Happy 2013! DPC awarded 2 RACC project grants

Happy New Year Dill Picklers! 2013 is going to be HUGE for DPC! The year is already off to a fast start, as we are the recipient of not 1, but 2 project grants from the Regional Art & Culture Council. In all, RACC awarded $732,440 – including grants to 94 individual artists and 66 organizations and schools in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Read more about the awarded project grants here.

The first project is Displacement in Northeast Portland: A Youth Documentary Video Project, which will provide six teens who entered the I Have a Dream program as first graders at Woodlawn Elementary in North Portland with the opportunity to engage in self-examination through video production. Now high school seniors, they have dispersed throughout the metro area with their families. The videos, between 5-10 min in length, will examine the forces behind that dispersion, including gentrification and other neighborhood changes. DPC will teach students about the history of their neighborhoods through documentaries, texts and guest speakers.

We are honored to work with documentary filmmaker Brian Lindstrom on our first ever youth documentary video project. Brain is an accomplished filmmaker, and is getting ready to release his new film, Alien Boy on the life and death of James Chasse. Check out the trailer below.

The second project is Comics for Change, a series of 10 comics, each telling the story of an Oregonian working for social justice—racial equality, gay rights, environmental advocacy and more. While our last comics series, Oregon History Comics, examined Oregon’s past, this series will focus on contemporary social changes-and include subjects spanning generations, including youth activists and community elders. Subjects will include those working from within and outside of institutions, with subjects as diverse as Former Governor Barbara Roberts and LGBTQ advocate Poison Waters.

The project was also additionally funded Sappi Fine Paper’s Ideas That Matter program. Read more on the How Magazine feature on the program here. Stay tuned for details on both projects in the coming weeks.

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