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Artists in Residence Council for Arts Research Equity (AiR CARE)

CARE (Council for Arts Research Equity) is a group of community-engaged artists advising Caldera’s AiR Program.

In 2016, Caldera identified increasing racial equity as the top priority for our AiR Program. With support from the Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation, Caldera engaged Portland-based artist Sharita Towne to convene a group of artists who are thinking and making around issues of support for artists of color in Oregon and beyond. These artists comprise CARE.

Through residencies, retreats, and outreach events, CARE is developing a new model for residency based on collaboration and community building. CARE is also advising Caldera staff on all aspects of the AiR Program in order to make it more accessible and welcoming to artists of color.

CARE will hold community events in Portland and Central Oregon in spring 2018 to share their practices and work. More information will be available in early 2018.

CARE Council

Luann Algoso (Portland, Oregon)
Luann Algoso is a Portland, Oregon-based writer, creative activator, cultural worker, and strategic communications specialist. Her work in organizing both in Asian American and women-identified spaces melds at the intersection where the arts meets activism. As a cultural worker, Luann is in service to using her art in building movement for justice and liberation. She utilizes creative strategies and tactics to center the voices of communities that are directly impacted by injustice and oppression and supports the leadership development of those impacted to create those messages. Luann is inspired by the many manifestations of the written word, whether used in prose, poetry, storytelling, or in relationship with media. Since her artistry is multifaceted, Luann immerses herself in the different methods words can be used to shift harmful narratives and to begin envisioning alternatives.

Demian DinéYazhi´ (Portland, Oregon)
Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is a Portland-based Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water). DinéYazhi´s creative practice is materialized through the lens of curatorial inquiry, site-specific installation(s), poetic expression, social engagement, and art production. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Demian is the founder and director of the artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to education, perseverance, and evolution of Indigenous art & culture, as well as co-director for the forthcoming zine, Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. DinéYazhi was an artist-in-residence at Institute of American Indian Arts (2016), and is a recipient of Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s 2017 Creative Exchange Lab and Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency. He has received grants from Evergreen State College (2014, 2016), PICA – Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2014, 2016), Art Matters Foundation (2015), and Potlatch Fund (2016).

bart fitzgerald (Portland, Oregon)
bart fitzgerald’s work explores black sociality, religion and queerness through a lens of liberation theology as base ideology for radical living. they make work as an visual artist, writer, lecturer and curator of vibrant life for black folks in Portland, OR. and abroad. recently, their work has been presented at Reed College, Newspace Center for Photography, Friends of The Children, Black Lives Matter: Portland, St. Mary’s Academy. They have received commissions and funding from c3:initiative, The Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Urban League of Portland and numerous local and national organizations.

Sharita Towne (Portland, Oregon)
Sharita Towne works collaboratively in research, education, print media, video, and socially engaged art projects. She’s pursued work at concentration camp memorials in Germany, at Saharawi Refugee camps in Algeria, in Brazil, Chile, Spain, Palestine, and gentrifying cities like Portland. Her work takes place in museums, schools, print shops, community centers, neighborhoods, and within her own family. Towne works within the collective URe:AD Press (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora) and the postcolonial conceptual karaoke band Weird Allan Kaprow. She currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art and is 2015 Art Matters Grantee.

Patricia Vázquez Gómez (Portland, Oregon)
Patricia Vázquez Gómez lives and works between Portland and Mexico City. Her practice includes a range of media, from painting and murals to video and socially engaged art projects, and it is deeply informed by her experiences working as organizer and educator in the immigrant rights and other social justice movements, both in content and in the methodologies she uses. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Reece Museum, the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University, and the Houston Art League; but also in more accessible spaces as apartments complexes, community based organizations and schools. She is the recipient of the 2013 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize and has received grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland’s Jade and Midway Districts and the Oregon Community Foundation.


Additional Participants

In addition, the following artists joined CARE for a week-long retreat focused on creative collaboration and discussion November 19–26, 2018.

 Lisa Bates webLisa K. Bates (Portland, Oregon)
Lisa K. Bates, PhD, is an associate professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Her scholarship focuses on housing and community development policy and planning, attending to the legacies of discrimination in urban policy-making. She engages in research and practice with the aim of dismantling institutional racism, and in 2016 she was awarded the Dale Prize for scholarship on urban planning for community self-determination and racial justice from Cal Poly Pomona.

Ginger Dunnill webGinger Dunhill (Glorieta, New Mexico)
Ginger Dunhill works in audio composition, sound installation, and performance-based art. Dunhill collaborates with artists globally, creating and performing work that inspires human connection and speaks on social justice. Her most recent social engagement project, the Broken Boxes podcast, highlights monthly interviews with aboriginal and activism-based artists, creating a connection point between artists across the world. Dunhill is a founding member of Winter Count, a collective of artists who are cultivating awareness, respect, honor, and protection for land and water.

Luna Flores webLuna Flores (Portland, Oregon)
“I was born in Mexico City. I studied to be a computer technician. While I was working fixing computers, I took courses in writing and literature. I also started to love books. I started to travel a lot and write my experiences. I started writing poetry when my heart broke and there were no more tears to cry. I moved to Portland 17 years ago. I have been a volunteer at KBOO Radio for 9 years, and I love it. I have been writing stories and poetry.”

Ines Paulina Ramirez webInés​ ​Paulina​ ​Ramirez​​ (Portland, Oregon)
Inés​ ​Paulina​ ​Ramirez​​, born in Cuenca,​ ​Ecuador, in​ ​1984,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​multidisciplinary​ ​visual​ ​artist​ ​whose work​ ​reflects​ ​the​ ​beauty​ ​of​ ​the​ ​everyday​ ​landscape.​ ​Her​ ​projects​ ​use​ ​art​ ​as​ ​a​ ​way​ ​to​ ​engage communities​ ​and​ ​encourage​ ​dialogue​ ​about​ ​issues​ ​of​ ​equity​ ​and​ ​empowerment.​ ​Her​ ​community murals,​ ​videos,​ ​drawings,​ ​objects​, ​and​ ​installations​ ​have​ ​been​ ​featured​ ​in​ ​group​ ​exhibitions​ ​in Casa​ ​de​ ​la​ ​Cultura​ ​de​ ​Santa​ ​Clara,​ ​Cuba;​ ​​the​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Modern​ ​Art,​ ​Cuenca,​ ​Ecuador;​ ​the Anthropological​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art; ​Process​ ​Gallery​ ​of​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art,​ ​at​ ​the Zurich​ ​Urban​ ​Art​ ​Festival;​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Festival Madre​ ​Tierra​ ​Cuenca. In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​her​ ​visual​ ​work,​ ​Ramirez​ ​performs​ ​as​ ​DJ​ ​Lapaushi,​ ​playing​ ​selections​ ​from​ ​Latin America​ ​that​ ​explore​ ​Indigenous​ ​memory​ ​and​ ​African​ ​roots​ ​while​ ​incorporating​ ​contemporary electronic​ ​beats.

Melanie Stevens webMelanie Stevens (Portland, Oregon)
Melanie Stevens is an artist, illustrator, and writer. She is the creator of the graphic novel Black Picket Fences and the cofounder, editor, and an instructor of Miss Anthology, an organization that supports and publishes racially and economically diverse young comic artists who identify as genderqueer and/or female. She is also the cofounder of Nat Turner Project, a migratory, radical gallery space that grants artists of color the freedom to create or express their own work within and outside of the parameters of racial commodification. She received her BA in political science from Yale University and her MFA from PNCA.