The Portland Street Art Alliance has been awarded an Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights in support of the new Seed the Arts: Central Eastside Mural Art Program. Artists from across Oregon will paint vibrant art murals in the heart of the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) of Portland in the Spring/Summer 2019.
Three established Portland street artists along with emerging artists from around Oregon will pair and take new risks to develop their public practice and skill-sets, build their connections, and promote more inclusive engagement and access to public art-making in the city. Drawing inspiration from the district’s acronym CEID, this new program is intended to seed art making as an integral part of the district’s identity as a hub for innovation and culture building.
Street art can enrich everyday life, help build a city's identity, build bridges, and foster a sense of place and pride in our community.
The Seed the Arts brings street art into everyday life in the CEID and aligns with, and elevates, several city and district community goals for:
Public place making
Maintaining accessible spaces for local art
The Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA) is dedicated to creating inclusive models for place and district-making by engaging diverse audiences and artists, and increasing access to public art opportunities, while seeding a new generation of emerging artists. Making strong visual use of under utilized spaces within the Central Eastside Industrial District increases alliance building and grassroots community engagement.
Murals offer accessibility to art and creative expression without barriers of admission
Murals promote a sense of identity and belonging and create a tangible sense of place
Murals can reduce vandalism and improve safety by illustrating a sense of caring for community and place
As a model for alliance building and grassroots involvement within the street art and business community, PSAA has garnered support from vital partners for this project. The district-wide project will be coordinated in collaboration with the Central Eastside Industrial Council, Regional Arts & Culture Council, City of Portland's Office of Community & Civic Life's Graffiti Program, and most importantly local businesses and property owners.
Seed the Arts: Central Eastside Mural Art brings together artists to build technical skills, and access support and resources, while pushing their creative boundaries. Each participating artist is expected to hone skills that will support their increased ability to engage within their respective communities to seed arts across Oregon.
Portland is experiencing accelerated redevelopment and demographic changes, increasing the urgency for creation of spaces that welcome artists from across the state to work, grow, and thrive!
Emerging artists from underrepresented communities (BIPOC+, LGBTQ, Women, Disabled, Low SES), specifically those living across Oregon outside of the Portland metro area are particularly targeted for participation. Central to the success of this project is establishment of new connections for diverse artists to push their creative limits and make their voices heard in urban public spaces.
PHASE 1 | Morrison Bridge Viaduct | Spring/Summer 2019
PHASE 2 | Hawthorne Bridge Viaduct | Spring/Summer 2020
PHASE 3 | CEID Mural District | On-Going
How can you help? Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support this new program! The secured grant funding covers artist and management time, but support is needed from business and property owners to help pay for additional paint and supplies.
"You pay for the paint - We make it happen!”
Volunteer, Help us make this happen!
PSAA is a volunteer run organization. Many of the public art projects we do depend on the community coming together to make them happen! Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form below to get involved.