• INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR ART INVENTORY, INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL AT PPS FACILITIES

    One of the largest art gifts to Portland Public Schools came from various New Deal programs 1932-1938. Through the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), artisans from every medium were hired to create works of art for public spaces. It was the single greatest work reformation program in history. Over the last several years, PPS has worked with the United States General Services Administration to identify and catalogue every piece of New Deal artwork in the District. The pieces are the property of the Federal Government and are on loan to schools and public institutions throughout the United States.

    PPS Facilities and Asset Management (FAM) appreciates the desire to display student or local artists’ work and individualize school facilities to represent the school to the surrounding community and has developed the following guidelines for all schools:

    INTERIOR ARTWORK AT PPS FACILITIES

    • All artwork other than student artwork belongs to PPS or the Federal Government and may not be sold, gifted or reproduced.
    • Do not move or remove school artwork: School staff, students, parents or other community members may not move or remove District artwork inside or outside any PPS school or PPS building. If there is a piece of artwork in your school which needs to be moved, please contact Facilities and Asset Management who will oversee moving or removal.
    • All District and Federal Government artwork has been photographed and is being catalogued by school catalogued by school and room placement by Facilities and Asset Management
    • Displays of art work on the interior of school facilities will be reviewed and allowed by FAM when the building environment is not compromised. Permission for this type of display is requested via a Project Development Request (PDR).

    EXTERIOR ARTWORK AT PPS FACILITIES

    • Artwork attached to a school’s exterior will not be approved, as it can adversely affect the building envelope, watertight integrity, and structural integrity of PPS facilities. Protecting the building envelope is key to keeping a warm, safe, and dry environment inside our schools and maintaining a positive learning environment.
    • FAM will consider PDRs submitted for temporary, exterior displays (not to exceed 90 days) of signage or art work that is attached to: Fences or Stand-alone supports or other locations not connected to buildings.
    • Temporary displays may also be regulated by the City of Portland sign code and possibly incur permit fees.