The range of speakers announced by Bend Design 2021

The range of speakers announced by Bend Design 2021

Designers, changemakers and the curious gather for a series of talks, art exhibitions, a film at Tin Pan Theater, and more at Open Space Studios near downtown Bend.

Bend Design 2021, a program of Scalehouse, will be taking place for the seventh year as a hybrid (online and in-person) creative conference on Friday, Oct. 22.


  • “Following a profoundly transformative year, how we show up for our communities matters more than ever,” says René Mitchell, Scalehouse Executive Director. “Collaboration, relentless curiosity and a daring expression of design can be used to look at how we shape our world around us,” Mitchell added.

  • A limited number of in-person passes are available for an intimate and safe Bend Design experience, along with virtual passes to watch the event in real-time.

Bend Design is for artists and designers, explorers, thinkers, scientists, engineers, civic and business leaders, and anyone curious about how design and creativity can shape our future.

This year, Bend Design brings together the brightest and boldest minds to talk about eco design, social justice, education, sustainable fashion and social media to explore what it means to be human in a world where the role of design is constantly shifting.

Passes are available in three ways: In-Person, Virtual and A la carte. All-Access In-Person Passes are $175, $50 for students. All-Access Virtual Program Passes are based on a sliding scale, starting at $10. A la carte tickets are available for $25/speaker, virtual only.

Anisa Tavangar hangs out at the intersection of art, justice and spirituality and is a writer and curator at For Freedoms, an arts organization that uses the voices of artists to further public discourse and reshape essential conversations.

Her work fosters creative collaboration between museums, artist studios, galleries, publications, and justice organizations across art, culture and design to explore how beauty in all forms can foster justice. For Freedoms reframes how art can shed light on our current reality.

Anisa holds a degree in Art History and Africana Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University and is based in New York and Philadelphia.