The Portland Street Art Alliance has been awarded an Oregon Community Foundation Creative Heights in support of the new Viaduct Arts: Central Eastside Mural Art Program. For the fifth consecutive year, Creative Heights grants fund a variety of artists and cultural projects throughout the state. Each year, OCF provides Creative Heights Grants to up to 12 of the most innovative and culturally impactful proposals by artists and groups across Oregon. Support from OCF and generous donors expand opportunities for many of Oregon’s art communities to create work that advances the state’s artistic and cultural fields and engages traditionally underserved audiences. PSAA is truly honored to be a 2018 grant precipitant. Read more about Creative Heights and other exciting grant recipient projects here.
Viaduct Arts will support emerging artists from across Oregon in painting vibrant art murals in the heart of the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) of Portland in 2019 & 2020.
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 Viaduct Arts brings street art into everyday life in the CEID and aligns with, and elevates, several city and district community goals for:
Accessible spaces for art
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 PROVIDE ACCESS TO art without barriers of admission
Murals promote a sense of identity and belonging
Murals create a tangible sense of 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.
Viaduct Arts 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 | Summer/Fall 2019-2020
PHASE 2 | Hawthorne Bridge Viaduct | Summer/Fall 2019-2020
PHASE 3 | CEID Mural District | On-Going
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support this initiative! The grant covers artist and management time for 3 murals, but support is needed from the community to help pay for additional murals and supplies. All business donors who contribute $1000 or more will become an “official sponsor” and recognized on this website, in marketing promotions, and on social media.
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.