Who We Are
Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon. Since 2012, Portland Street Art Alliance has managed over 95 commissioned and publicly-funded projects. We’re a network of artists, academics, and professionals working to facilitate art projects in the city. We document public art history, assist emerging artists with career development, offer internships, facilitate educational forums, host interpretive tours, and provide online platforms for community-building. PSAA advocates for artists by working with the City and stakeholders to develop more equitable and inclusive policies and programs. Our mission is to advance street art culture by empowering artists to activate the spaces where we live, work, and play.
Research. Document and preserve the rich heritage of public art by educating the public of its importance and involving communities in restoring historic murals. Compile, collect, and publish empirical data on street art to promote progressive urban policies which support this craft and artistic community.
Educate. Educate the public about the history and significance of street art. Make street art more accessible to the general public by providing access to resources, interpretive tours, educational materials, and forums.
Network. Build platforms that support the networking, involvement, and nurturing of a diverse community of local, regional, and international artists. Connect artists with community members, businesses, and corporations to involve the public and facilitate commissioned work, collaborative projects, and volunteer opportunities.
Organize. Organize events and artistic interventions which focus on the creation of collaborative street art, building awareness, and appreciation of street art and related traditions.
Tiffany has over 17 years of professional research experience, including 13 years managing projects at Portland State University’s Survey Research Lab and Regional Research Institute. Tiffany has documented street and graffiti art in Portland and around the world since 2006. She holds a Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology, and completed a Masters of Urban Studies at Portland State University in 2011, with a thesis focusing on graffiti, street art, ideology, and the politics of public space. As the founding director of PSAA, Tiffany has advocated for the arts in Portland since 2012. She now manages the daily operations of PSAA, including commissioned work, community art projects, public policy consultation, and a variety of public engagement activities.
Tomàs has over 14 years of experience as a producer and documentarian, completing a Masters in Arts Administration and Media Management at the University of Oregon. Since then Tomàs has helped managed several art galleries in Portland including U of O White Box and One Grand Gallery and has worked as a freelance producer and videographer. Tomas serves on the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Trimet's public art advisory board and is a Founding Director of PSAA.
Galen has been a practicing artist in Portland for over 13 years. Galen's art practice includes abstract and gestural forms, characters, and wildstyle lettering. He manages rotating public art spaces in Portland and has long standing connections in the community. Galen completed a Bachelors in Liberal Studies, Sociology & Graphic Design at Portland State University. Galen has assisted PSAA since its founding, and continues to support community art project site logistics.
Hunter has taught in the Portland State University Geography Department since 2006. His courses focus on cultural geography, sense of place, urban landscapes, public space, and geographies of graffiti. Dr. Shobe has written several academic journal articles including, “Zero Graffiti for a Beautiful City: The Cultural Politics of Urban Space in San Francisco” (2014) and “Geographies of Graffiti Abatement: Zero Tolerance in Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle” (2017).
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