AIA Oregon is partnering with Bend Design a 3+ day event exploring how creative thinking can shape our shared future in beautiful Bend, Oregon. Bend Design gathers the people, inspiration, and tools we need to shape it together. Every October, we convene creative thinkers from a diverse range of practices and professions for talks, shows, workshops, screenings, and problem-solving sessions. And let’s not forget the parties, meetups, and dinner conversations. Bend Design’s intimate, welcoming atmosphere enables the leaders of tomorrow to engage with the exceptional, experienced creatives of today. Our participants make new connections, collaborate on new projects, and learn new skills. Together we explore how creative thinking and practices can lift up our lives, our communities, and the wider world.
Here is an overview of what to expect this year:
WEDNESDAY: October 23, 2019
We’re kicking off Bend Design with a screening of Obey Giant: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey. Meet & mingle with the local Bend community in this free event, co-presented by BendFilm.
THURSDAY: October 24, 2019
Thought-provoking, in-depth talks from Debbie Millman, Martin Venezky, Tré Seals, Liz Jackson, Peter Burr, and more—a full slate of creative luminaries and visionaries. At the Tower Theatre, all day, with emcee Jason Graham/MOWO. Here is a look at our speakers.
Architect, Artist, Activist | Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
Architect Deanna Van Buren is co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, an Oakland-based nonprofit architecture and real estate development firm working with nonprofit, government, and community partners to develop the infrastructure to end mass incarceration through the support of diversion and reentry. She was recently awarded the Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant.
FRIDAY: October 25, 2019
Break out for workshops, meet-ups, film screenings, and collaborations in venues around downtown Bend. New public art funding models? Making zines? Changing real people’s real lives through the built environment? Crash course in type design? It’s all here.
SATURDAY: October 26, 2019
Design for Good in this special session. In our Design Equity Tournament Workshop, Bend Design participants bring their branding and design chops to help a Central Oregon nonprofit serving historically marginalized communities.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a special $25 discount code for AIA Oregon Members.