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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Last chance for Jade District/ Night Market Tour – this Saturday!



This Saturday Know Your City is excited to once again offer the Jade District/ Night Market walking tour – and you’d be crazy to miss it. This was one of our favorite tours of last year: we pretty much ate amazing food at every stop – plus we learned about efforts to prevent displacement and some amazing projects going on around SE 82nd.

Sign up to the tour has been slow and if we don’t get enough people to register for this event (as in purchasing tickets) the tour on Saturday will be cancelled. We need at least 9 more people to sign up by Friday at 2pm to run the tour. Get your tickets or miss out; the tour is a suggested $10-20 donation and tickets can be had here:

The tour takes participants to the Jade District, a neighborhood in SE Portland that is highly diverse, with nearly half of the district’s residents being people of color. The tour celebrates this cultural diversity, while also acknowledging some of the issues of equity the neighborhood faces. Join us as we meet and greet neighborhood businesses, hear from community advocates, sample amazing international foods and more!

The Jade District Tour will meet at Union Station in Old Town and will travel by MAX lightrail to sites in East Portland. The tour will meet with business owners and community stakeholders to hear a variety of perspectives on development and neighborhood revitalization. Tour stops include:

  • Jade District office and talk with staff
  • Peter Vuong, owner of HA & VL restaurant
  • Wing Ming Herbs owner Ken Yu
  • Wendy Chen from Tin Seng Trading Co.
  • Portland Chinese Times owner Rosalie Hui
  • Vong, owner of Thai Fresh, a small family-owned restaurant
  • Portland Community College’s new SE center and visit with Dean Craig
  • Fubonn Shopping Center and talk with owner Michael Liu about the largest Asian mall in the state
  • Night Market, an evening marketplace for the neighborhood to shop and socialize.

On both days, the tour will leave from Union Station at 2pm and finish by 5pm, with the option to remain in the Jade District to experience the Night MarketDon’t miss out on this opportunity – sign up for the tour now while you can.

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kickstarter a success – we could never have done it without you!

It fills our hearts with gratitude to let you know that after the last three and half weeks, we’ve finally made our Kickstarter goal. It is truly remarkable what we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short period of time, and we could have never done it without the support of 143+ backers. Thank you all so much!!

Our campaign is still live and will run until end of day Friday (tomorrow), but you can still pledge your support hereAnything pledged beyond our campaign goal will go towards the expansion of our Youth Voices News Program – which has brought you Jade Journal from Harrison Park School last year. Next year, we would like to expand the program to David Douglas High School and we’re currently writing grants to support this program expansion. Any additional funding from our Kickstarter will go directly to further ensure the realization of the program, and we will use funds to leverage support in our upcoming applications.

This is the last push as we conclude our campaign. We know we’ve sent you a lot of e-mails, and we appreciate your patience. This campaign has been so vital for us. Please, if there’s any friends or colleagues you think would be interested in supporting our work, spread the word these last 24+ hours to pledge to our Kickstarter.

We’re happy to announce we will be inviting all Kickstarter contributors at all levels, as well as Know Your City members and their guests, to a celebration party the evening of Thursday, August 20th. So save the date! The party will feature short talks by Wage/Working artist Laura Hadden and KYC tour guide Stanley Fonesca, refreshments and cocktails courtesy of New Deal Vodka, and a preview of some of the programs to look forward to in 2016. More details coming soon!

With our Kickstarter campaign fully funded, our financial sustainability is ensured to 2016. This is a huge moment of growth for KYC, and we thank you all so much for believing in us. Our work in only made possible with the love, encouragement and support of our community. Once again, thank you so much – we hope to see you at the celebration party August 20th!!

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help us clear the hump – kickstarter at 95%+

We’re so close we can almost taste it! Just $500 and change to go with 2 days left on our Kickstarter campaign to sustain our new projects for 2016. It’s been inspiring to see our community of friends, artists, members and supporters come together to truly show up for Know Your City in a concrete way by helping us to sustain our programs, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Who can step up and help us clear the last 5% of our campaign goal? Pledge your support now.

Once we hit our goal, we encourage you to continue contributing. Anything pledged beyond our campaign goal will go towards the expansion of our Youth Voices News Program – which has brought you Jade Journal from Harrison Park School. It is our goal to bring this student-led newspaper program to David Douglas High School. We’re currently writing grants to support this program expansion – but any additional funding from our Kickstarter will go directly to further ensure the realization of the program. We will then use funds to leverage support in upcoming grant applications.


Students who participated in Jade Journal visited Portland City Hall to present their work to the Mayor and City Councilors

Thank you so much for your support. We believe in our supporters and our community to make this happen. The Jade Journal newspaper has given students the opportunity to engage in their communities; to be leaders, writers, reporters, and artists; and to call the public to action to address the inequalities their neighborhood faces. Pledge now and give the high schoolers at David Douglas the same chance.

Help us raise the last 5% of our goal! Here’s three things you can do right now:

  • Take a minute, visit our Kickstarter page and pledge your support
  • Once you’ve pledged, be sure to help us spread the word by sharing this link: to your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Reach out to your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to support the campaign

Join us – every backer will get us closer to our goal. We can’t do it without you!

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