Mythos Challenge is an annual Youth-Led Storytelling, Gaming, and Apps Project in Oregon.  

The Mythos Challenge invites you to create an interactive story, analog or digital game, or a mobile/web app inspired by a theme.

Each year the theme is inspired by a special exhibition at the Portland Art Museum selected by a Youth Council.  Each theme is a challenge to create real-world meaning for our communities.

At the end of the Challenge, you are invited to the Awards Celebration.

The Challenge celebrates youth-voice and encourages us to become leaders.  We are digital innovators, community builders, and creative designers.  Join the 2017 Mythos Challenge!

May 21st, 1-3pm: Meet and Join the 2017 Youth Council

For students grades 7-12. Please RSVP online

  • Learn about the Challenge and invent a theme
  • Play winning games, stories, and apps from prior Mythos Challenges
  • Free pizza and drinks
  • Learn about social justice through art works from your Portland Art Museum collection
  • Tour the Object Stories exhibition to discover techniques for highlighting community voices with Kristin Bayans, Manager of Interpretive Media.

If you can't join us Sunday, apply to become a Council Member online: or by email.


Spring 2017: Join the Youth Council and become a community leader in STEAM.

Summer 2017: Make games, stories, and apps in workshops and game jams hosted by Mythos Partners and K-12 educators. 

Fall 2017: Enter the third year of our Challenge to remix stories and games in Fall 2017. 

Past Challenges

Last year's Challenge Theme was Space and Place and was inspired by Portland Art Museum's special exhibition Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture. The Space and Place theme consisted of three sections - Shape, Design, and Materials - all of which had different definitions and modifies to be used to kick start research and development for entrant projects.

In 2015, we launched the Mythos Challenge with the theme Gods and Heroes inspired by Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris at the Portland Art Museum.


The Mythos  Challenge is a collaboration of  community partners and endorsers. The Mythos Youth Council is supported by Pixel Arts Game Education, the Portland Art Museum, PNCA's Make+ Think+ Code+, ChickTech, Innovation Academy, Multnomah County Libraries, and Girls, Inc. of the Pacific NW.

The 2017 Challenge is sponsored by Pixel Arts Game Education and by the generous support of the East Metro STEAM Partnership. 


Youth of all races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, genders, and abilities are welcome.