XPLANE Partners with PNCA

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.

Posted on 10/16 at 12:45 PM

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Alum Tom Cramer on Art Beat

PNCA alum Tom Cramer ‘82 was featured on Oregon Art Beat last night, and the segment is now online. As OPB says, Cramer, “known for his painted cars and huge colorful murals” is now “working on intricate carved, gold-leafed and painted works that explore his interest in travel and nature.” The episode airs again in Portland this Sunday, October 14 at 6 pm on OPB, Channel 10.

Posted on 10/12 at 04:32 PM

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PNCA to Present Degree to Schnitzer at Homecoming

As part of the Homecoming Address as part of PNCA’s annual Alumni Reunion, PNCA President Tom Manley will present the Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree to alumna Arlene Schnitzer, who will also accept a Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa degree on behalf of her late husband, Harold Schnitzer. A leading Portland cultural philanthropist, Schnitzer was inspired to open her important Fountain Gallery by her instructors at PNCA, then the Museum Art School. This was her entrée into the heart of Portland’s cultural life which she and her late husband have continued to help shape in the decades since. Recently the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation made the lead gift of $5 million for PNCA’s capital campaign for campus expansion to Portland’s North Park Blocks. PNCA’s new home at 511 NW Broadway will be the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design when it opens in the 2014 academic year.

Mary Mattingly ’02 will deliver this year’s Homecoming Address before students, alumni, and the general public in Swigert Commons on October 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm. This lecture is part of a full day’s activities for the annual Alumni Reunion, activities that include a tour of the PNCA Alumni Exhibition, TRUST, and the dedication of Lee Kelly’s ’59 monumental sculpture, Memory 99, in Portland’s future North Park Block adjacent to the soon-to-be home of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.

Posted on 10/12 at 01:42 PM

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Homecoming Speaker Mary Mattingly in the News

Homecoming Speaker Mary Mattingly ‘02 is in the news for her SmartPower fellowship in the Philippines, doing workshops at Green Papaya Art Projects this month focusing, on “designing mobile public spaces that can be assembled and disassembled with ease, utilizing location-appropriate materials and tools. In disassembled form, individual units might be carried and even worn; when a group of individuals meet up with these units, they may join them together to make a community structure, assembling spaces that not only protect but also collect water, store food and produce power.”

Mattingly delivers the Homecoming Address at PNCA on October 19 as part of the annual Alumni Reunion.

Mattingly is an American visual artist living and working in New York. She was born in Rockville, Connecticut, in 1978. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She is the recipient of a Yale University School of Art fellowship.

smARTpowersm is an initiative of US Department of State’s cultural-diplomacy program. Administered by the Bronx Museum of Arts, smARTpower is sending 15 American artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community-based art projects. Selected artists will design and develop programs in cooperation with local arts organizations in host countries, including China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela.

Posted on 10/09 at 06:09 PM

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Design Week Portland at PNCA

PNCA hosts a number of events this Thursday, October 11 for the inaugural Design Week Portland.

“Things I Did, Things I Should Have Done.”

Five recent graduates talk about life in the creative industries in the Northwest. 
PNCA Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson Street

Chris Bodven - Graphic and Motion Designer - Roundhouse
Erica Stacy - Designer - Incubate Design
Simone Benefield - Creative Director/Design Manager - Platt Electric
Genna Osborne - Project Manager - Freelance
Brian Brezinski - Motion Designer/Video Production - Brezinski Motion Design Co

C4D Open House

1302 NW Kearney Street

To gain real-world experience, students work on actual client
projects via the College’s Center4Design. C4D is an on-campus, working
student studio where client work is conducted under faculty supervision
for college credit. On View: re-branding of Maryhill Museum and other
recently completed and current projects from design Sophomores, Juniors,
Seniors and Alumni.

Refreshments will be served.

