Together We RISE, Portland, America 2018

AptART (Awareness & Prevention Through Art) is a non-governmental, not for profit organisation set up to promote awareness and prevention of issues affecting children’s lives. AptART are back again with another street art project in Portland called “TOGETHER WE RISE”.

“Portland is often credited as being the whitest city in America, but it is also a refugee resettlement city. As refugees and immigrants come to call Portland home, they create a huge variety in the culture and add vibrancy in the community. Diverse communities that represent and support all members will lift individuals up and allow them to rise to their full potential.” aptART

“To celebrate the super hero powers of diversity, we worked with students from RISE (Refugee and Student Empowerment) program to paint a cape cascading off the back of a girl, elevating her into flight. Participants filled the cape with elements from their own different cultures and painted ideas of what makes a community strong. On the adjacent wall a Falcom prepares to take off. The girl is inspired by a RISE students whose family came to Portland from Basra, Iraq. Thanks to a supportive community she is graduating high school this year with top marks and has been accepted to multiple universities.” Aptart

The piece was created as collaboration with Ernesto Maranje and Suhaib Attar. Suhaib has Palestinian heritage and Ernesto has Cuban heritage, thus both have first hand experience of how supporting refugees and immigrants can raise up not only an individual but a whole city.

This project was made possible by the support of the Regional Arts & Culture Council , David Dougla High School, IRCO- Immigrant and Refugee Community OrganizationMontana Cans (official) Cargo Inc of Portland, also the lovely gentleman from the garage next door!

Great to see another positive message brought to us by the lovely people of aptART.  To help AptART continue its work please donate via paypal using the email or contact for details.

Photo Credit Aptart



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