Art is for Social Change

Contact: Meghann Gilligan

PNCA's MFA in Print Media continues collaboration with Don't Shoot PDX community organization.

PNCA's MFA in Print Media continues long-term collaboration with Don't Shoot PDX to host an Art Workshop for youth and an Artist Talk with renowned artist, Julian Gaines, on Saturday at PNCA.

Over the past five years, collaborations between Don't Shoot PDX and the MFA in Print Media program have included community screen-printing events for the Dr. Martin Luther King children's march for justice, printmaking and zine workshops for youth, and the creation of collaborative publications on topics like mutual aid.

This Saturday, we welcome youth ages 8+ to join us at PNCA for an art workshop with Julian Gaines, centered on making art for social change from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Julian Gaines will present an artist talk about his work, in conversation with Teressa Raiford, founder of Don't Shoot PDX.

These events are free and open to all.

*Youth must be accompanied by an adult throughout duration of workshop

Originally from Chicago, Julian V.L. Gaines now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received his BFA in Painting from Northern Michigan University in 2015. Gaines collaborated with Nike to create the collection Game Worn. As part of the sneaker release, he led a weeklong workshop that included art classes at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center. Gaines has received editorials from Northern Magazine, Hypebeast, and The New York Times. In December 2020, his artwork was featured on the cover of New York Magazine. His work has been exhibited at Art Basel and featured in exhibitions with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York and Russo Lee, in Portland, OR.

Don’t Shoot PDX is an arts and education organization that promotes social justice and civic participation, hosting dialogues, community forums and workshops focusing on history, archiving and social culture. The art proponent of Don't Shoot PDX's work acts as a communicative tool to facilitate discussions about race in America while providing educational assets to those most affected by discrimination in public policy.

PNCA's MFA in Print Media offers a diverse range of traditional and emerging printmaking career pathways, integrating new techniques and media to expand our capacity as makers and collaborators in the fine art, academic, and commercial realms. The program values collaborations with community based partners and nonprofits on projects that provide a deeper connection with local and regional community on issues that link with our research and values as an institution.

Art is for Social Change event is free and open to the public. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Artist talk at 2 p.m. is open to all ages.

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