social practice, creative consulting & project design 

Through an integrated and relational approach to help individuals and organizations discover, embody, and aestheticize what matters most to them. We use tactics from socially engaged art, design thinking and branding, on projects large and small, and we build teams to suit project needs. 

We employ our values

relational

integrated

collaborative 

experiential

ethical

feminist

strategic

responsive

aesthetic

curious

mindful

embodied

Consulting & Strategy

Research & Discovery
Project Design & Planning
Leadership & Business Growth
Design Thinking

Brand Consulting

Storytelling
Messaging
Visual Identity
Art Direction

Social Practice

Public Art
Producing
Curation
Publications
Photo & Video
Facilitation

Meet the collective


Erica Thomas

Erica is an artist, producer, and creative consultant. She combines her experience in contemporary art and design with a deep commitment to social justiceto produce innovative solutions with clients and collaborators.
 
Erica specializes in strategic process, impactful written and visual content, creating art exhibitions and experiences, producing and consulting on public art, large-scale events and festivals, and solutions to community outreach needs. She has a strong voice for writing, a keen eye for producing images and art directing design. Concept is where she shines. 
 
She holds an MFA in Contemporary Art and Social Practice and has over a decade of experience as a producer, project manager, and art director. She mixes her experience in contemporary art and design with business and organizational savvy to produce innovative solutions for her clients and collaborators, which include Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum, and many others. 

Emily Fitzgerald

Emily is a creative consultant, socially-engaged artist, photographer, and storyteller. Through her consulting and art practice she focuses on integrating the relational and visual to elevate engagement, invoke curiosity, and demonstrate multi-dimensionality. Her work is responsive, participatory, and site-specific—seeking to shift systems of power, and build meaningful connection. Emily brings large-scale art installations into non-traditional, public and unexpected places in order to deepen our understanding, reframe our ways of relating to one another, and to inspire dialogue around complex issues.

In addition to creative consulting, Emily teaches Art, Photography, and Design Thinking at Portland State University. Her recent creative collaborations have included partnerships with TriMet, the Portland Art Museum, Hollywood Senior Center, Zenger Farm, King Public School, Multnomah County Health Clinics, Beaumont Middle School, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, and the City of Portland.

Gracie Koester

collaborator

Gracie is a socially-engaged creator, consultant, and coach. She works with individuals and organizations to support their journey, define what they want to create, and bring their vision to fruition. She has a decade of experience in reproductive justice work, helping individuals craft their vision and chart their course, and helping organizations enhance their care, coordination, and teamwork. She has taught and facilitated workshops on collaboration, care, context, team-building, and strategy in both small-group and large-group settings, including Oregon Health Sciences University, Metta Lineage, and Swedish Medical Center. Her textile-based artwork centers around light, line, and balance, weaving together history, functionality, and entropy. Though her art and coaching, Gracie facilitates connection between the personal and the public.

 

We are here to talk about your
project, cause, or event.

Email us at hello@worksprogressagency.com
Or call at (503) 816-1102

811 East Burnside #124  
Portland, OR 97214