I'm participating in my first Portland market on May 11th with Crafty Wonderland and while browsing their site and clicking on through about five other vendors I came across ADX / Portland, a membership based 10,000 sqaure foot space that caters to the thinkers & makers. Helping creatives by providing resources such as a work space, machine use, classes and support by other artisans.
Through them I found Destination DIY, an independently produced public radio show and podcast bringing you stories about all kinds of creativity. They hold Makin' It: listening party & project nights, basically, beer-pizza-live dj & projects. Obviously I'm going next time.
Also through ADX I discovered Portland Made, a collective of Portland based designers, local goods retailers, and manufacturers. I'm attending their launch party tomorrow night and wanted to share a little more about them with the video below. I plan on doing a recap of the event, so don't miss it!
If you have been wanting to find a community of your own and don't know where to start- try connecting with a etsy street team, browsing the community section of craigslist for local events & classes and even a quick google search. You never know what is out there until you look for it!