Gather: Make: Shelter

$12,460 of $75,950 goal

Raised by 80 people in 1 month
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. 

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.

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.

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 (several locations)  ·  Imani center  ·  Puentes  ·  P:ear  ·  Janus Youth  ·  Street Roots  ·  Rose Haven  ·  New Avenues for Youth  · Portland Homeless Family Solutions  · 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
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Gather:Make:Shelter received $6800 from the Converge 45 fundraiser! With Gratitude to the whole team that made this happen, Love the GatherMakeShelter crew.
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Gather:Make:Shelter diary# 5

Last week a man came up to me before class, introduced himself and told me he heard about the project and asked if he could participate. I thought he wanted to paint and he told me this……
“I used to live behind that dumpster over there and I got clean, and now I have a job and a place to live and I get paid on Friday and I want to give you money” we made plans to meet.
So far I have taught 10 (of 60) workshops and 100 people experiencing homelessness have gathered and made stunning paintings on pottery donated by a lovely army of Portland potters.
Each person who paints a pot gets a $20 stipend. Please pass this on! LOVE in action !

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$12,460 of $75,950 goal

Raised by 80 people in 1 month
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