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 Next Event: Design Week Portland 2019

We invite you to We Are HERE’s panel discussion centering on the needs and wants of LGBTQ+ Creatives and Creatives of Color — professional creative inspirations, aspirations, limitations and obstacles. We will explore with our selected moderator and panelists, how these creative leaders navigate uncertainty, marginalization and a ratio to persistent threats as artists and designers living and working in the Northwest.

Understanding the importance of a safe and inclusive space is paramount to creating an environment that fosters healthy difficult conversations about the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals and People of Color in the creative community.

Join us for an evening of conversation and collective dialogue. Let’s question why creative careers are out of reach for many in these marginalized groups, and how to remove the lack of awareness and barriers around our creative professions to continue creating actual change within our industry.

Organizers include the leaders of We Are HERE, a Portland collective of creatives of color and LGBTQ creatives.

Thursday, April 11th
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
PNCA @ 511 NW Broadway




We Are Here…

To dismantle historic, systemic, structural exclusion! We need to understand the system before we can dismantle it. We strive to uncover how things work, to demystify the systems we work in, to overcome feeling like imposters, to own our power despite the resources at our access. We Are Here to create spaces for new icons in the industry, to tell new stories, and to foster new mentors and leaders. We Are Here to elevate ourselves, our work, each other and our creative industries, to make systems for living, working and being free. We Are Here to find answers and solutions.

Say What…

of transgender people report incomes below $25,000

Is the racial diversity in book publishing

Less then 1/4 of models were people of color

We aim to create a workable, sustainable group format, which is key to moving the collective.

From our first event and into future programs, workshops, and long lasting culture.

Into the foreground and building an environment for a long lasting reflection of the Portland culture in:

  • Mentorships

  • Workshops

  • Educational Partnerships

  • Community Partnerships

  • Showcasing at creative events

  • Providing a hub resource/research

Creativity is imagination inspiration transcendental boundless action driven


real-world strategies & solutions to the current deficiency in diversity and inclusion in Portland.


the power to change the narrative within the creative environment.


our call to design; “Inviting ourselves to the table.”


the space for under-represented POC + LGBTQ to contribute, celebrate and educate by showcasing our contributions and placing ourselves directly in the creative community.


the talent creative pool, the design school pool, and the urban experience.


what the community will look like for the next wave of creative professionals and create long lasting partnerships.

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
-Maya Angelou

We Are HERE is a new collective of designers, illustrators, makers, creatives and beyond, who are POC (people of color) and LGBTQ+. We want to remove the veil in Portland. This collective was formed specifically for POC and LGBTQ+ folks who wish to take action on the questions: “Where are the designers, illustrators and creatives who are people of color and the LGBTQ+ in Portland?” and “How can we increase our visibility and impact?”  We aim to move beyond a discussion about the lack of diversity in the creative industries, and become part of a movement to showcase and grow the visibility of creatives of color (COC) and LGBTQ+ creatives impacting Portland today.



©2019 We are HERE· Portland, Oregon.

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