Deep Under Ground (DUG) and Young Gifted & Brown (YGB) have been curating safe spaces for brown folks to congregate, express themselves, share stories, love one another, and move their bodies since early & mid-2015. They are now joining forces to present Gifted Grounds, a multi-sensory, community experience that will feel like no dance party you have ever stepped into. They’re calling all Lovers, Creators, Change-Makers, Hustlers, Baby Mamas, Nation Builders, Dancers, Revolutionaries, Freedom Fighters, Spiritual Gangsters and Everyone in Between. Free yourself on this day…

DUG is an arts platform showcasing visual and performance artists. Curated by Mia O’Connor, Madenna Ibrahim, Janessa Narcisso, Bethlehem Daniel, Mulu Habtemariam, and Vincent Magee, DUG events are geared to provide a healthy and safe environment that will unite the surrounding artistic community with different cultures and views here in Portland.

Natalie Figueroa is an activist and community organizer that has addressed the intersections of art and revolution for over 18 years. Natalie, a Chicago native, has organized alongside youth of color to address issues of police brutality, segregation, access to comprehensive health education and racial injustice in public schools. Currently, she is working on building community in Portland through her art collective YGB.