Pollen is a Spring showcase of 2 re-emerging Portland musicians alongside the arts-based organizations that inspire them, with the hopes of inspiring new growth and mingling of creative circles in Portland.

Here's how it works: Each musician has chosen an arts-based organization (or two!) that has impacted their life, and invited them to participate in the event. Over the course of the night, you'll hear musical performances, talks and demonstrations by the organizations, and have an opportunity to connect with them at their tables throughout the night.

Gepetto is a veteran Portland hip hop artist, re-emerging after a 2-year hiatus. After taking a tangent to pursue design and coding, he found himself driven to finish what he started with music.

He's invited Morpheus Youth Project, a non profit that brings arts-based programming (with a bent towards hip hop) to youth in Oregon correctional facilities. Morpheus Youth Project will be showing paintings done by youth in their programs, as well as presenting one of their alumni, a hip hop artist who they worked with as a youth and is now pursuing his passion for emceeing.

Nosila developed her craft for years as a folk artist, but found fresh inspiration in electropop and after moving to Portland is redefining herself as an artist. The journey of creating her new EP is being shared as it unfolds on her Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nosila

Nosila has invited two recording studios that have been an integral part of her creative community, The Rye Room and Saint Cecilia Studios. Matt from the Rye Room and Celeste from Saint Cecilia will be taking the stage to talk about what makes their studios unique and how they serve the music community.

We hope you'll join us in growing our creative communities and getting inspired for new beginnings in Spring 2019!