JR’s Inside Out Project PDX

On Saturday, November 30th, 2013 a group of community members transformed the wall of K+F Coffee Roasters (alongside the train tracks of inner SE in the Brooklyn neighborhood) into a people’s public art gallery. PSAA helped install and document the wheatpasted mural. One Grand, a contemporary art and design gallery in Portland, organized the city’s first JR Inside Out Project, with the theme of “Keep Portland Weird.” The Inside Out project involves an organizer choosing a theme, proposing the project to JR, taking photos of local community members based on that theme, sending those images to JR who prints them out and sends them back, and then the community comes together again to paste the portraits in public spaces around the city, creating massive collages that literally put a human face on our urban environment. This is global art project has been carried out by citizens of hundreds of cities across the planet. We see this as a great way to involve the larger community in the production of street art, helping to teach people about the process and demystify some of the misconceptions about street art is an illicit and illusive activity. This project shows that anyone can impact their environment and get involved with public space interventions.


Time-lapse of the Inside Out Installation

Read more about the Inside Out Project here.

Visit One Grand Gallery’s website here.

PSAA on KBOO Radio

On August 20th, PSAA director Tiffany Conklin was interviewed by Talk Radio’s Lisa Loving, about Portland’s restrictive mural laws and an incident that happened when a visiting nationally-known street artist is confronted by Portland’s graffiti task force police while painting an owner-approved mural. Listener call-in’s from The Lost Cause and Tomas Valladares too!

Listen Here

On May 22nd, 2013, PSAA co-founders Tomas Valladares and Tiffany Conklin, along with local mural artist and creative space activist N.O. Bonzo, are interviewed by KBOO’s Kathleen Stephenson about promoting creative interventions in public spaces and current graffiti management approaches in Portland, Oregon.

Listen Here

Lost Cause + Jon Stommel

Music Millennium Mural

Completed May 2013.

Mural - Final PSAA

The owner liked it so much, he wants to expand this mural to the rest of the back of the Music Millennium building. Stay tuned for a video documenting the mural painting process and a new Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to expand the mural! Learn more about the mural here.

Mural Kickstarter Video from TVwithcheese on Vimeo.

Portland Free Space

PSAA is working with City Repair and the Portland Department of Transportation to plan for and permit this structure. We will be applying for community grants, running a Kickstarter funding campaign, and asking local businesses to donate materials. If you have any resources available that could help support this community project, please contact us! 

Portland Free Space will be a designated place for free public expression; where people can share their art and ideas with others. This project was inspired by the (de)Appropriation Wall in San Francisco. The Free Space wall will host wheat-pasted paper art. Wheatpaste is a biodegradable liquid adhesive made from flour and water, making it non-permanent and non-toxic. Wheatpaste is a common medium used by street artists. A ‘Designated Paste Zone’ sign will be posted, asking people to only use wheatpaste and no other mediums. PSAA will monitor the structure and promptly remove any offensive material. An archival website will document and share the creativity that springs forth from this wall with local residents and global communities.


Free Space will be an 8ft x 10ft structure, with a brick base and wooden frame, coated with cob material (sand, clay, and straw mix), and inlaid with mosaic designs. At the center, two layers of plywood will make up the canvases on which art is pasted on both sides of the structure. A book exchange mailbox and a free stuff box will also be incorporated into the structure, providing the community with a convenient way to share and recycle items. Flower basins and a green roof will help blend the structure into the natural surroundings.

Free Space will be located in Sunnyside Piazza, near the historic Belmont business district. Since 2001, neighbors have converted this intersection into a lively community gathering place. This will be an exciting new addition to the existing neighborhood features (a cob message board, a mosaic retaining wall and solar fountain, and a community message board).  Free Space will be a platform where street artists can display their art and a venue where the community gathers to view fresh new art and ideas every day, for free.


With the help of Kohel Haver and the support of Commissioner Nick Fish, PSAA is submitting a proposal to Portland Parks & Recreation to adopt a new public art program called parkART, where rotating public art murals are painted on racquetball walls. New mural debuts would coincide with Portland’s First Friday artwalk events. PSAA wants to gather data on the effectiveness of ‘programmed walls’ as an approach to graffiti-management and community-building.

20130311 Art Park Wall photo (3)

Koi Fish Mosaic

Years after this neighborhood mosaic was taken down to make repairs, this wall remains blank. Working collaboratively with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, neighborhood residents, and the City of Portland, PSAA is helping to get this mosaic back up.


Utility Art-Boxes

Many cities use their utility boxes as canvases, displaying colorful and interesting artworks. PSAA is working with RACC, advocating for a new program where local and visiting artists paint utility boxes around the city.



AIGA Exploregon Zine

Zine to be printed soon!


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