The Unity Project
We’re excited to present the Unity Project!
The Unity Project is a two part project. The first portion is a collaborative public art project in which we have paired 24 recognized local artists with 24 foster youth, most of whom are up for adoption. Together these pairs are working one on one over the course of 3 months, to redesign the large art panels that will be publicly displayed on the building located at 1111 East Burnside for the next 7-10 years. This gives the youth an opportunity to build self-worth and have a positive impact on the entire city through artwork.
The second part of the Unity project will focus on using this model for the 2019/2020 school year, by connecting the foster and at-risk youth we serve with an array of creative professionals, agencies and experiences in Portland. This includes music, dance, digital arts, architecture, sculpture and more. Our goal is to connect these youth with creative professionals and passions they feel inspired by. We then will work to give them the tools and resources to nurture this passion into the future.
On October 12th, we gathered for an art show and fundraiser at the Redd Ecotrust on SE Salmon. This party gave the foster youth and artists the ability to present their 24 mini-murals to the public. This event doubled as a fundraiser for the upcoming year, which raised funds to give marginalized youth healing opportunities with art and music in 2020 and beyond.
This event included -
- A selection of local bars and restaurants offering food and beverage items
- 6pm-8pm public art show displaying the 24 panels. Free and all ages
- 8pm-11pm Musical performance and DJ sets 21+
- Several of Portland’s primary media sources covering the event
- Interactive art installations from Axiom
- Various raffle prizes