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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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