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Lucy holds her banner section that was created using one of the Art-to-Go kits that are being handed out at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents a spring Art-to-Go kit for distance-learning for youth and families throughout Lincoln County.

In this engaging offsite learning activity, students create tiles of canvas banners that become works of public art that will hang in Newport’s Nye Beach arts district. Each participating student receives a banner section and paints both sides — one side has an outline to be painted along, and the other side has a theme that can be freely interpreted. When brought together, the different students’ works resemble a mosaic on one side and a quilt on the other side. The group banners will then be open to public viewing on light poles throughout Nye Beach (summer through fall).

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Art-to-Go kits include all of the materials needed to create a banner like this.

 The Art-to-Go kits, designed for children 6-18 or families, promote creative, project-based learning opportunities and include written instructions and all required materials: one banner tile, six acrylic paint colors, a paint brush and a mini-banner for students to paint and keep.

Art-to-Go kits can be picked up at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive) Wednesdays and Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment, at the VAC’s main entrance off the Nye Beach turnaround. Reservations are recommended, as kits are limited to 15. A suggested donation of $15 per kit is requested.

Additional information is available online at https://coastarts.org/events/spring-art-to-go or by contacting Sara Siggelkow, arts education manager, at 541-574-3364 or ssiggelkow@coastarts.org.

The Newport Visual Arts Center adheres to all health and safety protocol provided by the governor’s office as well as the city of Newport. All visitors to the VAC are required to wear proper masks and have their temperature taken prior to entry.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Visual Arts Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center and serves as the regional arts council for Oregon’s seven coastal counties.

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