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Golden Road Arts Presents Free Art Lessons in Hillsboro Public Parks the Summer of 2022

After last year’s successful run of free art events, Golden Road Arts and the Hillsboro Public Library will once again partner to create free art lessons in Hillsboro, Oregon. Through the Art in the Park series, Golden Road Arts will visit 16 Hillsboro public parks and deliver hands-on art education to elementary and middle school children in the community. Taking place during July and August of 2022, Art in the Park – in conjunction with Hillsboro Public Library’s well-known Library on the Loose program – will promote creativity and literacy for school-aged kids.

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Art in the Park Dates and Locations


  • Tuesday, July 5 – McKinney Park, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 7 – Orenco Woods Nature Park, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 12 – Walnut Street Park, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 14 – 53rd Avenue Community Park, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 19 – Shute Park, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 21 – Frances Street Park, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 26 – Rood Bridge Park, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 28 – Butternut Creek Park, 6:00 p.m. 


  • Tuesday, August 2 – Reedville Creek Park, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 4 – Evergreen Park, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 9 – Shadywood Park, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 11 – Magnolia Park, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 16 – J. Hamby Park, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 18 – Bicentennial Park, 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 23 – Century Oaks Park, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 25 – Tyson Park, 6:00 p.m.

Each event will be 90 minutes, and the Tuesday events will coincide with the free lunches distributed at the park for eligible school district families.

Here are the videos for a preview of the art lessons that will be taught this week. If you can’t make these art events in person, be sure to watch the blog for the video, the downloads to accompany the free art lesson and the materials list in the coming weeks.

July 19 Art in the Park Companion Video Art Lesson

July 21 Art in the Park Companion Video Art Lesson

What Is Art in the Park?

Art in the Park is an event series combining literacy and art to provide a fun and educational experience for elementary and middle school children.

For each of the 16 events, a specially chosen library book will be selected to form the basis of the free art lesson. Attendees will listen as Rocio Espinoza-Cotero of the Hillsboro Public Library reads a story in Spanish. Barbara Mason will then read the same story in English.

After listening to the story, children are encouraged to complete art projects based on the themes of the book. Age-appropriate books provided by the library, and a free coloring book created by Golden Road Arts, are also provided for every child in a take-home kit.

How Can Art in the Park Benefit School-Aged Children?

As shared in the press release on PR Newswire, Art in the Park, alongside Library on the Loose, ensures that elementary and middle school children are given a creative outlet this summer. The feedback from last year’s events highlighted how the accessible and story-driven art project format sparked a creative interest that flourished throughout the summer. With guidance and support from Barbara Mason and others, children are encouraged to experiment with art techniques and discuss their work openly.

Art in the Park also provides an opportunity for kids to get out of the house and enjoy Hillsboro’s public parks. The event themes are the outdoors, nature and diversity, and the beautiful surroundings of the parks provide the perfect backdrop for a day of creative expression.

As those familiar with the free art resources created by Golden Road Arts will already know, access to quality art education has many additional benefits that assist children throughout their academic life. From confidence-building and academic performance to fine motor skills and communication skills, art education is an important companion for math, science, languages and other foundational subjects in the curriculum.

Join Us for Free Art Events in Oregon This Summer

Golden Road Arts provides free art events for children in Hillsboro and throughout Oregon. We also produce a range of free art lessons to assist parents and teachers in delivering a high-quality art education. Browse our free art lessons or call us at (503) 718-7097.

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