Michael Jager “Killing Curiosity”

PNCA Swigert Commons 1241 NW Johnson Street

Michael Jager, Chief Creative Office, JDK Design, For more than twenty years Michael Jager has directed the multidisciplinary creative and design efforts of JDK Design, a studio whose process is informed by emotional, rational, and cultural forces and whose focus centers on the idea that design distinction matters. Working with internal and external partners, Michael has helped to create proprietary processes, experiences, and exploratory environments like Living Brand®, the Collaboratory, Exquisite Corpse Artsite, Iskra Print Collective, and Sanctuary Artsite. Guided by Ezra Pound’s simply but elegantly stated principle, “Make it new,” his collaborative output for a multitude of today’s most important and relevant brands—including Burton Snowboards, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Zune, Nike, Levi’s, SRAM, Phish, MTV, Virgin, Lululemon, Merrell, and Patagonia—is recognized worldwide by design periodicals, books, competitions, exhibitions, and his peers.

Posted on 10/08 at 04:11 PM

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Sarah Farahat ‘08 featured in Artforum

Sarah Farahat ’08 (Intermedia) spent a year in Beirut as a student of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace and had her work featured in Artforum. A critic at Artforum wrote “in her ten months of living in Beirut, Farahat had done more community outreach than a nonprofit with years of programming and a budget to match.” Farahat is a shining example of PNCA’s alumni living a life of creative practice.

Read more about Farahat probing work into cultural exchange and place on Artforum.

Posted on 10/04 at 02:16 PM

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Horatio Law and Bird’s Nest Workshops

PNCA professor Horatio Law has been one of the participating artists in the Open Circles Project Bird’s Nest Building Workshops at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) on MLK. To raise awareness around and about Planned Parenthood—the project points out that “Birds make their nests only when they are ready to start a family.”—members of the public are welcome to make nests and decorate them with unique materials that reflect one’s thoughts about home and family. Both the difficult issues and the joy of nurturing a family are equal parts of the reality the project is attempting to explore. Other participating artists, who assist members of the public in their creations, are Anne Greenwood and Sam Nagmay. The nests will become part of the “Open Circles Project” Installation at Place Gallery, Pioneer Place Mall in November.

Listed below are dates and time of workshops:

Wednesdays: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10; 5-7PM
Thursdays: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11; 11:30AM-1:30PM
Saturday: 10/6; 10:30AM-12:30PM

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97212

To attend workshop, contact Lamar Tillman, PPCW’s Community Outreach Coordinator at or call 503.410.1520 to reserve a spot.

Posted on 10/02 at 03:47 PM

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Portland Mercury Features Happy Birthday Event

In their weekly event survey, The Portland Mercury picked the A Portland Circus on Cage’s Silence as an event to attend.



Posted on 10/01 at 06:34 PM

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Announcing the Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Pacific Northwest College of Art announces the Fall 2012 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, bringing notable artists and thinkers to Portland for thought-provoking conversations around issues in contemporary art and design. Located in Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art’s growing roster of graduate programs bring together critical thinking and intense studio work in a rigorous setting where studio visits by national and international critics and artists provide students with one-on-one feedback.

Most lectures take place in the Swigert Commons at 6:30pm in PNCA’s Main Building (1241 NW Johnson Street) in Portland’s Pearl District (unless noted otherwise) and are always free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of PNCA events, please visit


PNCA Graduate Programs
MFA in Visual Studies
MFA in Collaborative Design
MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research
Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies
MFA in Applied Craft + Design with Oregon College of Art and Craft

Posted on 09/17 at 10:29 AM

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Feldman Exhibition Featured in Oregonian’s Fall Art Guide

The Oregonian featured Happy Birthday: A Celebration of Chance and Listening in their Fall Arts Guide. They called the exhibition, featuring the work of Cage pupil and Fluxus co-founder Alison Knowles, “an opportunity to explore the wonders of chance.”

This exhibit will marks the centennial of John Cage’s birth and the influences of his ideas on the visual arts. John Cage was arguably one of the most influential artists of the post-war period.Through the work of seven artists spanning several generations, the exhibit explores the ways in which Cage’s teachings and ideas live on today, with a particular focus on embracing chance and silence as a method in working process. Featured artists include Walead Beshty, Brad Brown, Molly Dilworth, Ray Johnson, Alison Knowles, Paul Kos, Luke Murphy, and Stephanie Simek.

Read more about the Fall Arts Guide here.

