Hot off the Presses: Jade Journal Vol 1 hits the streets!

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Teacher Tim Schulze is surrounded by students and Jade Journals at the Jade Journal Release event, February 15th, 2015.

On Sunday, February 15, Know Your City had a release party for Jade Journal #1, a student-generated multilingual newspaper about the SE 82nd community at APANO’s Jade District Office. The paper is the culmination of a 12-week KYC youth program with Tim Schulze’s 5th-grade class at Harrison Park School, with assistance and lesson planning from designer and educator Travis Neel.

Know Your City expresses a warm thank you to everyone who attended the event. It was terrific to hear students read the stories they had written: Thanks, Elaine and Jacoby! Harrison Park teacher Tim Schulze spoke and introduced the students and recounted highlights from the program. Anita Yap, APANO board member talked about the benefits a youth project like the Jade Journal has on the SE 82nd community. Many of the guest speakers who visited the class were also on hand to share experiences from working with the students, Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, Ronault “Polo” Catalani, Michael Lui and Rosaline Hui. Everyone was excited to see the inaugural paper in its final version.

Jade Journal was featured in an article in the Oregonian by Casey Parks, What’s life like East of 82nd? Ask the kids. And if you didn’t catch it, be sure to check out our blogpost leading up to the Jade Journal release event.

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Want to get a copy of Jade Journal? In the coming weeks, we’ll be hitting the streets and getting the paper distributed around town. Thanks to the Portland Tribune, we’ll have a few news boxes in the Jade District – at FuBonn Shopping Center, Harrison Park School and Portland Community College Southeast Campus. We’ll also have some paper distribution at locations in inner Portland.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with distribution. Have a vehicle that can haul a couple boxes? Own a truck that can help us transport the news boxes? Want a stack of Jade Journals to put in your neighborhood cafe? To lend a hand for an hour or two, e-mail Amanda.

Want to get a copy of Jade Journal mailed to your door? Sign up to be a member. The project would not have been possible without the support of Know Your City Members. Along with the many benefits of being a KYC Member, you will receive a complimentary copy mailed directly to your door. This money directly helps Know Your City and its youth programs by supporting the staff necessary to make programs like this possible. Support the expansion of programs like Jade Journal in schools and join now.

Want to read the paper electronically? Unable to track down a copy of the paper in person? Download a PDF of Jade Journal here.

For more on Jade Journal, see our previous report backs:

http://knowyourcity.org/2014/11/14/east-portland-newspaper-project-report-back-2/
http://knowyourcity.org/2014/08/27/east-portland-newspaper-project/

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Jade Journal Release February 15

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Know Your City is looking forward to celebrating the release of Jade Journal#1 at a public event co-hosted by Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), this Sunday, February 15th, at the APANO Jade District Office (2738 SE 82nd Avenue). At the event, students will read their stories, and there will be an opportunity for Q&A. Treats from local restaurant Wing Wa BBQ and Voodoo Doughnuts will be served as well. The event is open to the public; more info here.

Jade Journal is a student-generated multilingual newspaper about the SE 82nd community, created over 12 weeks in Tim Schulze’s fifth-grade class at Harrison Park School. During the program, students learned journalism fundamentals, graphic design and photographic skills and interviewing and research skills from guest speakers. They went out into their community and spoke to business owners and their peers to get to the bottom of important issues along the SE 82nd Avenue neighborhood, like safety, food deserts, racism and more.

Recently, Marc Moscato, Executive Director of Know Your City, and teacher Tim Schulze sat down with X-Ray.FM to discuss the program; listen in here.

Want to get a copy of Jade Journal? Sign up to be a member. Along with the many benefits of being a KYC Member, you will receive a Jade Journal mailed directly to your door. Support the expansion of programs like Jade Journal in schools and join now.

For more on Jade Journal, see our previous report backs:
http://knowyourcity.org/2014/11/14/east-portland-newspaper-project-report-back-2/
http://knowyourcity.org/2014/08/27/east-portland-newspaper-project/

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De-Gentrifying Portland – photos and last thoughts

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2014. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

De-Gentrifying Portland has concluded and we wish to thank Program Coordinator and artist Sharita Towne and participating youth: Hayley Bauske, Donovan Smith, Mia Robinson, Baqi Coles, Diamond Ferguson, Jonny Cool Star Gazer, Llondyn Elliott, Savanna Carter and Sam Graves. The program provided instruction and resources for predominately African-American youth to explore urban development and gentrification through filmmaking. Know Your City wishes to thank program collaborators and partners: Portland African American Leadership Forum, Self Enhancement, Inc and Portland Community Media, the project funders – Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and Regional Arts & Culture Council, as well as the many guest speakers and those who provided input along the way –Lisa Bates, Avel Gordly, Mic Crenshaw etc (too many to name here!).

