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A city wide art collaboration with people who have experienced houselessness, artists, volunteers and local businesses
145 backers pledged $22,051 to help bring this project to life.
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My name is Dana Lynn Louis I am an artist and creative community social activist living in Portland Oregon. I created Gather:Make:Shelter in 2017 to create a new model of engagement and connection between people experiencing houselessness and poverty and those more fortunate in Portland, Oregon. The project bridges art making, skill building and philanthropy through a direct, humanitarian effort within our community.

The Gather:Make:Shelter Academy is the latest phase of this project and we need to raise $21,000 in the next 21 days to kickstart this project in fall 2019.

The Gather:Make:Shelter Academy pairs professional ceramic artists with painters who are experiencing houselessness and poverty to collaborate on new works together over the course of a year. At every artmaking event, stipends and food are provided for all participants. Your donations will make all of this possible.

Additionally, skill-building workshops for the houseless painters will include visits and tours of The Portland Art Museum, local galleries, as well as expansive research activities at The Multnomah County Library. Throughout the project, the painters have the opportunity to be in leadership roles and co-teach workshops alongside our director Dana Lynn Louis. We will facilitate 60 workshops during the year that will be hosted by 17 social service agencies and camps, which will impact over 600 people.

The collaborative work created by one-on-one partnerships will be exhibited at The Russo Lee Gallery, Portland OR in the summer of 2020. Proceeds from their artwork sales will go directly to the artists. We will also host a community wide celebration in the Fall of 2020 for all participants.

It is the mission of The Gather:Make:Shelter Academy to support creative and entrepreneurial skill-building through these activities, while nurturing self-confidence and human connectivity.

By providing partnerships and creative outlets for people experiencing houselessness and poverty, we facilitate ways for people to envision themselves in future projects and potential jobs.

Risks and challenges

Being the director of a project involving over 1,000 people certainly has its challenges. One has to be flexible, understanding, and strive to keep the highest level of morale possible. As demonstrated in our first project, my team and I are up to these challenges. Hundreds of people are returning to connect with this phase of our project with excitement and hope. We are enthusiastic and grateful as we continue to make a difference in our community through the lives of the individual participants.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Supports one workshop stipend !

    You support :a stipend for one of our painters!
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    Supports one workshop stipend + supplies

    You support one painter taking the workshop and supplies needed!
    You get: Everlasting Gratitude,monthly updates, your name listed as a supporter at the exhibition, invitations to celebrations and gatherings throughout the year

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    20 Bus tickets for workshop attendees

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    Supports 5 workshop stipends

    You support 5 $20 stipends for a workshop!
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    Support stipends and food for 1 workshop

    You are supporting 10 people taking 1 of the 60 workshops with stipends and food taught city wide . You get: Our Everlasting Gratitude! PLUS: monthly newsletter/pictures, your name listed at the exhibition, invites to celebrations and gatherings throughout the year.

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    Support all aspects of 1 workshop!

    Your pledge supports one entire workshop including stipends, food, staff, transportation and the firing of ceramic artwork created.
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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Support 2 Entire Workshops

    Your pledge supports two entire workshops including stipends, food, staff, transportation and the firing of ceramic artwork created.
    You get: Our Everlasting Gratitude! PLUS: monthly newsletter/pictures, your name listed at the exhibition, invites to celebrations and gatherings throughout the year. AND one beautiful bowl made by our artists.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Support 4 entire workshops

    Your pledge supports 4 entire workshops including stipends, food, staff, transportation and the firing of ceramic artwork created.
    You get: Our Everlasting Gratitude! PLUS: monthly newsletter/pictures, your name listed at the exhibition, invites to celebrations and gatherings throughout the year. AND :2 beautiful bowls made by our artists!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Support collaborative team + for 1 year!

    Your pledge supports the intimate collaboration of a ceramic artist and an artist experiencing houselessness for one year. The process includes additional intersections and opportunities with The Portland Art Museum Local Galleries and The Multnomah County Library. Work made during this time will be exhibited at The Russo Lee Gallery in 2020. You are also supporting 4 workshops that involve workshop participants co teaching with our director Dana Lynn Louis in the agencies and camps we partner with.
    In addition you get: Our Everlasting Gratitude! PLUS: monthly newsletter/pictures, your name listed at the exhibition, invites to celebrations and gatherings throughout the year. AND 5 bowls made by our artists!

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    Support 2 collaborative teams+ for 1 yr!

    Your pledge supports the intimate collaboration of two teams: a ceramic artist and an artist experiencing houselessness for one year. The process includes additional intersections and opportunities with The Portland Art Museum Local Galleries and The Multnomah County Library. Work made during this time will be exhibited at The Russo Lee Gallery in 2020. You are also supporting 8 workshops that involve workshop participants co teaching with our director Dana Lynn Louis in the agencies and camps we partner with.
    In addition you get: Our Everlasting Gratitude! PLUS: monthly newsletter/pictures, your name listed at the exhibition, invites to celebrations and gatherings throughout the year. AND 10 bowls made by our artists!

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