The Black United Fund of Oregon is a non-profit organization known for its equity advocacy over the last 27 years. BUF is committed to providing financial support and life-changing programs to Oregon’s low-income communities, focusing on communities of color. The Black United Fund is the only Black-owned, community-specific nonprofit that operates and owns its building property on Alberta. This mural is a statement and acknowledgment that the Black United Fund of Oregon holds its space and plans to stay.
Vox Siren and Art Uprising approached Black United Fund last winter with the proposal of creating a beautiful mural to promote visibility of the Black United Fund. Kimberlee Sheng, the Executive Director of Black United Fund, provided leadership in the creative design. The Black United Fund has historically been and is currently lead by black women - a demographic whose history is largely neglected in the public domain.
Vox Siren and Art Uprising, in collaboration with Black United Fund of Oregon, are thrilled to announce a new public mural premiering this summer! The mural will be on the west-facing wall of the Black United Fund of Oregon, located at 2828 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon. The project is generously made possible with support from the Public Art Murals Program of the Regional arts and Culture Council (RACC).
Kimberlee’s vision brings to life powerful women that have inspired her throughout history. From left to right, the figures depicted will be Coretta Scott King, Ruby Bridges, Ruby Dee, Angela Davis and Maya Angelou. Below Ms. Angelou will be a young girl with a contemporary backpack, looking back at the women who came before her. She represents a generation boldly ready to continue the legacy of powerful leadership.
Interested in finding ways to support this mural? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We sought and found the incredible local artists Mehran Heard (EatCho) and Jeremy Nichols, chosen for their talent and vision as artists of color living in northeast Portland. Both Mehran and Jeremy have amazing murals around Portland and are excited to create an artwork with this important message. We have ensured that they receive adequate funding for their work, vision and expertise. The wall is 95’ X 20’ and will be painted with outdoor acrylic and spray paint.
Vox Siren is leading the grant facilitation, media, outreach and financial management of this project. Art Uprising is coordinating the material needs of the project and assisting the artists with the production of the mural. After months of planning and raising funds, we are ready to get to work! Stay tuned to learn more about the artists, Black United Fund, the conception of the project and our progress!
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