This Schoolhouse Really Rocks
Ah, elementary school, when a kick in the shins was a sign of affection, you actually kind of looked forward to riding on a bus and the most pressing issues of the day usually involved the choice between chocolate or regular milk (but, really, is there any contest?). And then there was the time those international Rock stars donated a bunch of autographed and personalized items to be auctioned off on eBay so your school could stay afloat.
What? That never happened to you? Well then you are not a current student at Portland’s Buckman Arts Magnet Elementary. While public schools are lopping off music and arts education at an alarming rate (call it Bush’s “No Child Left Behind … Unless They Have an Interest In the Arts” plan), Buckman incorporates music and art into daily lesson plans. When the school fell into some financial troubles recently due to a decrease in enrollment, the Portland (and beyond) music community stepped up and offered rare, cool artifacts to help make up for the funds. To keep all of the staff they currently have, the school is looking to raise $100,000. Some rabid Modest Mouse fan might pay that entire amount for this really groovy little guitar crafted by Isaac Brock (love the Folk Art detailing — kinda reminiscent of Howard Finster’s work):
(Photo: Willamette Week Online)
The auction, which begins on eBay Sunday, also features items from fellow Pacific Northwesters like Dandy Warhols (t-shirt, band-used maracas and harmonica), plus hand-painted mini-guitars from The Decemberists, Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney/Quasi) and ex-Pavement frontdude Stephen Malkmus. Personalized items are also available from Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, The Shins and, uh, Bon Jovi. Go here for more info.
Oh, and those shopping for a Memorial Day present for me (I know there are a lot of you), please note that I really like that Brock item (hint, hint). Hey, it’s for a good cause!
— Mike Breen