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 35 commissioned and publically-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 cultivate a more democratic culture of artistic expression, by activating public spaces and broadening perspectives to build a more engaged and diverse city.
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 15 years of professional research experience, including 10 years managing projects at Portland State University. Tiffany has documented street and graffiti art in Portland and around the world since 2006, completing a Masters of Urban Studies at PSU. Her research focuses on graffiti, street art, ideology, and the politics of public space. As the founding director of PSAA, Tiffany has advocated for the arts and managed street art projects in Portland since 2012.
Tomàs has over 12 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 street and fine artist in Portland for over 10 years. Galen's style and practice incorporates abstract and gestural forms. 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, as a key part of its Advisory Board and more recently as a Lead Artist.
Sarah completed her Master's in Art History at the University of Oregon in 2015. Her thesis focused on the transformation of graffiti, moving from the street to art institutions. Sarah's currently doing an Art Publishing Residency with Daily Serving & Art Practical in the Bay Area.
Kohel is a practicing lawyer and has been working with creatives for over 25 years. He specializes in artistic copyright law, and arts community-based non-profit corporation governance. Kohel has contrinuted to PSAA since 2012 as part of our Advisory Board.
Erika Galt | Administrative Assistant, Grant Writer | Portland State University, Cultural Anthropology & Art
Lourdes Jimenez | Contributing Writer | Portland State University, Graphic Design, Philosophy
Sarah Richmond | Community Outreach | Reed College, Economics
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