Want to research our programs, podcasts, and writing by . . . 

  • Theme?  Visit our Programming page for our list of Big Questions and Topics.
  • Artist?  Explore our list of the many artists who shared their time and work with TPR.
  • Calendar?  View our chronological list of programs and events.

A Farewell From Jess Van Nostrand

"The Project Room began in 2011 as an experiment in the arts, offering a platform for the development of new work and allowing for the public to participate in the creative process in a variety of ways. From a community crochet residency to a failure variety show to social experiments with art and technology to a podcast series and more, TPR started as a place to ask questions, and ended with a robust collection of events, activities, and conversations made specially for the curious and open minded."


The Project Room hosted many events with a wide variety of artists, from art and technology speed dating to a one-woman show. Visit our events page to learn more, or explore one of our most ambitious projects: following the making and performance of Anastacia Tolbert's 9 Ounces: A One-Woman Show.


Off Paper, TPR's online literary journal, contains essays from numerous writers, artists, and creative people. 

One of our favorite pieces is Orion: A Monument for Angie, by TPR Editor Tessa Hulls.


The Project Room produced 21 podcast interviews over the last few years, all available on iTunes. Browse podcasts here, or dive right in to a few favorites:

Dance Came From The People: Alvin Ailey Dancer and Choreographer Matthew Rushing

From Masquerades to Motherhood: Artist Natasha Marin


The Project Room is a place of creative inquiry, where different points of view and areas of expertise are presented to an audience. In addition to the arts, programs feature technology, history, geography, industry, and other fields that intersect with the current theme. The goal is to better understand how creativity works for different kinds of people, and to appreciate its relevance to everyday life.

Learn more about our mission...


In 2011, TPR opened its doors with the question, “Why Do We Make Things?” After nearly two years of conversation, presentation, and experimentation about this theme, the theme shifted into our second "big question": How Are We Remembered?

Read more about our themes through specific programs here.

TOP ROW: Architect Tom Kundig (left) and Sound Artist Trimpin (center) present their points of view during the "Successful People Talking About Failure" series; the crowd settles in during a 2013 event; CENTER ROW: Taiwan-based Dancer Ying Zhou performs at a public rehearsal of "Swimming the List" (left); Icelandic textile artist Shoplifter (center) participate in a conversation with design collective Vik Prjonsdottir (center); Stephanie Wicker of the band Like Lightening performs as a pre-theater event for These Streets (right). Photos by Frank Huster, Katie Miller.