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Arts Critic/Writer, Poet + Educator


Author + Educator


Artist, Writer + Educator


Artist + Educator


Actor, Educator, Playwright, Improv + Directing


Actor + Educator


Ellipse Theatre Community Performer


Ellipse Theatre Community Performer


Ellipse Theatre Community Performer


2022 Speaker Line-Up


Thank you so much for joining us for the first ever Art + Words Literary Festival on June 9 and 10, 2022. Please stay tuned for 2023 dates!

Art + Words is a multi-disciplinary event that convenes writers, creative thinkers, performers and artists to encourage collaboration and inspiration across artforms. Through a series of performances, talks, workshops, and interactive art projects, Art + Words aims to spark curiosity and deep thinking. Attendees will explore how different creative modalities inform one another to generate new narratives, with opportunities to present bold ideas and examine a broad range of perspectives.


We invite audiences to explore how language can enrich our engagement with art and how visual forms emerge from the written word. Meaning and interpretation of creative works shift based on our ever-changing social conditions. Art + Words encourages audiences to consider the role of words and images in shaping social consciousness––while acknowledging the inherent power structures embedded in the language we use.


Readers, writers, makers and creatives of all experience levels are invited to get curious, share their stories and take creative risks.


Scalehouse Gallery 

550 NW Franklin Avenue, Bend, Oregon


Oregon State University-Cascades 

1500 SW Chandler Avenue, Bend, Oregon

Free Parking

Cost: $100

Includes all talks, workshops, opening and closing receptions

Attendees must purchase a pass and then select workshop options (one AM workshop and one PM workshop).

In Partnership with Oregon State University-Cascades and Ellipse Theatre Community.

Art + Words is supported in part by grant support from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund.

9:00am Opening Keynote 

Raquel Gutiérrez


OSU-Cascades, Tykeson Hall, Room 111

10:30 - 12:00pm

Select One Morning Workshop

June Park 

Creativity Rooted in Who We Are

OSU-Cascades, Tykeson Hall, Room 109

Ellipse Theatre Community

Share Your Untold Story

OSU-Cascades, Tykeson Hall, Room 205

1:30pm Afternoon Keynote 

Irene Cooper 

More than the Sum: Contemporary Collaborations Between the Arts

OSU-Cascades, Tykeson Hall, Room 111

2:30 - 4:00pm

Select One Afternoon Workshop

12:00 - 1:30pm

Break for Lunch

Lunch available for purchase  at Oregon State University-Cascades Food and Beverage Hall 

Raquel Gutiérrez

LIVING BESIDES OURSELVES: Representing Place & Power On The Page

OSU-Cascades, Tykeson Hall, Room 109

Irene Cooper 

Writing Under the Influence: Ekphrasis, & Beyond!

OSU-Cascades, Tykeson Hall, Room 205

V. Maldonado

Following Breath - A Reading & Artist Talk

OSU-Cascades, Tykeson Hall, 209


Closing Reception at the Scalehouse Gallery

Wrap the day with a closing reception at Scalehouse Gallery with drinks, bites and Ellipse Theatre Community performances of  Share Your Untold Story writings.

Schedule Overview:

Thursday, June 9th, 6:00pm

Opening Reception at the Scalehouse Gallery

Check-in, light hors d'oeuvres and drinks

Friday, June 10th, 9:00 am - 5:00pm

Oregon State University-Cascades

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