The program culminated in two public screenings: one at Rosewood Community Initiative (thank you Jenny Glass!) and the other at the Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge (thank you John Bryant!). Thanks to everyone who came out to both screenings, which showcased “I Am Your Neighbor” – a zine produced by students, the student films, several films made by local artists and educators, a collaborative T-shirt project, local spoken word and hip hop, and a panel and community dialogue after the screenings. You can watch the final videos from the screenings below the cut.

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“I AM YOUR NEIGHBOR” zines. Photo by Shawn Patrick Higgins.

A special thanks to all the contributors to the “I AM YOUR NEIGHBOR” zine (produced in a PhotoVoice workshop with PAALF and SEI): Ciara Niece, Kahedja Burley, Rose M. Hall, Mon’et Franks, Dezhae Moreland, Robert White, Asia Savage, Deshawn Spencer, Sabrin Sanders and Leroy Lott. View the “I AM YOUR NEIGHBOR” zine here. A second edition of the book is being printed and will be available at the talk back and future screenings (see below).

Here’s a few last thoughts from Donovan Smith (Ignorant Reflections), a participating artist in the program:

Gentrification is over! Well…not really…at all, but the De-Gentrifying Portland project working to shed light on the the various effects that this process has on people has wrapped up.

The two screenings at Sons of Haiti and Rosewood Initiative went extremely well; packed houses at both venues. The youth filmmakers were on hand for a panel-style discussion following both presentations where audience members were able to pick the brains of the young geniuses. From films and music, shirts and posters, and good conversation the city was left with more tools to use while considering gentrification and other issues from both a local and national perspective.

Another thanks to Sharita Towne, Portland Community Media, KBOO, Jodi Darby, Erin Yanke, and all others that made this project possible; especially the YOUTH!

Thanks, Donovan!

While the De-Gentrifying Portland program has concluded, there are a few events in the works that carry on the program’s message. Know Your City will host a members Talk Back event w/ artist Sharita Towne (and Emily Squires) on Tuesday, February 3rd, 5:30PM-7:30PM at Union Station. Sharita and Emily will discuss their respective programs and share highlights, and there will be drinks and refreshments. This is a special opportunity to meet other Know Your City members who care about art and social justice and deepen your connection to our vital community work. RSVP recommended; more info here.

Additional screenings are being confirmed at SEI and Rosewood Community Initiative. More details coming soon. Watch the videos and see more photos from the North Portland De-Gentrifying Portland event, taken by Elijah Hasan, December 13th, 2014 at Sons of Haiti Lodge after the jump.

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

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De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013

De-Gentrifying Portland Screening, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge, December 13, 2013. Photograph by Elijah Hasan.

“What Happened?” by Savanna Carter, Samuel Graves and Llondyn Elliott

“Evolution of Portland” by Jonny Sanders, Baqi Coles, and Diamond Ferguson

“clarity” by Hayley Bauske and Donovan Smith

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Reflections: Dispatch from CRCI Mural Project #3

Some background: The CRCI Art Workshop is a 12-week collaborative project in which participants will design, create and install a site-specific artwork inside of Columbia River Correction Institution (CRCI), a minimum security men’s facility in North Portland. We’re designing, creating and installing a series of flags – imagine the flags flying above used car lots, flags marking the end of the swimming pool, or Tibetan prayer flags, floating on the wind – and we will hang them throughout the interior and exterior space of CRCI. All participants will also mail flags to people of their choosing on the outside.

We have just started screenprinting. Here’s a pile of the first batch of flags:

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A few of the participants took some time to write thoughts on what it is like to be in our art workshop. Here are their reflections:

Punished for telling the truth and for feeling guilty; the act was punishment enough; I know I’m not a bad person, so does everyone who takes the time to get to know me; it is really hard for me to talk to people, I get really nervous. I start to shake and sweat and my words and thoughts never come out, my opportunity is lost. My drawing and stories I write are subliminal but mean so much, they are glimpses of who I am. Enjoy. (Balue)

This workshop is doing a lot for me, it’s hard to narrow it down enough for me to put into words. I have been taken out of the world. To my friends, family, and neighbors I simply disappeared but this is allowing me to create something, something for my alter-universe I am in now, but also for the universe I once belonged to. I can’t explain how I feel about that, it now seems like I have a place back in the universe I was ripped from. (Dakotah)

This program has helped me branch out of my one-trick pony style. I’m starting to realize my art can carry a message. (Steve)

Life is not counted by the breaths you take but by the times your left breathless. (Nik)

