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Each year new public art projects from TEMPOart enliven Portland’s public spaces. They serve as catalysts for addressing important issues and ideas that can help make our city a richer and more interconnected community.

Our theme for 2020 is Resilience in Place, exploring and responding to challenges posed by imminent changes in our natural and social environments. We are pleased that Jesse Salisbury is creating an installation for TEMPOart to be installed in the summer of 2020. The sculpture will be located at Fish Point along the Eastern Trail, an easy walk from both Fort Allen Park and Commercial Street.

In the Summer of 2019, TEMPOart commissioned four monumental sculptures by Daniel Minter called Mother’s Garden. These sculptures, which are located near Kennedy Park in East Bayside, evoke the food and spirituality of the African Diaspora. In conjunction with this project, and in partnership with World To Table, TEMPOart sponsored four dinners for recently arrived immigrants and longtime Mainers. Our goal for the year, to help bring Portland’s diverse communities more closely together through art and food, was a great success.

In addition to the dinners, we sponsored four youth art and writing & programs, including those offered by the Telling Room and Mayo Street Arts. We also hosted summer interns from the Portland Museum of Art.

Sign up for upcoming Gathering Stones programming events! Summer 2021 programming kicks off June 20.

Pictured at top: Moon Machar reads a poem she wrote for a Welcome Feast Dinner (2019)