Portland Public Schools offers arts education in media and visual arts, music, theater and dance to all 78 schools in the district. With 175 arts specialists, we are the largest arts organization in the state. In the scope of a kindergarten through twelfth grade arts education, we offer multiple opportunities for artistic expression and success; from beginner to pre-professional.
Why Arts Education Matters
The arts are fundamental to children's creative expression and their overall growth and learning. Integrated into core curriculum, they enhance comprehension and engagement. On their own, they nurture self-esteem and increase whole-brain activity. The arts are our greatest tools to promote creativity in the classroom. Our vision at PPS is to increase equitable access to the arts for all children.