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The Wage/Working jukebox has moved to Likewise, 3564 SE Hawthorne

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KYC is excited to partner with AARP Oregon AGAIN for a new tour of Portland's Waterfront, 10/24 10am

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ONE MORE DAY Saturday 10/10 Summer tours have ended but A People's History of Portland is extended thanks to the PCS production of Our Town. Click for more info!

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Thanks! Portland Timbers Commmunity Fund honor Jade Journal students.


KYC Summer Walking Tours End

Executive Director Marc Moscato, leading a tour group. After 6 years, he will step down from his position.

It’s officially Fall and that marks the end of daily KYC Summer Walking Tours, leaving from Ankeny Alley.

Thanks to everyone who came on one of our daily walking tours, A People’s History of Portland or Sing-A-Song of Portland. We know you were entertained and educated by our guides, Stanley Fonesca, Daniela Jimenez and Sam Cooper.

It was a great summer for us: a mix of locals and visitors, learning about Portland’s independent musical history and the working-class and immigrant heroes who built Portland. This was only our second year offering daily walking tours, and it’s been really gratifying to experience so much interest that has developed in Portland’s past and how we relate to present issues like social justice and equity, new immigrant communities to Portland, civic responsibilities, homeless and houseless individuals, LGBTQ communities, and more.

Please note that our two tours, A People’s History of Portland and Sing-A-Song of Portland are both available as private tours for groups of 6 or more – throughout the year! You may inquire by sending an email to or calling our office: (971) 717-7307.

We’ll return in summer 2016! See you then!

Daniela Tour




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Wage/Working Jukebox Opens at ADX This Friday!

The Wage/Working jukebox is on the move again!

After a wonderful reception and month-long stay at Portland Mercado, on Friday, August 28th the jukebox will be traveling west to ADX (417 SE 11th Ave), a makerspace and collaborative hub located in the Buckman neighborhood.

Artists Tennessee Watson and Laura Hadden with communtiy producers Sam Mattingly and Sara Sevcech and hair stylist/storyteller Nadege Martino at the Portland Mercado opening of the project. Photo credit: Julie Keefe

The jukebox features stories and sounds from workers in Portland, each edited to the length of time it takes it takes that worker to earn $1. The stories are collected and produced by Tennessee Watson and myself along with a group of 9 producers (Ender Black, Julie Keefe, John Poelstra, Sarah Sevcech, Samuel Mattingly, and Laura Vanderlyn) trained through a workshop we held in July at KBOO Community Radio. The jukebox currently features stories from a sign painter, a castor store owner, a midwife, a gym owner, two members of a band, a food cart chef/co-owner, a police officer, an assistant manager at a thrift store, a hair stylist, an ice cream scooper, a call center representative, and an activist, with more to come throughout the year.

Please join us for the jukebox opening event this Friday, August 28th, 6:30 –8:30PM to check out the jukebox, reflect on income inequality, and celebrate the labor of the people who make Portland possible. Beer will be available via donation thanks to Burnside Brewing. The jukebox will be on-site in a publicly accessible part of ADX through late September.

I am personally excited about having the jukebox at ADX because, like Portland Mercado, it is a community center that incubates and accelerates Portland talent and businesses as well as a site for recreation and community engagement. Instead of the enticing aroma of pupusas you might enjoy the faint scent of wood chips, but these are both places where Portlanders turn passion to profit and perfect their crafts. I couldn’t imagine a better background for this project.

Thanks to our friends at Portland Mercado (Jamie and Jesus, to name just a few) who made sure things ran smoothly for us over there and for all of you who came out to celebrate the project and/or eat some of the best food in Portland. We were thrilled to meet you and very grateful for your insights about wage, labor, and value in our community. We asked visitors for their responses to three questions, posted below.

We hope that you will continue exploring the working lives of Portland with us as we grow and migrate around the city.

Wage/Working is made possible through a partnership with Know Your City and a small grant from SE Uplift’s Neighborhood Small Grant Program. If you’d like more information about the project, visit our website at or email us at You can also RSVP to our event and help us spread the word on Facebook.

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Co-Founder Marc Moscato departs KYC, party this Thurs 8/20


After 6 years of leading the organization, Know Your City Executive Director Marc Moscato will be stepping down from the position. On Thursday, August 20th, from 5:30PM-7:30PM at Union Station (800 NW 6th Ave) #318 Know Your City Kickstarter backers, members and their guests are cordially invited to a party to honor Marc’s service to the organizationThe party will also be an opportunity to meet program artists and get an inside look at KYC’s fall projects.

Marc co-founded Know Your City (formerly Dill Pickle Club) in 2009, with Lucy Rockwell and Kyle Von Hoetzendorff. In Know Your City’s six year history, the organization has made its mark as a vital resource for connecting people (new and long-time Portlanders alike) with the arts, education, and culture through creative placemaking. Know Your City’s programs, publications, and projects have embraced highlighting tenuous, local issues such as gentrification, livability of our neighborhoods, funding for our schools, incarceration, and living wages. Marc’s departure as Executive Director is a substantial transition that also presents new opportunities for the organization’s future. 


Executive Director Marc Moscato. After 6 years, he will step down from his position.

“Know Your City has been a huge part of my life and it’s incredibly hard for me to say goodbye. The last 6 years have been some of the most colorful and joyous of my life, and it has been a great experience in all aspects. It has been deeply meaningful experience and has far exceeded my expectations.” said Marc. “I know we’ve made a difference in Portland, and have helped shaped dialogue about some of the most pressing issues facing the city. I want to thank everyone for their support and the memories – we could not have accomplished everything we have without our amazing community of artists and activists. However, I feel the time has come to explore new opportunities. I’m excited to see KYC continue to grow under its new leadership, and to see its continued success.”

Know Your City’s Board Chair, Benjamin Gerritz, stated, “Having developed Know Your City into an organization that continually enriches Portland, I am immensely grateful for Marc’s exemplary contributions. The mission of Know Your City, under Marc’s leadership, has touched countless lives and while his departure is challenging, I hope our supporters will join Know Your City’s Board as we looking forward to building upon our successes in service to our community.”

Know Your City’s Board will be conducting an extensive internal and external search for Executive Director candidates over the next two months with the intention of securing a new Executive Director by November, 2015. Download the job description here; applications are due September 30th.  

KYC Programs Coordinator Amanda Tillstrom will assume new leadership as Interim Director while the organization searches for a permanent Executive Director.  Amanda Tillstrom (formerly the organization’s Programming Coordinator) will be assume the role of Interim Executive Director. Amanda has an established history of working with Know Your City as the organization’s only, additional staff person. Said Know Your City’s Board Chair, “Amanda has the proven skills necessary to guide Know Your City over the coming months while our search for a permanent Executive Director takes place. I hope you’ll join our Board in welcoming and supporting Amanda in this expanded role.”

Amanda Tillstrom, pictured leading a tour, will be Know Your City's Interim Director.

Amanda Tillstrom, pictured leading a tour, will be Know Your City’s Interim Director.

KYC will host a Summer Party to celebrate the change in leadership, on Thursday, August 20th, from 5:30PM-7:30PM at Union Station (800 NW 6th Ave) #318. This is a special opportunity to meet other Know Your City supporters who care about art and social justice and deepen connections with the organization’s vital community work. At the party, there will be short presentations by Wage/Working artist Laura Hadden and KYC Tour Guide Stanley Fonesca. This is an all ages event with cocktails courtesy of New Deal Vodka. RSVPs appreciated to:

Please join us as we close an era, and open a new one!

 KYC Summer Party

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