We’ll be discontinuing all posting on this Tumblr, but really, check out our new site. It has almost everything you could think of, and more!
Hop on over to our Facebook page and let us know!
Lots of progress is being made developing the PDXmakrs site… launch plans and announcements are being put together, and news is forthcoming. I realize it’s been a little bit of a wait from seeing the PDXist site to getting this one up and running, but I can say that the new one will blow the socks off of the old one in terms of what is being offered and how.
Big thanks goes out to all who have been following us here and/or on Twitter & Facebook, your support is much appreciated! Also, our Facebook page just got enough Likes to qualify for an official username, so if you haven’t already you can Like us there now at this easy-to-remember address:http://www.facebook.com/pdxmakrs
Finally, don’t forget to reserve your MAKRS username now at http://pdx.makrs.com.
MAKRS is coming soon… stay tuned!
Excited to see some great artwork already being added to our brand new PDXmakrs Flickr pool!
PORTLAND ARTISTS: Don’t forget to join the group and add your images and/or video to be considered for a featured artist spot on our homepage when our site launches. It’s completely free, and just takes a few clicks to add works you already have posted on Flickr. Check it out!
We’re sharing art news and artists’ resources links from our Facebook fan page. Go like our page and follow along!
On our site, we describe ourselves as “a new city-local social network, marketplace & resources site for artists & art lovers of all disciplines”… but you could be asking yourself ‘what does that mean?’
First, a Short History
The MAKRS network began here in Portland, Oregon under the name PDXist, as a website that was built to offer social networking(with profiles, portfolio albums, forums, etc.), free website building for artists/galleries/organizations, event listing an artists’ resources blog(listing calls for art, grant/residency/job/freelance opportunities, and other inspiration/resources links) and more. During the beta, some necessary organizational changes occurred that changed the focus of the project, and thus, MAKRS was born.
The Present & Future
Currently, MAKRS is in development, preparing for a beta launch this upcoming month, and a public launch planned for this spring. Some features will be launching sooner though, like an artists’ resources blog(opening in 1-2 weeks) and our social networking accounts(see links on our page below) which are already online and will be sharing general interest art events and resources in the meantime.
For the future, the features being developed for the MAKRS website network include:
- Features previously built into our old site(social networking, website building, event listings, artists’ resources, etc.)
- Enhanced tools for art galleries and music/performance venues like free listing in interactive online & printable maps, online collection/exhibition representations, and other advertising/marketing opportunities.
- Art news and editorial coverage, covering all aspects of the local arts scene including visual arts, music, film, theatre/dance/performance art, craft arts, and more.
- Educational partnerships, offering online and offline educational courses and workshops for up-and-coming artists for free or a nominal cost. Additionally, an online archive of free streaming video workshops is planned, with topics to include everything from art history, method/techinque training, website building and social media best practices, and so on.
The MAKRS Mission
The development, nurturing, and support of artists and art-related groups & organizations is the primary goal of the MAKRS organization and website network. Creation of online city-local network websites to act as a comprehensive listing and celebration of the city’s cultural offerings are the primary objective, enabling artists, galleries and other organizations & groups to find local art-lovers and vice versa, fostering a greater awareness and appreciation of local arts & culture.
MAKRS will be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. No donations are being solicited at this time. Calls for volunteer board members and community advocates will be forthcoming in the near future.
More information coming soon!
After making the renaming announcement yesterday, it’s so nice to see that not only have apparently all of the followers of @PDXarts on Twitter stuck with this project through the name change, the project is still gaining followers slowly but surely! Portland artists sure are an agreeable crowd to work with. :)
Anyhow, moving forward. The project’s official URLs are as follows below… feel free to bookmark any/all of them!
- The PDXmakrs site will launch at the URL: http://pdx.makrs.com
- PDXmakrs will continue to use the @PDXarts handle on Twitter, though @PDXmakrs has also been secured(that handle will likely only be used for service-related announcements, while the @PDXarts account will continue to be the more public-service account, sharing art news more suited for the general arts-loving public).
- The shortcut to PDXmakrs on Facebook is http://fb.pdx.makrs.com until we get enough “Likes” to secure our official Facebook short URL. (Hint, hint… go Like our page!)
- The official MAKRS network homepage, of course, is http://makrs.com, with the @MAKRS handle on Twitter and http://fb.makrs.com will get you to the MAKRS Facebook page.
- Finally, the PDXmakrs’ sister site for the Twin Cities(Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) is MSPmakrs at http://msp.makrs.com, so pass that on to any artists/organizations you might know in that area. That site is going by @MSPmakrs on Twitter and http://fb.msp.makrs.com gets you to the Facebook page. (There will be a separate post further explaining the MSPmakrs site later today.)
Yikes, that’s a lot to remember. Good thing there’s not a test later.