Visit the 2nd floor community room of the historic North Portland Library this month and you’ll find a unique student art show. Step inside to see incredible black-and-white photographs and writing created by 1st and 2nd graders at King School. This community show celebrates Right Brain’s partnership with King, one of eight schools in the nation selected to be a part of the Turnaround Arts program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
This artwork was created during a Right Brain experience last spring with Right Brain teaching artist Julie Keefe. Through photography and writing, students explored their role within their neighborhood, which directly connected to the school’s International Baccalaureate curriculum. By sharing the completed work at the library, we let the community in on the process. And, simultaneously, it became an incredible extension of the students’ learning experience. All 1st and 2nd grade classes took a field trip to the library—just down the street from the school—to see the work, undoubtedly bringing some of the students to the building for the very first time.
At the opening reception for this art show last month, we served ice cream floats. Kids took black-and-white photographs of event attendees. We heard statements from Carole Smith, superintendent of Portland Public Schools; Kim Patterson, King School Principal; and Julie Keefe about the impact of this residency and the value of working with Right Brain. Students were able to interact with the public, receive praise and answer questions about their work.
For King students and teachers, for the North Portland Library, the school district, for Right Brain, this was a win-win-win-win.
Thank you to the incredible Leah Verwey for snapping photos for us at this opening event. See a few more glimpses below of what took place.
The exhibition will be up at the North Portland Library at 512 N. Killingsworth through the end of August, so please drop by to share in this experience!