Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Need a place to celebrate? Rent p:ear!

It's almost time to get out the punch bowl, mistletoe and horrible reindeer sweaters for the annual holiday parties. If you're looking for a place to hold an event, meeting or party, p:ear offers nearly 3000 square feet that can hold 220 people. Each area has WiFi access, separate restrooms, and entry/exits. Click on the flyer above or contact Pippa ( for rates and details!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The kindness of others

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. - Seneca, Roman philosopher and statesmen
This past week, p:ear has been the recipient of some kind gestures this week. Executive Director Beth Burns took a morning trip out Beaverton to receive a $5,000 grant from Safeway employees on behalf of p:ear. Store Manager Dave Dominick and a group of Safeway employees presented the (giant) check to Beth. You can tell she's pretty excited. Our other gift was a bit quieter and a surprise; we received a card in mail with the following text:
Dear p:ear -
I found this cash while I was walking my dog. I know you will use to help kids in need.
Thanks for all you do!
- A fan
Enclosed were two $50 bills. To the Ellsworth Kelly fan - your quiet and and kind gesture is inspiring. Thank you so very much. With gratitude, the p:ear staff

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New exhibit at p:ear starting October 7th: Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art with p:ear youth artists

The Trim/Vojdani Gallery at p:ear presents: Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art with p:ear youth artists Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7th, 6-9pm On Display: October 7th – October 29th, 2010 Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10-2pm: or by appointment Gallery Location: 338 NW 6th St. Portland, OR 97209 Corner of 6th & NW Flanders OWCA @ p;ear, explores opportunities through the styles and movements of color and line. Ranging in mediums, the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art provides insight into their commitments including education and respect to individuals, breathing life into their story told pieces. From minimal cohesive color collaborations to detailed strokes of light, come enjoy food, music, and art! The Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support women in the visual art professions, and to create community through art, education, and social activism. Learn more by going to

Monday, September 20, 2010

p:ear barista school raises $5000 with Brunch Responsibly!

Pippa's pretty happy to see everyone at Brunch Responsibly!


Nearly 80 guests turned out to experience Sunday brunch in support of the p:ear barista school. Broder's Peter Bro poured his famous Bloody Mary's with aquavit (a strong Scandinavian liquor that will put some hair on your chest!) while Caffe Vita's Chad Freilino and p:ear barista school graduate Jutebox mixed coffee drinks for guests while they waited for Jason French's first course to come out.


Tahoe Jackson gave a rousing vocal performance and guests help raise nearly $5,000 to use as the p:ear barista school's fall operations.


We are so grateful to Chad Freilino and Caffe Vita for all their support and hard work. And a big thanks to Jason French, Tahoe Jackson, Peter Bro, Whole Foods, Medowsweet, Small Vineyards and Colleen Sorenson for their time and generosity in making this event happen.


The coffee cart is now open for business, Monday through Friday from 7 am until noon, and is located in the Trim/Vojdani gallery next to p:ear on NW Flanders. Stop by for a cup!

Friday, September 17, 2010

There's still time to "Brunch Responsibly" Sept. 19th!

There are still seats available for "Brunch Responsibly," this Sunday September 19th. In addition to the fabulous four-course brunch, cocktails and coffee, Tahoe Jackson "Lady of Soul," will be setting the mood with a live performance. Eater PDX just called "Brunch Responsibly" the "hot ticket item" for this Sunday. To RSVP email or See you Sunday!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Imagine every thing you owned fitting in a backpack...

Your support makes a tremendous difference in the lives of these kids. Support p:ear and our fall campaign p:ear seeds with a donation to help us continue our creative and innovative work with homeless and transitional youth.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Brunch Responsibly

Brunch Responsibly

SUNDAY, Sept 19th 

at p:ear (NW 6th and Flanders)
Espresso bar at 9am, brunch at 10am.
$40/seat includes drinks. 

All proceeds will be donated to p:ear barista school.
We're celebrating the Grand Opening of p:ear barista school with an extraordinary brunch in conjunction with Whole Foods, House Spirits, Small Vineyards, Medosweet Farms, Broder and Tahoe Jackson.

"Brunch Responsibly" is a four-course meal created by Jason French (Ned Ludd) and provided by Whole Foods to entice your taste buds while you celebrate the grand opening of p:ear barista school. Booze by Broder, House Spirits and Smal
l Vineyards. Featuring music by Tahoe Jackson. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Our unique approach creates a climate of hope and optimism built on stable, positive relationships between adults and youth. Volunteers are the keystone at p:ear. Volunteers provide the much needed support to the program and the positive relationships that homeless youth lack. p:ear offers a variety of volunteer opportunities:

Level I
Includes activities as diverse as picking up meals to serving on a committee (marketing and development, food co-ordination, events planning, etc.), to "work parties" designed to support First Thursday events or improve the facility.

Level II
Works a specific project for a specified time, i.e., artistic workshops, hosting and tour guides for a First Thursday exhibition, supporting staff during an off-site cultural or recreation event.

Level III
Works directly with youth on a weekly basis providing mentorship, tutoring, meal handling, participating in daily activities.
Volunteers are asked to submit a formal application, and attend the appropriate training for the level of volunteering they are applying for. Trainings are from one to 15 hours and costs range from nothing to $26 for fingerprinting and a food handlers card. Because working with this population is challenging, we have a minimum age requirement of 25.
It's our hope that if you decide to volunteer at p:ear that your experience will be as rich and rewarding for you as it will be for the program and the youth we serve.

If you are interested in becoming a p:ear volunteer, please download this p:ear Volunteer Application.

To Volunteer:
Joy Cartier -- 503-228-6677 or

Immediate Needs List

  • Gift certificates to Rite-Aid, Whole Foods, Fred Meyer and True Value Hardware (to meet daily needs from milk to first-aid supplies to light bulbs!)
  • First aid supplies/kits
  • Bus tickets (given to youth for travel home, hospital, job-site, treatment or recovery groups)
  • Food – donation of meal or supplementary fruit, juice, dairy items on weekly/monthly basis

  • Gift certificates to Office Depot and Powell's Books
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Calculators, rulers, pens, compasses, etc.
  • Financial scholarships for further education, and/or financial support for school supplies and housing for students in school

  • Gift certificates to Michael’s, Art Media or Utrecht
  • Water-based painting supplies
  • Acrylic pints
  • Inks/watercolors
  • Brushes
  • Gesso
  • Canvas and frames
  • Craft supplies
  • Beading supplies
  • Sewing supplies
  • Scissors, glues, glitters
  • Papers
  • Markers and gel pens
  • 35mm film
  • Camera bodies and lenses
  • $100 sponsorship of a First Thursday Art Opening at p:ear gallery
  • Tickets to cultural outing
  • B + W photo paper

  • Tickets to sports events
  • Quality new or barely used recreational equipment or clothing
  • New men’s socks
  • Black Large Hoodies
  • Quality new or barely used recreational equipment / clothing
  • $500 sponsorship towards ‘camp p:ear’, ‘winter camp’ and other recreational outings

  • Gift certificate to Boxer’s and/or other kitchen supply store
  • Fruit
  • Produce, from the Farmer's Market, the store, or your backyard!
  • Fresh milk and dairy products
  • Gift certificate to organic food stores and/or local farmer’s markets
  • Quality cookware and utensils

  • Quality instruments