Move For the Arts

Move for the Arts
Friday, May 19th

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Art in the School

What would school be like without Visual Arts? Without a place to express happiness, anger, love, sadness or peace? Visual Arts does that for so many kids (and adults). A natural release of tension when you pickup a paint brush or your hands touch and mold clay into a piece of art.

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As a public school, unfortunately we are forced to choose between Music Arts or Visual Arts for funding. BOTH forms of art are equally important and our children should not have to sacrifice losing one. Our Skyline PTA has been our source of funding for Visual Arts program for years through our own fundraising and student event called Move for the Arts.

What is Move for the Arts?

What is Move for the Arts? Well, a picture says a thousand words, take a look…

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Photos by Brandon Schmidt of FotoVitae Photography

This event brings together movement and art. An event that not only raises money for our art program but also gives kids a time to work together to build relationships with their peers.

How it Works

All students, K-8 work together in heterogeneous groups months before the event to create, design and imagine their team name and use IB strategies to work together.

On the day of the event kids start by choosing from a variety of activities:

  • Hula hooping
  • Basketball
  • Dancing
  • Running
  • And more…

Cohort groups come together to compete in relay races! The teams must work together building on their IB skills to conquer the relay races. Each team is constantly working with each to earn points for their cohort.

Only one cohort team earns the  prestige of winning with the most points at the end of the day.


This event is a fun event for kids, but it’s also our way of funding art! Each dollar donated goes directly into the Art Program run by our amazing teachers, you can learn more about them on our Art page.

Each child is sent home with a donation form, we have hopes that each child can raise at least $50 in donations, that’s 10 people giving $5!!! That’s a cup of coffee at Starbucks, lunch out of the office (or half a lunch), that extra $5 you shouldn’t have spent at Target (or $50!!).

With 300 kids, $50 each we could raise over $10,000 to fund our program! That supplies our artists and supplies for the year!!!

Not only will your donation go DIRECTLY toward our art program (no middleman) but kids will also earn AMAZING prizes for their hard fundraising efforts:

Raise $35 or more: 

  • Skyline IB bracelet, courtesy of Kristin Rader Real Estate

Raise $50 or more:

Top 3 Fundraisers earn:

  • Studio pass to Portland Child Art Studio courtesy of Devon Mitchell
  • Coupon for ANY PAIR of KEEN shoes
  • Art Kit courtesy of Shannon Garcia Shinn at Forest Park Studio School

Top Fundraiser will also earn: 

  • Tabletop Easel, courtesy of the Griffith Family

So now what? After seeing amazing art work, a display of teamwork, colorful artistic motion and kids having FUN what can you do? DONATE!

Your donation, big or small makes a HUGE impact! Please consider donating today! If you are donating on behalf of a student at Skyline, be sure to enter their name in the comments. You can also send a check made payable to Skyline PTA to:
11536 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland, OR 97231 Attn: Skyline PTA
With your donation, you can keep up with all the happenings of our art through our online gallery of pictures linked at the bottom of our art page.

Thank you for your support and if you need a receipt, please let us know and we’d be happy to provide. All donations are tax-deductible (tax ID #93-6039406).

Downloadable Donation Form

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