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 three 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.  

 ADAM GARCIA  / Portland Creative Director,  Designer, Illustrator

ADAM GARCIA  / Portland
Creative Director, Designer, Illustrator


Adam R Garcia runs The Pressure, a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Portland, Oregon. The studio's work focuses on exploration and surprise, and spans genres, from identities, typography, environmental design and motion to illustration, gallery shows and events. Clients include Nike, Nickelodeon, Intel, Fader, Wired Magazine, Rhymesayers, Kanye West, Bloomberg Business Week, and the NSA, which is a long story that he can't talk about.



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. A limited number of tickets at various discount levels will be available. 

Ticket Schedule:

  • April 20 - Super Early Bird $195
  • May 25 - Early Bird $210
  • June 25 - General Admission $230
  • July 25 - Last Call General Admission $250

Ticket Price Includes:

  • Entry to Friday's talks
  • Entry to Maker Market
  • Entry to Friday's After Party and Paper Show sponsored by West Coast Paper - WCP Solutions.


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.




Please join us at Urban Studios for a Paper show brought to you by West Coast Paper Solutions. There will be all new swatch paper books by some of the most cutting-edge printed samples. Including papers for letterpress, screen printing, and digital printing. This is a great opportunity to be inspired by colors and textures and get new ideas for your next project! All food and beverages will be hosted!


Anton Pearson is a designer who spins. When not working at The Pressure you can hear his mixes throughout the city.  


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
Jessica Caldwell—WeMake Content Director / Machine Apparel
Alise Munson—WeMake Social Media Coordinator / HouseSpecial
Clay Walsh—Head of Marketing & Operations at Lisa Congdon Art & Illustration           
Tara Moss—Partner at JumpTank, a Dentsu-Aegis Company


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 Sponsors package.

Donation for Sponsorship

Interested in Volunteering? We will need Friday Volunteers only. Call backs will happen in late August.

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