Artist: Arvie Smith, American, born 1938
Title: Still We Rise
Date: 2018
Medium: Porcelain enamel panel
Discipline: metals
Dimensions: 18’ x 22’6”
Funding Source: Prosper Portland
Location: Alberta Commons, Prosper Portland, East facade
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Starting with the Vanport Flood of 1948, this work tells the story of the upward struggle of the Albina neighborhood residents. Despite the systematic dismantling of the neighborhood by the local government and housing market, the community forged ahead to maintain unity with resilience, determination and hope. The historic events, landmarks, and resolve depicted in the mural include the legendary jazz scene, property red lining, police brutality, human struggle and the ravaging of Black spaces through “urban renewal.”  [more]


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