Miller was awarded for helping to start the city’s Student Visual Chronicle in 2007, for her work promoting the program at Tualatin High as well as the countless hours she has dedicated to working with students to create artwork for the Student Visual Chronicle.
Miller, who specializes in beginning and advanced painting instruction, said the Student Visual Chronicle was designed to help connect art students to the community of Tualatin.
“Students are to select a place in Tualatin that has a significant meaning and create an acrylic painting, a colored pencil drawing or a photograph of the scene,” she said in an email. “Along with the image, students are to write a short essay on why the place or scene has significant meaning to them.”
The city gathers the artwork and Art Advisory Committee makes the selects at least three to purchase from the students.
After a public showing of all the entries, the selected artwork is framed and put into the cities permanent art collection. There are currently 29 pieces of work in this collection.
“I started it as a way to connect kids to the community and to flex their creative muscles in art and writing,” Miller said, in a press release. “I think projects that get the kids involved in the community make them into better citizens. If a teacher can incorporate that into their lessons, it just creates a great opportunity for kids.”
This year’s show will be on May 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tualatin Public Library.
This isn’t the first project where Miller was called upon to rally her art students for a good cause. Last year, she worked with students in using art to comfort the Newtown, Conn. community after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Art in the Burbs foundation provided the funding for the Student Visual Chronicle and wall hangings for Newtown.
The Community Enhancement Award was created to recognize individuals or organizations whose contributions have impacted arts-related experiences for local residents. The Tualatin Arts Advisory Committee identifies award candidates and makes recommendations to the City Council.
— Wendy Owen