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Scalehouse shapes our shared future through creativity, collaboration, & conversation.

We believe that our future presents complex challenges and opportunities, not just benefiting from creativity but requiring it. Throughout the year, we convene diverse thinkers for in-depth discussion, artistic expression, and hands-on collaboration. At energetic gatherings, our audiences interact directly with artists, designers, civic leaders, and cultural visionaries, working alongside them to solve pressing problems in our communities and the world at large.

Creativity and collaboration burst through boundaries and defy expectations. Our approach is multidisciplinary and contemporary, encompassing visual & performing arts, architecture & design, film & storytelling, conceptual art & activism. From exhibitions to talks to the annual Bend Design conference, our programs catalyze a creative synthesis that’s impossible in isolation.

Who belongs at Scalehouse?
We are artists and designers, explorers and thinkers. We’re civic and business leaders, scientists and engineers. We are makers, doers, students, teachers, and ________ [enter your job title here]. Care to join us? Become a member today, or come say hi at our next event.

Where to find Scalehouse
Scalehouse produces events around the city of Bend, Oregon. We are proud to make the At Liberty Arts Collaborative in downtown Bend our headquarters.

Our nonprofit structure
Scalehouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our programming is supported by sponsors, grants, and membership fees. We are governed by our Board of Directors and aided by enthusiastic volunteers.

A multidisciplinary approach
We welcome a wide range of of doers, thinkers, and makers to share their work in various contexts. A few examples:

Visual arts
Performing arts
Film & Video

Conceptual art
Interdisciplinary art

If you’re interested in becoming an artist, speaker, or other presenter, please inquire with us.

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Our 2019 Sponsors

Hats off to the businesses and organizations that sponsor Scalehouse programming! We are deeply grateful for their support.

1859 (Statehood)
At Liberty
BBT Architects
Bend Chamber of Commerce
Bend Furniture and Design
Bend Magazine
Brooks Resources

Cascade Business News
The Fixture Gallery
JL Ward/ Old Back 9
Kwik Lok
News Channel 21
Old Mill District
The Oxford Hotel

Pic Monkey
The Roundhouse Foundation
The Source
Starview / Cristy
Terris Draheim
Tin Pan Theatre
Wild Alchemy

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MOsley WOtta Chosen As 1st Bend Creative Laureate

(September 5, 2018) Musician, educator and visual artist Jason Graham, aka MOsley WOtta, has been chosen as Bend’s first creative laureate. The two-year position, newly created this year, comes with a $5,000 stipend and a broad mandate to serve as liaison between the community and artists in the region. View Article

Bend City Council To Appoint Arts Envoy

(April 19, 2018) The Bend City Council is scheduled Thursday to accept a proclamation on the value of the arts. The council will also create a new position to serve as an arts ambassador in Central Oregon. The Arts and Cultural Alliance will accept applications for Bend’s first creative laureate through May 15. René Mitchell of Scalehouse Contemporary Creative Center, who proposed the position, said the winning applicant will be tasked with education and advocacy work. View Article

Bend Design returns for third year with intent to “shape our future”

(October 1, 2017) With an emphasis on sparking conversations that drive social change, the annual Bend Design Conference is hoping to reach more than designers in its annual event. Bend Design Conference returns for the third year on October 26 and 27 with the theme “Shape Our Future.” The two-day event, presented by Scalehouse, brings designers, writers, architects, business leaders and more to Bend for a conference that will explore how art, design and ideas can spur conversation and action. View Article

Editor’s Picks

(September 30, 2017) In October, Bend Design 2017 will offer two days of speakers, hands-on exhibitions, and workshops dedicated to celebrating design and its communal impact. Hosted at the Tower Theatre, Liberty Theater, Oxford Hotel, and other iconic downtown Bend, Oregon, venues on October 26 and 27, Bend Design 2017’s speakers will include Chris Riley, Rebeca Méndez and Kawandeep Virdee. View Article

5 things Tanner Woodford knows for sure about design

(September 29, 2017) “Shape Our Future” is the theme of Bend Design 2017, an interactive conference on design, innovation and contemporary living taking place Oct. 26-27 at the Tower Theatre, the Oxford Hotel and other Bend locations. The event is presented by ScaleHouse, a group with a goal to establish a Contemporary Creative Center in Bend. View Article