Pacific Northwest College of Art Launches Partnership with Portland Community Media

June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016
Contact: Lisa Radon

Pacific Northwest College of Art Launches Partnership with Portland Community Media

Portland, OR—June 14, 2016—Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Portland Community Media, launching with the broadcast of a lecture by visiting artist David Horvitz on June 15, 2016. This partnership will make programs available to the public through Portland Community Media.

The partnership equips PNCA’s Shipley/Collins Mediatheque, a flexible, 130-seat theater, to record broadcast-quality footage for broadcast on Portland Community Media of performances and lectures by students and faculty as well as visiting artists and performers. Highlights will include Pacific Vortex, an ongoing experimental video and sound series featuring artists from around the country and the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Visiting Artist Lecture Series which has recently included talks by artists including Whitney Biennial curator Michelle Grabner.

PNCA alumnus Daniel Mackin Freeman '14, who currently serves PNCA as Client Systems Technician, worked with Professor Stephen Slappe, lead faculty of PNCA’s Video and Sound program, and Portland Community Media’s Justen Harn and Mark Ruskamp to initiate the partnership.

This is the latest in a string of initiatives by which PNCA faculty and staff extend the work done at the college into the community. Since graduating from PNCA, Mackin Freeman has worked on several community projects including BCCTV, a program to help clients of Bud Clark Commons to tell their stories. Bud Clark Commons, located across NW Broadway from PNCA is a resource for those who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness. And students in Professor Linda Kliewer’s Off Site Projects class recently worked with clients at Transition Projects in the Bud Clark Commons Day Center to create bright murals on some of the doors in the Day Center.

At the same time PNCA hosts events and projects by local organizations including the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Right Brain Initiative, Portland Art Dealers Association, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and national organizations including the AIGA and the SGC International print conference.

Current PNCA students will be trained in video production for broadcast and will be invited to create original programming for Portland Community Media. Professor Slappe will be integrating training and use of the new equipment into the Video and Sound curriculum.

About Portland Community Media
Portland Community Media (PCM) is a nonprofit, public benefit organization dedicated to promoting local, non-commercial media developed and produced in the community, by the community and for the community. Since 1981, PCM has provided equipment and training courses for individuals and organizations to utilize cablecast and other forms of media distribution as a means of communication, civic involvement, artistic and cultural expression and community development. PCM broadcasts locally produced television programming on six channels: Community Access Network (CAN 11), Independent Television Network (ITN 22 and ITN 23), Pulse of Portland (POP 29) and CityNet 30. Portland Community Media’s multimedia education program provides training, tools, and support that enable community members to conceive and create digital media, produce programs for public access distribution, and to examine media critically. The program serves community members, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies and businesses, with access to cable channels at no cost.

About Pacific Northwest College of Art
As the Northwest’s premier college of art and design since 1909, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. Today PNCA is a dynamic platform for 21st century art and design education at its new campus in the heart of downtown Portland. PNCA offers four BFA programs with 10 concentrations, six graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program.