the students and help them cast their scripts with college students from Walla Walla University. She will then work with the college students to bring these scripts to life on stage. The capstone element of this project is the final showcase to be held in the Village Hall theater in April. She will invite the students, their family and friends as well as any community members and students who would like to support the participants to come see their stories performed on stage. "I want this to be a last hurrah where the students feel like the stars. It will be an opportunity for them to share their own stories, and what they think is important in a safe and supportive environment." This project is inspired by the L.A. based nonprofit Young Storytellers.
As an artist working in the Anthropocene, Maddie is interested in navigating the dynamic relationship between the human and natural worlds. Material exploration fuels her artistic practice, culminating in sculptures made with found objects—both natural and human made— that highlight the material’s unique characteristics and visual elements. Maddie also use photography to document her sculptures, since many are ephemeral. She graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Art (Cum Laude) in 2017 and has continued her artistic practices in Walla Walla. Recent exhibitions have included the Juried Winter Student Art Salon (2014-2017), where I received the Louis B. Perry Award of Excellence (2016); 2 shows at Studio Articolore; Senior Thesis Art Exhibition (2017); pop-up shows at ArtEscape Studio and ArtWalla; and the 2018 ArtSquared at CAVU Cellars.
Maddie wishes to pursue is learning how to preserve and document her work. The inherent ephemerality of her work proves to be a challenge as a working artist. She sees documentation through photography and preserving the raw materials used in her sculptures as the next step needed to further her artistic practice. Photographing work, while important for all mediums, is crucial for ephemeral art, as it is often the only way to preserve the work and share it with others. Many of her sculptures continue to evolve as time passes, and photographs are the only lasting evidence of these processes happening. A camera would allow her to really embrace ephemeral art, further exploring seasonal changes and location based work. She is also interested in developing a way to preserve the raw materials she uses in sculptures.
Walla Walla Music Organization- Audio Afterschool
The Walla Walla Music Organizations mission is to enhance academic, creative and social/life skills for Walla Walla-based students via Digital Music Production/Audio Engineering programs. The WWMO was founded by Rodney Outlaw, who has offered this kind of programming at local high schools (Lincoln, Garrison, Willow -- see UB article Nov. 2016), Rock Camp, and currently offers them at the Walla Walla Public Library. Through these programs, Rodney has established partnerships and volunteers across the Valley who support this initiative. Rodney is a recording artist, music producer and audio engineer, with a degree in Audio Engineering. He has also worked with youth for over 10 years at the Y, as a para-professional and as a studio sound teacher.
“Audio Afterschool” is a fun hands-on program for creative expression and team-building that significantly enhances students’ writing, grammar, critical thinking and creative skills, utilizing the latest audio software/technologies as well as real-world employability “soft skills”. Past participants have created their own CD’s, and some are helping run sound for local events for their churches. Since 2016, the WW Public Library has generously hosted 8 sessions of Audio Afterschool. Additional funding would allow more courses to be offered, and ensure continuity between funding cycles. It would also allow for better program promotion and participation across middle and senior high schools in Walla Walla, along with home-schooled students, with a goal of reaching the close to 1000 students in the area.
This would be a 12-week Saturday program, hosted in the Crew Space at the Walla Walla Public Library with 12 students per session. There is also residual/follow-along activities for the graduates/participants, such as: creation of the “Ice Pipe, Baby” PSA that the Audio Afterschool students developed for the City of Walla Walla, “shadowing” real-time sound engineering projects at churches or businesses in town, etc. Students will learn basic science of sound creation and recording, have hands-on experience with the equipment, tools and software programs related to sound generation/management. Students will identify, create and showcase their own individual sound project (i.e., creation of TV/Video segments, and serving as a life sound engineer, or music producer for live performances, recording studios, etc.). Students will also develop peer coaching skills as they assist one another on assignments. Students will also further develop writing and speaking skills as they present their projects to the group.
Central Middle School- After School Art Program
Central Middle School is a public school located in Milton-Freewater, OR, a rural agricultural-based community with a population of around 7,000. We have approximately 400 students in grades 6 - 8; about 300 students receive at least one semester of visual art instruction during the year. Over 70% of our students are low-income. There are limited extra-curricular activities for students and artistic activities outside of school are extremely limited to non-existent.
