PT Artscape is in its fourteenth year of providing visual and dramatic arts in the Port Townsend Public Schools, grades K-12. Consortium programs integrate the arts into the regular classrooms, help teachers enhance their curriculum through the arts, expand student access to and experience with the arts, and provide instruction and mentoring to artists who wish to teach their art. Over the years, program offerings have evolved with the changing and increasing interest and engagement of teachers. The Port Townsend School District is the lead agency for the Consortium activities which are funded through a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.

Main Street “Art Wave”
May 1 - May 31

Historic Districts’ merchants are showcasing student artwork for “Art Wave”—a colorful month-long exhibit of student art in the stores in May. The artwork is being created in the Port Townsend School District in grades K-12. The annual art exhibit is on display at businesses in Uptown and Downtown. Over 400 pieces of art are installed as part of this promotion.

MORE WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE! All proceeds from the listed fundraisers below will go directly to art education programs in the Port Townsend School District. 

Once again this year, merchants are invited to have a PT Artscape Donation Jar in their stores–Thank you merchants and please donate!

Daily Bird Pottery will also contribute again this year—sales of “Daily Birds” in May will benefit the Arts in the Schools Program–Thank you Daily Bird!

The Port Townsend Food Coop has chosen PT Artscape to be one of the recipients for their Beans For Bags program in May & June–Thank you Food Coop!

  The “Art Wave” exhibit celebrates children’s creative expression through art and is a collaboration with participating Port Townsend businesses. The funds raised will help support diverse offerings by PT Artscape including the Teaching Artists Programs in Blue Heron Middle School, and Port Townsend High School, and professional development for teaching artists and classroom teachers. PT Artscape also supports Centrum’s Tales, Texts and Theater Program for the sixth grade, as well as special projects and materials.
Email for more details on Art Wave.

Support for our programs is provided by the following organizations.


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Wearable Art Show 2015
Port Townsend High School
Margie McDonald
Artist Teacher



In the fall of 1998, a group of interested teachers, school administrators, and community members came together to apply for a grant from WSAC that offered funding for arts in the public schools. Visual arts, music, and drama were offered as electives only in grades 7-12. Limited levy funding supported one-shot arts activities in the elementary grades on a monthly basis. There was not a climate of collaboration between the arts specialists and classroom teachers, and arts lessons were not integrated into the curriculum.

Margie McDonald Teaching artist visits the Fifth grade and teaches Calder inspired sculptural lesson.