White Bird's Education Outreach Program
The project has blossomed, incorporating the talents of 67 teachers in an interdisciplinary juggernaut that includes courses outside the proscribed "cultural" scope of social studies and history"
"White Bird is tireless in its efforts to continue its partnership with Portland Public Schools to create an exemplary curriculum for grades 5-12, stressing the integration of the arts with other disciplines."
-Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator
White Bird's Annual Project with Portland Public Schools
Dedicated to education and broadening the audience of contemporary dance, White Bird has developed a series of programs that bring dance into Portland area schools and dance studios. The programs range from master classes and interactive workshops with major dance companies to an annual month long curriculum taught in the Portland Public Schools (PPS).
Since 2001, White Bird and Portland Public Schools have successfully partnered in developing a month-long multi-disciplinary curriculum on a particular artist or theme inspired by a dance company that White Bird is presenting. The curriculum, taught through the lenses of history, anthropology, literature, art, music and dance, sparks a passion in students who otherwise might not be exposed to contemporary culture. Each project culminates in a free student performance for 2,700 students and teachers by the dance company at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Curriculums and Performances for PPS:
Inaugurated first outreach project with Portland Public Schools in February 2001, Black History Month, on Alvin Ailey and African American culture-- introduced to 4000 elementary, middle and high school students, culminating in a free student performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
"Cultural collaboration,” with a performance of The People of the Forest by Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and the BaAka Musicians of the Central African Rain Forest.
Hispanic arts and culture, with a student performance by Ballet Hispanico, America’s leading Hispanic dance company.
Children of Uganda—AIDS in Africa and the healing and nurturing power of the arts.
Chinese Arts and Culture with a performance by Beijing Modern Dance.
Alvin Ailey with a performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
The great African-American artist Jacob Lawrence, culminating in a student performance by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company of dance works inspired by Lawrence’s artwork.
The theme of Cultural Exchange with a free student performance by Urban Bush Women (Brooklyn, NY) and Compagnie Jant-Bi (Senegal, West Africa).
The Celebrations and Cultural Diversity of Brazil with a free student performance by Dance Brazil.
Ethnic diversity with a free student performance by Complexions Contemporary Ballet..
Exploration of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, focused on the history of the African American fight for freedom with a free student performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Hip Hop in Different Cultures,” with a free student performance by Compagnie Käfig, based in France, involving 11 young men from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Student Matinee, March 9, 2005
photo by Basil Childers
A Non-profit Organization
- Brings excellence in dance to Portland
- Keeps ticket prices affordable
- Commissions new works
- Develops educational and outreach programs
- Strengthens our community by broadening the audience for contemporary dance
February 12, 2003
photo by Basil Childers
White Bird's Community Partners
Some of the many schools, organizations, and charities that White Bird partners with:
The Healing Roots Village
New Avenues for Youth
NW Pilot Project
Our House of Portland
St. Mary's Home for Boys
Vancouver School of Arts & Academics