Portland’s Creative Community Raises $13K for Arts and Music Education.
As we helped wrap up the festivities of Design Week Portland last Friday night, Portland’s creative community came together to celebrate with us for the third year in a row. We filled a packed house at LeftBank Annex with well over 800 people, and showcased 78 birdhouses with an eclectic mix of style. What I love about this event is that it brings together communities to support each other. The design community, the art community, and the maker community intersect for one night to make it all happen. Building a birdhouse might be the catalyst, but giving back and raising money for Portland’s aspiring designers, artists, makers, and creative thinkers was our main goal.
Every year this event keeps getting better. We started early in the evening with our final sketchXchange of the year featuring Lisa Congdon as our guest artist. Lisa was the perfect speaker to wrap up the year, particularly because she encompasses so many things we love. She’s an illustrator, she’s an artist, and she’s a maker. She spoke to a sold out crowd of 200+ people and inspired and delighted us all. After sXc, we switched gears and the party really got started.
The night’s success goes out foremost to our WeMake team: Scott Baker, Tiffany Jennings, Emily Oliva, Jessica Caldwell, Celestia Grace, Susie Morris, Rachel Coddington, Robert Woodward, Megan Gex, Daniel Cole, Lea Loo, Chloe Miller, and Spencer Groshing for the many, many hours of work needed to pull the day off. Also, a big high five to Nathan Emerson, Jeremy Pair and Alise Munson for their contributions. Plus, a big thanks to the handful of volunteers who worked the night.
The night could not have been possible without the generous support of our main sponsors. THANK YOU! Vitamin T, Big Cartel, LAIKA, Campaign Monitor, and The Study. A special thank you to in-kind donations from Rose Bean Events, Scout Books, Jill Dryer, PrintGraphics, and Jeremy Pair. Lastly, thank you Adam Porterfield of Golden Rule Design, School of Rock, Tanner Goods, DJ Coast2c, The Wine Nomad, LoveBomb Go-Go, the PSU graphic design student volunteers, the awesome Put A Bird In It judges and Design Week Portland.
For me, this year was especially close to my heart because of the organizations we are giving back to. As a kid growing up without much, I coveted my sketchbooks and guitar. It took me a while to discover that if I wasn’t making art, I was sad. I was classified as at-risk of not succeeding all through school because of race and economic status—much like the kids benefiting from Friendtership. I remember the day when I understood the path I should be on and I remembered the people that helped me to discover it within myself—people like you who care and believe in dreams.
For everyone who made a house and attended the event, thank you for coming out and celebrating with us. You’re super awesome!