We at Know Your City need YOU in order to continue developing innovative projects that celebrate creative placemaking in Portland.
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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!
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!
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!!
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.
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Portland can be transformed by creative community voices. We know it.
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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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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