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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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Daily Art Moment: Ansel Adams

Tonight’s waxing gibbous moon has me thinking about how folks love to photograph the moon, and how difficult it is to capture this celestial orb in a way that matches what we feel when we observe it with our eyes. One of the most famous photographs of the moon is currently on view at the…  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

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Write Around PAM: Ansel Adams

Some places are so iconic, so famous, that they seem to carry their own personalities with them. You could imagine what they might be saying to one another about the world around them, about the weather, about the throngs of people who come to see them. During this holiday weekend, we invite you to spend…  Read more

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Museum Lifts COVID Restrictions

In accordance with Oregon Governor Brown’s office, the Museum and Northwest Film Center have lifted COVID-19 pandemic restrictions including mask-wearing and social distancing. The lifted restrictions also mean there is more visitor capacity for popular exhibitions like Ansel Adams in Our Time.  Museum staff and visitors are encouraged and empowered to make their own individual…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Mitch Epstein

As we deepen into summer, and record heat, droughts, and wildfires become part of the normal rhythms of the season, we are asked to reflect more about our response to the changing climate. Can we live in harmony with the earth? Where does our footprint end and nature begin? Photographer Mitch Epstein’s series American Power…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Jonathan Calm

This photograph from Jonathan Calm offers a unique glimpse behind the camera, a chance to see the artist at work. As we celebrate Father’s Day today, we invite you to reflect on someone “behind the scenes” in your life who offers you support, care, guidance, and inspiration. Someone who embodies the caring support of fatherhood…  Read more