Lynne Burnham, Art Teacher recently conducted a survey of students to assess interest in an after school art program. Over 30 students expressed a desire to participate. The project is the development of an after-school art club where 30-40 students can gain exposure to the arts, develop an appreciation for visual arts through creative activities, artistic explorations and shared experiences in a safe and positive learning environment once per week. Because the students and many local families are low-income, Lynne cannot collect club dues and has offered up $100 of out-of-pocket seed money to purchase expendable supplies. The grant will provide funding for colored pencils, acrylic paints and brushes, canvas boards, watercolors and watercolor paper, and a drying rack and potentially an annual "field trip" to an art museum.
The Walla Walla Choral Program- Musical Theater/Modern Music Ensemble
The Walla Walla Choral Program has 5 traditional choirs: Chamber Singers, Belles Voix, Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Harmonia. The mission is to develop well rounded musicians, and expose them to music styles from all over the world and different genres of music. The target audience is the entire Walla Walla High School student body and home schooled students (1,500). The current size is 100 of students in the traditional choral ensembles, but there many musically talented students that are not interested in the traditional choral style of singing, but are interested in Musical Theater and Modern Music. I would to love to reach at least 25+ new students each semester.
There is an additional course fee for students in addition to the costs of purchasing the rights to the music the class has chosen. Students are willing to pay the price, but the teacher Coleen doesn't want this opportunity to be limited to those that are financially well off. The funding from the grant will be used to purchase music, and to have a showcase at the end of each semester.
Carnegie Picture Lab- Free Art Program for the YWCA Summer Adventure Club
The goal of Carnegie Picture Lab is to provide arts education in elementary school classrooms in the Walla Walla Valley. They are the only local organization that provides arts education free of charge. They currently partner with 12 schools (~4,000 students) and work with individual principals and teachers to gain time in the school day for the volunteers to enter the classrooms to provide art history and art creation lessons to children. Children learn about three artists and work on art projects related to each of the artists. Carnegie has worked hard to add more women and culturally diverse artists to their lessons, to reflect the region and provide students with examples of artists who look like them. They also partner with local community organizations (YWCA, YMCA, Valle Lindo, WW Foundry, WW Public Library), to hold two free public events per year, and have started to offer summer programs as well.
Last year, Carnegie piloted the free art program for the YWCA Summer Adventure Club, a childcare program for elementary school children. Children in the program come from all backgrounds, including those from low-income households and those who may be living at the YWCA women’s shelter. This year they would like to improve and formalize the program by developing a more detailed curriculum that provides a variety of art lessons and more in-depth art projects. They will provide lessons weekly throughout the summer. In addition to the three art/art history lessons they will be preparing for the 2019-20 school year curriculum, they will supplement those with lessons on color theory, shape, texture, techniques, etc. Picture Lab will also work to develop a collaborative, ongoing project that students can work on throughout the summer. This cohesive curriculum will provide children with a strong foundation. Because many of these children may be coming from difficult circumstances, they hope that the program will provide a source of joy and solace. To continue that positive feeling, they would also like to provide art kits that the children can keep in order to keep creating art after the classes are finished.
At ECONorthwest in Portland, Oregon, and the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Eric Rannestad is researching the ecological, economic, and cultural challenges of rangeland restoration in the Interior West. Drawing from this research - along with his own experiences with nature and place - Rannestad creates paintings and sculptures that combine organic and industrial material with landscape and maps. This artwork is an expression of the complications, externalities, and symbiotic intricacies that exist at the intersection of nature and industry. Recent shows and exhibitions include the 2016/17 ArtSquared at CAVU Cellars, a solo show at Sapolil Cellars, the 34th Annual Festival of the Arts in Joseph, Series II, CAHOOT, and Toner Cartridge Almost Empty– three group exhibition in Glasgow Scotland, and recently Connect at Studio Articolore in Walla Walla. Eric is also the recipient of Whitman’s Presidential Scholarship in Art, a Lewis B. Perry Award, and three consecutive Whitman Internship Grants.
