Friends of OCAC is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and promoting the widespread Oregon College of Art and Craft community.
Since its 1907 origin as the Arts & Crafts Society of Portland, the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) has understood the power of connecting community and craft. Growing from a community group of artisans across the region holding classes at assorted homes and galleries, to an accredited institution with a gorgeous campus nestled in the woods of Portland’s west hills, OCAC has thrived through its celebration of craft as a social undertaking.
The Portland Spirit
Since its time as a regional leader in the Arts & Crafts movement of the 1900s, the city of Portland has become famous at home and abroad for its creative spirit. From its many public arts projects and artful city planning, to its celebration of local luminaries including author Ursula K. Le Guin and Calligrapher Laureate Lloyd Reynolds, to its pride in its makers and the phrase “Portland Made,” OCAC could have no better home.
Throughout its century-long history, OCAC has profoundly impacted the Portland region and continues to play a major role in shaping, refining, supporting, and promoting countless artists and craftspeople. It has maintained close cooperative relationships with its fellow historic Portland institutions Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and the Portland Art Museum to further the growth of craft in the region, and supported diverse local organizations including Timberline Lodge and Gather: Make : Shelter. True to the Portland spirit, OCAC has been a national trailblazer in the arts, with programs including the only pre-college art program for Native American teens in the United States and the first-of-its-kind MFA in Craft.
Paying it forward
As students, teachers, artists, makers, and community members, the Friends of OCAC have benefited in innumerable ways from their connections with the Oregon College of Art and Craft community. Friends of OCAC aims to share the importance of this historic and celebrated institution with a new generation of Portlanders through events and projects designed to connect, support, and grow the widespread OCAC community.
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