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Portland Youth Philharmonic: America’s First Youth Orchestra

Portland Youth Philharmonic: America’s First Youth Orchestra

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this month’s issue of Portland Family Magazine, you’ll read about the Portland Youth Philharmonic, an impressive and highly talented group of young musicians who have been performing in Portland for 91 years. In fact, they’re America’s first youth orchestra! Performances are the product of all their hard work, but it’s the rehearsal process that […]

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Portland Youth Philharmonic Makes Beautiful Music

Portland Youth Philharmonic Makes Beautiful Music

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) began in 1924 as a grand experiment. What would happen if talented young musicians were placed under the direction of a trained professional conductor in a serious environment? Ninety seasons later, the results are still musically impressive. However, much more has come out of the Portland Youth Philharmonic than trained […]

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Preserving Children’s Artwork

Preserving Children’s Artwork

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Preschool and school-age children love to create works of art for us to admire. And we do need to give our children’s efforts the attention they deserve. But, from spelling tests to craft projects, if we kept it all, we would soon be unable to find our children amongst the towering stacks of papers. Here are a […]

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What a Cosmic Colorful Trip It’s Been, Peter Max

What a Cosmic Colorful Trip It’s Been, Peter Max

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

You know how road trips go.You figure out just where you want to travel, map out your route, and strategically select some not-to-be-missed highlights. The morning to depart arrives. You pack the car, check the map, start heading south on a country highway as planned. Then, before you know it, you’re heading north on a […]

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Santa Fe, New Mexico:  The Art of Inspiration

Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Art of Inspiration

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Looking for an amazing weekend or week-long travel experience filled with stunning art, delectable cuisine, convenient flight distance and delightful surprises? Pack your bags for Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is an eclectic fusion of Southwest history, iconic architecture, incredible museums (13 in all), contemporary and traditional art galleries (over 250), savory restaurants (250) […]

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Alice’s Wonderland of Art & Tattoos

Alice’s Wonderland of Art & Tattoos

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The art of tattooing has been traced all the way back to Neolithic times. Egyptian royalty, European tribes, nomadic peoples, Polynesian warriors, sages, saints and sinners have all undergone some ritual of embedding pigment beneath flesh to honor, declare and memorialize social rank, religious values and loved ones. The reasons people choose to emblazon their […]

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Explore World Cultures This Summer

Explore World Cultures This Summer

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Mom, what can I do?” “Are we going somewhere today?” “I’m bored!” Sound familiar? Instead of turning on the TV or video games when kids get antsy this summer, why not take a trip around the world? Traveling internationally might not be in your budget, but when it’s too hot to go outside, you can […]

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To Kid, or Not to Kid….

To Kid, or Not to Kid….

A light wind fluttered the Elizabethan-crested banners. We held our breaths as we approached the imposing wooden gate. The sun, still at an evening high, fueled our excitement, not to mention our impatience, as we waited for the ticket-taker to check us through. When we reached her, she paused, staring at my son. “How old […]

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Arts and Achievement at Northwest Academy

Arts and Achievement at Northwest Academy

The editor of Portland Family asked Northwest Academy for a few reflections from some of our seniors. We decided to have one of our journalism students take on this task for a class assignment. Her interviews with some of our soon-to-be graduates provide a glimpse into our downtown school and its art-based, college-preparatory curriculum. Northwest […]

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It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before Netflix, before cable and long before YouTube, there was a simple and coveted ritual of waiting for and watching special animated holiday TV shows. The annual airings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on primetime television were cause for celebration. Gathering to see the whole gang — Charlie […]

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