We partner with local organizations and youth programs that support social & evironmental justice and healing through art.
A camping retreat for people of color to experience the outdoors, conversate & relate, and enjoy community.
In addition to rotating exhibits, this community gallery offers free or low-cost workshops and classes.
Non-profit organization that builds up young men of color to do inspiring work in their communities.
KBOO embodies equitable social change with a commitment to the voices of oppressed and underserved communities.
A community resource that connects vulnerable communities in Portland with self-care resources, practitioners, and events.
OHEA seeks to enact smart policies to improve health and wellbeing through public policy, legislation, and policies that govern our communities.
Community based environmental education focused nonprofit that uses the natural world to connect children from underrepresented communities to STEM.
A youth-of-color-led organization inspiring inspire young people to realize their power individually and collectively and to mentor future social justice leaders.
Non-profit joins forces with other organizations to spread joy and healing through art.
Foster care agency working with some of the Portland black community’s most vulnerable kids, helping place black foster children into the hands of highly qualified foster homes of color.
A very short list of a just a few articles, books, and reports that reflect and inform our thinking.
ARTICLE: Research indicates that a culture of martyrdom discourages conversations about burnout and self-care among activists and movements.
ARTICLE: Creatives and activists share pratical ways to care for self during turbulent times.
ARTICLE: Faith leaders and community activists come together to discuss faith in the frontlines.
ARTICLE: Identifying the reality behind the buzzword "self-care."
“Living in a climate of deep insecurity, Jesus, faced with so narrow a margin of civil guarantees, had to find some other basis upon which to establish a sense of well-being. He knew that the goals of religion as he understood them could never be worked out within the then-established order. Deep from within that order he projected a dream, the logic of which would give to all the needful security. There would be room for all, and no man would be a threat to his brother. “The kingdom of God is within.” “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.”
― Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited
“Arguably the most important parallel between mass incarceration and Jim Crow is that both have served to define the meaning and significance of race in America. Indeed, a primary function of any racial caste system is to define the meaning of race in its time. Slavery defined what it meant to be black (a slave), and Jim Crow defined what it meant to be black (a second-class citizen). Today mass incarceration defines the meaning of blackness in America: black people, especially black men, are criminals. That is what it means to be black.”
― Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
“What if citizens organized to demand what the Declaration of Independence promised: a government that protected the equal rights of all to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? This would call for an economic system that distributed wealth in a thoughtful and humane way. It would mean a culture where young people were not taught to seek success as a mask for greed.”
― Howard Zinn, A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror
“We need to theorize the meaning of beauty in our lives so that we can educate for critical consciousness, talking through the issues: how we acquire and spend money, how we feel about beauty, what the place of beauty is in our lives when we lack material privilege and even basic resources for living, the meaning and significance of luxury, and the politics of envy.”
― bell hooks, Art on My Mind: Visual Politics
"...a timely critical analysis of the parameters and limitations of philosophical, artistic, and curatorial models responding to anthropogenic climate change. Rich and informative, the book makes an impassioned argument for a post-anthropocentric political ecology, in which the aesthetic realm enjoins with Indigenous philosophies and environmental activism to challenge the neoliberal corporate-state complex."
- Jean Fisher ,Emeritus Professor in Fine Art and Transcultural Studies, Middlesex University
"Trauma-informed care requires that we treat trauma in people but provides very little insight into how we might address the root causes of trauma in neighborhoods, families, and schools. If trauma is collectively experienced, this means that we also have to consider the environmental context that caused the harm in the first place. By only treating the individual we only address part of the equation leaving the toxic systems, policies and practices neatly intact. "
- Shawn Ginwright, PhD
We are a small non-profit organization staffed by volunteers. We will do our very best to respond to your inquiry within 48 hours. For more immediate inquiries about our retreats or youth programming please feel free to call during our office hours.
815 Northeast Schuyler St. #12181, Portland, Oregon 97212, United States