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Run for the Arts


Spring Run dates 2020: March 2nd- April 17th

Young Audiences’ Run for the Arts is a simple and effective fundraising jog-a-thon that helps schools raise money for arts in their school. For over 40 years, Young Audiences’ Run for the Arts has helped schools raise more than $17.5 million for arts in education.

Why participate?:

Event Support:

YA  prints and provides all the materials needed to make the event happen   including sponsor sheets, promotional posters, and banners. All you do is find one person to coordinate. YA has a designated staff member to assist your site coordinator with the management of the event and answer any questions.

Online donation platform:

Young Audiences now provides a specialized fundraising website that allows students to register and collect donations entirely online. For an individual school, the cost of this resource would be prohibitive, but as part of the RFA community, you have access to this site at no additional charge. Schools have seen an average growth of 15% when they use the online resource. See online donation website here.

Prizes & Incentives:

Young Audiences produces incentive prizes for students, including the perennially popular Run for the Arts t-shirt designed by a different student each year selected through an open submission process.

Print Materials in Multiple Languages:

Run Materials are available in both English and Spanish. Parent letters are also available in Russian, Chinese, Somali, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

A Well-Known and Trusted Organization:

Run for the Arts has been a Portland area tradition since 1977. For many who grew up here, Run for the Arts brings back fond memories of a fun and meaningful school event.

Student & Family Engagement:

Students and families play an active role in strengthening the arts as a community resource and educational tool at your school.

5% discount on programs:

All Run for the Arts schools receive a 5% discount on programs booked during the school year that their run takes place.

How Does it Work?

Young Audiences provides detailed instructions, sponsor sheets, promotional posters, motivational prizes, guidance, and support. Schools sign-up, find an on-site coordinator (usually a PE classroom teacher or parent volunteer), choose a day to hold their Run for the Arts, and distribute materials to students.

Students collect pledges from family, friends, and neighbors, and they run laps with their classmates on a day chosen by their school. Later, students collect pledge money based on the total number of laps they have run.

The money collected by Run for the Arts is put into an individual school account at Young Audiences. Your school can spend those funds on
Young Audiences arts offerings, other arts programming*, arts field trips*, arts supplies*, or arts-related professional development* at your school. Money raised through Run for the Arts can be used to pay for any art form, including music, dance, theater, spoken word, and visual arts of all kinds.

For every dollar a school raises, Young Audiences retains just seven cents (7%) to cover administrative and material costs. For example, if your school raises $3,000 through Run For The Arts, Young Audiences keeps $210 to cover prizes, printing expenses, online credit card fees, and support, leaving you with $2,790 for arts programs and supplies.

Holding a Run for the Arts at your school ensures that the arts will be an integral part of the school year.

* Processing fees will apply. Please see the Guide to Using Your Funds for more information.

Who Can Participate?

All public and private schools in Oregon & SW Washington are eligible (forms can be found here).

Where is the Run?

Each school holds their own Run for the Arts. Don’t have a track? No problem! Schools have held their Run for the Arts in the school field, around the school building, in a park, or around the block.

When is the Run?


Spring Runs: Early march to Mid April

Fall Runs: October through mid-November

I still have questions, who should I talk to?

Email Koko Olszewski at


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