KSMoCA receives grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation
Author: School of Art + Design
Posted: December 5, 2019

The King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of Oregon Community Foundation. The funding will support the visiting artist program at KSMoCA and help establish the Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice at Harriet Tubman Middle School.

The Harriet Tubman Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice, launched during the 2018-19 school year, is a new project coming out of KSMoCA. Directed by PSU professors Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher along with support from the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA Program, it is a community endeavor that includes students and alumni from the PSU School of Art and Design, professional curators, artists, and arts organizations both locally and internationally.

The project works with Harriet Tubman Middle School students on a weekly basis. The students learn about various curatorial approaches that include working with visual art, performance, public art, historical materials, social practice as well as writing and critical assessment of contemporary art and culture. Students apply their skills as a curatorial team while working on projects at the middle school and various off-site locations. As part of the center’s activities, students meet with visiting curators and go on field trips to learn about local institutions including the Portland Art Museum, The Oregon Historical Society, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

We are honored to receive this support which will allow us to continue to offer arts programming to our student-participants and ultimately allows long-term engagement across grade levels and schools in NE Portland. ~ Lisa Jarrett

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Photos: Students from MLK Jr School giving a gallery tour at the opening of the Hank Willis Thomas exhibition Freedom Ride at KSMoCA. The exhibition, on view through March 5, 2020, features two bodies of work— political advocacy button slogans and the For Freedoms Digital Quilt.