Established in 2013, Forest For The Trees is a non-profit project dedicated to the creation of contemporary public art in Portland. The festival brings together local and international artists in a collaborative setting and provides them with the freedom and resources to create artworks in environments that are freely accessible to the local community.

The mural festival’s name comes from the phrase They can’t see the forest for the trees, which signifies the inability to understand the greater picture when you’re too focused solely on what’s in front of you. Forest For The Trees hopes to pull Portland’s residents away from their daily routines and provides them a moment of appreciation for the creativity that surrounds us in the Pacific Northwest.

Forest For The Trees is organized by artist Gage Hamilton, curator Matt Wagner of Hellion Gallery and event producer Tia Vanich. They believe that by improving the visual landscape of the city through quality artwork and providing opportunities for the artistic community, Forest For The Trees will encourage the people of Portland to be active participants in establishing their city’s creative identity.

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