PNCA Graduate Studies hosts 5th annual Graduate Symposium

Contact: Meghann Gilligan

The 2022 Graduate Symposium will explore DIY culture through artist talks, workshops and zine fair.

The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies announces the "2022 Graduate Symposium: Do-It-Yourself/Do-It-Ourselves."

Featuring keynote speakers Skawennati and Demian DinéYazhi’, this symposium explores DIY histories, practices, and counter-publics and their roles in fashioning the culture of the Pacific Northwest. DIY making spans writing, fashion, music, art, craft, design, and social practice.

The early days of the pandemic saw a return to DIY practices: cooking, crafting, mutual aid, and survival preparation. DIY has a rich history in our region, one which we hope to explore and critique, opening up new possibilities for DIY culture in the present and future. DIY means not only “doing it yourself” — but making in community and collaboration with others. Local makers create alternative economies, radical solutions, and parallel social worlds.

We are thrilled to welcome two incredible artists as this year’s keynote speakers: Demian DinéYazhi’ and Skawennati. The symposium will also feature an art exhibition, a zine symposium, and hands-on workshops Dec. 1, 2, and 3 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

All events will be free to attend and participate.

We welcome you to this event exploring DIY histories, aesthetics, politics, archives, and ongoing attempts at self-creation, worldmaking, and community building to survive and shape the present and future.

Themes include Indigenous knowledge and creativity, queer and trans DIY, anti-capitalist ingenuity, crip wisdom, punk inventiveness, maker culture, craft and craftiness, zines, self-publishing, print media, and Portland as a hub of DIY practice.

For more information and full schedule for the PNCA graduation, click the link.

Apply to participate in tabling at zine fair.

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