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Write Around PAM: Charles-François Daubigny

As we reach the end of August, with concerns of drought and fire risks continuing across the region, we also are so grateful for the bounty the Pacific Northwest summers offer. Charles-François Daubigny’s Field of Poppies, though painted in France, seems to capture this energy of summertime in the Northwest—expansive sky, green landscape, bountiful flowers.…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Marie Louise Feldenheimer

This sculpture by Marie Louise Feldenheimer, mounted in the Museum’s outdoor sculpture court, captures the beauty of the rhododendrons native to the Pacific Northwest. It also offers an opportunity to reflect on all that this piece sees as it rests in downtown Portland. We invite you to take some time today writing about this piece’s…  Read more

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Podcast—Everything Was Quiet and Everything Was Boards: A Numberz FM Interview with Emma Berger

At the time of this episode’s release, Sneaker Week PDX and Don’t Shoot PDX are hosting a digital installation of the murals that covered Downtown Portland’s Apple Store for most of 2020 at the Wacom Experience Center in the Pearl District. What became an iconic symbol of the protests and demonstrations in Portland surrounding the police shootings of George Floyd, Breonna…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Théo Van Rysselberghe

Théo Van Rysselberghe’s painting beautifully captures the summertime: a beach at sunset. Step into this scene with us today, and take a moment to rest. Soak in the colors of the sky, hear the ocean waves, feel the sand between your toes and the breeze on your face. And then, take a few minutes to…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams took this photograph on the side of the highway, after glancing out the window while driving. It has since become one of his most famous pieces. We invite you to use it as inspiration in your own writing today. First, think of a moment when you were out in the world and caught…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

In addition to grand sweeping vistas, Ansel Adams spent time photographing the urban landscapes surrounding his home. This weekend, we invite you to spend some time closer to the city, writing within this place. Take a moment to imagine standing where Adams did when he took this photograph. What do you notice? What if you…  Read more

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Art and Writing During the Pandemic: Celebrating the Write Around Portland Partnership

It has been more than one year since Write Around Portland and the Portland Art Museum began collaborating on weekly, art-inspired writing prompts to sustain our souls and our sense of connection during the pandemic. Write Around Portland staff and writing workshop facilitators have created over 60 writing prompts inspired by works in the Portland…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Richard Misrach

Looking at the water, the land, the tiny bridge in the distance, we are reminded of journeying, and the boats or ships that may have passed under that bridge. What else might be in the water, on those distant shores? We invite you to take some time today to write about the images that come…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

Photographs take us to places and times we might never see otherwise. Even on this summery day, this picture by Ansel Adams transports us to snowy grandeur shrouded by clouds and fog. If you were on one of these rocks in the clouds, how would you feel? Let your imagination take you there today as…  Read more

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Blazers star Carmelo Anthony nominates PAM for $100,000 prize supporting Black Art and Experiences

Portland Trail Blazers star Carmelo Anthony was named the winner of the first Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award in recognition of his work for civil rights, Black empowerment, and racial equity.  Last week’s NBA announcement was reported by local, national, and international outlets including The Oregonian, ESPN Global, ABC News, and Sports Illustrated.  In…  Read more