Festival registration is open! Design Week 2020 runs virtually from August 3-7.
Following a screening of the short documentary "Root Shocked," we'll discuss the role of art and design in addressing disinvestment, gentrification, and displacement in north and northeast Portland with artists Cleo Davis and Kayin Talton Davis and filmmaker Cecilia Brown.
"Root Shocked" is a documentary short about generational loss, racial disparity, and the steps taken by one family to force a city to reckon with its history. The documentary follows the story of efforts to relocate the Mayo house in northeast Portland as atonement for past wrongs by the City of Portland that prevented the Davis family from building what would have amounted to more than $2 million in wealth.
The "blight-xploitation" that impacted the Davis family property is only one of many harms inflicted on Portland's Black community and created the environment that led to the gentrification and involuntary economic displacement of more than 10,000 African American residents out of north and northeast Portland.
The artistic and design efforts of Cleo and Kayin are working to highlight the vibrant Black community that existed in these neighborhoods and acknowledge the diaspora of the Black community in Portland.
A Certified B Corporation real estate agency, a civil rights non-profit, a husband-wife art/design team, and a filmmaker -- all with one mission to better inform a conversation about the many perspectives in our city.