Category Archives: King School

King School Museum of Contemporary Art


KSMoCA is a contemporary art museum within the walls of a functioning K-8 public school in NE Portland, OR. Created as a collaborative project by faculty and students of Portland State University’s College of the Arts, and developed with help from community members and local organizations, the project creates an unusual pairing between early education and internationally renowned artists and their work. Students at the school learn through experience about museum practice and careers as they are facilitated through the roles of curators, installers, publicists, copywriters, registrars and docents. KSMoCA re-imagines the way museums, public schools, and universities shape people, culture, and perspectives by cultivating a space for art to educate within and beyond the classroom.

Each rotating exhibition is presented for two months. The public is welcome to experience the museum by appointment and during selected open hours.

Postcards from America | Opens May 28, 2015 | 4:30-6 PM | Free
Postcards from America is an ongoing photographic experiment. Since 2011 the Postcards project has traveled to eight locations across the country. Nearly twenty Magnum Photo Agency photographers have been involved with the project. Portland is one of the last stops forPostcards from America and seven photographers have come here to document a wide variety of subjects in the city, including King School, in conjunction with PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA Program.

KSMoCA’s inaugural exhibition features work selected by students at King School from all of the past Postcards locations and has been overseen by Magnum photographer Alec Soth and various PSU-related volunteers.


King PTA news.


Middle School Discussion

Current, future, and prospective King middle school parents and students to discuss the program and its future.  Tuesday, April 21st.  Meeting begins at 5:30 in the school library.

A message from parent, Tanisha Jones:

Hello all,

It was so nice to reconnect with many of you these last few days through our brief conversations around the topic of “What’s going on in King’s middle school”.  Like my husband and I, there are a lot of perceptions, questions, and concerns around what to expect and the offerings of our current middle school.  Some of us have students already in middle school, some on their way, and others soon approaching.

Whether you’ve been out of the loop of school activities, like my husband and I, and/or perhaps you are involved but don’t feel equipped with transparency of information to make a well informed decision about whether or not to keep your student at King for middle school, or know of what ideas/suggestions can be made towards enhancing the middle school program, your perspective of questions, concerns, and ideas are needed at the table during the Tuesday, April 21st PTA meeting, 5:30pm, in the King School library!!

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King School Garden Harvest Days in July & August – all are welcome!


King Garden Harvest Days


Stop by the King courtyard garden on the 3rd and 4th Sundays in July and August

Students have worked hard to plant and tend the garden during the school year and volunteers have weeded and watered since school ended in June.  Now stop by during the farmers market and see what is ripe and ready to take home to eat.  Don’t let the fruits of our labor go to waste!  The doors will be open on the side facing the playground from 10:30 to 1:30.  We hope to see you there!

Arts Council to Consider King School Park Mural

PaintedWallDesign2Regional Arts & Culture Council

Meeting Notice

Meeting Name: Public Art Advisory Committee, Murals Committee
Meeting Date: Monday, December 17, 2012
Meeting Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Regional Arts & Culture Council, 411 NW Park Avenue, Meeting Room A.

The public is invited to attend and comment at this review of a mural by the Public Art Advisory Committee, Murals Committee of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Please reply to Cheryl Norton at if you will attend.

Notice of Review of Public Art Mural Application for:

4906 NE 6th Avenue

The purposed mural at 4906 NE 6th Avenue is in the King School Park, and has been designed through listening sessions, suggestions and ideas from the community, King School students, parents, community members, and the neighborhood association. The mural design brings the vibrancy of Martin Luther King’s strength as a meeting point for diversity. The mural will show the strength of our differences and our interdependence.

School Change Scenarios Released, Feedback Sought

scenPortland Public Schools has released six scenarios of suggested changes to schools in parts of North and Northeast Portland that have priority enrollment to Jefferson Middle College for Advanced Studies. This enrollment balancing process is tasked with resolving issues due to overcrowding at some schools and underenrollment at others.

King PreK-8, with 290 students in grades K-8 is the second smallest school in the cluster now that Humboldt was merged with Boise-Eliot and Tubman Young Women’s Academy was closed. A major consideration is whether to convert some schools back from K-8 to K-5 and add one or two middle schools. Some schools may be closed or merged, or be converted to split campuses, with different elementary grades in different buildings. While not necessarily intended as final options, the six scenarios were distributed to garner feedback from the public to help craft the final solutions. These, more refined proposals will be mailed to parents over winter break and posted to the PPS Enrollment Balancing page.

The deadline for feedback is this Wednesday, December 12th. The feedback form is available on the PPS site and can be returned to any PPS school or feedback can be emailed to

After winter break, public comment will be taken in January. Then, the Superintendent will make a recommendation to the school board who must approve the changes. If there is not a delay, the changes will take effect in fall of 2013.

A facebook group was begun to give parents, community members, and some school board members a forum to discuss the proposals and the larger issue of educational quality, programming, leadership, and transfer policy in the Jefferson Cluster. You can join in at: