WeMake is a non-profit 501 C(3) that helps to foster art and design in Portland’s creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives. WeMake Celebrates is an evolution of our yearly anniversary event that started with Put a Bird In It (which raised over $30K for arts and music education in four years), and has now grown into a full-blown conference. Our goal is to inspire, inform, and celebrate our creative community through diverse speakers representing an array of creative industries and disciplines.  

  LISA CONDGDON / Portland   Fine Artist, Illustrator & Author

Fine Artist, Illustrator & Author


Lisa is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. Her client work includes the MoMA, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, and Chronicle Books, among many others. She exhibits her work around the country, and writes a popular daily blog about her work, life and inspiration called “Today is Going to be Awesome”. She is the author of five books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing “Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist”, and illustrated books “Fortune Favors the Brave”, “Whatever You Are, Be a Good One”, “Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip” and “A Collection a Day”. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015. 



WeMake is fueled by the passion for learning, sharing, and creating. We're driven by the process of making and the spirit of community.  With this in mind, a portion of sales from the event will go towards the continued support of art, design, and making.


As a block of tickets sells out, a new block at a higher price point will be offered. Seating is limited and tickets will go fast, so keep an eye on the count down so you don't miss out on the best available price.

If you would like to order 10 or more tickets, give us a shout out for a discount code!

Ticket Schedule:

  • April 21 - Super Early Bird $100
  • July 1 - Early Bird $150
  • August 30 - Last Call General Admission $175

Ticket Price Includes:

  • Entry to Friday's talks
  • Entry to Friday's After Party


Widely noted as the “crown jewel” of the Brewery Blocks, The Armory is a historic building built in 1891 by Multnomah County to once house the Oregon National Guard. Since then, the Armory became the first building in the Cascadia region – and the first historical renovation of a performing arts venue in the world – to achieve a Platinum LEED certification. It has drawn groups of people interested in sustainable design from across the country, as well as international delegations from Russia, Belgium, and Hungary.

Recognized by:

  • Forbes Magazine as one of the greenest buildings in America
  • The Urban Land Institute as one of the eleven developments chosen from among 167 nominees to receive the Award for Excellence in the Americas.
  • The American Council of Engineering Companies Oregon as the recipient of their Grand Award for Engineering Excellence.





WeMake runs year round with the help of committed volunteers. This year, a special committee was formed to bring WeMake Celebrates to life. We want to thank the following for contributing and helping us make it happen:

Yvonne Perez Emerson—WeMake Creative Director & Founder / The Study / Tillamook Station
Alise Munson—WeMake Vice President / HouseSpecial
Andrew Eastman—Account Executive at Creative Circle Portland           
Celestia Caredio—WeMake Volunteer Coordinator & Pixel Pusher / Graphic Designer


All WeMake Celebrates attendees, speakers, makers and volunteers must to agree with the following code of conduct. We will enforce this code throughout the event. Cooperation from all participants is required to ensure a safe experience for everybody.

WeMake Celebrates will provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate anytime during the event, including talks, events, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled immediately from WeMake Celebrates without a refund or explain at discretion of the organizers and designated organizer representatives.



If your brand is interested in being part of the WeMake Celebrates experience, please contact us by email for our sponsor's package.

Donation for Sponsorship

Interested in volunteering for the conference? Go ahead and submit your information in the form below—call backs will happen in late August.

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