PPS HeART of Portland Opening Reception

April 11, 2023 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mark Building

The Museum is proud to partner with Portland Public Schools to host the annual HeART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase–at full scale for the first time since the pandemic. The showcase includes an exhibition of over 100 works by PPS visual arts students and an opening reception with student dance, music, and theater performances. In addition, hundreds of PPS students will participate in collaborative art projects exploring themes of identity and cultural and personal storytelling inspired by Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe and Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire. The showcase culminates in the April 23 Miller Family Free Day at the Museum with art-making and student performances in the galleries. 

Heart of Portland choir

Enjoy free admission to the Oscar Howe and Jeffrey Gibson exhibitions before the reception from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Thank you, Portlanders, for supporting the Arts Education and Access Fund (the “Arts Tax”), which funds arts teachers in public schools and arts nonprofits! Please join us in celebrating arts education in Portland and the students and teachers at the center of this work. 

No registration required. The showcase is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.