Please join the artists of Future Prairie as we dance our way through camellia season and into the cherry blossoms. This will be our spring fling: calling on visions of paradise, utopia, dreams, romances, and joy.
Musical performances by Joni Renee Whitworth, Vivian Cecylia Tylińska, and Allegra Jongeward
Live painting by Jasmine Co, Kathleen Boudwin, and Megan Krzmarzick
Comics by Sabine Rear
Poetry by Chris Gonzalez, Julia Laxer, and Olivia Marovich
Dance by Jaleesa Johnston
Photography by Sam Reynolds and Kimberley Hasselbrink
Lecture by Roseanna Zanna Colabella
We will have American Sign Language interpreters. Thanks to a grant from CymaSpace, our show can be inclusive of the Deaf and hard of hearing community!
Our queer variety show is inspired by the chautauquas of the 19th and early 20th centuries, where people from all walks of life came together to experience education, entertainment, and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, and entertainers.
Founded in January 2018 by Joni Renee Whitworth in Portland, Oregon, Future Prairie is a non-profit organization and artist collective led by women, femme, queer, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. We develop and showcase emerging and under-represented artists.
When we say "under-represented artists", we are specifically referring to creatives of different abilities, races, gender identities, national origin, religion, and age. We aim to serve historically-marginalized groups such as women, racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities, and low-income individuals.
For many years, Portlanders have spoken of a cultural responsibility to protect, promote, and pay emerging and under-represented artists.
We believe the time has come to make good on theories and promises.
We believe artists have an opportunity to design and co-create a future that is inclusive and inspiring.
We believe art is a valid form of social and personal healing.
We believe art is just one stroke of a broader suite of forward-looking societal upgrades, including access to nourishing food, a healthy environment, safe housing, and education.
Find out more at www.futureprairie.com
We are working towards a unique business model where we pay all of our artists much more than industry standard. We believe art is important for a healthy and happy community. We have a vision of marginalized artists getting paid for their time. We hope you will consider supporting this dream by purchasing a ticket and attending our show! If cost is prohibitive, let us know and we will put you on a special wait list. Then, if the show does not sell out, we would be happy to let you get a ticket for $5. ALSO, we honor the Arts for All program! 🙌 That means if you have a food stamps card, you can show your card and ID at the door and attend for $5.
Our amazing volunteers:
Bess Meade, Teresa Huynh