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Every year, the Portland State University Art and Social Practice (A+SP) MFA Program cohort endeavors to create a “conference” that presents socially engaged art and offers a forum for discussion around the field of Social Practice.* Starting in 2014, Assembly has provided students with a chance to create multiday gatherings full of participatory events, discussions, and presentations in various sites across Portland. However, Assembly has seen some major changes due to the ongoing pandemic. With that being said, it’s our honor to WELCOME YOU TO THE FIRST IN-PERSON ASSEMBLY SINCE 2019! Assembly is extra special this year, not only because we finally get to do it together in-person, but also because for the first time, it takes place entirely at The Dr Martin Luther King Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA). KSMoCA is a contemporary art museum and social practice art project inside and in partnership with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, a Pre K- 5th grade public school in NE Portland, OR. Founded in 2014 by Portland State University professors Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher, KSMoCA connects public school students with internationally renowned contemporary artists through collaborative workshops, exhibitions, artists lectures and site-specific commissions. Working within our own practices and having the opportunity to collaborate with the students of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr School this year has been memorable and inspiring. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!

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Portland, OR


Portland, OR

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Assembly 2022