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Nine Cultural Attractions Offer Free Admission and Special Events to Oregon and Washington Educators July 28--August 10 - 07/10/24

Portland, OR — From July 28–August 10, Oregon and Washington educators are invited to visit Aurora Colony Museum and Historical Society, Five Oaks Museum, Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Maryhill Museum of Art, Oregon Historical Society, Pittock Mansion, Portland Art Museum, and Portland Chinatown Museum for free as well as take part in educator-focused events and tours. 

Educators can let staff at each institution’s admissions desk know that they are an educator to access free admission (no school identification required).

Local cultural attractions are powerful resources for educators, offering resources and programs to support educators’ work in classrooms. From professional development workshops to state standards-aligned curriculum and lesson plans to digital resources, educators can access a wide range of tools to enhance their teaching at no cost. Educators are encouraged to take advantage of these free admission weeks to learn about the unique resources available at each institution as well as participate in special events and tours created specifically for teachers.

Participating Institutions & Program Schedule:

Please note that while some institutions request reservations to attend these programs, any educator who would like to attend will be welcomed. 

Aurora Colony Museum and Historical Society
15018 2nd Street NE
Aurora, OR 97002
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, 12pm5pm

Aurora Colony Museum Stauffer-Will Farm Educator Tour and Overview
Wednesday, July 31, 1pm3pm
Please RSVP to siobhan@auroracolony.org if you plan to attend.

Five Oaks Museum
Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus
17677 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229
Hours: Thursday–Saturday, 12pm–4pm

Five Oaks Museum Educator Tour and Resource Share
Saturday, August 10, 10:30am–12pm
Please register here if you plan to attend.

Japanese American Museum of Oregon
411 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209
Note: Use the entrance around the corner on 4th
Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 10am–4pm; Sunday, 11am–4pm

Japanese American Museum of Oregon Educator Tours and Resource Sharing
Tuesday, July 30, 1pm–2:30pm
Tuesday, August 6, 1pm–2:30pm
Please RSVP to info@jamo.org if you plan to attend one of the tours.

Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
Hours: MondaySunday, 10am6pm 

Lan Su Chinese Garden Educator Tour 
followed by resource sharing and tea 
Friday, August 2, 1pm2:30pm
Please register here if you plan to attend.

Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive
Goldendale, WA 98620
Hours: Monday–Sunday, 10am–5pm (from March 15–November 15)

Maryhill Museum of Art Educator Tour and Refreshments
followed by resource discussion
Saturday, August 10, 1pm
Please register here if you plan to attend.

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 12pm–5pm

Oregon Historical Society Educator Tours and Overview of Educator Resources 
Tuesday, July 30, 10am–12pm 
Tuesday, August 6, 10am–12pm
Please register here if you plan to attend one of the tours.

Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Drive
Portland, OR 97210
Hours: Tuesday 12pm–5pm, Wednesday–Monday 10am–5pm

Pittock Mansion Educator Tour and Resources
Wednesday, August 7, 10:30am–12pm 
Please RSVP to kwilliams@pittockmansion.org if you plan to attend.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Hours: Thursday and Friday 10am–8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am–6pm

Portland Art Museum Educator Welcome and Tour
Thursday, August 8 at 1pm–2:30pm
Please register here if you plan to attend.

Portland Chinatown Museum
127 NW Third Avenue, Portland
Hours: Thursday–Sunday 11am–3pm

Portland Chinatown Museum Educator Tour
Friday, August 2, 11am–12:30pm
Please RSVP to info@portlandchinatown.org with your first and last name if you plan to attend.

Arlene Schnitzer at the Fountain Gallery with a folded screen made by Jay Backstrand, March 17, 1964. OHS Research Library, no. 938.
Arlene Schnitzer at the Fountain Gallery with a folded screen made by Jay Backstrand, March 17, 1964. OHS Research Library, no. 938.
A Fountain of Creativity, A New Exhibition at the Oregon Historical Society, Honors the Legacy and Influence of Arlene Schnitzer on the History and Culture of Portland (Photo) - 06/24/24

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Portland, OR — Arlene Schnitzer was quoted as saying “a city without an art community has no soul.” A new exhibition opening at the Oregon Historical Society on June 28, A Fountain of Creativity: 20th Century Northwest Artists and the Legacy of Arlene Schnitzer, honors Schnitzer’s influence on the history of Portland. The exhibition includes a range of bold, evocative, and influential works created by Pacific Northwest artists from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation — many of which will be on public display for the first time. 

