The Albina Arts Center Visioning Committee will define and drive a community-centered visioning and development process that will promote mutual understanding and collective vision for the Albina Arts Center.
Located at the corner of NE Williams and NE Killingsworth (5412 North Williams Avenue), the Albina Arts Center is a one-story, brick building that has been an important symbol of Portland’s Black community since the early 1960s. Used as a community hub, arts center, and meeting place, the Albina Arts Center was incorporated to give intentional space for the development of cultural and intellectual resources of the Albina neighborhood.
Current Status (as of March, 2022)
In 2016, Oregon Community Foundation was approached by a court-appointed receiver — working on behalf of the State of Oregon — to serve in a temporary administrative capacity for the Albina Arts Center.
The property is currently held by the North Portland Economic Development Fund and is currently leased to several commercial tenants. This Fund was created pursuant to a Fund Agreement between the DOJ and AWL Building LLC, a limited liability company of which the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is the sole member. The Fund was created to accept, title, and administer the Albina Arts Center with the intention to distribute all such property to a qualified charitable organization.
Oregon Community Foundation has contracted with Try Excellence to provide an equitable engagement strategy to develop a path for transferring ownership of the Albina Arts Center to a nonprofit organization that is representative of the Albina community historically served by the building. Try Excellence is a Portland Area consulting firm providing innovative solutions to create environments where human brilliance is valued and celebrated.
Community Engagement Consultant and Facilitator
Portland native, Ericka Warren will lead the Try Excellence Project team and serve as Community Engagement Consultant and Facilitator for this work. Try Excellence will facilitate a community visioning process that will engage leaders and stakeholders in Portland’s Black community in strategic visioning and planning for the future of the Albina Arts Building.
Serves as key advisors to the project in collaboration with Try Excellence and key Oregon Community Foundation staff who are responsible for the success of this project. The Steering Committee will help to create structures, maintain consistency, and offer accountability for an equitable, inclusive process.
The Albina Arts Visioning Committee will define and drive a community-centered visioning and development process that will promote mutual understanding and collective vision for the Albina Arts Center and the nonprofit organization that will own and steward the building.
Visioning Committee members will represent Black community leaders, organizations and stakeholders including generational diversity and a broad set of interests, perspectives and skills.
The Albina Arts Center Visioning Committee will:
- Consist of 20-30 community stakeholders
- Participate in a projected six-month visioning and development process that ensures a transparent, community-serving project
- Develop key elements of the RFP for the Albina Arts Center
- Contribute to criteria for eligibility of applications and an equitable RFP Process; and,
- Communicate back to organizations/stakeholders they represent and community at large
Frequently Asked Questions
Oregon Community Foundation supports a Black-centered, community-led visioning process to find a new owner and steward for the Albina Arts Center.
Oregon Community Foundation is serving at the request of the State of Oregon, in a temporary, administrative capacity until the community-led process is complete.
The Albina Arts Center is being held in trust by Oregon Community Foundation at the request of the State of Oregon. The building can only be granted to a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.
The goal is to help the community select a permanent owner and steward of this beloved community asset.
The visioning process and RFP selection are necessary to ensure this is a transparent and equitable process that will honor the center’s history and reflect the community’s interest’s and needs.
Over the next six months, Oregon Community Foundation will:
- Create a Steering Committee to provide input and guidance on the process;
- Hire a consultant to facilitate visioning sessions;
- Identify community members with vested interest in the future of the Albina Arts Center from the Black community to serve on the Visioning Committee
And, the Visioning Committee will:
- Contribute to an equitable RFP selection process;
- Have ongoing, open communications with community stakeholders to share progress.
The committee makeups are being drawn from Black Community leaders and stakeholders who will be asked to provide input throughout. The goal is to create a robust and equitable process to select a new organization to own and steward the Albina Arts Center.
The entire process is expected to culminate with the transfer of the building to a new owner in the fall of 2022.
The State of Oregon asked Oregon Community Foundation to serve in a temporary, administrative capacity until the community-led process is complete.
Oregon Community Foundation is committed to supporting a Black-centered and community-led process that is thorough and equitable to choose a new building owner and steward.
The Steering and Visioning Committees will give input into prospective selection committee members. Selection Committee members will be chosen based on previous experience, personal interest, ties/connection to the Black Community, availability, competencies and ethics.
The Albina Arts Center is being held in trust by Oregon Community Foundation at the request of the State of Oregon. The building can only be granted to a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization. The RFP will be developed by community leaders participating in the community visioning process, facilited by Try Excellence.
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