In light of rapid economic development in West Coast cities, how are local artists and cultural institutions faring? What opportunities and challenges have arisen? How do race, class, and other factors influence our experiences? How do intergenerational artists and arts leaders recount Portland’s past and imagine its future? What can we learn from other cities’ shifting landscapes? Featuring Victoria Frey (PICA, Portland); Andre Middleton (Black Creative Collective and RACC, Portland); Julie Phelps (CounterPulse, San Francisco) and more. Moderated by Ethan Seltzer, Professor of Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University.

This conversation is part of the TBA Festival Flight: Local Legacies & Landscapes2015 marks 20 years of PICA. Join us to reflect on our current context, and shifts in the local landscape, with a focus on how to continue nurturing thought-provoking contemporary art in Portland and ensure that our artists thrive.

About TBA Conversations: A series of engaging daily discussions, lectures, and gallery talks with visiting and local artists, curators, scholars, and community leaders. TBA Conversations put artists and audiences in direct dialogue, combining live interviews with audience Q&A, to offer unique perspectives on festival performances and exhibitions. Conversations with TBA artists take place daily, 12:30-1:30 PM at PICA, unless otherwise noted (Note change of time for this session). For 12:30 chats, bring a lunch and join us at noon on our rooftop deck for cold drinks, fresh air, and great company! All conversations are free and open to the public.