This year has been a year of change and reflection for our WeMake team. WeMake is organized and run by non-paid volunteers and for the last 7 years we have created space and have been a platform to provide inspiration for the design community here in Portland.
WeMake took a pause this summer, and it was needed. Typically we have events year round with a big celebration on our anniversary (the WeMake Celebrates Conference) and Design Week. Because of the pause and disruption in programing we felt that the theme DISRUPT would not only capture our state of mind but also reflect on an important stage of the process of making. We shook it up a little bit by changing the venue and changing the format. We definitely had our challenges this year, but those minor annoyances did not take away from the evenings message, or the work we have done to support arts education for under-served youth.
Gracing the stage were three keynote speakers from out of town, 5 local creative entrepreneurs, and 3 local performing artists. Although we didn’t really promote it, it is worth mentioning that ten out of eleven presenters were women and many of our speakers were new to the spotlight.
We were also very thrilled to have a partner in the Portland Art Museum. The Grand Ballroom was a beautiful setting for the event, and we are beyond grateful for their generous support.
This is why we make. This year we wanted to see as many young creatives and those unable to afford a ticket attend the event. We gave away at least 150 tickets and were happy to have friends from p:ear, Marrow, Friendtorship and IPRC in attendance.
If you attended, thank you for your support! As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, this event is a big fundraiser for us and our benefactors who do the work directly with under-served youth. Since the beginning of our journey we have awarded over $100,000 to support this cause, and this year alone over $20,000. We think that’s awesome!
Of course we can’t thank enough everyone behind the scenes making this event happen. Thank You sponsors, Thank You volunteers, and Thank You team members. You are all amazing!
Portland Art Museum, Wieden + Kennedy, The Study, Swift, SERRA, Adobe, Widmer Brothers, West Coast Paper, Scout Books, Paige Landis & Ciera Tague, Artful Venues