Posted on 09/10 at 11:31 AM

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Portland Institute for Contemporary Art‘s (PICA) Time-Based Art Festival opens tonight at Washington High School (SE Stark & SE 13th Ave) with PNCA students, alumni, and faculty on stage, in the galleries, and behind the scenes.

Morgan Ritter ‘11 is one of just two Portland artists curated into the visual art exhibition, End Things, at TBA this year.  Her Understanding Witches Now, is two bodies of work installed at PICA’s headquarters and at Washington High School.

Taka Yamamoto ‘13, performs in Turbulence.

Austin Adkins ‘12, performs with Big Art Group.

Carlos Gonzalez ‘10, performs in Ten Tiny Dances.

Sarah Johnson ‘10 is featured as part of some video screenings

Laura Heit, Faculty Teaching in Animation, performing as part of Miniature Dramas as part of The Works.  

Linda K Johnson, a faculty member performing in Ten Tiny Dances.



Meanwhile, behind the scenes, find Kent Richardson ‘08, Head Preparator; Daniel Glendening ‘11, Assistant Preparator; and Joseph Webb ‘12, Video Production.

Posted on 09/06 at 11:30 AM

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Samuel Rowlett ‘02 Recieves National Press

TRUST, PNCA’s juried alumni exhibition, is just around the corner, and one of the alumni in the exhibition, Samuel Rowlett ‘02, has been getting some media attention. His work appeared in The New York Times on July 29, 2012, and he was featured on WNPR for his “canoe spelunking” expedition down the Park River under Hartford, CT.

Rowlett was featured on UNTITLED for his large-scale installations as part of a solo show for STEP UP 2011 in Hartford, Connecticut. Read more on UNTITLED.

TRUST opens on Thursday, September 6 in the Swigert Commons. Learn more about the exhibition on the PNCA Calendar.

Posted on 09/04 at 01:45 PM

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Portland Monthly Points to PNCA as a School of Influence

In the September Issue of Portland Monthly, Camille Grigsby-Rocca pens an article tracing PNCA’s “decade-long ascent” and growing influence as part of a national art-college boom in art school enrollment.

The piece opens, “Imagine the corner of NW Broadway and Hoyt Street, two years from now: hundreds of students and professors swarm through the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. The former post office gleams after a $15 million renovation guided by acclaimed architect Brad Cloepfil. With sweeping marble floors and natural light pouring in, the school’s flagship building becomes the elbow in the arm connecting Old Town and the Pearl District.”

Read “Painting a Broader Canvas” in the current issue of Portland Monthly.

Here are some of the facts outlined in the article:
- PNCA has doubled its student body since 2004, with a current student body of 600 students.
- PNCA’s operating budget has more than doubled and its endowment has grown form $1.6 million to more than $13 million since 2000.
- PNCA continues to show signs of growth, from forming a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2009, and the most recent announcement of ArtHouse, a new student housing project at the site of the former Powell’s Technical Books.

The article also points to PNCA’s success in attracting national talent to be a part of Portland’s growing, “creative palette.” Grigsby-Rocca writes, “And Kavin Buck recently joined PNCA as Vice President of Enrollment Services, leaving his own 5,000-square-foot gallery in Inglewood and a long term career at the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture.”

Tomi Douglas Anderson, a culture policy advisor to Mayor Sam Adams is quoted in closing, “Art schools produce students with rigorous skills and fresh perspectives. They invest in ideas and ask ‘What’s next?’”

Posted on 08/28 at 06:20 PM

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Design Build Underway

Even though summer is still in full swing, the new class of students in the MFA in Applied Craft Design program are already working at full speed.  Led by Butch Anthony and Jack Sanders, the students have embarked on a two week project which will culminate in a public endeavor. In true design build fashion, the new students are responsible for all aspects of the project from conception, to designing models, to laboriously building the final pieces. This year’s Design Build is focusing on creating a public bike repair show and community hub for a park in North Portland.

Check in on their progress (they only have two weeks to finish!) on the ACD blog.

Last year, AC+D students installed a library and reading center at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. You can read all about the project here.

Posted on 08/27 at 03:33 PM

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A Maker of Things

DK Row of The Oregonian profiles MFA in Applied Craft and Design candidate Eric Trine ‘13 and his entrepreneurial ambition to grow his own one-man handcrafted furniture design business.

