Jazz in the Schools Exhibition 4/28-4/30, New Education Director Hired

By PDX Jazz Board President Joe Maita

I am pleased to announce the hiring of Kim Harrison as PDX Jazz Education Director!  As a volunteer, Kim has played an indispensable role in growing our education programs, and has had a particular impact on our Jazz in the Schools program, which we presented to 10 schools and 1,500 children during the 2016 – 17 school year.


PDX Jazz Education Director Kim Harrison and PDX Jazz Board President Joe Maita with a participant in this year’s Jazz in the Schools program.

During her career – which includes over ten years in the classroom – Kim has designed and facilitated family enrichment events and education programs, written project curriculum, and has a special ability to handle diverse groups of children, families and fellow educators while creating welcoming and meaningful environments.   Kim is also an avid jazz fan, and has volunteered for several years as an Artist Host during our Jazz Festival.

Kim and others from PDX Jazz will be at the Portland Art Museum April 28 – 30, where an exhibition of exceptional art created during this year’s Jazz in the Schools program will be shown.   This will give you an opportunity to get a scope of this program, and in a very special environment.

Other special events this weekend at the art museum to please make note of and participate in:

On April 30 at 1:00, we will be celebrating International Jazz Day at the museum’s Whitsell Auditorium with a presentation of our Incredible Journey of Jazz program, which is a history of jazz performance designed for youth and played by a live jazz ensemble.  This is a great opportunity to attend a jazz performance with your children.

Then at 3pm pianist Darrell Grant and his chamber jazz quartet MJ New will be performing a program entitled “The Sound of Identity” inspired by the “Constructing Identity: Collection of African-American Art” exhibition currently on display at the Portland Art Museum.  “The Sound of Identity” seeks to highlight the connections between the visual and musical arts through pairing compositions by historic African-American jazz artists with selected works from the exhibit.

Hope to see you there, and if you do come, please say hello to Kim!