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PGE wins national award for Powerhouse Project collaboration

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Christopher Mooney drew inspiration from the North Fork Dam during the art jam in June 2013.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The visit inspired this painting.Portland General Electric’s collaboration with the Estacada Area Arts Commission for the 2013 Powerhouse Project and Art Jam at North Fork dam earned national recognition.

The company received a Public Education Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award from the National Hydropower Association.

PGE was among six companies honored with the award at the association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 29.

For a two-day period in June 2013, about 30 artists had the opportunity to tour North Fork Dam and Powerhouse.

PGE personnel gave a safety orientation, provided the artists with safety equipment and led tours through sites that are normally restricted to the public.

Inspired by what they saw, the artists created original art works for a travelling art show.

The show opened in September at the Estacada Public Library.

Jane Reid, chairwoman of the Estacada Area Arts Commission, got the idea for the Clackamas River Powerhouse Project art jams when she heard of a collaboration between PGE and Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation in which groups of artists toured hydroelectric projects on the Willamette River.

Reid said PGE was receptive when asked to do something similar with artists on the Clackamas River.

The 2013 event was the fourth year of the Powerhouse Project art jams on the Clackamas River.

Through the collaboration, artists also toured River Mill Powerhouse in 2010, Oak Grove Hydroelectric Facility in 2011 and the Faraday Powerhouse in 2012.

“I love that (PGE) is getting recognition for the unusual and collaborative project that it was,” Reid said. “I love this project. I hope it continues in some form or another.”



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