The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is an annual event hosted by the Willamette Light Brigade, a non-profit arts organization. PDXWLF brings art, technology, and inclusivity together, invigorating Portland in the winter. With free admission, the festival fosters community and showcases captivating light installations, projections, and interactive displays, creating an immersive experience for all attendees.

The Willamette Light Brigade (WLB) established PDXWLF to foster community connections and enhance public spaces through the magic of artistic lighting. Born out of a collective of inspired minds in 2016, the festival owes its existence to the countless dedicated individuals who contributed their efforts.

We commit to ensuring that the Portland Winter Light Festival remains family-friendly, accessible to all, and free of charge. So, bundle up warmly and join us in celebrating the illuminating power of light and the strength of community!

2024 Impact Video

ANNUAL REPORT

We’ve been infusing Portland’s nightscape with radiant experiences for eight years, bringing communities together through captivating art and innovative technology. The 2023 PDXWLF exemplifies resilience and connection, as lively streets echoed the idea that art sparks positive change. Explore our annual report to delve into the illuminated journey of PDXWLF, where art, innovation, and community converge in a dance of light and inspiration. Join us in illuminating possibilities and nurturing a sense of togetherness.

Willamette Light Brigade
Board of Directors

Jarrett Altman

Don Carlson, Treasurer

Paddy Tillet, Emeritus

Jonah Cohen

Damian Crowder

Bob Hastings

Kohel Haver, Secretary

Zach Suchara

Chelsea Rooklyn

Marianne Zarkin, Board Chair

Jeff Schnabel

Chelsea McCann

Board advocacy Committee

Bridget Bayer

Nicole Morris

Mike Morris

Chelsea Rooklyn

PDXWLF 2024
PRODUCTION TEAM

Every year, the Portland Winter Light Festival is made possible by a passionate team of creative individuals from the Pacific Northwest who share a deep affection for the Rose City.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Alisha Sullivan

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Chris Herring

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Misty Post

DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Cari Sánchez-Potter

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Therese Gietler

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Brad Nelson

DESIGN DIRECTOR
Timothy Schaar

PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR
Shireen Press

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Arianne Means

ART COORDINATOR
Diane Grundy

2024 Photographers & videographers

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION STATEMENT

The Willamette Light Brigade (WLB) is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential components of the organization and its related programming.

Equity is the pursuit of equal outcomes, a goal WLB can only achieve by identifying barriers to inclusion and creating an environment welcoming to all through intentional actions. 

WLB recognizes that people of color and other communities continue to be marginalized and excluded intentionally and unintentionally due to systemic racism and bias.  We are committed to fostering an environment of belonging and acceptance by implementing policies/procedures responsive to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability (physical and neurological), religion, and other individual identities for all staff, Board members, and community volunteers.

We are committed to being a non-discriminatory organization and providing equal opportunities for employment, volunteering, Board service, and advancement in all areas of our work. Our commitment to place-making through lighting and the arts is to be shared by all segments of the Greater Portland community. 

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