Portland Children's Museum: Annual Report2016


Play. Make. Share.

These three verbs are deceptive in their simplicity, yet profound in their expression.

Here at Portland Children’s Museum, we’ve spent the last year playing with

ideas to create successful environments and experiences for children and their

families to PLAY with each other. We’ve been making connections with our

community and collaborators so that children can MAKE not only things,

but also personal discoveries about their abilities. And as children SHARE

these gifts with parents and caregivers, the adults in their lives rediscover

the joy of playing, making, and sharing together.

Allow us to share a few of our favorite stories from the past year,

with thanks for your continuing support and encouragement!


Ruth G. Shelly

Executive Director

Maker Studio

We believe that when children MAKE things,

they forge a habit of creativity that will last a lifetime.

Our Maker Studio continues to evolve into a space

filled with exploration, innovation, and inspiration.

With increased structured programming such as

Science Sundays, children build rockets, circuits,

and simple machines, learning to solve problems,

explore alternative options, and collaborate. While

watching their rockets fly, their eggs drop, and

their bridges stand, they observe in awe, absorbing

scientific principles and their own profound

capacity for invention.

You just woke up an idea in my mind.

–Lois, age 4

Artists in Residence

We believe that when children MAKE art

with professionals, adults are equally enriched.

A botanical sculpture artist, comic book illustrators, and a

mixed media artist brought their diverse talents to the Museum

as our 2015-2016 artists in residence. During the second

of our three-year Artist in Residence program, children

created art alongside these artists, exploring high-quality

materials and the depths of their own creativity.

At each artist’s gallery exhibition, children glowed with

pride, seeing their work displayed, valued, and

celebrated alongside the work of a professional artist.

You’re really an artist.

You’re really real.

You’re the best artist

I’ve seen in

the whole wide world.

–Artist in Residence


I can’t thank you enough for all you did to help support

my work with the children at Portland Children’s Museum.

It was truly a transformational experience for myself as well

as the kids, and I have been reflecting fondly on this all summer.

– Jen Richardson-Greene, Artist in Residence

Access Programs

We believe that every child has the right to PLAY,

regardless of background or ability.

Stemming from a true commitment to advancing

inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, we provide

dozens of opportunities for children to benefit

from our playful learning environments. Whether

a challenge be physical, cognitive, cultural, or

economic, visitors are welcomed into our space

through custom programming, hours, or reduced

admission and with the support of materials, signage,

and well-trained staff. Only through shared play

experiences for every child can we create empathy

and fulfill the potential within all children.

Community is not trying to be equal with everyone else:

it is making sure that everyone gets equally what they need.

–Sophia, age 10

A New Theater

We believe that children have inspiring gifts to SHARE,

in ways that surprise and enlighten.

When remodeling our Theater with the support of Oregon Cultural

Trust, we considered how to illuminate a connection to Portland,

offer rich, open-ended play experiences, and encourage children

to collaborate while developing their ideas. Flanked by photos of

Portland’s historic theaters, our visitors can now turn a piece of

fabric into a unicorn, a caboose, a tree, or whatever else they can

imagine. They employ blocks, balls, puppets, or cones to

develop complex stories while snapping ideas together with

new friends, proudly delighting their audiences.

Play helps us get a better

understanding of other people.

–Lucius, age 10

Opal School

Opal not only changed my children’s lives:

it changed our family’s lives too.

–Beth, parent of Opal School graduates

We believe that children learn best when they PLAY with ideas,

MAKE connections, and SHARE with others.

Through Playful Inquiry, the educational philosophy we’ve developed through years of

observing and listening to children, Opal School honors each child’s talents, natural learning

strategies, and voices. While interacting with inspiring materials in well-designed classroom

environments, children shape their learning with the support of skillful adults. Children

emerge with keen abilities the world needs now: to reflect on their actions and motivations;

to navigate paradox and conflict; and to demonstrate genuine empathy for others.

Play is the antidote to complacency.

–Aoife, age 10


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Kisses from

Rojo the Lllama















member families


Access visitors






by Opal







Social media



Clay pieces fired


Opal School hikes through

Washington Park


Volunteer hours


Field trip participants



artists and


Thank You



James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation

JFR Foundation

Target Corporation

The Oregon Community Foundation

The Standard


Banfield Pet Hospital

Betsy Priddy Fund of The Oregon

Community Foundation

Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation

of The Oregon Community Foundation

KinderCare Education, LLC

Oregon Arts Commission

Oregon Cultural Trust


Ameriprise Financial

Bank of America

Bank of the Cascades

Karen & Wei-Li Chong*

Dorothea M. Lensch Fund of

The Oregon Community Foundation

Jacqueline Rayot Olsson

Charitable Foundation

Julie Mancini & Dennis Bromka*

Northwest Bank

Portland General Electric

Regional Arts and Culture Council

Arlene Schnitzer*

U.S. Bank/U.S. Bancorp Foundation

Don & Marian Vollum*

Wheeler Foundation

Mark & Kendall Youngblood*


Autzen Foundation

Barran Liebman LLP

Brown & Brown Insurance

Cambia Health Solutions

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Ron & Jenny Forrester*

Bill & Allyson Harris*

Jennifer Johnston & Dustin Wilde*

Larissa & Sasha Kirovski*

Kymberley & Stuart McCornack*

Nike Employee Matching Gift Program

Northwest Natural

Pacific Power

Pacific Power Foundation

Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust

Union Bank Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation


Winona & Alan Adams*

Jani Beatty*

Beth Hutchins and Pete Skeggs*

Scott & Glenda Burns*

Cogent IT

Columbia Bank

Robert Countryman*

Shawn & Jennifer DuBurg*

Durham and Bates Agencies, Inc.

