Artist in Residency Program

May Fundraiser

The Oregon Coast School of Art was founded in early 2020 at the wonderful old Jewett Middle School in Gardiner, Oregon. The potential and opportunities to build a thriving arts community are endless. We made incredible progress this past year! Some of the highlights include:

  • ceramics, dance, painting, and fiber arts classes for kids and adults
  • food storage for Project Blessing Food Pantry
  • host to Scout Troop events and weekly big band practices
  • home to world renowned radio personality, Delilah, and her radio station KDUN
  • destination for the upcoming 1st Annual Coastal Women’s Conference!
Donation goal: $32,000

As of the 31st, we raised $34,345! THANK YOU!

We are ready to launch our Artist in Residency Program! It is designed to be collaborative and community focused, where an artist will share their art and talents with the public. Whether through art classes with kids, or an open house for the general public, sharing of information and ideas is a priority.

Please join our fundraiser to remodel two classrooms into resident studio apartments! Donate online or download a pdf donation form to mail in your contribution or call and talk to Emily in person.

Each classroom will cost an estimated $16,000 to remodel. Construction to transform these wonderful classrooms into livable/workable spaces include:

  • insulating the entire room
  • new flooring
  • drywall and paint
  • small kitchenette with small appliances and sink
  • upgrading electrical to accommodate most artistic practices
  • dump fees and ancillary costs

“We want to offer an artist a space where they can come and work and have support, have freedom, have a safety net and have security. It is a rare and special combination of things, not only artists, but I think all of us in our lives want this. If we can offer that to artists when they’re pursuing a career or ideas that are harder to pursue or riskier or financially more difficult, it’s worth taking the time to support artists in that way so they contribute to the world in ways bigger than any of us can even imagine.”

The goal: to raise $32,000 during the month of May!


A group of local businesses and individuals (*listed below) are dedicated to seeing us meet our goal by committing a matching grant for a total of $10,820! This is just over a third of our goal! So, once we raise $10,820, it will double to be $21,640!

As a way to honor each donor legacy, we will put your name, or a name of a loved one on a special tile that will be installed in the hallways of the resident studios. The soft diamond shaped tile will be installed to show movement of water, wind, waves and leaves flowing through the school hallways. Each donation will make a difference!
$25-$99 – 6” tile
$100 – $499 – 7.5” tile
$500 – $999 – 9” tile
$1000 – $4999 – 12” tile
$5000 – You become the official “sponsor” for a residency. Your name will be associated with the actual classroom and residency for 1 full year; and a 12” tile installed.

Once the fundraising goal has been met, a timeline will be put in motion and application requirements for a residency will be announced! Thank you for your generous donation and if you have any questions about our exciting programs, please call or email Emily at 541-901-1033 and THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to Sean Sisson of for making our new video highlighting activities at the Oregon Coast School of Art!

*Liz Adamo, Mal & Seitz Real Estate
Autumn and Vince Adams
Darlene Ash
Ballweber Family Trust
BeauxArts Fine Art Materials & Gallery
Coastal Douglas Arts & Business Alliance
Ellie’s Chainsaw Art Gallery
Harbor Light Restaurant
Heidi’s Grind
Joe’s Plumbing
Kel-Cee Ace Hardware
Bill Knerr
Mast Brother’s Towing & Recovery
Mind Power Gallery
Peggy Ross Studios
Rotary-Reedsport and 11 members
R&J Rooter
Three Rivers Gallery
Tsunami Gallery
Umpqua Bank