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Oregon illustartors – we're offering a $1,000 honorarium for new Renter's Rights comic; deadline is April 25th.

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Comics For Change! is still available. Order at our shop.

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Our tours are starting back up, including the popular "Keep Portland Wired!" tech tour 5/16.

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Download PDX Social History Guide, a free app and website of Portland's multicultural history.

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know your city is hiring: tour guide and kiosk teller

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In preparation of Know Your City’s kiosk opening next month, we’re hiring two part-time contracted positions: a Kiosk Teller and Tour Guide. The deadline for applications is next Friday, April 18th.

The Kiosk Teller will work out of Know Your City’s mobile bike kiosk, primarily located in SW Ankeny Alley, opening in mid-May 2014. Job is approximately 25 hours/ week (hours 11:30AM-6:30PM, Thursday-Sunday). Responsibilities include:

  • Manage tours and coordinate tour guides
  • Post tours and manage back end of ticketing system
  • Serve as ambassador for organization and answer questions about programs
  • Sell tickets to Know Your City tours
  • Sell Know Your City publications
  • Sell other related publications and Portland gifts
  • Manage inventory of cart and order merchandise
  • Manage organization social media
  • Move cart, open cart and close down
  • Answer general questions about Portland

Download the full job posting for the Kiosk Teller here.

The Tour Guide will work approximately 12-15 hours/ week (approximate hours are late afternoons, Thursday-Sunday). Job is part of a growing opportunity, with potential for growth depending on sales. Responsibilities include:

  •  Lead tours of the city with the following themes: Multicultural Portland (Portland’s multicultural heritage), Portland 101 (Portland’s political history) and DIY PDX (Portland’s independent business community). Tour Guide will be provided with scripts and coaching.
  • Engage groups of 5-25 people at a time as a public speaker
  • Serve as ambassador for organization and answer questions about programs
  • Communicate regularly with Kiosk Teller
  • Answer general questions about Portland

Download the full job posting for the Tour Guide here.

Again, the deadline for applications for both positions is EOD Friday, April 18th. See full job postings on details on how to apply. No phone calls, thanks!

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Know Your City awarded 3 major grant awards

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Today, Know Your City announces it is the recipient of three grant awards totaling $36,700. This is a major development for the organization, and the three awards will provide funding in several capacities.

Most significantly, Vital Projects has awarded Know Your City $25,000 for our general operating fund. After nearly five years of programming, this is a huge step – our first general operating grant! Starting next week, Amanda Tillstrom will start the part-time position of Programs Manager. Amanda has been a volunteer for more than 3 years, helping with our publications and programs. Funding will provide devoted staff time for outreach, managing the growing number of programs and ensuring the sustainability of the organization. Additionally, a portion of this grant funding will go towards funding a comics program in local prisons.

Know Your City is also the recent recipient of a $6,700 grant from Travel Portland to make possible “Off The Map,” a new print map project that will serve as a resource for visitors to find out about the city of Portland’s cultural attractions. Funds from this grant will be used to develop, design and print 5,000 copies of the map. Content for the map will be compiled by Know Your City staff and will be intricately illustrated by artist Kate Bingaman-Burt.

Last, but certainly not least, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation has awarded Know Your City $5,000 to provide finishing funds for our bike kiosk. Drawing on Portland’s popular food cart model, Know Your City is opening a mobile kiosk in Ankeny Alley in May, with the purpose of representing and promoting all of our programs. Last fall, we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $9,000, and this grant will provide the remaining funds needed to make this project a reality.

While our hearts are filled with gratitude for this institutional support and this foundation support is essential, so is your individual support. If you value the types of programs we have been providing, there has never been a better time to show your support and consider giving to the organization as we grow. The more that we continue to grow, the more programs we will be able to offer. So, pitch in what you can! It takes all of us to help ensure our programs will continue to thrive.

It is truly incredible to have see this organization grow from our humble origins to become a more established organization. We thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to continuing to engage people in the critical issues of art and social justice through creative placemaking projects.

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Renter’s Rights project launched

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Know Your City and Community Alliance of Tenants proudly announce a call for submissions for Renter’s Rights, an educational comic book for Oregon renters. The publication builds on the success of Know Your City’s previous graphic arts projects, like our Don’t Move Out! poster, Comics For Change! and Oregon History Comics.

Please check out our short promo video below and share with your friends! Then, download the application on the call for submissions page (applications are due April 25th).

In other publication news – don’t forget our big Comics For Change! reading coming up at Powell’s Books April 16th. You can also check out the OPB program on the project here. And, of course, you can purchase our publications here in our shop. Publications are made possible, in part, through contributions from our members. Find more information on membership online here.

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