For the past 5 years, PDX Pop Now!‘s educational programming has reached out to young audiences by putting Portland’s creative capital front and center in gymnasiums and classrooms across the city. Through our outreach programs, PDX Pop Now! approaches young people as both supporters and collaborators by means of exposure and experience. For most kids it marks their first experience with live, local music–and for many, live music altogether. More importantly, many of these students will engage in the music community not just as listeners, show-goers and fans, but as creators as well. Our outreach program is an event that works to put as little pressure on the school as possible. With a full day of free arts programming, we bring in arts educators who run workshops in the morning ranging from screenprinting and lyric-writing to hands-on experience with musical instruments.
PDX Pop Now! runs major fundraising efforts to ensure that these programs are free of charge to the schools we serve. In addition to the bands, arts educators and sound engineers that we bring in, we also have a small army of volunteers to help facilitate the smooth running of the program.
Additionally, through outreach programs, PDX Pop Now! has worked successfully with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, local businesses, schools and the broader community to make more all-ages safe concerts possible and allow young Oregonians to participate more fully in the local arts community.