Author: Steve Gehlen

Arts Education Grants Made Possible by Our 2016 Event

The majority of proceeds from Portland Creative Conference registration fees go to support K-12 arts education programs in Oregon through Keeping the Arts, an Oregon-based non-profit. To-date Keeping the Arts has distributed over $92,000 to support such programs. Funds raised at the 2016 Portland Creative Conference were used to provide support for the following arts education programs…

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Agencies rave about the 2016 Portland Creative Conference

We were thrilled to see that several Portland-area agencies sent teams of people to the 2016 Portland Creative Conference.  It seems like the feeling is mutual based on how several agency attendees raved about the event. Here are some examples: Blog Posts From +Citizen… Seven Design Lessons from the Portland Creative Conference From Veracity… Lines…

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Program Schedule Announced

The Portland Creative Conference features presentations by top creatives from a variety of creative industries who take you inside their creative process.  It also features some great music and plenty of networking time with fellow creative industries professionals in attendance, including the Wrap Party at Wieden+Kennedy. Doors open at 8:00am–be sure to arrive early to pick-up your badge…

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[Speaker Added] One of the top comic book writers in the world

I’ve been amazed over the past 8 years or so how comic books, especially Marvel Comics, have become a core component of our popular culture. Whether you are a fan or not, you have to admire the job that the Marvel team has done creating and sustaining the Marvel Universe and the impact it has had. For…

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[Speaker Added] Industrial Designer for Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre

We are excited to announce our first confirmed speaker for the 2016 Portland Creative Conference: Robert Brunner Industrial Designer, including Apple PowerBook and Beats Headphones; Founder, Ammunition Our goal at the Portland Creative Conference is to bring to our stage a one-of-a-kind mix of creative leaders from a variety of creative industries and disciplines who all have credits…

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Conference provides grant to support music programs in Burns, Oregon and other communities

With a desire to support the rural Oregon community of Burns after a difficult period during the occupation of the nearby Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Keeping the Arts Board of Directors approved a $2,000 grant to support the band and choir program at Burns High School. The funds came from the pool of grant money raised…

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Save the Date! Friday September 23, 2016

We are excited to announce that the 2016 Portland Creative Conference will take place on Friday, September 23rd. We will be returning to the Gerding Theater at the Armory, the venue that worked so well for the 2015 event. Mark your calendar now for a day of great speakers, networking, ideation, inspiration and motivation!  

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Positive Attendee Evaluation Results from 2015 Conference

The audience really enjoyed the 2015 Portland Creative Conference based on the results of a post-event evaluation survey that 62 attendees responded to. Here are some of the highlights from the evaluation: 95% of respondents said they are “Extremely Likely”,  “Very Likely”, or “Likely” to  recommend next year’s event to friends or colleagues. 86% of respondents rated the…

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Arts Education Grants Made Possible by Our 2015 Event

The majority of proceeds from Portland Creative Conference registration fees go to support K-12 arts education programs in Oregon through Keeping the Arts, an Oregon-based non-profit.  We are excited to announce that in 2015 we raised $10,000 for the grant pool! Funds raised at the 2015 Portland Creative Conference were used to provide support for the…

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Volunteers Create New Website for the Conference

Welcome to the redesigned website for the Portland Creative Conference!  After the successful re-launch of the Conference in 2015 we are excited to take that momentum into 2016 with a fresh look to match our renewed approach. Special thanks to the following volunteers who helped create the new website: Conference Chairman Steve Gehlen, Jeremy Bradbury,…

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