Greetings IPRC Community!
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the IPRC has found and secured a new home in the historic Gardeners and Ranchers building at 1305 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
We are thrilled that this timely move will enable us to continue fulfilling our mission of providing access to tools and resources for independent publishing. Similar in size to our current space, the new location will accommodate our shared maker-space with computer lab, zine library, letterpress, screen-printing, and bookbinding studios. And with two classrooms, we will be able to continue offering and expanding programming in creative writing, publishing, bookbinding, design, media literacy, and printmaking.
In addition to being centrally located and accessible by light rail and bus lines, the building has a fantastic history and is a registered National Historic Site. It was constructed by the Italian Gardeners and Ranchers Association in 1922 and is now home to several small craft-oriented businesses and Oni Comics. For more information on the building and its history on the original Produce Row, click here.
We will begin the moving process in mid-June. As a result, our current facility will be closed for packing beginning on Monday, June 12th. We anticipate being fully moved out of our old space on SE Division by Friday the 23rd of June and hosting an empty nest party in our old space on Saturday the 24th to celebrate the move. More information to come on this event!
We anticipate having the new space organized, in usable condition, and open for limited hours beginning the week of July 17th, so we can offer resources to those preparing for the Portland Zine Symposium the following weekend.
We hope to open for full hours beginning the week of July 24th and are planning a Grand Re-Opening Bash to coincide with back-to-school time at the end of August.
I hope you will join me in celebrating our move and in forging a path forward for the IPRC to continue in its role as one of Portland’s premier non-profit arts centers.
Interim Executive Director
Independent Publishing Resource Center