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The Art Institute of Portland

1122 N.W. Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209-2911   |    1.503.228.6528

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-- Angelo Rosa, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City, 2014

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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Sharp Restaurant

Sharp Restaurant is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland, Sharp Restaurant serves as the dining lab for students in the culinary program, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

Under the direction of professional chef instructors, culinary students nourish and delight patrons while taking the final steps on their path to becoming culinary professionals. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Sharp Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact Sharp Restaurant at 503.228.6526 or email aipdsharprestaurant@aii.edu

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The Art Institute of Portland Demonstrates Support for Students and Employees Serving in the National Guard and Reserve The Art Institute of Portland Demonstrates Support for Students and Employees Serving in the National Guard and Reserve

PORTLAND, OR May 22, 2015 – The Art Institute of Portland, signed a statement of support with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office that develops and maintains employer support for guard and reserve services. Campus president Wendy Butler signed the pledge in a ceremony held at the campus yesterday with ESGR.


All Art Institutes schools in the United States signed the pledge, declaring their commitment to highlight the unique skills that service members bring to the workforce while supporting employment opportunities for guardsmen, reservists and veterans.


By signing the Statement of Support, The Art Institutes schools pledge to:

Fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).  

Provide managers and supervisors the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the guard and reserve. 

Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and encourage opportunities to hire guardsmen, reservists and veterans.

Continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war. 


“We’re committed to helping active duty military and veterans to transition easily to an education setting. We proudly provide programs and support that help members of the military to pursue a creative civilian career,” said Wendy Butler, President of The Art Institute of Portland.


“Today supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Tom Bullock, Chief of Employer Outreach. “The ESGR Statement of Support program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s efforts to gain and maintain employer support.” 

The program will increase employer support by encouraging participating employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. “The Art Institutes schools are setting a high standard for all employers and educational institutions to follow by providing support of veterans, many of whom currently serve in the National Guard and Reserve,” added Bullock.

For more information, contact Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, Barbara O’Reilly, at boreilly@edmc.edu or (651) 846-3374.


About The Art Institute of Portland

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Portland, 1122 N.W. Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209. ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


About ESGR

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.  

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach is available at www.ESGR.mil or by contacting Tom Bullock, Chief, Employer Outreach, at (571) 372-0709, or by email at thomas.s.bullock6.civ@mail.mil.


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Ai Portland featured in The Oregonian Ai Portland featured in The Oregonian

OregonLive.com (The Oregonian's online edition) quotes Ethan Derner, faculty instructor at The Art Institute of Portland, and features students who filmed a pair of promotional videos to promote the Cirque du Soleil show "Varekai" which will be coming to Portland, May 6-10. Four of Varekai's cast members were filmed for the videos as a crew from the school's "Digital Short" class ran the three-hour production. Footage was shot at three different locations including Pittock Mansion, Crystal Ballroom, and an outdoor mural at the corner of SW 11th Ave. and SW Washington St. in Portland. 


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Portland, 1122 N.W. Davis Street, Portland, OR  97209 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


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Green Living Project: Revamp Your Kitchen Pantry to Avoid Waste & Encourage Cost Effectiveness Green Living Project: Revamp Your Kitchen Pantry to Avoid Waste & Encourage Cost Effectiveness

For a basic green living project with benefits to your wallet and the environment, consider revamping the kitchen pantry. The cupboard is the starting point for most kitchen activity and is more than just a storage space. Develop good buying habits and build a strong foundation and you can avoid the waste of food and money. Here’s how to tackle the task at once or little by little.

ASSESS
When you are not in a rush to whip up a family meal or put away loads of groceries, take some time to really look at the items in your pantry. What is in front? What is hidden in the back? What’s used most frequently? What is expired?

“Be more aware of your consumption habits,” suggests Cory Schreiber, a chef instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland. This awareness is a simple step to greener living. “Avoid impulse purchases by being more mindful of the emotions that can be involved in food shopping,” he adds. “Not only do you avoid waste this way, but conscious consumption is more cost-effective too.”

UTILIZE
Another cost-effective method that the storeroom manager at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University recommends is a common inventory and accounting process used by schools, hotels and other food service providers. “Practicing a first-in, first-out method of consuming your pantry goods is a true way to save money and prevent food waste,” informs Joshua Joe, who purchases the schools food supplies. With approximately 500 culinary arts students regularly coming through the school’s dry storage area, Joe encourages the students to use the earliest bought, or oldest, goods first. “The tendency is to go for the freshest or A+ product when the A grade item will due,” he says. “You don’t want to let perfectly usable goods go to waste.”

STOCK UP
Once you have a handle on what you are buying and how you are consuming it, it is time to stock up.

Schreiber proposes buying high-quality essentials and purchasing goods in bulk. “Buy the highest quality staples you can afford,” recommends Schreiber. For example, six pounds of a good butter can last you a solid five months. Other items where quality counts and the products can endure include oils, vinegars, salts, dried herbs and spices. “When possible, buy dry goods in bulk too,” he adds. Grains, rice, legumes and pastas are all good products to shop for in a food store’s bulk department.

To hold the loose pasta or grains, look for containers with a lower environmental footprint. “Using glass, metal and ceramics is the easiest solution,” says Chris Stanley, an Industrial Design instructor at The Art Institute of Seattle. Stanley, who has taught course on the History of Industrial Design and in Materials & Manufacturing, adds “choose something classic in design so you won't be tempted to throw it out in two years. Or, you can re-use glass jars and that fruit cake tin your aunt sends you each year.”

Not only is buying in bulk less expensive, but less packaging means less energy used to create the materials and less garbage to throw away – all of which are more friendly to the environment.

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Oregon Business: "Light Moves" Oregon Business: "Light Moves"

Norton Young, academic director of design at The Art Institute of Portland was recently quoted in an article about the “possibilities for tech-driven, environmentally interactive art pieces” for public installments and landscaping use.

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