Each student can apply for up to $500 a year to go on trips, in groups or alone; remote students can use the funds to come to Portland. To be eligible, students must organize at least one professional activity in the place they are traveling to (such as a lecture or workshop, etc.) and five cultural activities (interviewing people, visiting projects, going to lecture or performances, etc.) they will do; remote students coming to Portland just need to participate in regular Program activities like classes, workshops, Assembly, etc. Student travel proposals are submitted to the whole group— all students and faculty— and if anyone objects, the proposal can be discussed with the group. Feedback and suggestions can be offered individually. Upon return, the travel activities should be reported on as part of end of term presentations by all students who took part in Program-funded travel.
In the past, the full program has gone to the following places:
In 2019 the program visited San Francisco and the Bay Area. During the trip students and faculty met the curators of Suzanne Lacy’s retrospective at SFMoMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The program also met with curator Larry Rinder and artist David Wilson at the The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The program presented their work to artists in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, toured Creativity Explored and 2727 California Street artist-run space, and participated in discussions with local artists. Also in 2019 the program went on a trip to Seattle to visit with curators, granting organizations and directors at Seattle Public Libraries and Seattle Art Museum. The program also participated in an artist intensive led by program alum, Dillon de Give.
In June 2018 members of the program visited Vancouver, BC, where we met with curators, artists, students, teachers from across the city. The program participated in artist intensives with program alums Carmen Papalia and the collaborative duo Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling. Participants also toured artist-run spaces across the city, went on long walks, and attended a performance choreographed with students at Lord Strathcona Elementary School and choreographer Justine A. Chambers.
In June 2017 students in the program traveled to Germany to visit Berlin together. Together they collaborated on a one day exhibition (from concept to gathering materials to exhibition opening) with Institut für alles Mögliche, learned about Gabsquat through their facilitated interviews of us taking their roles, had a day of presentations with UDK Kunst im Kontext students, toured the Urban Gardening project Prinzessinnengärten and went to see exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
In January 2016 the program visited Mexico City. Students and faculty participated in a 2-day workshop intensive led by Pedro Reyes, watched a personal screening of Yoshua Okón’s newest work, discussed DIY publishing with Cráter Invertido, drank Mezcal with Paul Ramirez Jonas, exchanged critiques with students at SOMA, and toured a Leon Golub show with curators at Museo Tomayo.
In November 2015 the program traveled to Los Angeles. Participants presented the Reference Points series at MCASD, slept in Wagon Stations at AZ West, visited Allison Agsten at the Hammer Museum, met with Mark Allen at Machine Project, ate lunch at Chris Johanson’s studio, workshopped an idea with Miranda July, and engaged with Halprin scores at Fritz Haeg’s last public program at Sundown Dome.