Nearly 70 artists will provide a blaze of colors, shapes, textures, and visual stimuli in SE Portland neighborhoods for the annual SE Area ARTWalk on Saturday and Sunday, the first weekend of March. The ARTWalk map area includes the boundaries of SE 9th Ave to SE 41st and SE Powell to SE Hawthorne Blvd. Artists show in their own creative space or are hosted by local residents and businesses allowing you to visit indoor locations on the free, self-guided tour. The SE Area ARTWalk is a community-building event that has strengthened the connection between businesses, artists, and neighbors.
The mission of the S.E. Area ARTWalk is to establish a community-focused event showcasing artists in S.E. Portland, Oregon. To organize and promote a group of local artists to strengthen the art community, encourage cultural awareness, and provide the opportunity for human interaction within our neighborhoods.
A little background on the grassroots beginnings of the exciting event:
The SE Area ARTWalk began in the SE Portland neighborhood in 2002 with Founder Rin Carroll Jackson outreaching to artists in the area and generating event ideas, enhancing connections and inspiring artists to utilize their talents and skills for a small, neighborhood art tour.
The amazing number of artists that reside in the area became apparent with the influx of contacts interested in participating in the event. Meetings began with artists and a plan was developed over many months of collaborating and combining various ideas, widely ranging skills and talents of the generous artists and volunteers. The gratitude we have for all of those who put their heart and soul into this event needs to be emphasized over and over. Thank you!
In addition to the artists work, we gained the support of the Division/Clinton Business Association, Southeast Uplift, Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Development, Richmond Neighborhood Association and countless volunteers, businesses, and news organizations who saw the positive energy and organized format of the unique, community event. By bridging the gap between neighborhoods and commerce the event creates a community collaboration that is unmatched. With the ground work done, we began the journey of the SE Area ARTWalk event that we envisioned to be a sustainable, local, community-oriented annual event.
Having completed our 14th year, the Council of Artists running the SE Area ARTWalk continue to build on the event and make it a positive way to showcase the incredible art of the SE Portland area. With improved organization efforts we look forward to bringing you the 2018 weekend event.
With much sincerity,
Rin Carroll Jackson, Terry Batte and Kim Brown