This Land is an online multimedia project that collects and connects stories about land, home, belonging, and identity by Oregon’s communities of color. The project launched in February 2017.
The project uses film, words, maps, photos, sounds, and graphics by artists and writers of color to build a broader understanding of how policies and laws shape systems of power and land ownership in Oregon’s past and present.
From racist place names in Oregon to alien land laws and Chinese hops farmers to wildfire policies and tribal land, This Land explores little-known stories about the fight for place, home, and belonging and about how Oregonians of color have flourished, building homes and community, despite a long and continuing history of exclusionary policies.
This Land is made possible thanks to the Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation, which encourages Oregon artists to test new ideas, stretch their creative capacity, and take creative risks.
Do you have a story idea?
Through summer 2017, we are seeking proposals exclusively from filmmakers, photographers, and writers of color who want to tell Oregon stories about the fight for place, home, and belonging and about how Oregonians of color have flourished, building homes and community, despite a long and continuing history of exclusionary policies. Because one of the goals of the project is to show the often invisible systems of inequity that affect communities of color, we are solely interested in proposals that show the connection between these stories of place, whether historical or contemporary, and federal, state, and local policies and legislation.
After reviewing the This Land website and familiarizing yourself with Oregon Humanities, please submit your proposal, including relevant links to work samples, via our online form. This Land is a collaborative project, so please share any ideas you have about working with artists in other media.
Oregon Humanities staff will serve as editors and producers for commissioned projects. The budget range for each medium is as follows: short films ($6,500 maximum), long-form essays and articles ($2,500), and photoessays ($2,500). For collaborative projects, we'll develop customized budgets. We are seeking an additional three to six story ideas from this call for proposals to supplement projects we are currently working on.
Proposals will be reviewed as we receive them, with priority given to those submitted by April 1, 2017. No phone calls, please.