Jazz is an essential American art form. A priority of PDX Jazz’s mission is to provide educational outreach opportunities to Portland area students that will communicate the music’s essence and cultural significance while contributing to the growth of a new audience.
The PDX Jazz education initiative addresses three major concerns within our community: 1) the decreased funding for arts education in our public schools, 2) the importance of educating students and adults alike about the influential artistic contributions African-Americans made to American civilization during the 20th Century, and 3) contributing to the success of a vibrant arts scene. We focus resources towards high-need and at-risk urban and rural populations, particularly Title-One schools. Emphasis is not placed entirely on the student as a performer, but rather the appreciation of jazz music from a historical, sociological and cultural perspective.