Some Much Needed Inspiration

April 01, 2020

Blue and white poster reading need some inspiration?

The staff and faculty of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA have curated a list of creative resources for staying inspired and connected during these challenging times. Stay home, stay safe and take care of yourselves and each other!

Let's get inspired together.

  • SXSW Shorts! Although this independent film festival was canceled, you can still enjoy shorts ranging from documentary, animated, midnight, narrative, and more!

  • Need some experimental art in your life? Low-Res Alumni Nicole Baker (MFA 19), is running a live-streaming experimental film and video program airing on twitch every Saturday at 7pm PDT (available on VOD for the following week after). Go to to join in!

  • From our friends at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) you can now watch Whispering Pines 10, from TBA:11! This is a soap opera about solitude indoors, so it’s pretty fitting...

  • The Portland Art Museum’s Poster Project highlight this week features Rock of Ages, Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din’s portrait of his father, from current special exhibition Isaka Shamsud-Din: Rock of Ages.
    • Download poster
    • Download lessons and activities related to the Poster Project
    • View the work in Online Collections

  • Virtually visit gallery row in NYC via the newly launched PLATFORM: New York. You can also view International Print Center’s virtual tour of their current exhibition Homebody!

  • Craft in America! Spend some time on PBS’s thoughtful and thorough exploration of craft.

  • Emergence Magazine’s online community is hosting a wide variety of free content, including a webinar on April 30 with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom , Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

  • AIGA is hosting a conversation with Giorgia Lupi, Partner at Pentagram, as she talks about her work in data driven design and data humanism, and reflects about this moment in time and what it means for design moving forward. April 9. Register here