Moments: Painting Means Power

Students in Melody Rockwell’s art classes recently finished a project the teacher refers to as “an unblocking assignment.” Inspired by Portland painter Flora Bowley, students were encouraged to leave behind  their idea of what art is “supposed to look like.” “I thought at first it was kind of ridiculous. I wasn’t sure what the main point of it was. And then I started doing it and it was really relaxing, just throwing things on the…

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Each morning, students file inside the doors of Grant High School and catch their last moments of peace before starting the school day. The bell ushers everyone to their classrooms and the halls fall silent as students  begin their work.  Just across the street, the houses that surround the school also bustle with life, as the neighbors who coexist with one of Portland’s largest high schools start their days as well.  There’s the…