POWER UP: They Come From Fire

January 21, 2023 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Celebrate LGBTQ2SIA+ youth and allies at the Portland Art Museum! Meet new people. Immerse yourself in powerful art by Jeffrey Gibson and other queer artists. Join a drag workshop with Carla Rossi. Speak your truth at the open mic. Make art, make friends, and have fun!

Middle school, high school, and college-age are all welcome. GSA/QSA advisors and teachers are welcome, too.

Admission is FREE! Refreshments provided.

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POWER UP Program

Welcome and Information
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Hoffman Lobby Entrance, near the gift shop

Art-Making: Gender Euphoria Self-Portraits, Zines, Buttons, and more!
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Kinney and Stevens Rooms, Lower Level

Welcome to Clown Town: A Drag Workshop with Carla Rossi
2 – 3 p.m.
Stevens Room, Lower Level

A Conversation with Artist Jeffrey Gibson
3 – 3:30 p.m.
Stevens Room, Lower Level

Open Mic with MC TW
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Isaka Shamsud-Din: Rock of Ages exhibition
Main Building, Floor 3

Do you want to do more? Join Aviva McClure and Emily Squires to collectively make a rad queer art zine! Come make a new friend, have a snack, experience some powerful art, and get your voice heard in person and on paper. All materials are provided and no previous art experience is necessary. We’ll use the zine as a way to connect with each other while making it AND it will be featured at the actual POWER UP event on January 21st.

POWER UP Zine Workshops

Saturdays, January 7 and 14 at 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Kinney Room, Lower Level

Come to one or both workshops. Admission is FREE! Contact Hana (hana.layson@pam.org) to let us know you’re coming.

These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by the Bank of America Foundation.

All-gender restrooms are located in the first-floor gift shop and on the fourth floor of the main museum building.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Jeffrey Gibson, They Come From Fire (detail), 2022, site-specific installation, Portland Art Museum. Photo courtesy of Bullseye Glass Co.
Jeffrey Gibson, They Come From Fire (detail), 2022, site-specific installation, Portland Art Museum. Photo courtesy of Bullseye Glass Co.