ArtSmart Trout Lake fosters investment in the visual, literary, media, and performing arts by managing a fund that is allocated to artists and art educators through a semiannual grant cycle. Our committee pursues funding through the generous support of donors and local businesses, as well as grants and fundraising events. Our fund allows us to meet the needs of local artists and art educators, and expand integrative arts education opportunities in our community.
Trout Lake is a small community known for its natural beauty, organic dairy and herb farms, and as an access point to Mount Adams and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Trout Lake School is a public school that serves 230 students in grades K–12. The elementary, junior, and high school levels are combined, creating a nurturing environment that welcomes an increased exposure to the arts. With Trout Lake School as the beating heart of the ArtSmart initiative, the committee envisions our efforts rippling outward, involving and inspiring surrounding communities.