Arts supporters ask district for elementary music


February 27, 2019

The Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment presents a $10,000 check Feb. 11 to the Sweet Home School District. The funds included money raised by SHOCASE through the SHARC Showdown talent contest and from direct donations in addition to a $1,000 grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition to assist the district in purchasing sound equipment for the Sweet Home High School auditorium. The district also purchased new lighting. From left are Jennifer Hill, representing the Sweet Home Community Foundation, which manages funds for SHOCASE; Duncan Tuomi, president of SHOCASE; Scott Swanson, representing the Linn County Cultural Coalition; School Board Chairman Jason Redick; Shirley Austin, the SHOCASE board member who initiated the project; and School District Stupt. Tom Yahraes.

A group of educators and local citizens is asking the Sweet Home School Board to restore an elementary-level music teaching position in the district.

SHOCASE members appeared before the board at its Feb. 11 meeting to make a pitch for establishing a formal music program in the elementary schools.

SHOCASE, which stands for Sweet Home Oregon Coalition for Artistic and Scholastic Enrichment, aims to promote access, appreciation and understanding of the arts in the community. It was formed nearly two years ago by members of the Sweet Home Auditorium Remodel Committee, SHARC.

Stefani Brown, a...

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