Founded in 2011, The Conceptual Oregon Performance School (C.O.P.S.) is a free, artist-run, experimental summer school with a focus on contemporary ‘performance’ and strategies. Its mandate is to engage participants in the methodologies, critical theory, and dialogue surrounding the discipline while investigating its social and cultural role. Participants will experiment with a myriad of contemporary ‘performance strategies’ based upon formal and informal lectures, seminar-based dialogue, and structured group critique. C.O.P.S. embraces the learning through making and leap before you look approach and philosophy to contemporary art.