Fueled by the passion for learning, sharing, and creating.
This is the foundation of WeMake.

We are a local, non-profit 501(c)(3)  that helps to foster art and design in Portland, Oregon's creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives. All of our events are focused on the process of making and the spirit of community. 


talks & Shows

A night of inspiration and process. Learn from some of our favorite illustrators, designers, and makers.


We coordinate discovery workshops within Portland’s craftsmen community. If you're interested in collaborating with us, or have an idea for a workshop, drop us a line.

design in action

We like to give back. In over seven years, with the help of the Portland community we have donated more than $100,000 to arts education.

WeMake presents, A Conversation with Shawna X

WeMake welcomes New York artist & creative consultant Shawna X to our 2019 Design Week Showcase.

Known for her vibrant and highly graphical images, Shawna X creates work for clients in music, fashion, technology, and across mediums in digital, spatial and motion spaces. Shawna has collaborated on unique experiences with clients such as Adidas, Adobe, Ghostly International, New Yorker, and Warby Parker. She enjoys projects discussing cultural identity, sexuality, and the modern creative process.

WeMake is excited to bring Shawna to Portland for an intimate conversation at The Mississippi Studios. More details will be following soon, but expect a night that celebrates diversity in design.

Live Musical performance by the local Brown Calculus. Brown Calculus explores the soundscapes of the post-soul movement. Keyboardist and beat maker, Andre Burgos, and singer/songwriter, Vaughn Kimmons, are Geminis, illuminating the sacredness of Black music, seeking to bring about community on Earth and beyond. They reveal the connection between complicated time signatures and Black divinity, with a cosmic sound that remains grounded. Sharing the same body in their past lives, they perform with melanated synergy.

This is a 21+ event only


Most great innovation involves a shift in perspective. 


We shook it up in the Portland Art Museum for WeMake Celebrates and our DISRUPT conference

check out the photos and more

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Look inside WeMake at the video below.

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