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An ending.

In 2012, a group of designers collectively launched a week-long, all-inclusive festival celebrating the projects and processes as told by a creative community across many disciplines. Today, we're closing the book. And, in doing so, we're celebrating the eight years that we gathered and created. Learned and grew. Formed new relationships and imagined what could be. The time has come for new voices, new stories. Thank you, Portland.

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FAQ

I've never heard of this. What was Design Week Portland and Design Portland? Who was involved? I'd love to see more of what this was all about. Do you have archives of the organization and festival? I was part of this community and am curious what will live on. What happens to my membership? I want to host my own design event / festival. Can you help? I'm interested in three giant D-W-P letters. Know anyone who has some?

Spotlight

Chad Brown

Allyson Marrs

Portland-based Chad Brown is an adventure photographer and creative director with an eye on the world. His work connects viewers to endangered areas, wild spaces, and the human spirit, documenting a visceral sense of place and being.

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Get a Tax Credit for Supporting the Arts!

Did you know that if you donated money to any of these arts nonprofits in 2020, you can send the same amount of money to the Cultural Trust for free if you file taxes in Oregon? The Cultural Trust then supports those same non-profits, so you're doubling the impact on the arts ecosystem in our state for free!

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The Death of the Artist

Read an excerpt from William Deresiewicz's new book, The Death of the Artist.

Interview

The Art of Protest

Allyson Marrs

For almost 150 continuous days, Portland has protested against the police killings of innocent Black men, women, and children. Amongst these protests, Portland’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists are creating—interpretive, honorary, subversive, moving—art.

Itinerary

Sustaining Greatness: July 20-24

Everyone in this curation exudes excellence in their own way and we encourage you to take time to immerse yourself in appreciating their talents and entrepreneurship in addition to all the folx that exist within the Mercatus ecosystem.

  • Cookie Z., Mercatus PDX Social Media Manager
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Radical Creativity: July 13-17

"Showing up to work with Black and Brown bodies, unique gender identities, and the experiences of living a life of oppression is radical and revolutionary in and of itself." – JOOP JOOP Creative Curator Fran Bittakis

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Grassroots: July 6-10

"As we continue to navigate society amidst the current revolution, we seek the work of makers who have long incorporated equity and advocacy into their art, and continue to build upon generations-long traditions of action." – Portland in Color curators Celeste Noche and Emilly Prado

Interview

Pop Up Magazine's Maureen Towey

Maureen Towey, an artist working across many mediums, is the on-set director for the beloved Pop-Up Magazine. With their most recent iteration, "At Home," Towey and her team was faced with new challenges. She spoke with us about how they pivoted.

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Black Lives Matter.

As a design organization, we recognize that the system is working exactly as it was designed. We recognize our part in the system and our shared responsibility to dismantle white supremacy.

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2020 Festival FAQs

This year, we're shifting to a virtual format with a tighter focus. Here's what you need to know about programming, timing, and ticketing.