Welcome to Art Spark!

A free quarterly networking event meant to connect local artists,
organizations, and creators in the Portland Community.

What’s Happening:

Join us for our next Art Spark event February 26th from 6pm-9pm.


The first Art Spark of 2018 is here! Join us for another evening of education and celebration as we share space with Orí Gallery, UNA Gallery, and Portland Open Studios (celebrating their 20 year anniversary!). The evening will include a 30-minute community discussion and panel. Our Community Partners (and guests) will investigate the barriers and best practices for artists responding to open calls. They will share the work they are doing to address equity, inclusion, and diversity in the Portland art scene. Artist Performances (TBA), music by VNPRT, raffle prizes, food, drinks & more.

This event is free and open to the entire community. A cash bar is available, with Lagunitas generously donating proceeds among the three Community Partners: UNA Gallery, Orí Gallery, and Portland Open Studios. More information on upcoming and past events on portlandartspark.org


Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway St


UNA Gallery – UNA Gallery is a contemporary art space dedicated to highlighting the work of POC, Queer, Femme and Gender Non-Conforming artists. We aim to offer a consistent and constructive platform for the collaborative and solo efforts of non-established and experimental artists.

Orí Gallery– Ori Gallery is the brain child of the creative duo Maya Vivas & Leila Haile. Together they seek to reclaim and redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.

Portland Open Studios – Portland Open Studios creates a unique educational opportunity for the public to witness art in the making, and learn about media, materials and the business of creative endeavor. Through this interaction, Portland Open Studios creates a platform for local artists to thrive, engage and fosters a community that values the arts.


Past Events

Art Spark is now going on its 9th year connecting creatives in the city of Portland. Check out our most recent events.

Photos by Miss Lopez Media

Ways to Connect with Us

Attend an event

Art Spark is a quarterly event hosted in rotating locations throughout the city of Portland. Our mission is to connect local artists, organizations, and creators to exchange resources and hold space for creative community. Art Sparks falls within the last 2 weeks of January, April, July, and October. Join our mailing list to stay up to date on upcoming Art Spark events. 

Featured Artist

We aim to feature 2-4 artists per event. Artists have the opportunity to share their writing, spoken word, dance, or other performance, although we remain open to sharing a range of art forms contingent on the venue. If you are interested in becoming a featured artist please email emarra-ketelaar@racc.org.


Community Partner and Featured Organizations

Community Partners and Featured Organizations are an important aspect of Art Spark programming. Each event features 3-4 Community Partners and 2-3 Featured Organizations. Community Partners and Featured Organizations act as a conductor to networking and may be reliant on the theme of the event. Community Partners are asked to provide a brief speaking component as well as the opportunity to table and provide information to the public. Featured Organizations are not required to provide a speaking component. 


We are always looking for new venues for Art Spark. You must have sufficient space to host 100-150 people comfortably and welcome all ages during the time of the event, usually before 8 PM. Please contact emarra-ketelaar@racc.org if you are interested in providing a venue for an upcoming Art Spark


Join Art Spark to recieve information on partners and event announcements!

411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97209-3356