Featuring notable artists such as Louis Bunce, Carl Morris, Hilda Morris, Mike Russo, and Mel Katz, this original installation, which will be debuted in two parts, reflects the enduring legacy of Arlene Schnitzer and the Fountain Gallery and the ways that her work has helped feed the soul of Portland and of arts and culture across the state.

During the late twentieth century, the arts community in Oregon was small, isolated, and offered few opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell their work. While the Portland community valued public engagement with arts and culture, establishing an art museum, symphony, and a public library, local artists were isolated from the wider national art community due to a lack of commercial gallery space to show and sell their work.

Decades later in 1961, Arlene Schnitzer, along with her mother Helen Director and friend Edna Brigham, started the Fountain Gallery. The commercial art gallery, named after its location near the Skidmore Fountain, became a hub for Pacific Northwest modern artists and helped raise the status of the Portland art scene.

“I’m happy that the Oregon Historical Society wanted to share my mother’s legacy with old friends and many new citizens,” said collector, philanthropist, and son of Arlene Schnitzer, Jordan D. Schnitzer. “Focusing on my late mother Arlene Schnitzer’s Fountain Gallery — the first contemporary art gallery in Portland — these artists’ voices, embodied in their art, inspire us, challenge us, and tell the story of contemporary art in our community.”

Jordan Schnitzer purchased his first work of art when he was 14 years old from the Fountain Gallery. It was through Arlene Schnitzer and the Fountain Gallery that his initial acquisition turned into a lifelong pursuit to collect, share, and promote the visual arts. Jordan Schnitzer is now recognized as one of the Top 200 Collectors globally (ArtNews). His collection, consisting of more than 22,000 works, functions as a living archive to preserve art for future generations and share it with the public through groundbreaking exhibitions, publications, and programs.

The first part of this two-part exhibition will debut on June 28, 2024, and will run through January 2, 2025. It will feature artworks from 1915 into the early 1960s and will provide cultural and historical context on the Pacific Northwest arts scene prior to the opening of the Fountain Gallery in 1961. The second part, on view from October 25, 2024, through May 4, 2025, will highlight many of the artists who worked closely with Arlene Schnitzer throughout the Fountain Gallery’s 25 years supporting the local arts scene.

“Art gives you a different perspective on history,” says OHS Curator of Exhibitions Megan Lallier-Barron, “People’s lived experiences at a point in time are captured and preserved in art and allow us a means for reflection and interpretation in the present.”

The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open daily in downtown Portland, from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is free every day for youth 17 and under, OHS members, and residents of Multnomah County. Learn more and plan your visit at ohs.org/visit.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For 125 years, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of objects, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all.We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view. 

 

About the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Founded in 1997, the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation collection, one of the most notable in North America, functions as a living archive to preserve art for future generations and share it with the public through groundbreaking exhibitions, publications, and programs. Today, the Foundation has organized over 160 exhibitions and has loaned thousands of works to over 120 museums, dramatically improving access to art, especially in underserved communities. 

Attached Media Files: Arlene Schnitzer at the Fountain Gallery with a folded screen made by Jay Backstrand, March 17, 1964. OHS Research Library, no. 938. , Clayton Sumner (C.S.) Price (American (1874--1950)) Two Horses, n.d. Oil on board, 12 3/4 x 16 1/4 in. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. , Gordon Gilkey (American (1912--2000)) As the Pearl Grows in Portland, edition 10/100, 1999 Woodcut, 12 x 17 in. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, from the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. , Hilda Morris (American (1911--1991)) Bantam Rooster, 1954 Sumi ink on paper, 19 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, from the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. , Louis Demott Bunce (American (1907--1983)) Sky Selector, edition AP, 1970 Serigraph, 26 x 20 in. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, from the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. , Louis Demott Bunce (American (1907--1983)) Near Humbug Mountain (Coast at Port Orford), 1934 Oil on linen, 14 x 15 1/2 in. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Image: Aaron Wessling Photography, Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.