As of October 22, the Soul Restoration Project has occupied a former vacant storefront at 14 NE Killingsworth St., providing a space for black artisans to showcase their creations, and for black musicians and poets to perform, for the public to hear oral histories of personalities of the community. , and more.
Originally slated to end on December 19, Portland State University professor Darrell Grant recently announced that his project will continue in 2022 at the Alberta Arts Salon.
On the project site, Grant describes the current fair as “a laboratory to explore how art can activate and renew our civic space”. While he has only had a residency on Killingsworth Street since October, Grant has collaborated with other artists to create the Soul Restoration Project in spaces like the North Park Blocks and Tilikum Plaza since the summer of 2021.
Along with co-curators like Sunshine Dixon, Bobby Fouther, Intisar Abioto, Mic Crenshaw and Friends of Noise, Grant used the showcase residency to host artisans markets, performances, art shows, art sessions, oral history and panel discussions on topics such as the future of Black Media.
We don’t know what January will be like yet, but Grant has announced three upcoming events, all taking place next week, to close out the year. From Monday, December 27 to Wednesday, December 29, Grant will host three one-hour lectures titled A Space for Black American Music: A Series of Jazz Talks with Darrell Grant. The lectures will be presented in person and live. Tickets cost $ 8 to $ 15 and are available here.
- History: Exploring the deep history of artistic expression in the black community, this discussion highlights the contributions of guest culture carriers, including rapper Mic Crenshaw. 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday December 27.
- Traditions: This event centers around black vernacular music, including spiritual chants, ringing cries, country cries, blues, freedom songs, and gospel songs. Planned sequences include clips from the Darrell Grant Quartet’s performance with special dancers from Viva La Free. 4.30 p.m.-5.30 p.m. Tuesday 28 December.
- Vision: Focusing on the creators who are defining the future of black American music, this discussion explores original compositions and chamber music adaptations of music by black composers with guest artist Machado Mijiga on electronics. 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday December 29.
Perhaps best known as the space now housing a record store and Turn music space! Tower! Tower! and as the former home of the feminist bookstore In Other Words – immortalized in many Portlandia sketch – Albina’s largest arts building has a long history of community in Portland. Last week, social justice organization Don’t Shoot Portland announced that it was actively campaigning to acquire the property and had been doing so since 2019.