We had another spectacularly awesome bash last Thursday – our first at the Oregon Public House (OPH motto: “Have a pint, change the world.” We love both those things!). All five finalists brought phenomenal levels of awesome and it was another hard decision for the trustees.
The final prize went to Erica Thomas and Amy Conway, the co-conspirators that make up the Dreamland Artist Collective. Their Dreamland project brings a bedroom’s worth of furniture – bed, side tables, lamps, and an all-important reader’s rocking chair – to public parks, where they invite passers-by into the surreal scene to listen to stories by local independent writers and even take the occasional nap. Erica and Amy want to take the project out of Southeast and into all 5 quadrants of Portland, and possibly beyond! This is keeping Portland weird at it’s finest.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award went to Kiki Prottsman of Thinkersmith for the 1 Hour of Code project, which will send 150 local tech volunteers into K-12 classrooms to teach the fundamentals of computer science. We’ll be needing a few more computer scientists in the future, and this project wants to start them young and make it fun!
We’d like to send out huge thanks to all our awesome finalists:
• Ballet dancer and teacher extraordinaire Renee Meiffren who wants to bring ballet into low income schools,
• KBOO contributor Ren Green, who rocked the stage in a stylin’ bear onesie in service of of “Pledge Drive: The Musical!” – a musical about pledge drives (obvy…) in the spirit of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog,
• and writer and bee crusader Catherine Garvin’s Hope for the Honey Bee project, a baseline study of Portland bee habitat.
And huge thanks to Oregon Public House, the perfect place to have our 10th (double digits, baby!) grant party and to Stephen M. Sauer who kept the crowd mightily entertained with songs both practiced and improvised (next hit single: “You’ve got 3 minutes to grab a drink”).
Our next grant: NEXT YEAR! Dates for January are coming soon. (Pro tip: the holidays are a great time to ponder what cool and kooky things you might like to bring to Portland in 2014!)