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This Summer Know Your City will create tours, forums, educational workshops & publications designed to empower youth and adults in PDX.
This Summer Know Your City will create tours, forums, educational workshops & publications designed to empower youth and adults in PDX.
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We at Know Your City need YOU in order to continue developing innovative projects that celebrate creative placemaking in Portland. 

Share this crowdfunding campaign, and join us for an incredible “Summer of Community!”

To be honest, we did a lot In 2016, we hosted more than 800 people at a dozen of KYC community forums in 2016. We experienced a fivefold growth in our school based youth partnerships. We sold over 400 publications online and tabling at community events. And we educated over 750 people who attended KYC walking tours.

Since our beginning, we’ve worked with more than 100 community groups, bringing together diverse audiences interested in the arts, history, and social justice. Our work in the community has been recognized by many local media outlets, including the Oregonian, the Portland Tribune, the Willamette Week, and the Portland Mercury. We’ve done all this with a shoestring budget and a 3 hardworking staff people. We’re now celebrating our 8th anniversary and have ambitious plans to make this the best year yet.

We’re turning to Kickstarter to help us launch our programming for the months of June, July, August, and September. If you’re already a supporter of our work, you know how meaningful your contribution is. If you’re unfamiliar with our work, keep on reading—we’ve got a story to tell.

These community programs are vital. Donate now!

YOUTH PROGRAMS

KYC designs boundary-pushing projects that engage kids about place and community. This campaign will help develop these programs and build on our connections in the education community.

Our most recent school program was the Jade Journal Second Edition published in 2016 by 6th graders students at Harrison Park K-8 on in Southeast Portland. While students reported a lack of confidence in their writing at the beginning of the 12-week program, each student submitted at least 300 words for the food magazine. After the program was finished, we asked them if they surprised themselves, how they felt, and if they would do the Jade Journal program again. Here’s what our 6th graders had to say:

"I surprised myself by winning the contest [to get the featured story]. I enjoyed writing [my article] Garden in the Front Yard. I guess I'm good at writing, which is nice because I like it!"

"I can't focus because of my ADD, but I was surprised that not only did I write 300 words, but I wrote 700. I just really like talking about food."

"It feels good to see my work in print. Next year I want to help translate everyone's articles into Spanish."

And this year we’ve expanded our programming into 6 new schools! That means:

reaching 16 new classrooms uplifting the voices of 327 new students engaging 25+ new volunteers hundreds of pages of new content uplifting youth in historically marginalized neighborhoods Our kids are excited to see their work make it to looking forward to going to print. We need your support to make it happen!

TOURS

Since the beginning, KYC has put on amazing tours to learn about Portland and its surroundings. We’ve hosted a two-day bus trip to ghost towns in Central Oregon. We’ve coordinated bike rides to meet with local muralists. We’ve got walking tours of Portland black history, labor history, and even singing tours.

2016 was a great year for our work, where we rolled out new and innovative tour programs like Pride Forever, the Hidden History of Albina, Food Rights by Bike, and the Portland Policy Tour. Your support will help us offer 3 public tours a week through the months of June, July, August, and September.

What are you waiting for?! Donate now!!

PUBLICATIONS

KYC has produced over 25 titles since our inception, including Oregon History Comics, a set of 10 mini-comics making history accessible through graphic illustration, Comics For Change! Illustrated Stories from Oregon’s Front Lines, and Tom McCall and the Vortex.

We’ve collaborated on comic guides about affordable housing, such as Don’t Move Out! and Renters Rights! With funds from this campaign, we’ll be producing our first ever map, An Insider’s Guide to Portland. We’ll also have the funds to print a 5 part series called Youth Voices, and our SECOND SERIES of Oregon History Comics, including stories such as Pioneer Square, the Sons of Haiti Lodge, and Japanese Internment. With your support of this campaign, we’ll publish 15 new titles in 2017.

The Rewards!

All right, you're thinking—this campaign seems good and necessary and I will back it. Feel free to check out our rewards!

Portland can be transformed by creative community voices. We know it.

Make as generous of a gift as you’re able. Share this crowdfunding page with your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.

Your contributions help us to lead a new conversation about our history, our culture, and defining Portland as a place where people of all identities are welcome and celebrated.

Thank you!! :)

Risks and challenges

It's been such a challenge to figure out how to ensure the accessibility of our publications. Our vision includes uplifting historically marginalized youth while also providing publications at a low cost. Becuase Know Your City is mostly made up of Queer People of Color, we understand the challenge in printing while trying to keep costs low. Thanks to a few grants that have helped us offset the costs of printing, we are able to offer these publications at $25 a set.

Working with 1 full time and two part time staff creates many challenges, especially due to working with over 30 individual adult artists and 200 youth artists in the creation of our publications. But with our proven track record of publishing and our committed and diverse team on staff at KYC, this kickstarter will help make it happen!

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    Know Your City Love!

    THANK YOU! You get our heartfelt gratitude and love for your support of our community programs. Backing this level, or any support level will grant you access to be a beta tester of Know Your City's new and improved PDX Social History Guide! (This reward will be redeemable immediately, with shipping cost included. It will be included at all other reward levels, too!)