Trine graces the front page of The Oregonian’s Business Section in an article that traces his motivation to become a “maker of things.” After growing up in California, and then studying at Biola University, Trine decided to focus in studio art. He started working for his father’s business, Champion Power Equipment. Eventualy Trine realized he wanted to sharpen his abilities at craft and design.

Read Row’s article profiling an outstanding student in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program.

Row writes that Trine “heard about the graduate program offered by PNCA and OCAC and was intrigued. The fact the program was in Portland—long-regarded as a craft epicenter—was also a pull.”

“Now living in Portland, Trine moved his one-man operation here last year to pursue a master’s degree in applied craft and design in a program offered jointly by the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon College of Art & Craft.”

See more of Trine’s work at this website, or follow him on Instragram (@etrine). His sculptures were featured in the 2012 PNCA Gala: Transform.

Photo by Eric Trine MFA ‘13.

Posted on 08/14 at 03:48 PM

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A Focal Point for the Arts

PNCA’s campaign to transform the former Federal Building at 511 NW Broadway on the North Park Blocks into the new Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design is not the only project in the US to make brilliant use of an aging federal asset.

In the article “Pushing the Envelope,” Sactown Magazine looks at buildings created during the New Deal and the lasting legacy they have as the US Postal Service contracts in size. It outlines a surprising pattern of taking the empty buildings left behind and converting them into centers for culture, such as museums, theaters, and universities. The article calls out PNCA’s efforts to transform the old 1918 post office into a cultural treasure for Portland and “a focal point for the arts.”

“From small towns to big cities, local governments and private developers are recognizing the extraordinary potential in converting these historic, elegant structures into community assets, such as museums, theaters and universities, that have the power to change the face of their downtowns.”

PNCA’s Creativity Works Here capital campaign kicked off this spring with a $5 million lead gift from the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. The College’s campus expansion to the North Park Blocks—just blocks from our partner Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Powell family’s new ArtHouse PNCA student housing—will transform not only the North Park Blocks but the cultural fabric of Portland. 

Other buildings discussed in the Sactown Magazine piece include a 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office being turned into a performing arts complex, Nashville’s 1934 post office becoming the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and the city of Las Vegas turning a 1933 post office and courthouse into the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement.

Read more about Sactown Magazine‘s “Pushing the Envelope” and find out more about PNCA’s capital campaign CREATIVITY WORKS HERE supporting the College’s campus expansion to the North Park Blocks.


Posted on 07/27 at 03:31 PM

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Brenna Murphy ‘09 awarded Rhizome Commission

Rhizome has awarded Brenna Murphy ‘09 a grant through their annual Commissions Program to support her project Expanding Labyrinth. She will receive $4800 to support a daily meditative practice of creating net art.

This year over 300 proposals were submitted by artists from around the world. The jury included Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Jonathan Lethem, author of The Ecstasy of Influence; Caitlin Jones, Executive Director of Western Front; Renny Gleeson of Weiden + Kennedy; and Lauren Cornell, Executive Director of Rhizome.

“At its core, this project is a lifestyle,” Murphy said in her Rhizome Commission Proposal about her practice of engaging in “meditative computer mind work mode for large chunks of time.” The $4800 supports Murphy’s goal of “expanding my labyrinth while publicly exploring the creative-spiritual uses of the personal computer.”

Watch an Alumni Profile video on Oregon Painting Society, a group with roots at PNCA that Murphy helped form.

Brenna Murphy has been busy since graduating in 2009. She traveled to the Tate where Oregon Painting Society performed there for No Soul For Sale. She was interviewed by Maurizo Cattelan for MUSEMAGAZINE.IT. And she has been featured on Rhizome before.

On the Expanding Labyrinth Proposal page, Murphy writes, “[f]or the past two years, I have been steadily weaving a digital labyrinth for meditation and exploration. The labyrinth is carved into the shared netscape through a series of linked web pages that contain talismanic arrangements of images, videos and sounds. All of the work is generated from my daily creative experimentation with computer graphics programs. For me, graphics programs are spiritual tools that allow one to psychedelically engage with the fabric of reality. I’m deeply committed to pushing the innovative possibilities inherent in these contemporary folk art tools. My labyrinth of pages is an active public record of my explorations. I propose to direct a rhizome commission toward the expansion of this project over the course of the next year. I am requesting a monthly salary to support me in this full time endeavor.”

