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)
I also just took on vending, and possibly doing some live painting, at the Love The Underground Show which is taking place the evening of Feb. 15th in Portland. There will be an awesome lineup of DJ’s for dance music, other art and crafts/small supplier vendors, aerial dancers, and more at this event. Presale tickets for $10 are available for a limited time! I’ve been to a Mo’Pro event before and I’m all excited about this one now! Go here to learn more about this event and get your tickets before presales are gone.
I plan to be displaying and selling art, vintage jewelry, and my fine crafted wearables at this event taking place Saturday, March 1st, at the Knights of Pythias Hall in SE Portland. Hosted by the Steampunk community, but all are welcome to check it out! Read and share event details here.