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Portland General Electric (OR) - A city-wide mural project paints a history lesson
Portland General Electric (OR)
Embrace Diversity & Team Building

A city-wide mural project paints a history lesson

Looking to create a cohesive environment that blends diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures? Through exhibitions, performances and workshops, the arts provide opportunities for employees to grapple with workplace concerns and become more familiar with their coworkers around the world. Portland General Electric (PGE) liberally incorporates the arts into its corporate culture, while also encouraging other area businesses to follow suit. PGE underwrote the creation of “Creative Differences,” a diversity program the company co-developed with a local arts nonprofit.


In addition, PGE has instituted the “Powerhouse Art Project”, where local artists represent, through paintings or other works of art, the mills and powerhouses that dot the rivers around Portland, Oregon. It’s not only bringing awareness of the PGE story to the community, but acting as a corporate culture building exercise as well, as employees see their company celebrating itself (and by extension, them) in the community.

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