I’m assisting with launching an effort here in the Portland, Oregon area called “Artists’ Union Local 503”. It’s an attempt to establish a trade union style support and advocacy organization for those who would like to make a full-time (or at least, living wage) career from their creative work (any arts media included).
We are meeting on every 2nd Monday evening of the month, from 6-8pm, for a creative community event called “Artists’ Union Connections”, at a Central East side location. This will allow us to help build our support and following, provide a point of contact for creative community & allies to interface with Union reps, and also help build a space for creative community that is supportive and encouraging. Plus… Potluck! Who doesn’t love a good potluck.
For this month’s gathering on April 10th, we will also be collecting donations of art pieces and/or art and craft supplies to place in our Spring Art Swap coming up on May 1st. This will be a fundraiser and awareness raising campaign event for us, but will also provide access to cheap and/or free art and craft supplies for low-income artists, as well as a chance to own work from talented people in our local arts community. Is there someone whose work you’ve always admired, but couldn’t afford to buy a piece for yourself? Tell ’em about the swap! Maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised 🙂
If you can’t make it to this Monday’s event, but you’d still like to participate in the upcoming Swap effort, please get a hold of us through one of the links below.
You can learn more about Artists’ Union Local 503, and about our upcoming events, at these links:
Facebook Networking Group (open to the public)
Ran across this article today, for fans of Portland’s First Thursday: recommendations by the artists. You can read it here.