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Over the past 8 months, Gather:Make:Shelter has been collaborating city-wide with local potters and people experiencing homelessness to create 500+ hand-painted bowls. These unique bowls will be available for sale at our community celebration September 23rd at Pioneer Courthouse Square, noon- 4.  Proceeds will be contributed to get people into housing.


Gather: Make: Shelter Event To Sell 500+ Handmade Bowls for Fundraiser to Get People Into Housing


PORTLAND, Ore, September :Gather: Make: Shelter is a citywide creative collaboration which connects people experiencing homelessness and those more fortunate. The  project bridges art making, skill building and philanthropy through direct humanitarian engagement within our community over the course of 8 months, culminating in a public event to be held on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 12-4pm. Money raised at our public event will be given to local organizations who support urgent housing needs for the upcoming winter. For more info, visit


The September event will showcase bowls from 60 workshops  led by artist Dana Lynn Louis. These bowls were made by area potters, and hand-painted by people currently experiencing homelessness. All participants received a stipend for their participation. Amalie Roberts & Victory Project PDX , and Sisters of the Road are preparing food to be served at the September event. Entertainment includes: poetry readings by StreetRoots Vendors, and music from: The Karen Lovely Band, Edna Vasquez, and The Maybelle Choir!


Gather: Make: Shelter was conceived of, and organized by local artist Dana Lynn Louis, who has created many major regional public art works. Her travels in West Africa helped result in the construction of  a cultural center, and other forms of aid for Mali residents as well as art collaborations with a women’s collective in Senegal. Echoing her work from abroad, Gather: Make: Shelter is a response to the current housing crisis in Portland. 


Gather: Make: Shelter has the generous support of the Charitable Partnership Fund, a 501(c)(3), publicly supported, charitable organization. Other supporters include: Central City Concern, Imani Center, Estate Hotel Mentor Program, Living Room, Letting Owings, P:ear, Janus Youth, Street Roots, Rose Haven, New Avenues for Youth, Maybelle Center, Right To Survive, HIV Day Center Ecumenical Ministries, Human Solutions ,Oregon College of Art and Craft, Ash Street Studios, Pacific Northwest College Of Art, Mt. Hood Community College, Grant High School, Converge 45, Vibrant Table Group, Georgie’s Ceramic Supply, Amalie Roberts & Victory Project PDX, Grand Central Baking, Sizzle Pie, Blick Art Supply, Urban Gleaners, Cumbersome Multiples, as well as 40 independent potters and collectives.