We are guiding people to make art envisioning how their neighborhoods might better serve houseless people. Given the challenges that houseless people face, how might we help solve those challenges neighborhood by neigborhood?
The Ambassador Project worked closely with Right 2 Dream Too, a direct-action project of Right 2 Survive that provides twelve hours of uninterrupted sleep for those without access to shelters or affordable housing. From 2016-2017, the Ambassadors held events in many neighborhoods, leading people in making tiles as way to materialize hope toward a new site. Now that Right 2 Dream Too has a site between the Moda Center and the Willamette River in NE Portland, the Ambassador Program strives to complete this project by creating a welcome desk from these tiles.
Come learn about Right 2 Dream Too by taking a tour. The Ambassador Program offers tours on the third Sunday of each month at 1:30. Please gather at the front desk on NW 4th Avenue near Burnside.
All Hands on Deck
Right 2 Dream Too will lose its site in April; our All Hands on Deck art project is one way we are insisting on a future site: we will build it, tile by tile, until it becomes a reality. Shape in your hand a clay tile to help build a path into a Right 2 Dream Too. All Hands on Deck involves other efforts too (see Use Your Voice) to make sure Right 2 Dream Too continues past April. Houseless and formerly houseless people have organized a constructive approach to protecting sleep for houseless people, and it will take all hands on deck to make sure it continues.
Light the Hearth Celebration
We will hold a teach-in celebration to bring together housed and houseless people in the North Park Blocks on Wed. May 10. Let’s make art and enjoy music, drama, and poetry while Right 2 Survive broadcasts its monthly KBOO show live.
Where the Heart Is
We will offer collaborative poetry workshops to bring together housed and houseless people exploring ideas of home and community. We will publish an anthology to coincide with the Light the Hearth Celebration on May 10.
How do we view one another?
We are surveying perceptions between housed and houseless Portlanders to create a report.
If you are interested in developing neighborhood programs in which houseless people share expertise about emergency preparedness, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org