Image courtesy of Demian DinéYazhi', featuring their book of poetry, "WE LEFT THEM NOTHING"

Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Symposium 2022

Dec 1, 2022 - Dec 3, 2022


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design


Graduate Community Events

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Graduate Symposium 2022: Do-It-Yourself/Do-It-Ourselves

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 December 1, 2, and 3, 2022 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

All events will be free to attend and participate in.

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: 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 Portland as a Hub of DIY Practice

For more information and full schedule: visit PNCA’s website

Register to attend here