2019 Responsive Program Grants

Projects that received Responsive Program Grant funds from November 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Stories My Mother and Father Told Me, Helen Zia and Putsata Reang, 2019. Photo by Jeff Lee

Airlie Poetry Night (Airlie Press, Hillsboro)    
$1,000 in support of a free, open poetry event as part of the Association of Writers and Publishers (AWP) conference. This event explored some challenging topics, such as the disparity of incarceration rates amongst indigenous peoples in the justice system, the current state of the Latino community in the Portland metro area, and invisible communities within the city.

Improved Nez Perce Teaching Box (Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph)
$1,000 in support for updates to the Nez Perce Teaching Box, a toolkit to use in middle schools in Oregon and Washington to educate students on the rich history and culture of indigenous peoples, especially on the history of the Nez Perce people.

Understanding and Confronting White Nationalism (Community Alliance of Lane County, Eugene)
$1,000 in support of a four-part series of film screenings and community conversations with civic leaders, activists, and artists to enhance the local communities’ understanding of and ability to confront white nationalism in Lane County.

Public Showing of Circles and Discussion (Resolutions Northwest, Portland)        
$1,000 in support for a showing of Cassidy Friedman’s film Circles followed by community conversations around restorative justice. The film showcases the restorative justice movement that is addressing the root causes of conflict, accountability and equity with youth in communities of color.   

Stories my Mother and Father Told Me (Portland Chinatown Museum, Portland)  
$1,000 in support of a multifaceted Asian American storytelling series that explores the intersections of race, generation, gender, and place in regard to immigrant life. Organized by the recently opened Portland Chinatown Museum, the series is a response to a desire among museum members, broader Asian American and white audiences, and the Chinatown community for more storytelling programs featuring Chinatown community elders.

Three Immigrant and Refugee Stories on Exclusion and Inclusion (MediaRites Productions, Portland)      
$1,000 in support of an hourlong combination of three monologues followed by an audience conversation moderated by radio producer, writer, and MediaRites Executive Producer Dmae Roberts. The monologues are “See Her Strength” by writer/performer Samson Syharath, a story honoring the sacrifices of the writer’s mother; “Carmelita” by Latina writer Yasmin Ruvalcaba, showing the desperation of a refugee risking her life to find safety but being met with fear and danger; and “Harvest,” written by Dmae Roberts, covering four generations of an Asian American’s family history in Oregon, including the long history of Oregon’s exclusion laws and Robert's present-day reflections as an Asian American.

Intracommunity Healing Conversations (Untangled, Tigard)
$1,000 in support of four dialogues addressing large gaps in, and laying the groundwork for comprehensive community-based dialogue within refugee communities around identity, integration, belonging, and the future. Dialogues were cofacilitated by a psychiatrist, an expert on trauma, and a former asylum-seeker.        

St. Johns Village: A Series of Living Room Discussions (St. Johns Center for Opportunity, Portland)
$1,000 in support of community-driven, living-room-style discussions led by the St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO) and the St. Johns Welcomes the Village Coalition to discuss the relocation of a tiny house village, Hazelnut Grove, from Portland’s Overlook neighborhood to St. Johns. The discussions’ goals are to begin the process of integrating village members into the community.

Training on Anti-Blackness  (Impact NW, Portland)       
$1,000 in support of a workshop to provide education, improve awareness, and provide a focused space to address racism, ostracization, inequities, and lack of retention of black employees, facilitated by Tashia Harris, a black transfemme, writer, educator, trainer, and professor. 

Alegria Joy (Baker County Community Literacy Coalition, Baker City)          
$1,000 in support of the Alegría program, a series of events to celebrate and support Latino culture and heritage at South Baker Intermediate School.

Know Your Legal Rights Outreach (El Programa Hispano Católico, Gresham)          
$1,000 in support of a bilingual English/Spanish information and leadership program addressing access to information in the Latino community. The program included a Know Your Rights workshop to provide information related to immigration rights and housing discrimination.

Art Reflecting Life: A Response to the Homelessness Crisis in Eugene-Springfield (Eugene Opera, Eugene)
$1,000 in support of educational opportunities and performances by the Eugene Opera, community partners, and teaching artists to bring forward issues of homelessness and support youth creating monologues and dialogues to be presented to the community. 

Native Artists and Storyteller Symposium (Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., Portland)
$1,000 in support of a program responding to the lack of Native American visibility regarding representation of voice and culture in the Portland urban area. The program brought artists, storytellers, and the community at large to participate in talks, panels, and film screenings to discuss topics around Native artists and storytellers.

The Modoc War Documentary Screening and Conversation with Don Gentry, Chair of Klamath Tribes (Ross Ragland Theatre, Klamath Falls)
$1,000 in support of a community screening of the OPB documentary The Modoc War accompanied by a panel and community discussion with Klamath Tribal Chairman Don Gentry. This program brought together people to discuss historical misconceptions and to appreciate local history and culture.         

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation (Presence Collective, Portland)
$1,000 in support of conversations facilitated by Zen Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams discussing radical dharma as a tool to address barriers to dismantling white supremacy. This was a deeply immersive introduction to encountering race and racism where it lives in our lives. It supported awareness and the practices of dismantling the negative impacts of racialization on our collective minds, hearts and bodies.





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