Prison – a dismal experience at best. One day a week I experience a brilliant ray of sunshine. I call it “My art in prison” time. It is my time to smile, have fun, be free. This is not your typical art experience. You don’t have to be an amazing artist to feel at home in this class. We use a lot of modalities and each class is very experiential. We have done etchings, timelines, learned about color, made books, and we are now making flags, to name just some of the things we do in class. This class means the world to me. It allows me to escape the typical prison experience and play in the realm of free expression. It is very expansive and I am very grateful for this class. [Cliff]

“Mural Class.” C.R.C.I. “2014” – this class has been “excellent” for “me.” As a way to channel “positive” behavior. I enjoy this to the extent that I am an aspiring “artist” who maintained from the start of this program that this would be a fun experience for me and others as well. Upon my enrolling others saw “me” and joined as well. People figure if he’s cool and doing programs like this then I might as well ask and enroll. Just like that the class grew. And now I can say I look forward to doing future programs as such.” [Joe]

Stay posted for details about a preview of the project, and the conclusion of the program in the coming days.

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volunteer posting: membership coordinator

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Are you interested in learning fundraising and development? Here’s your opportunity to join a growing nonprofit organization! Through this internship, you’ll learn hands-on skills, helping in our day-to-day operations, and fulfilling our mission of engaging the public in arts and social justice projects.

KYC is looking for a volunteer Membership Coordinator to assist with its membership and donor management efforts. Volunteership requires approximately 2-8 hours of work/ week, with job responsibilities which include overseeing donor management system database, communicating with donors and manage fundraising campaigns and assisting with organizational outreach and community engagement efforts.

This is a great opportunity to learn hands-on development and fundraising skills at a rapidly growing nonprofit organization. Work is based at our downtown office in historic Union Station, and some work that can be done remotely.

Download the job posting here. We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible, or by January 1, 2015. For more info, email: ask@knowyourcity.org.

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DISPATCH #2 FROM CRCI

Silkscreened texture of the walls (L) and floor (R) of our classroom at CRCI.

Silkscreened texture of the walls (L) and floor (R) of our classroom at CRCI.

The CRCI Art Workshop is a 12-week collaborative project in which participants will design, create and install a site-specific artwork inside of Columbia River Correction Institution (CRCI), a minimum security men’s facility in North Portland. We’re designing, creating and installing a series of flags – imagine the flags flying above used car lots, flags marking the end of the swimming pool, or Tibetan prayer flags, floating on the wind – and we will hang them throughout the interior and exterior space of CRCI. All participants will also mail flags to people of their choosing on the outside.

Creating artwork that deals with place – which is essentially a core element of Know Your City’s mission – raises complicated questions about visibility (who and what areas are seen as part of the community) and voice (Who defines community? Who speaks, who listens and who is heard?).

Part of the point of this project is to create more awareness of the prison system on a local level: Portland is not just what is represented through Portlandia. I’m still a relative newcomer to town, but the more I learn about Portland, I realize that the history of this place – like most of the United States – is one of policed borders and displaced peoples. The prison industrial complex is a whole world unto itself. If you don’t have a personal connection to some one in jail, you probably have the privilege to literally never see the behemoth that incarcerates over 2.4 million people in the United States. There are close to six hundred men incarcerated in CRCI. This institution and the people in it are a part of the Portland community.

As this project has morphed from a static mural on a wall into an opportunity to create silkscreened multiples that will live in the world in many places, we’ve had some lively discussions. We’ve talked about personal and cultural understandings of flags: as expressions of pride, values, or information; as objects resonant with symbolism; as banners to inspire emotion; as a “logo for a nation;” as semaphore; as tools of inclusion and exclusion; as representations of patriotism and disillusionment. We have discussed tattoos as markers on the body that can carry meaning for two different types of audiences. Some ink has meaning only to the person who wears it – a personal reminder or message; tattoos can also serve to communicate information or ideas to an external audience. We decided that the flags we create will consider what messages, meaning and information the artists want to share with an internal audience at the prison, but also with folks on the outside. These will not be the flags of conquerors, claiming ownership or land; these flags will be crossing borders of inside and outside, and hopefully making all of us (re)consider our own role in and relationship to the prison industrial complex.

On Wednesday, we started to design the flags. We didn’t get very far because halfway through the workshop, there was an institution-wide lockdown because a tool from the shop was missing. Since I can’t share any design brainstorm images yet, the photo I’m including in the post is a sample silkscreen of two textures created a few weeks ago. We spent some time making rubbings of all the surfaces in our classroom using graphite and newsprint. The textures provide a different way to see the inside of CRCI.

Look for more updates on the CRCI mural project soon. Don’t forget: Know Your City is in the middle of our Fall Membership Drive and when you sign up to be member, you directly support our work like the CRCI Mural Project. As a member, you’ll be able to delve deeper into this project through a talk back about the project and we’re working to make the show open to all members. Make sure we can continue these critical placemaking programs – sign up to be a member of Know Your City now.

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