Youth Outreach Program
57th Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
The Festival has transitioned to many smaller events this year! Visit the festival website for more details.
In an effort to increase the relevancy and accessibility of the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts within the region, the Festival developed its Youth Outreach Program.
Since its inception in 2018, there have been many proven benefits to this program. For the students, participation both as audience as well as artists in the wonderful celebration of art at Lakewood has been important at a time when exposure to the arts in public education is very limited due to lack of funding. For the Lake Oswego community, fulfillment of the moral obligation of sharing the cultural wealth with the greater Portland community, and presence of a wider representation of the area’s cultural diversity, will enhance the ideals of the Festival. Artworks created by the youth involved in this program will bring a variety of artistic representations of the cultural, socio-economic and ethnic diversity that exist in Portland and Oregon communities to the Festival.
The information you share with us will help us demonstrate interest in this program, and continue the development of this program and videos like this! Once you have completed this form, you will be taken to a webpage with a link to the video series.
A Week of Color
Produced by Lakewood Center for the Arts
Created by Angelica Stambuk and Selena Jones
COVID-19 has not hampered the development of our Youth Outreach Program! We are pleased to share with you the newest addition to this program: A Week of Color. This video series is comprised of 5 15-minute videos that are short, guided art workshops for youth. They focus on the use of color in art as a way to safely explore all sorts of feelings and/or challenges that one may face during this time of struggle. Each video was produced in Spanish and English, and all videos are free to the public and can be accessed on this page after filling out a very short survey.
About this video series
It is easier for all of us to understand and even manage our feelings much better if we have a way to express them. Have you ever felt so happy that you had to call a friend and tell them about it? Have you ever been sad or frustrated and felt much better after writing about it in your journal?
Talking about your emotions is the most common way of expressing them, and it certainly helps make your positive feelings (like happiness, peace, confidence) more real, and your negative feelings (like sadness, anger, fear) more manageable.
There are many other ways to express your feelings, like writing, making music, dancing and physical activity. Art gives you a form of expression that you can use in a variety of ways and can take with you anywhere.
A simple way of expressing your emotions through art is by using different colors. The color you pick to represent a particular feeling is unique to you, as it will vary from person to person, and even from day to day for the same individual. So, what is your “happy” color today? What color or colors would you use to represent the way you are feeling right now?
This video is the property of Lakewood Center for the Arts, created by Angélica Stambuk and Selena Jones. Reproducing or sharing this video without the expressed permission of the copyright owners is prohibited. By watching this video, you acknowledge that you agree with these terms.
If you would prefer written instructions to A Week of Color, we welcome you to access these PDF's available in English or Spanish.
History of the Youth Outreach Program
The Youth Outreach Program was created in 2018 by Angelica Stambuk and Selena Jones, and began with art workshops and tours aimed at creating interactive opportunities for youth within the Festival. In 2019, the Festival partnered with the Portland Boys and Girls Club and Charles F. Tigard Elementary School to develop and implement three unique art workshops, the results of which were displayed within 3 Festival locations.
- Two workshops were performed with students from the Portland Boys and Girls Club:
- A 3-day Comics Workshop (led by Kane Lynch) resulted in artworks that were displayed in the 2019 Special Exhibit—Origin Stories: Comics & Identity
- A 3-day Sculpture Workshop (led by Selena Jones) resulted in artworks that were displayed in the K-12 Education Exhibits.
- A 7-day Dance Workshop (led by Cynthia Hively) was performed with students at Charles F Tigard Elementary School, and those students performed again on Sunday of the Festival in 2019, on the George Rogers Park Mainstage.
In 2020, those efforts were expanded further!
- Two workshops were performed with students from the Alder Creek Boys and Girls Club
- A 4-day Jewelry Workshop (led by Anne Johnson) resulted in students created unique metal and fiber necklaces, bracelets and body jewelry.
- A 4-day Sculpture Workshop (led by Selena Jones) resulted in students creating unique sculptural forms molded from their own hands, to be assembled as a group sculpture within the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.
- One dance workshop was performed at Templeton Elementary School (Tigard, Washington County)
- A 17-session Social Dance Workshop (led by Cynthia Hively) postponed due to COVID-19
- Family picnic and tour—postponed due to COVID-19
- Following the Templeton Elementary School dance performance, all participants of the Youth Outreach Program and their families would have been invited to attend a Family Picnic in Lower George Rogers Park on Sunday, June 28thof the Festival, at 12pm-2pm.
- A volunteer-run tour of the Festival will be held after the picnic, to provide all participants a chance to better understand and participate within the Festival.
If your youth organization is interested in participating in this program, please contact Angie Stambuk by emailing the Festival Office at
Angie Stambuk, Coordinator of the Youth Outreach Program
Street address: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Mailing address: Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
About the Festival of the Arts: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is an arts education event of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. It is held the weekend after Father's Day each year and attracts nearly 25,000 people. Contributions to the Festival are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 93-0700108.
Mission Statement: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is arts education and the celebration of culture & community through art.
Location/Support: The Festival, an event created by Lakewood Center for the Arts, is a major regional arts event located in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lake Oswego is located 9 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The Festival presents the creative endeavors of recognized and emerging artists and enjoys an outstanding reputation for bringing special exhibits of quality and diversity to a weekend that is accessible to everyone. Held annually at the Lakewood Center and George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego, Oregon, the Festival proudly hosts six unique art exhibits including more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Visitors can also experience live music, performances, kids’ activities, artist demos, and a variety of food. It’s free to the public (donations encouraged) and attracts nearly 25,000 festival goers each year.