About Ori Gallery
Creators Maya Vivas & Leila Haile are reclaiming and redefining "the white cube" in North Portland, by amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, through community organizing, and mobilization through the arts.
In addition to the gallery's rotating exhibitions, Ori hosts community events (like an upcoming BiPoC clothing swap!) and offers classes and workshops to the community at no or low cost, such as PoC figure drawing, Grant Writing for the People, Arts for Direct Action and meet-ups for Queer and Trans creatives of color.
Ori's co-creators have this to say about the meditative facial decorative practice to which the gallery's name refers:
"When we practice ori we are reminding ourselves of the sacred nature of our work, it's connection to the liberation of our people and the dismantling of oppressive systems utilizing our creative energy. We recognize the African Queer and Gender Non-Conforming activists that came before us and the ways they have contributed to collective liberation and the inherent decolonization found in connecting ancestry to activism."
It's not just words. Currently, Ori is partnering with PDX Equity in Action for a call to action campaign motivating people to join an organization and grow your activism! And you can come in and see for yourself what these artists and activists have been compelled to realize at the gallery's Annual Youth Exhibition on August 3rd.
But there’s a problem
Ori has been approved for grant funding that is contingent upon being properly insured. They also need to file a 501c3 to become an official nonprofit. Meanwhile, they have artists to pay and programming to cover!
Here’s what we’re doing about it
We're going to help them bridge this little gap.
Ori Gallery needs $3,000 to pay artist stipends, continue community programming, and to file for insurance and nonprofit status as they wait for the government to release grant funds for which they have been approved.
That's nothing for a crowd! We got this. Making a donation here helps Ori achieve 501c3 status and guarantees them eligibility for current and future funding.
Other ways we can help:
Purchase art from the gallery.
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