Raquel de Anda
Raquel de Anda is an independent curator and cultural producer based in Portland, OR. Her work spans a variety of practices, including film-based projects, public interventions and mass mobilizations, and exhibitions at museums, galleries and alternative arts spaces across the country.
Recent exhibitions include Like The Waters We Rise: Climate Justice in Print (Interference Archive, New York, NY), Fossil Free Fest (New Orleans, LA), and Shattering the Concrete: Artists, Activists and Instigators (Project Row Houses, Houston, TX).
De Anda’s work has received numerous awards, including the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship as part of her work with the People’s Climate Arts collective. Her work has been covered in media outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post and the Washington Post. De Anda received an MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons, School of Design, with a focus on integrating cultural equity in the field of arts and culture. She is currently supporting the design and implementation of a dedicated fund for cultural production on the US-Mexico border with the Mellon Foundation’s Arts and Culture program.
Sharita Towne is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Portland. Born and raised on the West Coast of the U.S. along Interstate 5 from Salem, OR, to Tacoma, WA, and down to Sacramento, CA. She is most interested in engaging local and global Black geographies, histories, and possibilities. In her work, a shared art penetrates and binds people–artists, audience, organizers, civic structures, sisters, cousins, and landscape–in collective catharsis, grief, and joy. Towne holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Portland State University. Her work has received support from organizations including Creative Capital, the Fulbright Association, Art Matters, The Ford Family Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Arts Commission, The Miller Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the MRG Lilla Jewel Award, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Open Signal, SPACES in Cleveland, and the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland. Most recently, Towne was awarded the Fields Artist Fellowship by Oregon Humanities and the Oregon Community Foundation.
Daniel Tucker makes documentaries, publications, classes, exhibitions and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. His writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art projects have been published and presented widely. He recently finished organizing the book and exhibit Lastgaspism: Art and Survival in the Age of Pandemic (Soberscove, 2022) with Anthony Romero and Dan S. Wang and numerous other contributors. His current work is focused around how artists are engaging conservation and industry to inspire the bioregional and infrastructural imagination. He works as an Associate Professor at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.
Let’s Get Free: The Transformative Art and Activism of the People’s Paper Co-op is part of Imagining Abolitionist Futures, a year-long Hurford Center initiative exploring the role of the arts and humanities in the struggle to dismantle the carceral state and build reparative practices and institutions in the place of a system driven by racism, retribution, and violence. Support for the exhibition has been provided by The Village of Arts and Humanities and Haverford College’s John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and English Department.