Maker Day Field Trips

Registration for Maker Day Field Trips is available via our Conference Registration Form.


Portland is known across the U.S. as a leader in the maker movement, and is home to a vast network of artisans and entrepreneurs involved in this hyper-local and collaborative economy. A visit to Portland would be incomplete without a chance to tap into this community, and to explore its relationship to the theatre field. On Thursday morning, June 8th, between 9am and 12pm, join other Conference attendees on one of TCG's "Maker Day" Field Trips, offering opportunities to visit (and in some cases, try your hand at a little making yourself) a few select venues in the city.


See below for a description of each venue and tour. Can't choose? We have a three-stop-option available! You'll be able to visit ADX Portland, the Rose Festival's Float Barn, and Kennedy School all in one morning.


TCG will provide transportation, registration is available via our Conference registration form (don't worry, if you've already registered, you can revisit your registration at any time via your online account). In the meantime, read up on the Conference team's recent trip to some of these Portland maker spots.


Our Portland "Maker Day" is made possible in part by Audience (R)Evolution, a multiyear program designed by TCG and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to study, promote, and support successful audience-engagement and community-development strategies for the U.S. not-for-profit theatre field.




Michael Curry Studios

10am-12pm (bus departs the Hilton Portland at 9:30am)


From The Lion King, to Cirque du Soleil, to the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, Michael Curry has created some of the most iconic entertainment of the past 30 years. Michael has achieved an international reputation as a production designer specializing in transformational scenery, large-scale puppetry, costuming, and character design.


Michael surrounds himself with a core team of fifty artists and technicians at his studio just 30 minutes from downtown Portland. This specialized team provides a full spectrum of services, from concept development through to the final performance. Join Michael’s incredible team for a tour of the 55,000 foot production space, full rehearsal and performance training space, and dance floor with mirrors, theatrical lighting, and a fly rig. Plus, get some incredible up-close looks at works-in-progress!


ADX Portland

10am-12pm (bus departs the Hilton Portland at 9:30am)


ADX Portland is a hub for collaboration where individuals and organizations make and learn. Tour the organization’s 14,000-square foot facility, including the makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop, where high-profile designers work alongside students, retirees share their knowledge with novice builders, and entrepreneurs collaborate with hobbyists.


ADX was founded in 2011, and has since incubated over 100 businesses, helped 200 crowd-funded projects reach their goals, and provided a home-away-from-home for thousands of designers, builders, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and artists. What began as a D.I.Y, bootstrapped makerspace has quickly become a local hub for both artists and artisans, pioneering a new model for both education and the modern sharing economy.


Join ADX staff for a tour of the space, followed by a custom screen-printing workshop - you’ll go home with your own poster!


The Kennedy School

9:30am-11:00am (bus departs the Hilton Portland at 9:00am)


The Kennedy School is a renovated elementary school turned into unique hotel. McMenamins, the school’s parent organization, has created neighborhood gathering spots throughout Oregon and Washington since 1983. McMenamins sites handcraft their own beer, wine, cider, spirits and coffee and offer an eclectic mix of pubs, historic hotels, movie theaters, concert venues, spas, and events. At Kennedy School you'll find 57 comfy guestrooms with private baths and telephones (some fashioned from former classrooms complete with original chalkboards and cloakrooms – others with an author's theme), a restaurant, multiple small bars, a movie theater, soaking pool, gift shop and a brewery (just wait until the principal hears about this!). Extensive original artwork and historical photographs cover the walls, ceilings, doorways and hallways.


Join Kennedy School staff for a tour of the school, a trip into its historic legacy, and a late morning beer tasting (must be 21+ to register).


Rose Festival Float Barn "Voluntour"

10:30am-12pm (bus departs Hilton Portland at 10am)


Visionary city leaders started The Rose Festival during the first decade of the 20th Century to put Portland on the map and brand it “the summer capital of the world.” Little did they know that more than a hundred summers later the Rose Festival would be world-famous – both for its remarkable, award-winning events and as a leader in celebrating community values like volunteerism, patriotism and environmentalism.


The Grand Floral Parade is a highlight of the Rose Festival, and a beloved annual tradition. A colorful reflection of local, regional and international communities, the parade draws hundreds of thousands of cheering viewers of every age, along a 4.2 mile route that winds through city streets and across the river.


This year’s parade is on Saturday, June 10th. Just two days before the parade, TCG attendees are invited to head over to the Rose Festival’s float barn for a tour of the facility and a sneak peek at the majestic, fully floral float lineup. On this “Voluntour” you’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to some of the decorative finishing touches! Attendees must be 14 or older to register for this tour.



Ready to register? Click here for the Conference registration form.


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