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I wanted to brave a career in photography, and after years of failing to connect with other artists in San Francisco, I thought Portland would be a better way to go about it. On my visits thus far, everyone had Portland needs tight so welcoming and nice.I Like To Fuck Connerville Oklahoma
Seeing alternative art and flourishes of creativity throughout the city made it feel smaller in a Portland needs tight intimate, inspiring way. Maybe Portland could be a place to grow and learn within a community of artists. Two years later, I found myself with endless acquaintances but no friends or mentors within the Portland needs tight. I learned that while everyone was nicenot everyone was open.
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The isolation I felt in navigating Portland needs tight career was compounded as a person of color— not only was I sending cold emails looking for any connections, I was also usually the only person of color at the events I went to.
I was isolated both on and offline, until I happened upon an online group dedicated to artists of color. The immediate Portland needs tight and support was astounding.
Perhaps the community is strong because we need each other so much, but the contrasts within this community and outside were striking. Today I wonder how Portland can still be Potland for its creativity and progressive Portland needs tight when there has been such limited support and investment in these communities.
Portland needs tight Beyond the Portland needs tight, tight-lipped competition I experienced during my first few years, I wonder about the monetary and accountability investment to guarantee that diverse art has a future here. Now that people of color are the token melanin on magazine covers and brown bodies in ad campaigns, Portland needs to go deeper in supporting artists of color financially.
Systemically, institutions are overdue to follow through tighh the values they claim to guide them. When community members expressed their concern about the lack Portland needs tight POC and the inaccessible pricing, the organizers deleted their comments then blocked the people who left them.
When will artists of color receive the same funding, the same platform, the same opportunities as those profiting from their culture?
This event and the situation that unfolded is the perpetuation of classism, racism, and the idea that the arts are only a safe space for a select few. For everyday Portlanders, investing Portland needs tight artists of color means buying their art and not just sharing it.
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This means hiring outside of your social circle and making opportunities accessible and equitable for artists of all backgrounds. This means paying artists for magazine features and speaking events, because sharing our experiences is still grossly underpaid labor.
Who else is benefiting from your spending, and are those people Portland needs tight their part to ensure safe and equitable spaces for other artists of color? We are long overdue for Portland— institutionally and personally— to follow through on their performative speeches. Portland needs tight
What is their experience? What makes them anxious?
What makes them hopeful? What is their vision for the future?
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Read more State of the Arts articles here. Celeste Noche is a Filipino American food, travel, and portrait photographer and sometimes writer. She advocates Portland needs tight diversity and inclusivity, seeking to share stories of underrepresented communities.