Rockwood is considered one of the most economically disadvantaged and culturally diverse regions of the Portland Metro Area. In 2012-2013, we teamed up with a group of youth participating in We Are Oregon’s Rockwood Arts and Media Program (RAMP) to create dialogue about their community. Through photos and video, the group documented different aspects of Rockwood, focusing on what is unique and important about their community, as well as their specific visions for transforming and challenging some of the negative aspects and stereotypes of where they live. The project culminated with a public exhibit, in early January of 2013, that brought the wider community together to see pictures, art and performances by the youth. The project was funded by SEIU.
All of the video projects below were produced in partnership with youth aged 8-18.
The Project Process
What is R.A.M.P.?
Youth Installation: What is Beautiful
Youth Installation: In Our Own Words