To readers of the Opal School Blog, it might be easy to forget that Opal School is a project of the Portland Children's Museum.
To Portland Children's Museum visitors, it's not always visible that Opal School lives within it.
It's an unusual organization, doing so much under one roof - exhibits, programs, an elementary charter school, an early childhood program, a professional development center, summer camps (I'm just scratching the surface here) - and working to have all of those efforts guided by a consistent learning approach. Sometimes, it's tempting to pretend like they all live isolated from each other.
But that's selling the promise of this adventure short.
Last week, Portland Children's Museum had it's annual fundraiser gala. The event featured this video - a strong effort on the part of the museum to tell this story. It features Opal School Workshop participants as well as an Opal School alum. Enjoy!
If the video - and our work - inspires you to contribute to keep our work afloat, we'd be honored by your donation.
The video was produced by Portland Center for the Media Arts.