VISIONS AND PLANS
Yes, it’s about Craft
Yes, it’s about Art
But it’s also about....
• Portland being a great city
• Improving student outcomes
• the potential for the future
• Our kids being exposed to the joy of making things
• A strategic plan already out there that can make the college successful in the future. If given a chance.
• Beautiful ‘made in Portland’ Craftworks
• It’s not about just ‘making’, it’s about craft, the care, skill, and passion to make something beautiful
• Material, natural resources
• Passing on skills being lost in our culture. The entire notion of making, hands on skill is fast disappearing due to technology
• OBT was saved twice by us. The same can happen for OCAC. They are both foundation stones of Portland’s art and culture ecosystem.
• John Storrs designed buildings.
• Barbara Fealy designed landscape.
• An AIA honor award building designed by Charles Rose.
• The importance of objects with longevity
• Learning about one's self through making.
• making something with your entire body, from mind to breathing to torso to hands to feet.
• a campus that is Oregon
• the tie to the 1907 Arts and Crafts legacy
• the tie to the back to Crafts movement in the late 1960’s through the 70’s
• the beauty and feel of Weaving
• exquisite metalwork
• a campus that would take at least $38m to replace, if the land could even be found.
• Howard and Jean Vollum
• Julia Christiansen Hoffman
• Beautifully bound books
• Woodworking at a high craft level
• Howard Hedinger
• Metal sculpture
• the smell of wood
• Pendleton ties
• the feel of Craft
• seeing the joy in your daughter’s face when she shows you what she made
• seeing the joy in your son’s face when he shows you what he made
• adults learning a new Craft
• precision dovetails
• the integrity in making things
• kids coming to ’the mountain’ to make things
• a brighter future
• lunch in one of the nicest, most low-key places in Portland
• a creative oasis in a growing city
• Uniqueness of Portland
• the possibilities for the future
• maybe glass?
• few shops left in our schools
• ready for another back to Craft movement which seems inevitable soon when people start to get sick of looking at their phone all the time and pushing letter keys.
• meandering paths
• more Craftsmen in Portland
• sunsets over the Coast range
• kids who live in apartments and have no basement shop or garage
• a place that will never be replicated - when it’s gone it’s gone
• top national artists coming to Portland for Artist-in-Residency and staying in Portland. (Thank you Dana Lynn Louis)
This is why OCAC should be saved.