Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Creative minds for
challenging times.

2508 NE Everett Street | Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 916-5356 | Fax: (503) 916-2721

Upcoming Events

Spring Dance Concert
May 6th and 7th are the dates of the da Vinci Spring Dance Concert. Tickets are now available to all families and the general public. 
These shows do sell out so don’t delay in getting your tickets. Alimited number of seats in a premium section are $20 for each show and general admission seats are $10.

This production requires a tremendous amount of adult support. Please mark your calendars and sign up HERE if you can help out.

Pushdot Studio Exhibit & Fundraiser
Be sure to look at the information on the Pushdot Studio page on our site!

The heART of Portland Exhibit  

Congratulations to the following 3 students whose artwork was chosen for "The heART of Portland" exhibit at the Portland Art Museum: Callan Soraghan, Jack Schneiger, and Ella Williamson.

Each visual art teacher in Portland Public Schools (K-12) was asked to submit just one artwork each for this exhibition. The exhibit will be at the Portland Art Museum in the Sunken Ballroom & Miller Room from Monday, April 4 through Saturday, April 16. You are all invited to the Opening Reception on Monday, April 4 at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!



In celebration of the opening of our new Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, OMSI has put together a new exhibit called "Our Ocean." Through local art, poetry, and hands-on activities, OMSI is showcasing the creativity and stewardship inspired by the ocean.

It is our pleasure to inform you that the following da Vinci students' pieces and artist statements were selected for the "Our Oceans Exhibit" at OMSI!!
Tides that Bind by Savada Barron 
Haystack Rock by Grace Emmite
How the Ocean Nurtures Me by Eli Gavilanes 
Cannon Beach by Avery Marlia  
Cannon Beach  by Joy Nelson 

The "Our Ocean Exhibit" is in the Turbine Hall and will run for the next 3 months. Please come out to OMSI and see the amazing exhibit!

 Savada Barron  Grace Emmite  Eli Gavilanes  Avery Marlia  Joy Nelson        

An Artist Statement:

Avery Marlia
Cannon Beach
22.54 x 14.92 inches
Watercolor on Paper

I have had a deep connection with the ocean since I was born. Every summer my grandparents would take my siblings and I to the beach to go camping for a week. It was something they did with my dad and my aunt when they were kids, so it was important for them to pass down the experience to us. While we were camping my dad would take a couple days off work and come stay with us for a night. I remember one time he took my sister and I out to the water and we had a competition to see who could sit in the water the longest. He won. This year our beach trip was canceled. Because just a week prior, my dad had passed from his ongoing fight of colon cancer. At the beginning of summer my dad had said to me and my siblings that he was going to try and take us to the beach as much as possible. He got sick fast and none of those trips became a reality. I visited Cannon Beach, my dad’s favorite place, a few weeks after his passing. It was strange not having him bury me in the sand or splash me with water, but every time I saw the ocean, I thought of him. This past September my family and I revisited Cannon Beach to spread my dad’s ashes. The ocean will always be a part of my dad and me. My name is Avery, and I’m an eighth grader at da Vinci Arts Middle School in Portland.

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