Local Resources: The Scene in Portland

Portland’s vibrant art and design community boasts countless organizations, resources, events, galleries, and creative businesses. Whether you are pursuing internship possibilities, researching exhibition opportunities, or simply looking for something fun to do with friends, you can enrich your academic education by investigating off-campus resources. Here is a sampling of what Portland has to offer:


First Thursday – A monthly art walk in the Pearl district

Last Thursday – A monthly art walk in the Alberta neighborhood

Last Friday – A monthly art walk in the Inner Southeast district

TBA Festival – An annual festival of time-based art featuring national and international artists

PSU Monday Night Lecture Series – During the school year, Portland State University offers a vibrant series of art lectures that is free and open to the public.

Portland Stock – A public dinner and presentation series that funds artists’ projects

Music Fest Northwest – The third largest indoor music festival in the U.S.

Portland Zine Symposium – A conference and event exploring facets of independent publishing and DIY culture

Wordstock Festival – An annual festival put on by Wordstock, a literary art and education nonprofit

Non-profit Organizations, Collectives, and Communities

Most of these groups offer a variety of opportunities for exhibiting work, accessing specialized equipment and resources, interning, and building community outside an academic environment.

RACC (Regional Arts and Culture Council)

PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art)


AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts Portland)

ASMP (American Society of Media Professionals)

CHAP (Children’s Art Healing Project)

Independent Publishing Resource Center

Em Space Book Arts Collective

No. 2 Print Shop

Flight 64

Atelier Meridian

Oregon Campus Contact

NW Creatives Social Club
A Meetup Group for all creative people in Portland/Vancouver Metro area to connect with each other socially.

Portland-based blogs and web resources

Port – http://portlandart.net/

Ultra PDXhttp://www.ultrapdx.com/