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The City of Portland, Oregon

Archives & Records Management

Office of the City Auditor

phone: 503-865-4100


1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550, Portland, OR 97201

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Making art out of history

View of two men standing over a miniature street intersection showing how two cars collidedThe Portland Archives & Records Center invites you to celebrate Archives Month with us by making art!  Archives Month happens every October and is a time to celebrate the work that archivists do and the historical collections they manage. 

What it is:

We’ve got the photos; you have the imagination. We want you to create something new out of something old, and we encourage you to have some fun with it.  There are 10 historical photos to work with and you can use as many of the images as you want into your art.

View of 4 men and 3 women in hard hats in a sewer tunnel smiling at the cameraHow it works:

Anyone can participate, including students. To start your artwork, you choose from 10 preselected photos from our historical collections (available in Efiles)  The work can be almost* anything - redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, creative writing, memes, or other creative interventions. Its art, so get creative! Each person can submit up to 3 works based on those pre-selected images.

A panel of local judges will select winners based on creativity and originality of the entry. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both adults and youth categories. There is also a People’s Choice award.

Go to the submission page for more details and a link to the pre-selected images.

View of piles of buidlign materials and workers with shovels.Timing

Contest Opens – Monday, September 16th (8 AM)

Contest Closes – Tuesday, October 15th (5PM)

Judging – Wednesday, October 16th to October, Wednesday October 30th

Results Announced – Thursday, October 31st


Special Thanks!

Thank you to the Virginia Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference for coming up with this idea and allowing us to take it and run our own contest!!


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