In Portland, this was the year the arts got woke.
Way before Colin Kaepernick's jerseys started selling out, our arts communities were focused on justice—marching, painting and dancing for change. The summer's hottest theater ticket was a show about racial profiling written by black playwrights. The Portland Art Museum hosted an educational tour marking the day the first African slaves arrived in Virginia. Some of the city's most prominent art galleries, as well as our longest-running theater, regularly hold diversity dialogues, and Portland authors have banded together for a reading series focused on writers of color.
Consider this year's Fall Arts Guide our knee-down in solidarity.
Every story in our annual preview highlights work by women or people of color. Every writer who wrote one of the articles is also female-identifying, a person of color, or both.
As it turns out, there's a lot of incredible art that isn't made by white men.
So inside this package, you'll find scenes of 400 female motorcyclists descending on Mount Adams in photographer Lanakila MacNaughton's pop-up gallery show. This fall in Portland, you can watch ex-inmates describe solitary confinement at a church-turned-theater. You can also witness New York's pre-eminent black female choreographer translate her speaking patterns into dance, hear electronically looped opera at the Doug Fir Lounge or see geometric shapes shattered into neon slivers at Portland's newest all-female art gallery. To help you take full advantage of this arts-filled season, we've assembled a super calendar of performance, book readings, gallery shows and concerts covering every day from now until Thanksgiving.
For those who don't know, the phrase "You can't be what you can't see" refers to the need for role models from underrepresented groups to be visible in the media. The idea is, if you don't see someone like you succeeding, it's harder to believe you can succeed.
Well, this fall is a good time for audiences to see something different in order to be something different. Here's where to start.
2016 FALL ARTS GUIDE