Escape into Art and support the art in the schools program in May!

Art Wave --A Wave of Children’s Creativity ~ UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN

Historic Districts’ merchants are showcasing student artwork for “Art Wave”—a colorful month-long exhibit of student art in the stores in May. The artwork is being created in the Port Townsend School District in grades K-12. The annual art exhibit is on display at businesses in Uptown and Downtown. The cost is $10 to participate, and over 400 pieces of art are installed as part of this promotion.

Once again this year, merchants are invited to have a PT Artscape Donation Jar in their stores; all proceeds from the jars will go directly to art education programs in the Port Townsend School District. Daily Bird Pottery will also contribute again this year—sales of “Daily Birds” will benefit the Arts in the Schools Program. The Port Townsend Food Co-op is letting PT Artscape have a jar in its “Beans for Bags” Program in May and June. Receive a bean when you bring your own shopping bag, and vote for PT Artscape by putting your bean in the PT Artscape Jar. For every bean collected, the Food Co-op will donate 5 cents to PT Artscape, and every penny counts! Email for more details on Art Wave.

The Art Wave exhibit celebrates children’s creative expression through art and is a collaboration with participating Port Townsend businesses. The funds raised will help support diverse offerings by PT Artscape including the Teaching Artists Programs in Blue Heron Middle School, and Port Townsend High School, and professional development for teaching artists and classroom teachers. PT Artscape also supports Centrum’s Tales, Texts and Theater Program for the sixth grade, as well as special projects and materials.

Making Art Happen

Support for our programs is provided by the following organizations.


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kids working

Blue Heron Martime Discovery Program- Students explore local plant, sea and animal life in art class.


In the fall of 1998, a group of interested teachers, school administrators, and community members came together to apply for a grant from WSAC that offered funding for arts in the public schools. Visual arts, music, and drama were offered as electives only in grades 7-12. Limited levy funding supported one-shot arts activities in the elementary grades on a monthly basis. There was not a climate of collaboration between the arts specialists and classroom teachers, and arts lessons were not integrated into the curriculum.

Margie McDonald Teaching artist visits the Fifth grade and teaches Calder inspired sculptural lesson.