APRIL 10-MAY 1, 2017
GET READY WEEKLY will be in residence at SPACE Gallery from April 10th through May 1, 2017.  In collaboration with local artists, activist groups, and non-profits, GRW will host weekly workshops for artists and non-artists alike to prepare for marches and actions that advance racial, social, environmental, and economic justice through dynamic and creative projects.  Our generous partners and co-conspirators include: ACLU of Maine, Artists Rapid Response Team, Flatbread Pizza, Portland Global Shapers Hub, League of Women Doers, Maine Conservation Voters, 350 Maine, Maine Resists!, March Forth Maine, Pickwick Independent Press, Suit Up Maine, and more!
Everyone is welcome! Workshops are free and snacks will be provided.

During these workshops, artists will lead participants in collectively making powerful visual statements for the following political actions:

GRW will bring all of the work made in the above workshops to the marches and anyone who would like to participate in carrying, wearing, and waving the work can join us!

Additionally, SPACE Gallery will serve as a place to collect, reflect, and acknowledge the ongoing resistance efforts in Portland by building a living archive that displays protest signs, ephemera, and other documentation of activism in our community.

The gallery will be used to document the visual resistance production happening during the workshops with the installation growing over the course of the residency.  Community members will be invited to contribute to the archive, sharing their resistance experience and inspiration for continuing efforts.

PROTEST PUPPETS with artist Chris Patch 
SUNDAY, APRIL 2nd and 9th, 2017 
1:00-4:00 PM
Please join us as at Mayo Street Arts to continue the build of large-scale protest puppets and masks to be used in the March for Science on April 22nd in Portland and the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Augusta. Come and stay, or drop-in for as long as you want!
PROTEST PUPPETS with Chris Patch 
SUNDAY, MARCH 5th and 19th, 2017 
1:00-5:00 PM

Please join us as at Mayo Street Arts to build large-scale puppets and masks to be used in an upcoming rally in Portland on April 15th. The concept for this puppet extravaganza is rooted in the tradition of the “Ancient and Horribles” parades of New England past. These critical occasions were meant to satirize politicians and public figures. It’s time to resurrect this art form – in these unsteady days, we could not have more reasons to MARCH!

Bring yourself and your friends and family! If you can, please contribute any materials that may be useful such as cardboard, paper bags, newspaper, fabric, hot glue gun, paints, scrap wood, etc. We will have some supplies on hand, but could always use the extra materials!


TUESDAY, MARCH 7th, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM

Babylon Restaurant
Join The Chart over dinner for a group reading and discussion focused on the intersection of art, gentrification, racism, and journalism: how do the stories that are told about a place shape its narratives? How are artists complicit in story-telling and how do we make our work responsibly? We’ll be reading a short essay by Taylor Renee Aldridge and applying the things we learn to the cultural and economic landscape of Portland.

While it may be helpful to read the article before we meet and think about some of the things Aldridge is proposing, we’ll read the piece together in order to get comfortable speaking with and around one another, and follow that with a facilitated discussion afterward.

We’ll have copies of the reading available for you!


love ME: share your voice. send a valentine.

5-7 PM
Workshop led by Meredith McCarroll

Have a crush on Maine? Love democracy? Sad about your breakup with America? Join us at Oxbow Tasting Room to make Valentines celebrating all the things you love and don’t want to lose. Valentines will be hand-delivered to Susan Collins, Angus King, and Chellie Pingree. Let them know what matters to you.
PRINT-IN/WRITE-ON in collaboration with Pickwick Independent Press and Marieke Van Der Steenhoven

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29th, 2017
Pickwick Independent Press, Community Print Shop
536 Congress Street, #201
(Please note that Pickwick is located on the second floor and is only accessible by stairs)

Following calls to action from groups like the Women’s March, join us for a postcard making and writing workshop to reach out to your representatives and let them know what issues matter most to you!

Drop into Pickwick and print a postcard to be sent to our representatives. Letterpress printing and screen printing will be demonstrated and you will be guided as you print postcards with us.  If you are an experienced carver, bring your own pre-carved 4×6 mounted linoleum block, and we will help you print it on one of our presses.
Donations will be accepted for materials and instruction: cash or paper – cardstock, posterboard, or other heavyweight paper.

Join us in reaching out to members of Congress about issues that concern you most. We’ll have an overview of the upcoming House and Senate agendas, plus the addresses for Maine’s representatives. Come early and make a postcard OR use a postcard printed by Pickwick Independent Press members and other local printmakers. We’ll have writing implements, stamps, and light snacks and beverages to sustain you!


FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th, 2017
5:00-8:00 PM
Able Baker Contemporary
29 Forest Avenue, Portland

Join us for a protest banner-making workshop in preparation for the inauguration! You can either make a banner to take with you the next day to Boston or Washington, DC OR help prepare banners for The Other Inaugural Ball: an evening to re-imagine our world here in Portland! All skill levels and ages are invited to join in on the fun!

We’ll have the basics: scrap fabric, alphabet templates, scissors, irons, and examples! Please bring: fabric glue, scissors, irons, ironing boards, + sewing machines. The more supplies you bring, the more we can accommodate folks who aren’t able to.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 15th, 2017

3:00-7:00 PM
Able Baker Contemporary
29 Forest Avenue, Portland

Join us for our first event, a protest banner-making workshop in preparation for the inauguration demonstrations taking place in Portland, Augusta, Boston, and Washington, DC. All skill levels and ages are invited to join in on the fun!

We’ll have the basics: scrap fabric, alphabet templates, scissors, iron-on Wonder-Under, irons, and examples!
Please bring: fabric scraps and yardage of all kinds, scissors, irons, ironing boards, sewing machines, and anything else you’d like! The more supplies you bring, the more we can accommodate folks who aren’t able to.