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    • PDX Social History Guide: Beta Tester Access
    • KYC Love
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    Early Bird: Oregon History Comics #2

    Our popular Oregon History Comics (OHC), created by local reporter Sarah Mirk is expanding!! We're working with 10 writers and illustrators to bring a creative perspective to local stories, such as Pioneer Square, the Sons of Haiti Lodge, and Japanese Internment. This early bird reward level will get you one of your choice of Oregon History Comics. MSRP $4

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    • KYC Love
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    Oregon History Comics #2

    Our popular Oregon History Comics (OHC), created by local reporter Sarah Mirk is expanding!! We're working with 10 writers and illustrators to bring a creative perspective to local stories, such as Pioneer Square, the Sons of Haiti Lodge, and Japanese Internment. This super early bird reward level will get you one of your choice of Oregon History Comics. MSRP $4

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    People's Guide to Portland

    Know Your City Partnered with local zinesters and artists to create a guide to receiving local support if you're impacted by social issues, and a guide to being an ally for folks who aren't.

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    Original History Comics - Digital

    Receive a digital download of Know Your City's Oregon History Comics e-mailed to your inbox.

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    Cookbook

    Grab a cookbook written by youth at Beach Elementary! This book includes contributions from 2-4th graders. Recipes range from tranditional foods to experimental foods.

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    Super Early History Comics #2

    Our popular Oregon History Comics, created by local reporter Sarah Mirk, is expanding!! We're working with 10 writers and illustrators to bring a creative perspective to local stories, such as Pioneer Square, the Sons of Haiti Lodge, and Japanese Internment. This super early bird backer level will get you an entire 10 part box set! MSRP $45

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    Youth Print PDX Box Set

    Box set contains one multilingual magazine from each of the majority minority schools we worked in:
    Jade Journal -- Harrison Park 6th Grade | Jade district.
    Boise Bulletin -- Boise Elliot 8th Grade | Boise Neighborhood
    Roosevelt Reader -- Roosevelt High School Media class | St Johns
    NAYA Cultural Arts -- Native American Youth And Family Center Alternative High School Cultural Arts | East Portland
    Reynolds Review | Reynolds Middle School Leadership Class | Fairview
    David Douglas Magazine | David Douglas Seniors | Gresham / East Portland

    Includes:
    • Jade Journal v. 2
    • Boise Bulletin
    • Roosevelt Reader
    • NAYA Cultural Arts
    • Reynolds Review
    • David Douglas Magazine
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    Early Bird History Comics #2

    Our popular Oregon History Comics, created by local reporter Sarah Mirk, is expanding!! We're working with 10 writers and illustrators to bring a creative perspective to local stories, such as Pioneer Square, the Sons of Haiti Lodge, and Japanese Internment. This early bird backer level will get you an entire 10 part box set! MSRP $45

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    Youth Box Set & Cookbook

    All 6 magazines and the cookbook.

    INCLUDES:
    Beach Elementary Bilingual Cookbook
    Boise Bulletin
    David Douglas Magazine
    Jade Journal v.2
    NAYA Cultural Arts
    Reynolds Review
    Roosevelt Reader

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    Summer Tour Champion

    Free access to Know Your City tours for you and a friend for the months of June, July, August, AND SEPTEMBER.

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    Know Your City Ambassador

    Receive an Ambassador level membership to Know Your City and a whole year of free access to KYC tours with you and a friend!

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    Half Page Ad in Youth Magazines

    Half page advertisement in all of our Youth Print PDX publications. Includes PDF of both publications that include your ad.

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    Advertisement space in one of the magazines.
    Advertisement space in another publication.
    A digital copy of the publication your ad is included in.
    A digital copy of the second publication your ad is featured in.

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    Private Know Your City Tour

    Receive a private tour for up to 40 people of Know Your City's A People's History of Portland, Pride Forever: LGBTQ History, Hidden History of Albina, or PDX 101 walking tours.

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    Full Page Ad in Youth Magazines

    Advertise in the Boise Bulletin, Roosevelt Reader, NAYA Cultural arts, David Douglas Magazine, Reynolds Review, and Beach Elementary publications. Receive a digital copy of all 6 publications. You will reach as far North as St Johns, as far East as Fairview, and downtown.

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    Ad space in 6 publications throughout Portland.
    Digital Copy of the Boise Bulletin.
    Digital Copy of Roosevelt Reader
    Digital Copy of NAYA Cultural Arts
    Digital Copy of David Douglas Magazine
    Digital Copy of Reynolds Review
    Digital Copy of Beach Elementary Cookbook.

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    Know Your City Patron

    Receive a Patron level membership to Know Your City. Full membership information can be found online at: knowyourcity.org/join

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    30 Flags Project

    Receive a super limited edition set of 30 Flags, which was created by inmates through a KYC program at Columbia River Correctional Facility in 2015. Includes 30 sewn, hand silkscreened flags.

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