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Write Around PAM: Maurice Denis

As many of us gather this weekend with our households, extended family and friends, or even just our furry companions, we will center time together, and may even take a moment to sing, play games, watch a movie, or go for a walk. This piece by Maurice Denis, featured in the current exhibition, Private Lives, offers a glimpse of a tradition in many households of playing music together. We invite you to spend some time today writing about the ways you gather and celebrate with your loved ones, and the traditions that you all carry forward together. 

We have two prompts to help you get started.  Choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 12 minutes and just keep your pen or pencil moving.

We always play… / Gathered together…


Private Lives features a recorded piano piece as part of the exhibition. Come and listen, and see what new energy being in the space and hearing the music offers to these prompts.

Maurice Denis, Cover for music score: Concerts du Petit Frère et de la Petite Soeur (Concerts for a Young Brother and Sister), 1903, color lithograph on paper, Museum Purchase: Print Acquisition Fund, © artist or other rights holder, 2015.86.1a-c

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing posts every other week in the new year. Please share your work with us!  @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum  #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM