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PNCA Presents Emerging Tactics: Public Schools, a Project by RECESS

Release date: 07/23/13

July 23, 2013

Lisa Radon, Communications Specialist 971-255-5528

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications 503-821-8892

PNCA Hosts Emerging Tactics: Public Schools, a Project by RECESS

PORTLAND, OR – July 23, 2013 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) hosts Emerging Tactics: Public Schools, a project by RECESS. This artist-run free school runs from August 1 through August 23 Monday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm in PNCA’s Swigert Commons. There will be an opening reception on August 1 from 5-9pm.

Public Schools is one part of Emerging Tactics, a new, three-part series of programming facilitated by RECESS from August through October of 2013 focusing on artists and projects that operate as innovative catalysts for social change. The first part of the series, Public Schools, is an artist-run free school that invites existing alternative education platforms to activate PNCA’s Swigert Commons during the month of August. The project aims to highlight the variety of accessible modes of free education that already exist throughout the city of Portland. By merging these micro-communities under this ad-hoc platform, RECESS aims to generate a new discourse around the possible means and shared tactics for learning together. Ephemera from this participatory series of free workshops, lectures, and classes will be added to an evolving built environment. Source material for each event will be compiled into a reader downloadable from the RECESS website. Hard copies of the reader will also be available for participants to make use of in the Commons.

Participating artists and initiatives include Research Club, Red 76, Helen Reed, Hannah Jickling, Parallel University, Homeschool, Getting to Know You(tube), Classical Revolution, Community Supported Everything, and more.

This series is supported by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. A second installment of Emerging Tactics focusing on economic and labour issues will launch at the Littman Gallery on September 5th. A third and final exhibition at RECESS in October will highlight artists and projects that work to reinvigorate the quotidian.

To find out more information about participation, a detailed calendar of events, and to download the reader please visit:

RECESS is not a place and time, it’s a shifting set of contexts. RECESS is dedicated to nurturing emergent, experimental, contemporary practices in a universally accessible environment. RECESS aims to foster new forms of cultural inquiry and spark a discourse of change within the art community and the community at large.

As arts workers and members of our late-capitalist society, the dusty, solid infrastructure that supports us is marked by a furthering divide between symbolic and actual efforts, between what you want and what you can afford, between the spectacle and its spectator, between me and you.

RECESS is composed of young professional curators merging to cultivate their own audience under their own terms to shake the foundations of existing cultural forms. RECESS’s primary members are Brennan Broome, JP Huckins, Chloé Womack, and Tori Abernathy who live and work in Portland, OR.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy – both in Portland and beyond. For more information, visit

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