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This program sends local artists and art teachers into classrooms to work with schoolchildren as part of the Portland Public School District third grade curriculum on bridges. In 2010, the pilot project served over 120 students, tasking them with creating works of graphic art representing the role of the Willamette River Bridges in our regional identity and transportation infrastructure. Chosen graphics are printed on 38 full-color, double-sided banners, and installed for the duration of the festival on the lamp posts along the thoroughfare of the Burnside Bridge.
To honor all the little artists who participated in DrawBridge, PDX Bridge Festival hosts a gallery reception, displaying all the full-color graphics created by the year’s students. Families, teachers, community members, and civic leaders join in the celebration of these young artists and their contribution to public art.
The following Portland Public School classes participated in 2010’s DrawBridge Project:
Gail Burak – Capitol HIll Elementary
Karen Bunnell – Atkinson Elementary
Rhonda Weekley – Forest Park Elementary
Charolette Hales – Bridlemile Elementary
DrawBridge was featured on the front page of the March 18, 2010 edition of the Portland Tribune. Download a PDF of the Portland Tribune Article.