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Benefest is a benefit festival to support arts education at Buckman Elementary and the Portland Schools Foundation. Produced by the good folks who bring you Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival. MORE >
 

 

 

 
About Benefest
A benefit festival to support arts education at Buckman Elementary and the Portland Schools Foundation, produced by the good folks who bring you Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival. Benefest is a unique collaboration between Portland venues, musicians, Buckman Elementary, and Pickathon.

 
Why Buckman?
Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School is the only public arts focus elementary school in Portland Public Schools (PPS). Its innovative arts- integrated curriculum nurtures and challenges the whole child- nourishing the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and artistic development of each student. Buckman students achieve academic excellence as they develop a lifelong love of learning and creative expression. This innovative approach to teaching and learning needs community support to continue.


Through music, art, drama, and creative movement, our award- winning teachers make classroom learning come alive. The school's highly trained full-time arts specialists provide concentrated instruction in drama and music, fine art, and dance. These arts specialists also collaborate with the classroom teachers to integrate arts into the core curriculum, resulting in flexible and creative thinkers who are ready to succeed in school and beyond. Buckman received a rating of Outstanding from the State of Oregon in 2009 and 2010.


Oregon School Funding Crisis

For the last several years, PPS has faced a severe budget crisis. This year, our superintendent considered cutting physical education, English language learning classes, or music from the schools to meet the budget shortfall-but ultimately relied on final-hour emergency federal funds and spent $25 million more than the district will take in. Despite these measures, almost all Portland public schools lost a teacher or two. Buckman, for example, lost a 1/2- time reading specialist, a 1/3 -time math specialist and a paid SMART reading coordinator. Next year, our principal anticipates that the budget situation will be even bleaker.


Notably, Buckman receives no additional financial support for arts instruction from PPS. Buckman has sustained its arts focus through fundraising efforts and contributions from families and community members. Without this extra funding, our unique, successful arts program would not survive.


 
Where Does The Money Go?

Anticipating further school funding cuts in the coming year, Pickathon artists, venue owners and musicians are coming together to raise additional funding to help keep Buckman's outstanding arts programming intact. Your support through attendance at shows and tax deductible donations will help our efforts tremendously.


Funds for All Portland Schools


Two-thirds of all funds raised by Benefest will be dedicated to Buckman Elementary.

The remaining one-third raised will be distributed to other public schools in the Portland area through the Portland Schools Foundation Equity Fund.


 
Venues

Mississippi Studios | 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. | 503 288-3895


Mission Theater | 1624 N.W. Glisan | 503 223-4527


The Spare Room | 4830 NE 42ND Ave. | 503 287-5800


The Woods | 6637 Milwaukie Avenue | 503 890-0408


 
Live Streaming
View the shows from your home with one comprehensive Benefest Live Streaming Pass!


All shows during Benefest will be streamed live, same dates and times as scheduled with amazing audio and video quality fit for the big screen. This allows virtually anyone to be a part of Benefest. Can't find a babysitter? Live too far away? No problem! Stream all shows live as they happen and experience Benefest in an entirely different way.


 
Schedule


 
Directions

Mississippi Studios | 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. | 503 288-3895


Mission Theater | 1624 N.W. Glisan | 503 223-4527


The Spare Room | 4830 NE 42ND Ave. | 503 287-5800


The Woods | 6637 Milwaukie Avenue | 503 890-0408


Click on the picture below to calculate specific driving instructions to the Venues and various other points of interest in and around Portland, Ore. (i.e. Partner Hotels, Airports, Train Stations, Bus Station, Gateway Transit Center, etc.).


 
Contact

Do you still have a question for us that we didn't answer above?

Contact us at info[at]benefest.com


 

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