Workshops. Mentoring. Collaboration.

Empowering creative youth to imagine and achieve their artistic, educational, and professional dreams.

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The N M BODECKER FOUNDATION was established in 2017 by Sandy Bodecker, Nike’s legendary VP of Special Projects, as a tribute to his father, the award-winning author and illustrator N.M. Bodecker, who instilled a love and appreciation of the arts in Sandy and his two brothers. Sandy’s chosen career path and significant professional accomplishments were directly impacted by his father’s support, encouragement, and artistic influence. Inspired by this profound legacy, the Foundation’s workshop, mentoring, and scholarship programs empower creative youth to imagine and achieve their artistic, educational, and professional dreams.


The N M BODECKER FOUNDATION provides creative communities with an extraordinary and energetic gathering place for workshops, mentoring, and collaboration. Our 14,000 sqf building in NW Portland houses a state-of-the-art recording studio; multi-use creative, event and meeting spaces; a giant skate bowl; and well-appointed accommodations for artists in residence. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


The N M BODECKER FOUNDATION partners with professional artists, writers, musicians, and educators to design and lead immersive program experiences for middle and high school students who are interested in exploring the arts, including those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. Beginning in 2020, graduating workshop students will be invited to apply for scholarship funds to be disbursed annually. In addition to our youth programming, the Foundation’s multiuse creative spaces are made available to emerging artists and performers, like-minded nonprofit organizations, and our collaborative membership community.


Our workshop program disciplines include: art/illustration, creative writing, comics, music, audio recording/engineering, game design, skate culture, graphics, film/video, animation, and sneaker, apparel, and accessories design. We also partner with other youth and arts focused nonprofits to host their own programs and events at our building in NW Portland.


The Foundation’s custom built 14,000 sqf building in NW Portland includes well-appointed apartments reserved exclusively for Artists in Residence and bands recording at Halfling Studio, an on-site, state-of-the-art analog and digital recording facility. Artists in Residence are invited to stay in an apartment for up to one month while they focus on developing new creative work. In exchange, resident artists strengthen our collaborative community during their stay by leading a youth focused workshop and/or salon event for N M BODECKER FOUNDATION members.


Halfling Studio is a state-of-the-art analog and digital recording facility managed by N M BODECKER FOUNDATION Creative Director, Chris Funk (The Decemberists), along with engineers Adam Lee and Aaron Mullen. Studio revenue directly funds the Foundation’s music workshops and student programs. Artists including The Decemberists, Portugal. The Man, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Kim Gordon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Patterson Hood (Drive by Truckers), and Sleater Kinney have all recorded at Halfing Studio.



The Foundation’s collaborative, intergenerational community is grounded in Sandy’s personal creative ethos: Respect the Past, Embrace the Future. Foundation members will include professional artists, writers, and musicians who serve as program advisors, workshop leaders, and Artists in Residence; designers, entrepreneurs, business and nonprofit leaders who energize our multi-use creative, event, and meeting spaces; and creative workshop students whose emerging voices are nurtured, amplified, and supported by our programs and engaged membership community.



For information on upcoming youth workshops or to find out how you can get involved please use the contact form below. Or say