Update 8: Shade Literary Arts is organizing a fundraiser for a Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund. You can apply for the funding through this survey link.

We stand with Black Lives Matter and those protesting for equality and reform. We will continue to amplify marginalized voices, and welcome all, their ideas, their events, and their words. Our words here are not enough, but we wanted to say we support you and will continue to do so through our actions.

Prior relief and support funds for small businesses and artists: NACF’s Native Arts Emergency Support Project, Portland Small Business Relief Fund, Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund, RACC’s  Emergency Artist Relief Fund, RACC’s page for relief resources (and updated here), RACC’s COVID-19 relief Support Beam, Literary Arts’ Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, and Oregon Humanities’ emergency funding for organizations.

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Sanctuaries

April 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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The North Warehouse, 723 North Tillamook Street, Portland, OR 97227 + Google Map

Gentrification in Portland and the city’s redlining past go under the microscope in Darrell Grant’s jazz-classical chamber opera, Sanctuaries, with a libretto by two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani and directed by Alexander Gedeon. Focusing on personal stories from the Albina neighborhood, this latest site-specific commission challenges Portland as a community to truly listen to and acknowledge marginalized voices while addressing issues of white privilege, racial equity and inclusion, and economic disparity.

Work
DARRELL GRANT | Sanctuaries

Creative Team
DARRELL GRANT | composer
ANIS MOJGANIi | librettist
ALEXANDER GEDEON | director
EZRA WEISS | conductor
YUKI IZUMIHARA | set designer
CARL FABER | lighting designer
BRANIC HOWARD | sound engineer

Vocalists
DAMIEN GETER | bass-baritone
EMMANUEL HENREID | baritone
MARILYN KELLER |
ITHICA TELL |

Instrumentalists
RAUL GÓMEZ-ROJAS | violin
JOHN NASTOS | winds
DAVID PARMETER | bass
AVERY WAITE, cello
ROGER WOODS, winds
Piano, TBD
CHARLIE PORTER, Trumpet
CHRIS BROWN, Drums/Percussion

Sanctuaries is generously supported by
The Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Initiative
The M.E.N.S.C.H. Fund
The MAP Fund

Concert Series is generously supported by
GEORGE ROWBOTTOM & MARILYN CRILLEY

Image courtesy of City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2010-003.427

[see also the Facebook event page]