With the helps from Jordan D. Schnitzer, Portland Public Schools sent 750 high school students to see the award-winning musical “Hamilton” at a special matinee performance in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
The Hamilton Education Program made tickets available at a deep discount to 10th and 11th grade students studying U.S. History in Portland Public Schools. The national program, designed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History through a partnership with “Hamilton” and the Rockefeller Foundation, prioritizes students from historically underserved schools. A diverse cross section of PPS students participated in an innovative arts and humanities curriculum before experiencing the acclaimed musical.
“I am excited that this unique opportunity for our students opens the walls of our classrooms and provides equitable access to the arts to transform traditional learning experiences,” said Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero. “Today, students are following ‘Hamilton’s’ example by using their own powerful voices to create a fresh take on American history.”
Students worked to create their own performance-based projects about a historical figure or event from the Founding era. One student from each high school was chosen to perform for the “Hamilton” cast the morning of the production. After the student performances, they had the opportunity for a Q & A with the cast.
The trip is made possible by a generous investment from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. The Foundation has a rich history of supporting arts and education in Portland, expanding access and opportunities to those who might not otherwise experience museums and shows. The Hamilton project is an ideal vehicle for these values.
“’Hamilton’ is an extraordinary experience,” said Jordan Schnitzer, President. “My mother, Arlene, and I are delighted to sponsor the program. This experience helps all of us learn our country’s history in such an entertaining and thought-provoking way!”