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In A Nutshell

We’re a nonprofit community of artists and thinkers organizing education in the arts and humanities.

Our Mission

  • engage your creativity and critical thought
  • develop your artistic technique
  • increase your knowledge
  • aid your career in the arts or humanities
  • prepare you for further education, if sought
  • unite meaningful connections
  • save you money

How it Works

The People’s Colloquium offers workshops, critique groups, discussion groups, classes, and community events. To find out more, view our offerings.

Everyone’s invited to participate in the offerings they wish with a frequency that compliments their schedules. Being community-driven, we welcome committed participants to help organize The People's Colloquium. You can read more here.

Our offerings are free, though everyone is welcome to support The People’s Colloquium's mission and activities through donationswe appreciate those who can help!

The Colloquium provides scheduling, logistics, facilitation, and the maintenance of electronic and real-time spaces. The People, such as yourself, provide knowledge, perspective, and connection in the form of peers, mentors, and teachers.

We're united by a desire to learn deeply.

Ready to get started?

Navigating the People's Colloquium


A Colloquium is an academic conference or seminar. We use it in the colloquial (ha) sense of “getting people together and getting them talking.”

It’s pronounced: Ka-low-quee-um.

We believe the arts and humanities represent traditions of inestimable value, embodying humanity’s collective search for expression and meaning. In our time and place, the cost of education in the arts and humanities is growing, especially at the university level, and this is creating problems for many. We believe there should be alternatives ways to practice the arts and study within the humanities—which is what The People’s Colloquium aspires to offer.
Everyone’s welcome to join The People’s Colloquium. We’re especially eager to include those who take their studies and artistry seriously, and who can make a regular commitment to attendance in our educational offerings. It’s our goal to create an intellectual environment with a high standard of preparation, engagement, and accountability that's open to everyone in the Portland area.
Participants have a lot of control over how active they are, and thus, how much time they spend each week preparing for and attending The People’s Colloquium. For our workshops, participants are expected to attend either weekly or every-other-week. For our discussions, while we still encourage regular attendance, participants are welcome to drop-in on those discussions that are most relevant to their interests or those that work best for their schedules. Our classes run for between 1-10 classroom hours, and meet every-other-week. All offerings require a certain amount of work in advance, whether it be reviewing/reading prior to a critique, or reading the syllabus and materials prior to a discussion. The exception is our social events; for these you can just show up and enjoy the company of your peers at the colloquium.
Right now they take place in the inner east-side of Portland on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, and some Fridays.
We take several factors into account when building weekly groups: creative and intellectual interest, requests, scheduling preferences, education and experience, and personal dynamics.
Follow us on Facebook where you will find a virtual gallery of art and philosophy, and take part in the discussion!
Check out who we are for information about our cooperative nonprofit structure and open volunteer positions.
Go here. But don’t just donate—join us for a workshop or discussion soon. 😉