Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA)

Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA)

Students after recess at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School in Portland, Oregon. Images from “Portrait of KSMoCA” by Kate Bingaman-Burt and Anke Schuettler are visible in the windows. The artists met with students at Dr. MLK Jr. School to do portraits as a representation of our school community. Schuettler took photographs of students and Bingaman-Burt created and illustrated the names and faces of students from multiple grade levels. The artwork is installed in the windows facing the school playground.

4906 NE 6th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
United States of America

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Founded in 2014 by Portland State University professors and artists Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher, Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) connects public school students with internationally renowned artists through collaborative workshops, exhibitions, artists lectures and site-specific commissions. KSMoCA’s programs are developed in partnership with the Dr. MLK Jr. School community, PSU’s School of Art + Design faculty and graduate and undergraduate students, and contemporary artists.

Students learn through experience about museum practices by participating in KSMoCA as curators, preparators, artists, gallerists, writers, and docents. The project reimagines how museums, public schools, and universities can work together to shift culture and perspectives by creating radical intersections for sharing resources across organizations. KSMoCA is an artist-run, ongoing social practice project in the form of a museum. Programs include:

- Rotating solo exhibitions made in collaboration with renowned contemporary artists
- KSMoCA Mentorship Program
- Student Curatorial Committee
- Visiting Artist Lecture Series


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