A child interacts with Occupied Wall - photo by Justin Levesque

About TEMPOart

Our Mission

TEMPOart champions and commissions public art in Portland, ME.

Our Vision:

Fostering a public art city through projects and events that:

  • Instigate conversation and energize our collective imagination
  • Connect communities in Portland and beyond
  • Are a catalyst for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice

Black Lives Matter

The board and staff of TEMPOart are horrified by the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey and Breonna Taylor and so many other victims of racist violence in the United States. 

We support the Black Lives Matter movement, along with the protesters in Portland and across the country, in demanding an end to systemic racism and police brutality. 

For the past year, we have worked to clarify and define TEMPOart’s mission, vision and values. Part of that mission is to champion and support public art that is a catalyst for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice. 

In pursuit of this vision, we commit to the active pursuit of diversity in our work and to holding ourselves accountable for commissioning, presenting, and amplifying the work of artists who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color.  

-The board and staff of TEMPOart

About Us

We share engaging public art that doesn’t need a ticket or an instruction manual. Each year new projects from TEMPOart enliven Portland’s public spaces. Our projects and events help people see their world in a new way, or just go through their day with a newfound energy–feeling less alone, alive with wonder, and knowing more is possible.

We also partner with other educational and cultural institutions, building upon each project to offer inspiring learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.

As a 501c3 nonprofit, charitable contributions are vital to making public art free and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. It is thanks to our generous donors that TEMPOart is able to serve Portland. None of it is possible without you.

About TEMPOart from TEMPOart on Vimeo.

Pictured at top: Interacting with Occupied Wall (2017), photo by Justin Levesque