With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, Open Signal makes media production possible for everyone. We provide skills, equipment, inspiration and we amplify local voices on five cable channels.

Open Signal builds upon the legacy of Portland Community Media (PCM), an organization that empowered thousands of Portlanders to access video and television technology during its 35-year history. 

Volunteering for Open Signal is a great way to network with like-minded media producers, make new friends, learn new skills and express yourself via your favorite medium. We offer $10 an hour in class credit which volunteers can apply towards any Open Signal workshop or summer camp.

Please complete as much information as possible on this form. These details will help us connect you with a volunteering opportunity in our Programming Department. 

We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:

Workshop Volunteer
Media arts experience preferred, shifts typically last 3-5 hours.

Help set up, break down, and move equipment during an evening or Saturday workshop. Workshop volunteers should have some familiarity with the workshop they are applying to assist with. We currently offer workshops on video production, editing, TV studio production, animation, video installation and video synthesizers, to name a few. 

Workshop and Event Photographer
Photography experience preferred. Shifts typically last 3-5 hours depending on the workshop.

We need photographers to cover the activities of our evening and weekend workshops. Images will potentially be used on our website, social media platforms and in promotional materials. All photos/videos that are used will be credited. 

Photographers should have past experience shooting special events and can use either their own digital cameras or Open Signal’s. There is scheduling flexibility with this position; you can sign up for as many or as few shifts as you want.

Camp Support 
No media arts experience required, PT or FT.

Throughout the week, you will be called upon to help with daily morning set up, camper check in/out, serving lunch, camper lunch supervision/presence, moving gear and other tasks that help make Open Signal camps run more smoothly.

Camp Photographer/Videographer: 
Photography experience preferred. Flexible scheduling. 

During camp sessions, photographers and videographers are asked to shoot all aspects of camp in a respectful and non-intrusive way. Immediately following the session, they are asked to deliver edited materials. 

All photos/videos that are used will be credited. Photographers and videographers should have past experience shooting special events and can use either their own digital cameras or Open Signal’s. There is scheduling flexibility with this position; you can sign up for as many or as few shifts as you want.

Guest Artist Event Volunteer:

Audio/ Visual production skills preferred. Shifts typically last 3-5 hours on weekday evenings. 

Help set up, break down, and move equipment during an evening Guest Artist event. Production may include access to sound board, lighting grid, projectors, and media management. Volunteers may also be asked to manage crowds, or prepare food.

About Open Signal:
Open Signal is a community-driven media arts center located in Portland, Oregon. With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, we make media production possible for everyone. 

Information about Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Fund For Media Education


Bob Hedlund, Independent Producer’s Advocate

Bob Hedlund is known for his commitment to the role of community media in society.  Hedlund was more than a volunteer; he was a leader at Portland Community Media, now known as Open Signal.

For the past ten years Bob had been an important member of the PCM family. He created the Independent Producers’ Organization (IPO) and produced the IPO series, which continues to address topics such as media reform and legislation. He attended PCM board meetings to ensure the needs and views of independent producers were always included in discussion, and volunteered on numerous programs in support of other PCM producers.

Bob greeted everyone with a beaming, infectious smile and a warm hug. His presence will be missed very much by PCM staff and producers.


In honor of Bob and his commitment to producers, PCM named its Media Education Scholarship, the Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund enables area residents to participate in Open Signal’s media education program at reduced rates or no charge.

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship, please complete the application form and submit along with documentation of financial need. Please clearly specify your priority of first, second and third workshop choice and workshop dates on the application. Scholarships are reviewed on the 15th of every month and scholarships will be awarded on the 20th of every month. Scholarship applications that demonstrate a desire to create media work that will inspire, educate or bring awareness to the greater community, will be strongly considered.  Submission of application does not guarantee a scholarship or enrollment in the class. If your application is approved and registration is full, you will be offered enrollment in the next available class.  Applicants may be considered for one scholarship slot per term, with a maximum of 3 scholarships per calendar year.

Guidelines and Criteria

The following conditions must apply to be eligible for scholarship funds:

·      Scholarships are open to area residents within the city of Portland.  Underserved or underrepresented populations can be considered in the greater Portland area.

