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The Art Institute of Portland Sponsors the 2017 Portland Creative Conference

By: Krasimir Karamfilov

September 29, 2017

The Art Institute of Portland was recently a sponsor of The Portland Creative Conference, which took place on September 29, 2017, in Portland.  The event was an exploration and celebration of the creative process across all creative industries. The event was also a non-profit fundraiser for Keeping the Arts, a 501(c)3 public charity that provides financial support to K-12 arts education programs in Oregon, with a focus on underserved rural communities. To date, Keeping the Arts has granted over $96,000 to such programs. The organization was co-founded by Steve Gehlen and Valerie Day of Nu Shooz fame.

PCC Sponsors

The Portland Creative Conference was founded in 1990 by Will Vinton (founder of Will Vinton Studios, now known as LAIKA) and a core team of creative leaders in Portland at the time. The goal was to put Portland on the map as a place where uniquely creative work was happening. By the mid-90s the event was being attended by people from up and down the West Coast (and New York) and was a key foundational component to developing the creative reputation that Portland enjoys today.

Anthony Pires, Peter Kuran, Donald Young

Left to right: Anthony Pires (Department Director, Media), Peter Kuran (Speaker, Academy Award Winner), Norton Young (Program Director, Design)

By: Krasimir Karamfilov

September 29, 2017

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