First Friday Reception: March 5th, 6-9pm
Throughout the city of Portland, billboards designed by teenagers will be replacing advertisements with messages of tolerance. This project is titled “Create! Don’t Hate” and gives students the opportunity to work with design professionals to create meaningful communication in their neighborhoods.
Create! Don’t Hate. is a Design Ignites Change Youth Mentoring Initiative built around the theme of tolerance. The six-week, self-guided program has been created to empower youth in underserved communities with a real-world experience using design thinking to communicate their ideas, exhibit their potential and take action in their communities.
Design Ignites Change partnered with Michael Etter of re:active to bring together mentors and students from across the Portland area. Project partners include re:active, AIGA Portland, Caldera Arts, p:ear, and Open Meadow as well as local design groups: The Cary Design Group, Makelike, Nike, Plazm, Pop Art & Obsessive Consumption.
This show is a benefit for re:active magazine and proceeds will go toward printing the billboards.
re:active is an after school, design-education program for youth ages 15-19 located in Portland. Their mission is to inspire youth voices and connect them to career possibilities in the creative fields. reactivemagazine.com
Pushdot studio is proud to exhibit prints of the tolerance billboards created by the Portland designer/student collaboration.