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Equity and Inclusion Update May 2021

In an effort to increase communication and transparency around equity and inclusion work at the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center, the Equity Team will be sharing semi-regular updates here on the blog. We are committed to bringing the entire organization along on the path of racial equity learning and change. We acknowledge, however, that…  Read more

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Re:Imagining Our Work—Artist Fund Enters Next Phase of Support

The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center’s Artist Fund Centers Artists’ Role in Reimagining Our Cultural Sphere The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are pleased to announce the continuation of the Re:Imagine Artist Fund, which launched last year and supported artists through direct relief and sustainability grants during the pandemic. The fund’s next…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Melodie McDaniel

When was the last time you felt really free? In your body, in the space around you, in your mind? This piece by Melodie McDaniel offers a moment to notice, to reflect, and to celebrate those moments in our lives when we have been able to let go, to take deep breaths, to trust, and…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Katherine Bradford

As we officially welcome spring and the bounty of beauty it offers, we are also reminded to pause, to reflect, and to honor all that has happened since spring last arrived, and to make space for all that is yet to come. This piece by Katherine Bradford feels like a perfect companion to this time…  Read more

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Stop Asian Hate

The staff of the Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are deeply saddened and angered by the murder of eight people, including six Asian American women in the Atlanta, Georgia, area on Tuesday night. Together we mourn the senseless loss of these lives and condemn the sharp rise in racist, anti-Asian violence and hate…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Fujikasa Satoko

Even though the official start of spring is still a week away, we can feel the shift in the season. This piece by Fujikasa Satoko feels like a perfect embodiment of springtime—bursting forth, flowing, bringing energy and light into our days. A celebrated Japanese ceramicist, Fujikasa transforms clay into astonishing creations that appear lighter than…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Roy DeCarava

Writing allows us to reflect deeply on our journey, as individuals, as families, as community. This evocative photograph by Roy DeCarava has appeared in two Portland Art Museum exhibitions that each considered the meaning of journeys and transitions in very different ways, one through African American art and the Great Migration and the other through…  Read more

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Sea Creatures light up Museum courtyard

Immersive light and sound installation kicks off new series with Mobile Projection Unit, beginning with the Portland Winter Light (non)Festival Sea Creatures ONE NIGHT ONLY:  This Friday, February 5, 7–9 p.m.Hank Willis Thomas neon LOVERULES: included in Winter Light (non)Festival, February 5–6 and 12–13 In a night of immersive light and projection installation, the Portland Art Museum…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Neil Meitzler

Both visual art and creative writing can invite us into abstract thoughts, a chance to step away from the traditional narrative and into a different way of thinking, seeing, speaking. We invite you to spend some time in the abstract today, using this piece by Northwest painter Neil Meitzler as inspiration. “While our existence momentarily…  Read more

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Podcast—Working Outside Your Walls: Navigating Museum Learning & Community During a Pandemic

Portland Art Museum’s Director of Learning & Community Partnerships, Stephanie Parrish, is joined by her counterpart at the Denver Art Museum, Heather Nielsen, to discuss the ins and outs of museum learning and how they’ve had to shift all that they do in response to a world where in-person programming is on hold. This episode is part…  Read more