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August 2016 Whisper Posse Update

It's been a pretty exciting week for the WHISPER POSSE
We've been doing the tactical plan meetings with participants, to go over the reccomendations from our Whisper Posse Expedition Planning Team (Noah Kleiman, Melanie Boekee, and R.Michael Menzies, jr.)

It's been amazing watching the pieces come together for the participants. Here are some highlights from this week:

WHISPER POSSE moment #1 (Wednesday)
Helping Gwen overhaul her website to transform it into a more effective web store for her fine jewelry. Go Gwen! (yes, we'll share the link, but not today). Her studio has a swing!



Whisper Posse

Join Secret Knowledge for a 6 month adventure in creative career growth.

The Spring 2016 Whisper Posse is underway - We're riding through November 2016.

You can join the Winter Whisper Posse, when it starts in December. In the meantime anyone can benefit from the same great career advice, anytime through Secret Knowledge's Insight Sessions (info here).

Spring Whisper Posse info

The Secret Knowledge Whisper Posse is your back-up and support team as you blaze a new trail for your creative career.

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Secret Knowledge Conference banner Nov 14 2015

2015 has been a BIG year for Secret Knowledge.

Your support helped us launch the 1st Annual Secret Knowledge Conference - for many people the conference was the first time they heard about the creative empowerment work of Secret Knowledge. The conference brought public attention and a great group of engaged attendees & volunteers.

Secret Knowledge had $0 in cash grant support in 2015. We didn't wait another year to offer a great conference. Instead we turned to you. Your support and that of our other donors made it all happen. We couldn't do any of it without you.

Take a moment to make a tax-deductible end of year donation to Secret Knowledge by......

BIG IDEA JAM - Tuesday Nov. 24th

Thanks to everyone who made the 1st Annual Secret Knowledge Conference such an amazing day!

We had a lot of requests from attendees for more opportunities to meet-up and connect with other creative folks. We heard so many wonderful ideas at the conference. People want to share their notes from the conference with everyone. They want some creative social events. All wonderful ideas, we'd like to see them happen too!

Here's the next step: 

Come to the Secret Knowledge BIG IDEA JAM......

Secret Knowledge - Haiku Grant Application

Secret Knowledge Haiku

In mid July The Oregon Community Foundation issued a call for grant applications condensed down to a 17 syllable haiku poem. The title is the name of the organization. First line is 5 syllables stating what the organization does. Second line is 7 syllables stating what need the grant is intended to address. Third line is 5 syllables saying what the nonprofit proposes to do to address the problem. 

Secret Knowledge joined hundreds of nonprofit agencies across the State of Oregon who set to work writing haiku.

Coming up with a real Haiku which fit the guidelines was an interesting challenge. My understanding of Haiku is that the meaning is supposed to unfold before you as you read. My favorite are the Haiku which unfold at a single word, the......

2015 Cracked Pots Art Fair: what I taught, what I learned

Noah of Secret Knowledge IS walking around meeting artists (as one does)

My favorite part about meeting working artists is that I can usually give them some helpful advice and they give me fresh insight into the best ways to help working artists. It’s half direct service, half research and development.

Here are some of the highlights from my visit to the 16th Annual Cracked Pots recycled arts fair:

I met a woman who makes mixed media wall sculptures from recycled materials. Normally she sells the originals as decoration. I said, “Have you considered taking high quality photographs of 12 of your best pieces? That way you could run a small crowdfunding campaign to create a 2016 wall calendar featuring those images. Possibly also a line of cards.” She was very excited about this idea....

MotiveSpace welcomes Secret Knowledge to new nonprofit center.

Our new home

On August 1st Secret Knowledge will move to a new downtown office in The Barn Nonprofit Center, an innovative shared office space created by nonprofit developer MotiveSpace. The Barn - 618 NW Glisan

The Barn: a Portland Raised Building

The Barn was launched in response to the need for affordable, centrally located office space that helps Portland's nonprofits in a new way.  Housed in a historic Old Town building at the corner of NW 6th and NW Glisan, The Barn is designed to accommodate the needs of nonprofits, and will serve as a progressive model fueling collaboration and mission-driven work. Tenants benefit from below market rates, shared meeting space, increased visibility, synergy with other nonprofit tenants, bulk purchase of broadband/telecommunications......


Secret Knowledge - Teaching Artists

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