Yard Art Best of Show Winner

Drexel Foundation Yard Art Photo Contest was a fun activity for the community to get involved in during this pandemic. The photo contest was open for all ages. The task was to create some type of yard art and incorporate kindness. The only rule was everyone who entered must submit a before and after picture of the area that they created art in.

The best of show and winning $100 cash went to Angela Smith.


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                            Anglea Smith's Submitted "After" Photo


Did you miss out on this contest? Don’t worry there is another contest going on. Same rules apply however this contest is open for anyone living in the Pacific Northwest. Deadline to submit photos is June 1, 2020. Another $100 cash prize will be givin to the "Best of Show" winner. See events tab for more information.

Yard Art Competition

Drexel Foundation’s YARD ART competition offering solutions to local needs. Kindness in the air, create art in your yard could win you $100 cash prize

Drexel Foundation’s YARD ART competition theme of Kindness is offering solutions to local needs. Kindness in the air, families can create art in their own yard. “We know that our community partners, home-schooling parents and teachers are facing challenges and as a nation we are in a unique time with the current health & community “stay at home” situation.” Said Sandijean Fuson, President of the foundation. “We asked what our organization could do and in consultation with teachers and school administrators to provide some relieve to the current challenge, DREXEL Foundation created a “Yard Art Competition” with a $100 cash prize that we hope will engage youth and families in a positive way to embrace art and a positive message, “Kindness”.” Said Fuson.

The Drexel Foundation Art programs & multi-cultural events provide an opportunity for children to expand their minds, improve self esteem, and positive self expression. Annual art programs are free to all children, regardless of where they live. The Drexel Foundations art programming developed over the years in response to suggestions of identified need. There is a need to fill and Drexel has used a creative approach to re-configure their FREE art programming and support teachers and parents work while the students are not physically in the classroom. “We believe a solid education and positive reinforcement helps build better citizens and this competition has been shared with the schools throughout the region Malheur, Harney, Union , Grant and Baker counites for them to use in any manner educators feel is helpful to this unique challenge in education and bring a positive message to students about “kindness.” Our mantra is “You Matter! You are important! Tu Importas!” Fuson said. Drexel H Foundation has for over 20 years promoted culture with art & heritage programs for youth and families by providing quality FREE multi-disciplined Art programs, and opportunities for children. They build audiences in After-School Family program, promote the performing and visual arts in August Art Camp, Teen Film Project & Talent Show to an underserved, rural area by providing a resource for local children to learn art and improve self esteem. Drexel provides a mechanism for citizenship and community art awareness in the Art in the Park on Flag Day program by rewarding youth for improving Vale’s park and creating mini murals. They work with the schools in a Certificate of Achievement program which honors outstanding performance in citizenship, scholastic or artistic achievement with a FREE movie day for the kids who view prior films made by youth for the Drexel Children’s Festival. Drexel supplies FREE gently used tuxedos & prom dresses in exchange for a volunteer pledge to help at community events to inspire volunteerism in our youth and inspire sustainability practices. They create a movie at the crash course in film-making, where ages youth thru adults create a movie in 2 hours, using local murals and a green screen. The film created is premiered during the Children's Film Festival & Film-maker's Competition, and its used in other programming. Every June the Art Beat on Main Street Event is held on the authentic Oregon trail, includes heritage tours of the National Registered properties Grand Opera House (circa 1895) & the Vale Hotel ( circa 1908),free music performances, vendors focused on art and community health resources. This event brings forth cultural enrichment, engagement in heritage, build audiences, art appreciation and promotes personal growth and community pride. Drexel Foundation has accomplished sustainable cultural opportunities and advancement in art education for youth in this rural underserved region.

The rules for this “Yard Art Competition” with a $100 cash prize are pretty simple and can be found along with the registration sheet at www.thedrexelfoundation.org. “similar to our other programing this competition has 4 age categories so that the entire family can participate.” Said Sandijean. The Age categories are: 4-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-up

Each age category 1st place wins a sack with over $50 in prizes & gift certificates ! Best of Show wins $100 cash. All entries are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., of course one “Need not be present to win.” The idea is that in your own yard and with social distancing in mind, art can still flourish. The yard art can be in any visual format ( paint , sculpture, recycled items, stacked rocks) The theme is kindness, it can be about kindness to others, kindness to animals, kindness to the world, kindness …what that means to you. Remember the art must be rated G and the viewing of this art is “for kids, by kids and with kids in mind. To enter this chance to win $100, submit your photo of the area of the yard “before” do your ART and then create your art, then submit your “after photo” of the Yard Art you created to compete! Youth Must have parental permission before starting and in order to compete and have the signed artist registration submitted with the photo of your art by the ENTRY DEADLINE of APRIL 8, 2020. The winners will be announced on Earth Day April 22nd. Drexel Foundations Mission: is to enrich the lives of youth & families by providing art, humanities and multi-cultural experiences and to restore & preserve historical buildings in rural eastern Oregon. Their Moto: “Of your own personal Strength you can accomplish anything!” Drexel’s Mantra is : You Matter, You Are Important! Tu Importas!

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Formal Closet

Drexel Foundation “Formal Closet”

Gives Local Students FREE Homecoming Dresses in Exchange For Volunteering in Drexel’s Art Programs & Community Events.


            Drexel H. Foundation has been gathering gently used prom dresses & other formal attire since 2004.  In exchange for pledging to volunteer their time and skills to any Drexel events, treasure valley area students can earn a homecoming or prom dress or formal evening wear for FREE .  By appointment these student can view & try on the many dresses in the closet.   If you are interested,  all you have to do is have a parent or guardian accompany you when you pick out your dress, so call the Drexel Foundation office at 541-473-3470 and leave a message of a preferred time you  are available to view & try on dresses. Please be sure to leave your name, year in school, and a return phone number so Drexel staff can confirm the scheduled appointment to view the dresses on that scheduled date. The Drexel Foundation’s Formal Closet has all sizes from size 2 to 26 and a huge variety of colors and styles, certainly every girl can  find one that fits. The Drexel H. Foundation is a non-profit organization, that provides FREE youth & family art, heritage & cultural programs. This program is available to any girl from rural eastern Oregon or Western Idaho who has time to donate or skills to offer in our local area to promote the arts and culture. The volunteers will be asked to assist with one of  the programs during the busy Drexel H. Foundation’s Art Season, and if they are from rural Eastern Oregon, or Idaho we can work out a community service project in their area for the free dress. There are plenty of fun jobs to volunteer for everything from making posters & graphic artists, copying, organizing games & dances for the kids, creating fun workshops to painting the park.  Mark you calenders now for the Drexel Foundation’s upcoming events, Engaging Young Voices Public Art opening Oct 9th, Volunteer Appreciation reception Oct 28th,  Free Drexel movies & shorts on Halloween day Oct 31st 3-5pm at the Rex Theater. Bookmark the 2020 many Summer Art programs starting in June with Art Beat on Main Street Dance & Art Fair, Art in The Park on Flag Day, and  August Art Camp and  the Annual Talent Show, and the Sept. Crash Course in Film. Don’t forget the Children’s Film Festival, “for kids, by kids and with kids in mind,” competition held each September at the Rex Theater. All these free events provide an opportunity for our local children to expand their minds, increase self esteem, and have positive influences and self expression all while learning the meaning of a community.   If you would like to donate, volunteer or if you have any questions, please call Sandijean Fuson at (541) 473-3470. The community events put on by the foundation are successful in large part to the time and care of the volunteers.  They are always looking for others to help, and engage & involve the community by volunteering at the Drexel Foundation Events. 


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