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

Please join us on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 5 PM – 7:30 PM at 839 Water St. (Hastings Building) for a hands-on art workshop taught by award-winning artist Margie McDonald. Learn how to create wire sculptures inspired by our seaport setting. The evening will include gourmet pizza, wine and cheese. This is a 21+ venue as wine will be served.

sea scape“Escape into Art” Wire Workshop fee: $45. Sign up at the Port Townsend Main Street website (HERE) or contact the Port Townsend Main Street office at 360-385-7911. Reserve your spot today as class space is limited. This is a fundraiser to support the Art Education Program in the Port Townsend Public School District.

Free All Ages “Weaving” workshop May 3, 2014 from 2 PM – 3:30 PM at 839 Water St. (Hastings Building). Bring the family down create your own art from recycled materials and yarn. Taught by artists Wanda LeClerc and Margie McDonald.

Don’t miss “Art Wave” – Port Townsend School District’s K-12 Student Art Exhibit – in Uptown & Downtown businesses, May 2014.

May 3rd is Gallery Walk. “Scrabble in Babel”, two short plays by Michael Grady will take place at 118 Taylor St. in the Hastings Building from 6-8pm during Gallery Walk. Donations welcome.weave

Other ways to support arts in the schools in May:Donation jars at select retailers throughout the month!Buy a “Daily Bird” at Daily Bird Pottery!

The “Escape into Art” fundraiser is sponsored by PT Artscape in partnership with the Port Townsend Main Street Program, Port Townsend School District, Washington State Arts Commission, Art Works, Port Townsend Arts Commission, participating businesses, and generous Arts Education supporters.

Thanks to The Tin Brick, Mount Townsend Creamery, Daily Bird Pottery and the Hastings Estate Company.
Proceeds benefit the Art Education Program in the Port Townsend Public School District.


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Support for our programs is provided by the following organizations.


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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.