Read more about Murphy’s project on the Rhizome website.

Posted on 07/23 at 01:09 PM

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PNCA Faculty and Alumna Selected for Prestigious Printmaking Residency

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts honors MFA in Visual Studies Chair Arnold J. Kemp and PNCA alumna Pat Boas with a “Golden Spot” residency. The residency, made possible with funding from The Ford Family Foundation, supports Oregon mid-career visual artists.

These two PNCA community members are no stranger to honors and accolades. Kemp was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study at the Adrian Piper Research Archive in Berlin. Boas was named the 2012 Bonnie Bronson Fellow.

The mission of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is to provide educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, they also function as a venue to practice traditional Native American art practices, weaving, bead working and regalia making,  of the Plateau region. Located near Pendleton, Oregon, Crow’s Shadow was founded by James Lavadour and friends in 1992.

The “Golden Spot” residency program is being funded through a grant from The Ford Family Foundation. Crow’s Shadow offers three two-week printmaking residencies for Oregon mid-career visual artists. Artists in residence are guided by a Tamarind Master Printer to create limited editions of fine-art, hand-pulled prints that Crow’s Shadow publishes, exhibits and sells.


Posted on 07/23 at 11:10 AM

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Graduate Student Wins Honorable Mention in Sculpture Contest

Andy Lonnquist MFA ‘12 was awarded honorable mention in the International Sculpture Center’s 2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program.

Lonnquist’s work will be recognized in the 2012 October issue of Sculpture magazine, as well as on the website. This achievement points to the success that graduate students at PNCA have around creating rigorous work and engaging in a vital design and craft history. 

There were an exceptional number of nominees with 434 students from over 174 college and universities, world-wide. The jury included Donna Dennis, Winifred Lutz, and Joseph Becherer, and they reviewed more than 1,300 images of student work to make their selections.

Read more about the success of the students from the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program. Check out the flickr slideshow of the 2012 MFA AC+D Practicum Exhibition.

Posted on 06/28 at 06:13 PM

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At its 10th annual gala, PNCA announced the launch of a $15 million philanthropic campaign, CREATIVITY WORKS HERE, in support of its strategic move to renovate the historic former federal post office at 511 NW Broadway and to anchor the PNCA campus on the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland.


PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design from PNCA - Pacific Northwest College on Vimeo.

PNCA announced a significant gift of $5 million from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to name the renovated building the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. The gift is the largest from an alumna or alumnus in the school’s 103-year history. Arlene Schnitzer will serve as an honorary co-chair for the campaign, along with Dorothy ‘Dolly’ Lemelson, a longtime supporter who has established a major scholarship program at PNCA and is a Visionary sponsor for the College’s annual gala to support its Annual Fund.

Supporters have committed more than $6.5 million to the Campaign to date. Gifts include $500,000 from the late Ernie Swigert in honor of former PNCA president Sally Lawrence, $100,000 from the late Ed Cauduro, who established the Ed Cauduro Scholars at PNCA in 2008 with a gift of $1,000,000 through the Oregon Community Foundation, and a planning award of $50,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. PNCA also has received a $740,000 grant from the Portland Development Commission for project planning and design.

Acclaimed architect Brad Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works Architecture, revealed a dramatic design for the adaptive reuse, which is anticipated to cost $30 million and be completed during the 2014-15 academic year. The overall project will be funded through a combination of private philanthropy, tax credits, financing, and grants.

“This is an historic moment for the College and for the City of Portland,” said Ann Edlen, Chair of the PNCA Board of Governors. “We are extraordinarily grateful for Arlene’s support and leadership in this transformational effort. This gift, coming from a committed alumna, validates all that we believe about the power of a PNCA education to change the world with creative and design thinking and making. I am also pleased to announce that the project has 100% participation from our talented and dedicated Board of Governors.”

Read the press release for more information.

Posted on 06/11 at 10:57 AM

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