New Oregon Arts & Letters

Our org is closing its doors, so we vacuumed out the bank account & sent small donations to these organizations. They're just a drop in the bucket, too. Oregon is chock fulla beautiful amazing organizations and the beautiful devoted people who make them go. Please support your local arts and culture orgs in these strange times!

Performance Works NW ~ Portland, Ore. ~ Host to several New Oregon/2GQ shows, and the organization that awarded us an Alembic grant for "House Bound," Performance Works NW embodies the honesty, realness, humor, and artistic boundary-pushing Portland needs. More officially: "Performance Works NorthWest || Linda Austin Dance engages artists and audiences of the Pacific Northwest in the process of experimentation, creation and dialog around the presentation of contemporary performance. As an artist-focused incubator for new time-based work, we nurture local artistry while linking Portland audiences and artists to regional, national and international artists whose work challenges and inspires."  ~

Brown Hall PDX ~ Portland, Ore. ~ "We are Black Artists in the Portland, OR area who are working to promote, build, sustain, and support a strong community based in creativity, love, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and getting shit done. We are a village." ...'and getting shit done.' Could we see that in more organizations' mission statements, please? Excellent.  ~ ~ (Donated via fiscal sponsor All Ages Music Portland.)

Write Around Portland ~ Portland, Ore. ~"Everyone can be a writer and benefit from and contribute to their community through the literary arts. Writing is a powerful tool for individual and societal transformation, self-expression, healing and the realization of the dignity of one’s self and others. Writing and sharing stories helps us access our common humanity and connects individuals and groups who are often separated by age, race, income level, gender, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, health status, education level and the geographic and social boundaries of neighborhoods. In any life, especially one lived in poverty or isolation, there is a vital need for art, community and joy." ~

CC Stern Type Foundry ~ Portland, Ore. ~  "The C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s Museum of Metal Typography is a working museum–with a focus on 'working.' We operate one of the only type foundries between San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C. Our capability to make metal type and decorative print elements, and to share that craft with the community, fills a growing need within the Pacific Northwest’s vital network of designers, letterpress printers and book artists." ~

Hypatia-in-the-Woods  ~ Shelton, Wash. ~ Residency program with a focus on women artists & writers ~ "A Resource for Women in the Arts, Academia, and Entrepreneurship" ~ A stay at Holly House really gets a lady's creative juices flowing. Wonderful! ~

IPRC ~ Independent Publishing Resource Center ~ Portland, Ore. ~ "The IPRC’s Mission is to facilitate creative expression, identity and community by providing individual access to tools and resources for creating independently published media and artwork." How can ya beat that? Honestly! These guys are great. ~

Crows Shadow ~  Pendleton, Ore. ~ "Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development." Listening to a lecture by the truly incredible landscape painter, James Lavadour, years ago, I learned he'd helped found this excellent organization. ~

Signal Fire ~ Portland, Ore. ~ Residencies in fire lookouts and lil' trailers? We loved these guys from the get-go. "Signal Fire builds the cultural value of the natural world by connecting artists to our remaining wild places. We believe in artists as agents of change." ~

p:ear  ~ Portland, Ore. ~ "Creatively Mentoring Homeless Youth," their website demurely states. These guys do strong, tough, beautiful work.  "p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year our programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people ages 15 to 24." ~

Scalehouse ~ Bend, Ore. ~ "Giving shape to a new contemporary creative center in Bend, Oregon through programming and events that promote creative thinking, innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration." ~

Hand2Mouth Theatre ~ Portland, Ore. ~ "Hand2Mouth is a theatre ensemble committed to creating original work. Drawing from dance, music, theatre and design, Hand2Mouth strives to connect honestly with audiences and collaborators, blurring the line between performance and reality. We celebrate the raw, charged potential of the live encounter, and our methods and styles change to meet the demands of the work. Hand2Mouth performances push boundaries towards theatre that is bold and accessible." ~

Q Center ~ Portland, Ore. ~ "The center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, equity, visibility and community building." And especially these days, a safe space deserves support! ~