I Heart Art: Portland – Friday, February 26th @ 6:30 pm

Hosted by Etsy.com, Portland Etsy Team, Pacific Northwest College of Art & Museum of Contemporary Craft

Connecting Portland’s Vibrant Community of Makers

Swigert Commons
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 Northwest Johnson Street
Free and open to the public

* The following article is copied from the official press release of I *heart* Art Portland Oregon*

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Etsy.com today announce their intentions to develop an ongoing relationship to foster opportunities and offer support for the local Do-It-Yourself craft community. This new relationship — the first ongoing commitment for Etsy with a school of art and design — seems appropriate in Portland, Oregon, nationally recognized as the hub of American DIY youth culture enriched by PNCA’s vibrant student body and alumni community.

Serving as a home base for Etsy in support of their local efforts, PNCA will host Etsy Craft Labs this spring. These events are an open invitation to the Portland community-at-large for a day of making, to celebrate the excitement of creativity and craft. Etsy Labs programming brings to life Etsy.com’s mission to connect local communities through hands-on learning.

Etsy and PNCA will also work directly with a group of local artists — the Portland Etsy Team — to host bi-monthly meetings at the College’s Museum of Contemporary Craft. These sessions will provide a regular series of discussions culled from the vast collection of online Etsy professional development tutorials, augmented by the expertise of local artists, designers, crafters and entrepreneurs. This roundtable series will be developed by the Portland Etsy Team, in collaboration with Etsy and PNCA to foster entrepreneurial skills in the local makers’ community.

To kick-off this new relationship, Etsy, PNCA and the Portland Etsy Team will host an “I Heart Art” meet and greet at PNCA on Friday, February 26. This public event brings together the PNCA student body, the Portland Etsy Team, members of the Guild Council Program from the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the thriving local arts and crafts community of Portland.