Martin Luther King Jr. School
4906 NE 6th Ave. 
Portland, OR


KSMoCA (King School Museum of Contemporary Art) is a contemporary art museum within the walls of a functioning preK-8 public school in NE Portland, OR. It is a collaborative project with PSU faculty Lisa Jarrett, students from King elementary school and Portland State University’s College of the Arts. The project creates an unusual pairing between early education and internationally renowned artists and their work.

Students at the school learn through experience about museum practice and careers as they are facilitated through the roles of curators, installers, publicists, copywriters, registrars and docents. KSMoCA re-imagines the way museums, public schools, and universities shape people, culture, and perspectives by cultivating a space for art to educate within and beyond the classroom.

Each rotating exhibition is presented for two months, and permanent projects are being added to the school environment on an ongoing basis.