"I plan to use these funds to further an existing body of work titled Market Boxes -- a series of lightboxes made from concrete,plywood, and Styrofoam that host plants and organic material in their interiors. I have been developing this project for 8 months now and the trajectory of the boxes have taken a turn toward site specificity: hosting plants that are native to the Interior Pacific Northwest, to Washington, and to the Walla Walla/Wallowa counties. To incorporate native plants into my artwork, I will collect the seed from the surrounding environment, clean, and grow the plant myself within a small studio greenhouse. Seeds of interest include: bluebunch wheatgrass, crested wheatgrass, local mosses, wyoming big sagebrush, cheatgrass (non-native), and a variety of native forbs. This plant material will be collected on a rolling basis as fall turns to winter, winter turns to spring, and spring turns to summer. Seeds will be grown out in plots within this studio greenhouse. This greenhouse would be compact enough to fit in a large car for transport should it be used as a component of future shows and exhibitions. As each plant matures it is transplanted into new artworks, each equipped with the appropriate light and irrigation systems to sustain the plant. The first installation of this body of work will be shown in April at the 2018 Senior Thesis Exhibition held in Whitman College’s Sheehan Gallery. However, this body of work will continue developing into the late spring and summer."
Visit his website here: http://ericrannestad.weebly.com/
Lindsay Tebeck is a freelance Illustrator based in Walla Walla, WA. She attended Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design as an Illustration major (BFA) and graduated with the high honor of Summa Cum Laude in 2015. Lindsay admires line and uses it predominately in her work. She is heavily inspired by line art from the Nouveau period and American Neotraditionalism. She uses watercolor, gouache, oil, and digital media to colorize her ink works. Lindsay exhibits her fascination with line by creating personal works which marry nature and symbology to share social, political, and internal commentary. She's received the ArtSquared People's Choice Award in 2017 and numerous RMCAD awards from 2012-2015. Her most recent project was partnering with the Carnegie Picture Lab to illustrate the children's book, "Lillian Pitt – She Who Watches", which has been distributed among local elementary schools as part of the Public School District's art curriculum.
"The project I am hoping to receive funding for is an exhibition under-works titled "Illustrated Confessions". The conceptbehind this project is to bring a visual voice to anonymous submissions from the community which highlight cultural, communal, and personal grievances. The event would invite people to write in about personal faults, misdeeds, and slights against them by others. "Confessions" would be collected through anonymous email, (a web page that does not require the sender to present their address would be available,) or by a physical drop box located at the gallery. The illustrations I anticipate creating would be visual renderings of the anonymous responses with the use of thick symbology. This interactive exhibition will bring interest to viewers by means that the work produced has a direct connection with the audiences' unique experiences. I anticipate that this layer of intimacy with the work will bring a constructive dialogue about what challenges we face as individuals and what we can do about them as a community. I am tentatively set to display the illustrative works at Studio Articolore in 2018."
Visit her website here: http://www.tebeckillustrations.com/
Walla Walla Public Library- The Graphic Novel Project
The WW Public Library (WWPL) serves the people of Walla Walla as a community information and lifelong learning center. The WWPL organizes, provides, and promotes informational, educational, recreational and cultural materials and offers opportunities for exploring ideas and furthering knowledge for people of all ages. The Library welcomes close to 200,000 visitors annually and circulates over 300,000 materials. The WWPL expands beyond its location through its outreach visits to all the schools in the Walla Walla Valley and they house a state of the art media center for art classes, 3D modeling, video-making and instruction in audio production. WWPL is also the only library in the nation to offer creative writing courses for veterans with PTSD.
The WWPL project is a Graphic Novel Project for fourth and fifth graders. Children at this age often struggle to find success at school. Active listening, reading at grade level, collaborative learning, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate effectively in a group environment are required skills for success in the classroom. The challenge is to help them meet these goals without losing their love of learning. Art can often be the answer to keeping their passion for curiosity and creativity alive while reinforcing the skills they need. The Graphic Novel Project incorporates writing, reading, design, composition, illustration, collage, painting and book art. Through art activities, children have the ability to engage, use critical thinking, follow directions, develop a plan and execute the plan, and work collaboratively in a text-free environment. Through art activities, children enjoy success through the creation of art. The Graphic Novel Project will engage 20-25 underserved children who have been identified for participation in the Walla Walla Public School’s after school program during April-July of 2018.