Robert & Gwen Elfers*

First Republic Bank

Joe Francis & Jennifer West*

Andrew Frazier*

GBD Architects, Inc.

Jessica & Brian Getman*

Christina Gilbertson & Richard Croad*

Google Employee Giving Program

Bob & Polly Gravely*

Ashleigh & Mike Gunter*

Linda Hassan Anderson & Dwight Anderson*

* Doretha Lensch Society members

Will & Beth Hathaway*

Bronwyn & Tyler Houston*

ID Experts

Jackson Foundation

Al & Nancy Jubitz*

Kinder Morgan Foundation

Valerie Krause & Mark Harvey*

Morel Ink

Neil Kelly Inc.*

Dave Nunn & Tori Jones*

Melissa Oliver-Janiak & Donald Oliver*

Oregon International Air Show

Pacific Continental Bank

James Paustian & Sadie Paustian-Rogers*

David & Nicole Peterson*

Kristi & Troy Reichlein*

Kathleen Rowlands & John Rugger*

Jodi & Alexander Schoenen*

Marie Selby & Timothy Johnson*

Ruth & Kevin Shelly*

Jamie & Denise Shulman*

Jeffrey & Bryn Marie Sopko*

Lara Spangler & James Gilmore*

Dennis & Weise Spidal*

Rob Stackhouse*

Stoel Rives, LLP

Sabrina & Marc Stoffregen*

Donna Swartz*

The Boeing Company

The Collins Foundation in Honor

of Ralph Bolliger

The Meredith Corporation Foundation

The Other Person Is You Foundation

Erin & David Thompson*

Iris & Ryan Tilley*

Stephanie Tolk & Scott Zelenka*

Travel Portland

Joani & Mike Wardwell*

Whole Kids Foundation

Wieden + Kennedy

Trond & Amanda Williams*


Amy & Scott Ambruster

Sarah & Mark Anderson

Julio & Stephanie Brown

Columbia Sportswear Company

Delanie Delimont & Carl Paasche

Duncan Campbell

Alysson & Agustin Enriquez

Jamie & Allie Ferguson

Sheila Fox Morrison & Stephen Morrison

Cathie & Mike Gay

Thomas & Elizabeth Gewecke

Diane Girard

Susan Goodell

Talia Hack-Davie & Daniel Stein

Debra Handy

Dave Hardy

Corey & Jennifer Hill

Carolyn Johnson-Evans & Adolph Evans

John & Kassi Kasinger

Kirsten & Christopher Kilchenstein

Terri & Ilsa Krause

Kristine Krause & Andrew Swartz

Stacey & Adam Lake

Todd & Jennelle Lindsey

Susan & Bob MacKay

Amy & Nathan Maki

Chip & Kathy Masarie

Cole Mills

Guy & Britt Newcomer

Hollie & Mike Newton

Ray & Carol North

Laura Parker

Emily & Maxwell Reid

The Kroger Co.

The Peterson Family Trust

Angela & Andrew Thomas

Mika & Roger Thomas

Samantha Tran

Umpqua Bank

Union Bank

Meghan Walsh

Dara Westling & Michael Roepel

Tyson Wisbrock & Effie Manos

IN KIND $250+

Alaska Airlines

Ankeny Vineyard

Apolloni Vineyards

Art in Hand

Brown & Brown Insurance

Campbell Salgado

Photography Studio

Cerulean Skies Winery

Columbia Distributing

Columbia Sportswear Company

Denderah Healing Arts Studio

Eastside Distillery

Jack & Jan Endicott

Frank Adams Wholesale

Gilt Vintage & Artisan Jewelry

Ashleigh & Mike Gunter

Hotel Vintage Portland

Stan Jackson

JBC Designs

Kirsten & Christopher Kilchenstein

Amy & Nathan Maki

Kymberley & Stuart McCornack

Morel Ink

Neil Kelly Inc.

New Balance

Nike Inc.

Portland Children’s Dentistry

Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Rose Festival

Seven Bridges Winery

Sprout Pediatric Dentistry

Donna Swartz

T-Line Design

Traveling Julie Photography


Village Glass Studio

Elaine Vote

Matt & Pam Waldman

Widmer Brothers Brewing

World Affairs Council of Oregon

Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe


Artists Repertory Theatre

Blast Burger

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods

Pamela Brown

Caravan-The Tiny House Hotel

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Fritz Koch Interior Design

Curtis Frye

Grand Central Bowling

Ideaspark Interiors

KPTV Fox 12

Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park

McMenamins Pubs and Breweries

Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library

PDX Pedicab

Phelps Creek Vineyards

PlayDate PDX

Portland Center Stage

Portland Culinary Workshop

Portland Timbers and Thorns

Providence Bridge Pedal

QUIN Candy

Rejuvenation Inc.

Sky Designs

Sunset Lanes

The Heart Sticker Company

Erin & David Thompson

Union Wine Co.


White Bird Dance

Whole Foods Market

Board of Directors

Karen Chong, Chair

Jamie Shulman, Vice Chair

Joe Francis, Secretary

Rob Stackhouse, Treasurer

Kirsten Kilchenstein, Officer at Large

Jani Beatty

Ron Forrester

Jessica Getman

Bob Gravely

Adrienne Livingston

Julie Mancini

Scott Marsh

David Peterson

Jeffrey Sopko

Sabrina Stoffregen

Iris Tilley

Trond Williams



Duncan Campbell

Robert Countryman

Shawn DuBurg

Bob Elfers

Andrew Frazier

William A. Harris

Heather Howitt

Al Jubitz

Tom Kelly

Don Vollum

Sources of Operating Revenue

Total Revenue $4,260,901

A full audit is available at portlandcm.org/audit

Operating Expenses

Total Expenses $4,093,089

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