Collaboration is Key
Saturday, June 3, 1:30 – 4:30pm @ Gallery One

This “make and take” station will feature the work of BAM (Because Art Matters) a volunteer, school based arts program that brings art lessons to all elementary school students K-5 to the Cle Elum Roslyn Elementary School. BAM is made possible through funding partnership with the Education Foundation for Cle Elum-Roslyn. Their table will feature a typical art lesson offered to students – in this case the lesson will be Leo Adams inspired found object sculptures. Susie Martin is the program lead – she will talk about her work with the school/BAM. Cassandra Town is President of the Education Foundation and will talk about how the partnership developed. The school district is now on board with prioritizing the arts and will be partnering with the Education Foundation in the visioning, planning, grant seeking, and hiring of a full time arts specialist for the district. The goal in hosting this station will be to showcase the collaborative efforts needed to build out this program in a public school setting.


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Cassandra Town

Cassandra is President of the Robert B. McMillen Foundation a unique, private, family foundation whose office is nestled in the heart of the Cascades. With a passion for and a background in arts and accounting, she began her journey in the world of philanthropy when she joined her family’s foundation in 2004. She was promoted to president in 2006 and has found deep satisfaction in the challenges of running the Foundation and meeting passionate people who are making the world a better place. Working for the foundation has been life changing; philanthropy is now a way of life for her. She has three kids and in her spare time volunteers as President for the Education Foundation for Cle Elum-Roslyn because she is passionate about public education and helping to ensure the arts are part of every child’s basic education.

Susan Martin

In 2010, Susie Martin and her family moved to Roslyn, WA. New to small town living, she began volunteering when invited. It began with the library; then soccer; supporting teachers; and eventually helping to found BAM – Because Art Matters, the volunteer run elementary art program. With a passion for learning and building community, Susie sees BAM as an opportunity for young minds to not only experience art but also to see the world and meet new people. Through BAM, elementary students have been exposed to sculpture and painting; clay and fused glass; Asia, Europe, Central America and North America. They have made virtual visits to the Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Guggenheim, The Smithsonian, Leo Adams’ House, Monet’s Garden, Muse o Tamayo and Musée de l’Orangerie.