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Who Gets to Decide?

The King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) invites Akasha Lawrence Spence of Fifth Element to ask fourth and fifth grade students, her firms founding question: Who gets to decide?

As the urban tissue of Portland changes rapidly before our eyes, the stakeholders of tomorrow get a chance to dissect these changes and create a world where they decide what stays, what goes, and what's introduced.

With their imaginations fully engaged the students design a separate museum building for KSMoCA. Could the new museum building become a resource to cure housing inequities and food insecurity? Could it serve as a center for art, craft, and knowledge building, while creating spaces to gather and play?

As the architects of their educational ecosystem, the students contemplate these questions while designing and building models of what their community could be if they had the power to decide.

After the school-centered part of the event, the public portion will be 3:15-5:30PM.

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Friday, April 12, 2019 from 3:15pm to 5:30pm


Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School



KSMoCA reimagines, through K-5 students, the way museums, public schools, and universities can affect people, culture, and perspectives.