Lincoln High School- Teaching for Artistic Behavior classroom
Lincoln High School is a public school of 200 students in Walla Walla, Washington. Lincoln is a Trauma Sensitive school.Teachers, as well as students, have been educated on ACEs and Trauma Sensitive Practices. Thirty-eight percent of the student population is SpEd (Special Education). Eighty-two percent of the population is on free and reduced lunch (low income). The school administration supports art programs at school and emphasize their importance to visitors and incoming students. The need for expressive outlets for our special population. My principal loves it when we hang the student work in the halls. It is a focal point when giving tours. Visitors enjoy seeing the work that students make in our art classes. We have an Annual Art Show in January. We submit work for the Annual Superintendent Art Show, District Art Show, and the SE WA Fair in the summer.
Throughout the year Lincoln's art teacher runs a Teaching for Artistic Behavior classroom with a very small budget. The Teaching for Artistic Behavior philosophy is to give the students some basic skills and have them create what they want whether it be painting, drawing, assemblage, collage, etc. This project will fund the materials and supplies like canvases, paint, brushes, ink, printing supplies, silkscreen, spray paint, pencils, woodblocks, and more for the students Lincoln High School serves for the 2017-2018 school year.
Walla Walla Symphony- Youth Rock Camp
The Walla Walla Symphony delights and challenges our community by providing live orchestral performances and opportunities for learning about music. They are committed to making our region a better place to live by awakening a passion for the arts in as many people as possible. With over a century’s experience training and developing countless generations of classical musicians and music lovers, they have been and continue to be a vital thread in the arts and cultural fabric of Walla Walla. As the oldest continually-operating symphony orchestra west of the Mississippi, they are the only arts organization in our community capable of providing world-class full symphonic and classical music experiences. Each season they offer full symphonic concerts, smaller chamber music events and, because no child with a love for music should be deprived because of socioeconomic status, extensive, free and low-cost offerings for youth and families.
The annual Free Rock and Roll Camp is the cornerstone of their efforts to engage and empower young people through music. Each summer this camp serves 50+ area young people with high-quality music production and performance experience and instruction. No experience is necessary in order to participate in the camp, and many campers are students who don’t have access to or can’t afford private lessons—both of which are made available to them through camp participation. During the camp, students take lessons, form bands, and explore music marketing and merchandising. Mentoring and group and individual coaching are critical to the camp's success and the camp faculty consists of experts and artists who work closely with our students throughout the camp. The camp culminates in a free, student-produced concert for the community in a local park—an event that has become a beloved annual celebration where families come together and celebrate our community and our talented young people. Campers showcase their newfound skills and many bands continue after the conclusion of the camp. Our Rock and Roll camp is also a demonstration of collaboration and partnership at its best. The Symphony works with the Walla Walla Blues Society, the City of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Public Schools to provide this dynamic experience to our area’s young people.
Sharpstein Elementary School- 21st Century After School program
Sharpstein is an elementary school serving 415 students in grades K-5. Almost 60% of the students are eligible for free and reducedprice lunches, and just over 25% are learning English as a second language. The school's vision is "Every Child, Every Day, Every Step of the Way, Welcoming, Achieving, Caring, Educating." Our school district's mission statement is: Walla Walla Public Schools ensures all students receive high quality instruction in an aligned and coherent system while addressing their social and emotional needs in a safe and engaging environment."
Sharpstein does not have an art program at the school, so this grant will help fund a school art program in partnership with the new 21st Century After School program. Sharpstein will have three 4-week session, meeting once weekly. Each session will serve up to 20 students, and will be taught by Outside the Lines art instructor Katy Rizutti. Student art will be displayed on the evening of Feb. 1, 2018 at Sharpstein Family Night of the Arts.