VTS in the Pacific Northwest

Since Fall of 2006, VTS has been building a strong network of schools and museums to deeply impact the lives of educators and students. The following are highlights of our programs throughout the region:

  • Through a formal partnership with the Frye Art Museum, hundreds of teachers, gallery guides, parent docents and educators have been and continue to be trained in VTS. Our first whole school partnership was with Roxhill Elementary School from 2007-2010. Watch here to learn about our work together with the Frye and Roxhill.  Click here to watch a video of our collaboration.
  • Teachers and educators can attend regular professional development workshops hosted by museum partners the Seattle Art Museum and the Frye Art Museum. Please click here for VTS future events listing.
  • Other schools integrating VTS in the Seattle area include Larrabee Elementary School (Bellingham School District), Highland Terrace Elementary School (Shoreline School District), the Island School (Bainbridge Island), St Benedict School (Seattle), Arts and Academics Academy (Highline School District) and University Child Development School (Seattle).

  • VTS whole school implementation programs continue to grow in Portland, Oregon.  Currently, Laurelhurst K-8, Rosa Parks Elementary, Ockley Green Arts & Technology K-8 and Forest Park Elementary are engaged in the 3-year training process.
  • VTS has been adopted by several schools in Portland that represent a diverse group preK through 8th grade students. VTS-inspired field trips to Portland Art Museum and The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene have enriched the program. VTS whole school implementation programs continue to grow in the Portland, OR region.
  • Schools currently engaged in VTS include: Laurelhurst K-8, Kelly Elementary (Russian Immersion), Skyline K-8 (International Baccalureate), Sunnyside Environmental School, Forest Park Elementary, King PreK-8 School (Turnaround Arts & Mandarin Immersion), Dorothy Fox Elementary (Camas, WA)
  • The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane, WA offers a range of rich VTS programming and support to Spokane Public Schools and the region's broader community. You can learn more about their work here

A Learning Community 2007--2010
Frye Art Museum Roxhill Elementary School Visual Thinking Strategies


Yoon Kang-O'Higgins
Senior Trainer
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Kim Aziz
Portland Regional Manager
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Mirka Jablonski
Portland School Trainer
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VTS in the Pacific Northwest has been partially supported by:

  • The Frye Foundation
  • The Torrance Foundation
  • The Washington State Arts Commission
  • The Wyman Youth Trust

Thank you to our generous supporters!