FAQ

Do you have questions about getting involved as an Open House host or Event organizer? Download the Participation Kit for the full picture of what’s involved or scan below for quick answers.

  • WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR THE NEXT FESTIVAL?

    Design Week Portland runs April 6-13, 2019. The opening party for the festival will be the evening of April 6, and then the independent Events and Open Houses run April 7-13.

  • WHEN DOES THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE LAUNCH?

    February 15. At this point, your complete Event or Open House information goes live and registration opens. We begin doing press outreach about specific events and open houses on January 15, however, so get your information in early.

  • WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED AN EVENT?

    For the first time, DWP is employing a jury of experts to help curate the content for the festival Events. We want edifying content of all kinds. We're bringing in organizers who have held successful programming in the past, or who have a deep impact on the design community. This panel will select applications whose events will contribute the most valuable content for this year's festival.

  • CAN I HOST AN OPEN HOUSE AT A DIFFERENT TIME THAN WHAT’S DEFINED FOR MY QUADRANT?

    Unfortunately, no. Or more specifically, it won’t be featured as part of the Design Week Portland schedule. Open Houses are organized by quadrant (N/NE, SE, NW, SW); each during three hours of a single day. Here’s the schedule:

    • NORTHWEST: Monday April 8 4–7pm
    • SOUTHWEST: Tuesday April 9 4–7pm
    • N/NORTHEAST: Wednesday April 10 4–7pm
    • SOUTHEAST: Thursday April 11 4–7pm
  • WHEN WILL THE DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND SCHEDULE LAUNCH FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE MY EVENT OR OPEN HOUSE?

    February 15, 2019.

  • WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I GET FROM DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND?

    Design Week Portland is a platform for inspiring and promoting independently-produced Events. Your Events. That means you coordinate and produce something amazing, and we point the public to it. Our role is to shine a light on the groundswell of design that’s happening in Portland and to raise awareness about what our design community—designers of every discipline—is doing.

    Here’s what we do on our end:

    Every Event and Open House is given a dedicated page on our website. For their listings, partners can upload a detailed description of their event, venue address and map, image, dates, times, link, and organization information. Listing content can be edited at any point. Our copywriters will also help to whip your description into shape so that the audience can better understand your offering in the context of what else is happening.

    Each month, we send out an email bulletin to over 10,000 subscribers with information about forthcoming design events from our partners. In the lead-in to the festival, these newsletters become daily and feature a selection of partner Events and Open Houses. We mention partners across our social media platforms.

    Throughout the year, a dedicated member of the Design Week Portland team is available to answer any questions and give advice to all partners. We can also pair you with a more experienced organizer so you have a peer who’s been through the process before as a resource.

    Our public relations efforts buoy all Events and Open Houses. If you get your event approved in time, we can coordinate with you and do all the heavy lifting for press outreach.

    This year, we’re putting even more effort into workshops focusing on production and promotion of your events. We’ll hold a series of town hall meetings geared towards connecting with fellow organizers and elevating the quality of your event. We’ll talk in depth about what makes events work during Design Week, and we’ll pass along the resources we have that can help you get there.

    Partners receive printed promotional material ahead of the festival.

  • HOW CAN I PROMOTE MY EVENT AND DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND?

    Once you’re approved, we encourage you to use your network to get the word out! If you have a newsletter or a social media presence, those are perfect ways to let your audience know that you’re taking part in the festival. If you have a website, adding this badge is also a great way to show that you’re involved. If you send us marketing materials, our PR lead will get your information in front of the press as part of our outreach package.

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