·      Applicant must demonstrate financial need by supplying documentation that supports his/her low-income status.  Accepted documents include: Pay Stubs, Income Tax Return, statement of benefits, documentation from DHS, etc. For your privacy please exercise caution when uploading sensitive documents. Social Security numbers should be blacked out.  If documentation cannot be supplied, applicants must complete the application section explaining their financial situation. 

Applications missing documentation will not be considered.

·      All current Operating Policies, Rules, and Procedures apply. 


Applicants must agree to the following in order to be approved for a scholarship:

·      Must participate in Open Signal’s workshops with the intent to produce programming for Open Signal channels.

About Open Signal

With a commitment to creativity, technology and social change, Open Signal makes media production possible for everyone. We provide skills, equipment and inspiration, amplifying local voices on five cable channels.

Partnerships and Resource Sharing

Partnerships with nearby schools, fellow non-profits and community organizations make up the heart of Open Signal and vary depending on the needs and goals of each organization. We believe in sharing resources for the greater good with partners that further our mission. We offer in-school, after-school and weekend instruction on digital storytelling, equipment lending, discounted trainings and more! 

Deadlines and Review Process 

We award partnerships based on alignment with our mission, available in-kind resources and overall capacity. There are 6-partnership sessions available to apply to a year. Applications are due 60 days prior to the proposed partnership start date. In order to accommodate partners that require advanced scheduling we have created early bird deadlines. Early applications will be reviewed 1-session in advanced if submitted by the early bird deadline listed below.

Request Deadlines:

  • September — October
    Early Bird Deadline: June 1.
    Deadline: Aug. 1.

  • November — December
    Early Bird Deadline: July 30.
    Deadline: Sept. 1.

  • January — February
    Early Bird Deadline: Sept. 1.
    Deadline: Nov. 1.

  • March — April
    Early Bird Deadline: Nov. 1.
    Deadline: Jan. 1.

  • May — June
    Early Bird Deadline: Jan. 1.
    Deadline: March 1.

  • July — August
    Early Bird Deadline: March 1.
    Final Deadline: May 1.

Review Process

Proposals are reviewed by Open Signal staff and community producers. Applicants will be notified within 7-business days of session review dates. 

Open Signal is proud to partner with the following organizations, which give under-served groups access to media technology:

Ends on December 8, 2017

Open AiR is a six-week new media residency program where artists create dynamic digital media works alongside Open School North middle school students in an open learning environment.

Residencies provide transformative experiences for the artist, students and staff through creative participation and community-minded projects. All residencies are held during the school year at Open School North, located at 7602 N. Emerald Ave, Portland.

Past Open AiR artists-in-residence include guitarist/band leader Bibi McGill, international artist INSA, local neon fabricator/designer Perry Pfister, new media artist Kello Goeller and multimedia artist Elijah Hasan. 

About Open School North: 

Open School North helps kids develop a sense of purpose, connection and smarts in 6th-8th grade so they are set up to do their best in high school and beyond. Located in North Portland, Open School serves up to 60 students from Portland Public Schools. Their classes are designed to engage students with a variety of learning styles and skill levels. Classes average 12 students, allowing for frequent teacher-student interaction. Students work on improving academic skills and changing behaviors in order to promote to the next grade level.


Open AiR is seeking artists to submit proposals for the Spring 2018 session of the program that will engage Open School North students in the creation of a collaborative media arts project to be presented to the community during an end of residency event. When considering this opportunity, please note that AiRs are required to attend three Open School North school days from 9am-3pm.

The Spring 2018 residency will take place from February 5th, 2018 - March 23rd, 2018 with an end of residency event on April 12th, 2018. 


The individual or collective selected to participate will receive an honorarium of $6,000 and $2,000 for installation materials.

Application requirements:

  • Statement of interest (Max. 250 words) 
  • Open AiR project proposal (Max. 500 words)
  • Resume
  • Link to website and/or portfolio

Application Deadlines:

Fall 2017 proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2017Awarded applicants will be notified on September 20, 2017. 

Spring 2018 proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 8, 2017Awarded applicants will be notified on December 15, 2017. 

Questions about the program, submissions or would like to request a tour of Open School North? Please email Taylor Neitzke, Open Signal Director of Programs at taylor@opensignalpdx.org.

​Please note: paid Open Signal opportunities are not open to Open Signal staff or family members.