XPLANE, and its dynamic CEO, Aric Wood, who is now serving on PNCA’s Board of Governors, are partnering with PNCA on a number of exciting initiatives supporting PNCA’s growth and leadership role in the development of art and design leaders in the Pacific Northwest. “XPLANE is extremely committed to fostering the creative community here in Portland,” said Wood. “We are always looking for new ways to get involved and make a positive difference and working with the talented, artistic students at PNCA made this partnership a perfect fit.” Wood is working with PNCA on “research and design of a potential design incubator to drive the growth of creative entrepreneurship in the region.” XPLANE has both consulted on the curriculum for the MFA in Collaborative Design program and offered XPLANE consultants to contribute to classes that foster creative practices and collaborative, experimental, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. And finally, XPLANE is offering an internship program for both undergraduates and graduate students.
This partnership is a demonstration of how PNCA’s board members contribute to the vitality of the College and its programming in myriad ways.