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A Message From The Head of School: In Solidarity

06/08/20

As a community of artists, The Oxbow School stands in support of black communities across the country. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Sandra Bland, Tyisha Miller, Nina Pop, and Ahmaud Arbery are tragic victims of white supremacy and brutality and their deaths and those that precede them serve as an urgent call to action for organizations like ours.

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Fall 2020 Cancellation Announcement

06/08/20

On behalf of The Oxbow School community, we are writing to announce that the Oxbow campus will be closed for the fall 2020 semester. In keeping with guidelines set forth by the CDC and Governor Newsom’s safety requirements necessary for California schools to reopen, we feel this decision is in the best interest of the health and well-being of the entire community.

While no one knows what the future holds, it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of our greater community--students and families, faculty and staff, and the essential workers with whom we interact. Until there is adequate testing and contact tracing available across Napa county, welcoming a new cohort of students from across the country is unsafe and inconsiderate to our local community.

As a residential community, it is paramount that we have heightened sanitation and distancing measures in place before we resume in-person instruction with future students. The Oxbow Safety Committee plans to utilize the next few months to thoroughly research emergent best practices, develop disinfection protocols, and install protective equipment throughout campus that will enable us to maintain a 6-foot physical distance while still taking advantage of our beautiful studio spaces and shared housing. We are optimistic that the next several months will provide ample time to optimally secure the campus with creative solutions, allowing spring students to feel comfortable while building a meaningful community through a shared passion for art.

We intend to stay true to our mission by providing a world class arts education, for it is our belief that the world needs art more now than ever before. Please stay tuned for Oxbow Online offerings and Workshop opportunities coming soon.

We look forward to providing an array of online offerings and hosting a vibrant Spring student cohort on campus in early 2021!

Be well,

Jennifer Jordan, Head of School

Beth Karpfinger, Board Chairperson


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OS42 Quaranzine

04/24/20

Projects showing OS42's creativity, grace and grit have been compiled into the Quaranzine magazine by Oxbow's Dean of The Arts, Chris Thorson. Please enjoy this magazine with student works that include selections from OS42's distance learning art projects, materials lists, and "Who are you?" projects.

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COVID-19

03/19/20

Dear Friends and Visitors of The Oxbow School,

The health and safety of the community is our utmost priority. Due to the spread of COVID-19, The Oxbow School has suspended on-campus programming and transitioned to distance learning until it is safe to travel. We believe suspending on-campus programming is the best way to protect the welfare of our Oxbow community and neighbors in Napa as we are committed to help “flatten the curve”—that is, to contribute to the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 to ensure broad access to healthcare for our most at-risk populations.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We are committed to doing our best to navigate this new reality with everyone. The Oxbow faculty are working diligently to create and implement a dynamic and meaningful experience for our current students. Check out our Instagram for lively updates and stay at home art projects and recommendations.

While we are all living in uncertain times, we encourage you to take this time to embrace the present moment by fostering virtual relationships with your loved ones for support, compassion, and connectedness.

For prospective students and families, please know that your interest in The Oxbow School is important to us. We take tremendous pride in being the preeminent thought leader in arts education for young people. We look forward to welcoming you to campus once we reopen.

Unfortunately Oxbow has had to postpone many of our annual fundraising events which directly support student scholarships. Please considering "joining us" for the Oxbow Anti Event to benefit student scholarships and support the arts!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Jordan

Head of School

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Annual Gratitude Report

10/29/19

More than $730,000 in student scholarship awards was provided in FY 2019! We are truly grateful for the generous support of our many donors from across the globe and the significant impact their contributions make on the lives of Oxbow students. Our commitment to creating opportunities for all students to create, grow, and thrive would not be possible without them.

See full FY2019 Annual Report HERE

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Annual Student Scholarship Fund

10/29/19

Did you know that nearly half of all students who have attended Oxbow received scholarship support? YOUR contributions to our Annual Scholarship Fund really do make a difference in a student’s life. No gift is too small as every gift combined allows the school to continue providing an extraordinary experience to ALL talented and deserving students. Look for our Annual Scholarship Fund letter in your mailbox or make a tax-deductible donation online at any time.

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Head of School Announcement

08/27/19

On behalf of the Oxbow Board of Trustees and our Faculty and Staff, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Jennifer Jordan to the role of Oxbow Head of School. After thirteen years with the school as an English teacher and Academic Dean, and five months of great work serving as Interim Head of School, the Board unanimously voted to elect Jennifer into this role.

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Annual Benefit: That's a Wrap!

05/13/19

The Oxbow Benefit Dinner at Hudson Ranch winery on Saturday, May 11 was an enormous success - we raised over $100,000 for student scholarships! We'd like to extend a giant THANK YOU to all of you who volunteered, attended, and donated -- such huge efforts to make this evening so special. The vibe was fun, intimate and elegant...we couldn't have hoped for better (the beaming sunshine in Carneros was an additional gift!) Our benefit event could not have happened without the generous support of Lee & Cristina Hudson of Hudson Ranch winery, Curtis diFede of Miminashi restaurant, Liam & Diana Callahan of Bellwether Farms, Trustee Robert Sinskey of Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Llisa Demetrios of Eames Office, local neon artist Meryl Pataky, and all of our wonderful sponsors. In addition, we have many individuals and wineries who donated for our online and silent auctions, for which we are grateful. We are truly humbled to have such loyal support for our school - all of you made our weekend absolutely delightful. And lastly, to Jordan Felling and her Pollinate Brand team, for an amazing job of event production. Oxbow thanks you all!

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