youth art program
Each year, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge coordinates with area schools on art and natural resource education in association with the Friends of Malheur NWR and the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival. The following Youth Art Programs combine science and art to expand student’s understanding of bird species and habitat while building creative skills and artistic masterpieces.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Art and Nature for a New Approach to Exploring Creativity and Science
The Art in Residence (AiR) Program is designed to combine art and science to teach youth about migratory birds and their habitat needs while learning new creative art techniques. The AiR Program encourages students in kindergarten through 5th grade to observe, understand, and ultimately share what they have learned about migratory bird conservation through art.
Your Support of the Program: The first AiR Program was developed by Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with the goal to teach greater awareness of, and increase appreciation for, natural resources by pairing science and visual arts. Each year your Harney County Migratory Bird Festival Membership dues go to support this program reaching every elementary school classroom in Harney County. More than 600 students participate and their wildlife art is put on display at local businesses during the festival. You can also see the work of our students on the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival and Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Facebook and its website gallery pages.
The AiR Program is supported by the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife
Refuge through fundraising. Your support of the AiR Program can be
demonstrated by contacting the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
for more information in supporting young artists and migratory bird conservation.
Meet our 2021 Artist!
Tory Schmidt grew up right here in Harney County. After completing an
Architecture degree at Montana State University, she brought her love of
nature, passion for art, and her family back to her hometown. Starting
multiple businesses and being involved in her community is very important
to Tory. She feels that by working with a variety of organizations and a
myriad of people in her community, she can use her art and creative
problem solving skills to make a better world.
Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Migratory Birds and Art Come Together
The Youth Wildlife Art Contest encourages students in kindergarten through high school to observe, understand, and ultimately share what they have learned about migratory birds. By creating a unique art entry for the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival, the students are provided an opportunity to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence, and beauty of wildlife. The art contest suggests educators, supervising adults, and students to use curriculum guides to direct their exploration and investigation of migratory birds and their habitat needs, and the principles of visual art design.
At this level, students are judged in four groups according to grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Contest scholarships will be awarded to the top three winners in each group, including a $100 gift certificate for the first-place winners. Scholarships are sponsored through the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. All entries will be displayed during the festival and the winning art will be posted digitally on the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival and the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Facebook and its website gallery pages.
Together, the AIR Program and Youth Wildlife Art Contest:
Foster Awareness of wildlife habitat and its importance for bird migrations.
Encourage learning about wildlife and bird species characteristics to spark curiosity about the natural world.
Develop the skill of close observation for scientific and artistic purposes.
Encourage creative experimentation.
Provide a rich artistic and educational experience for Harney County students.
Generate artwork for the festival’s student art exhibit in a way that is inclusive.
Connect Harney County youth to their community and beyond be showcasing their work through the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival