October 13, 2016

Apply for 2016 Jade-Midway Placemaking Project Grant in East Portland

Cultural and Artistic Projects in the Jade District & Midway Districts

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and Division Midway Alliance (DMA) are offering six (6) grants of up to $7,000 each for individuals or groups to lead placemaking projects in the Jade and Midway Districts between January - December 2017. Makers, performers, and creatives of all types, even those who do not traditionally identify as artists, are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone who lives or works in East Portland is eligible to apply. See the full application here

The Jade (82nd and Division) and Midway (122nd and Division) Districts are two of Portland’s Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Districts. Both groups focus on economic growth driven by the community. Metro is planning a new High Capacity Transit Project to connect MHCC, PCC and PSU and both groups are working on this new bus project. The new bus route will travel along SE Division east of 82nd Ave to MHCC and along SE Powell west of 82nd Ave to downtown Portland. This bus line will bring more business and people to the area, but this may also cause some of the people who live in the area to no longer be able to afford to live here. Both APANO and Midway want to see the community improve without people having to leave their homes and businesses. In this diverse community where 45 languages are spoken at the local elementary school, art is a universal language. APANO and DMA are working together to support the creation of art and cultural projects focused on community building and making sure those who live in the area do not get pushed out by development.

Ideal candidates for Placemaking Grant projects are people who live within the Jade and Midway Districts who use art to address issues that affect them. Artists with strong connections to East Portland and the Jade and Midway districts are also encouraged to apply. Participants will partner with organizations, groups, small businesses or campaigns happening in the Jade and Midway Districts. They will also take part in a collaborative community that will build their power as skilled cultural workers whose labor has value, and as important partners in the work for social justice. Artists do not have to have an existing body of work are encouraged to apply. The artist must demonstrate a relationship with an organization, group or business that serves the Jade or Midway communities. Grant applications with projects related to the transit project will score higher.

How to Apply
Fill out the full application here We encourage you to include some type of documentation: images, web links, flyers, writing samples, etc. If you have any questions regarding the application or project ideas, please contact Candace at APANO, at candace@apano.org, or call 224-848-2481.

APANO and the Division Midway Alliance will also be hosting an information session on Monday, October 17th at 6PM at the APANO office 2788 SE 82nd Ave, Suit 203, Portland. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this information session.

Proposals are due by Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 5pm to candace@apano.org. Applications can also be mailed or delivered personally to the APANO office, 2788 SE 82nd Avenue, Suite 203, Portland, OR 97266