Gather: Make: Shelter is a citywide creative collaboration shepherded by artist Dana Lynn Louis to create a new model of engagement and connection between people experiencing homelessness and those more fortunate in Portland Oregon. The project bridges art making, skill building and philanthropy through direct humanitarian engagement within our community over the course of 8 months.
Gather: We will gather, make art, food and break bread to create collaborative fundraisers in the form of community gatherings to share the riches of our labor that ultimately houses families in need this fall.
Make: Hundreds of people are involved. Ceramic artists are making bowls to contribute to painting workshops for participants currently experiencing homelessness to paint. The workshops encourage creativity, mindfulness and entrepreneurial skill building. People experiencing homelessness receive a stipend to participate.
Shelter: The project began in February 2018 and will be completed in September 2018. Gather:Make :Shelter culminates in engaging public gatherings to celebrate all participants, sponsors, and volunteers as well as highlight practical considerations from community liaisons that may help build bridges between diverse communities. The hand-painted bowls made at workshops will be sold and food will be provided. We will contribute our proceeds to house fellow citizens.
Hundreds of people are involved and more joining to Gather:Make:Shelter daily!
The G:M:S Project is sponsored and funded by the Charitable Partnership Fund, a 501(c)(3), publicly supported, charitable organization.
Partnerships (as of April 2018)
Central City Concern . Mentor Program · Imani center · Living room. Ledding Owens. Human Solutions · P:ear · Janus Youth · Street Roots · Rose Haven · New Avenues for Youth · Maybelle Center · The Hiv Day Center Ecumenical Ministries Oregon College of Art and Craft · Portland Community Colleges · Pacific Northwest College Of Art · MT.Hood Community College · Lincoln High · Grant High · 40 independent potters and collectives · Georgies Ceramic Supply · Grand Central Baking · Sizzle Pie · Blick Art Supply · Urban Gleaners