ABOUT

Mission

Variable West aims to increase engagement with the West Coast art world while nurturing both regional communities and international conversations.

Founded during the chaotic summer of 2020 by Portland-based writer and editor Amelia Rina, Variable West is the first platform to provide a comprehensive calendar of art events on the West Coast of the United States.

We believe that art should be accessible to everyone. By aggregating information about gallery and museum exhibitions, performances, screenings, lectures, and more, Variable West provides a dynamic resource for anyone interested in art—from artists, art writers, and veteran museum-goers to people looking to engage with art for the first time.

No one should be excluded from a community for lack of funds. That’s why we’ll never hide content behind paywalls or require membership fees for exhibition and event listings. Instead, we hope our community will see the value in this resource by engaging with the platform and, if economically viable, show support by becoming recurring subscribers or giving one-time donations.

You can make recurring or one-time donations on our Support page.

Locations

Great art can be found in all kinds of environments, from big cities to small towns and everything in between. We welcome event listing submissions from anywhere in California, Oregon, or Washington, and hope to showcase the amazing creators across our region.

Diversity and Accessibility

The art world has a long history of systemic racism, exploitation, and exclusion of marginalized groups. Variable West hopes to enable measurable change in that trend by requiring all event listings to include information about their event’s and organization’s diversity and accessibility features. For more information on the requirements and terms, see our Diversity and Accessibility page

Budget

We believe financial transparency is essential to a resilient art community. As this platform and our budget grow, we share information about how we use funds to reinvest in the art community.

We’re currently operating on a minuscule budget, but hope to raise $40,000 in the first year.

Every dollar donated helps us get this website up and running. Once we reach certain fundraising goals, we will be able to expand to other projects like commissioning editorial content, collaborating with artists on limited edition works, and hosting events. 

Rates

Our ultimate goal is to reach a rate of $1/word for writers, which exceeds the rate deemed fair for an organization this size by W.A.G.E (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). As we get established, however, we hope to raise enough money to pay writers a flat fee of $150 for reviews of 500–700 words. To be notified when we start accepting pitches, sign up for our mailing list below!

Land Acknowledgement

Though Variable West covers all of California, Oregon, and Washington, we are physically located in Portland, Oregon on the unceded territories of the Clackamas and Cowlitz nations. Learn more and find out what native land(s) you live on.

Contact

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Get in touch at hello@variablewest.com. Want updates delivered to your inbox? Sign up for our mailing list below!

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