Yard Art Competition Inspires Kindness in Baker City


Baker City neighborhoods quickly became exhibitions of caring last month when Crossroads Carnegie Art Center sponsored a Yard Art Competition with a theme of kindness

BAKER CITY – Modeled after a similar project the Drexel Foundation sponsored in Vale, the competition was a partnership with CASA of Eastern Oregon and the Baker City Rotary Club, encouraging families to work together on creative yard displays.

Soon children of all ages were outside creating art, including 4-year-old Sloan Defrees (pictured), who filled her sidewalk with chalk hearts. Photos submitted by participants were posted on the Crossroads Facebook page, with the entire community encouraged to vote for their favorite display. Prizes included gift certificates to local businesses.

“This project has brought our community together to be creative and yet keep social distancing in place,” says Ginger Savage, Crossroads executive director. “This is what small towns do – we band together and help each other when things get tough.”

About Author

Carrie Kikel is the Communications Manager for Oregon’s Arts Department, which includes the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Oregon Arts Commission provides statewide grant funding to artists, arts organizations and arts programs. The Cultural Trust raises public and private awareness and investment in arts, heritage, history, humanities and preservation.

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