Diversity Statement

Vortex2020 is being planned on the traditional homelands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Watlala Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other indigenous nations who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. By recognizing these communities, we honor their legacies, their lives, and their descendants.

Systemic racism, white supremacy, land theft, and historic social and economic barriers have negatively impacted equitable access to education, jobs, generational wealth, access to the outdoors, and community engagement in Oregon.

The leadership of Vortex2020 commits to creating a festival, that in all its aspects, works intentionally to address and overcome these barriers and help to transfer power through community engagement, artistic expression and community collaboration.

To that end, we commit to the following:

• At least twenty percent of the leadership within Vortex2020 is led by impacted communities;

• Programming reflects the cultivation and empowerment of diverse partnerships;

• Planning includes representative decision-makers from a wide range of community partners;

• Roster of performers and vendors will reflect our commitment to the richness of variety that Oregon has to offer.