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Our Mission


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Our Mission


 

OUR MISSION

THE Vanport Mosaic IS A community-driven, artist-led non-profit committed TO amplifying, honoring, AND PRESERVING THE silenced histories of the pacific northwest in order to understand our present.

 
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A Forgotten City


A Forgotten City


 

A FORGOTTEN CITY

At its peak with a population of 40,000, Vanport was Oregon’s second largest city.

The story of Vanport city is an essential and often forgotten chapter in Portland’s history. Built in 110 days in 1942, Vanport was meant to be a temporary solution to Portland’s housing shortage during WWII. On Memorial Day in 1948, one of the dikes surrounding Vanport broke, flooding the city and wiping it out in less than an hour.

 
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Celebrating the History


Celebrating the History


 

MEMORY ACTIVISM -

IN THESE TIMES OF COLLECTIVE AMNESIA, REMEMBERING IS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE.

Through oral history recording and documentaries screenings; theater, poetry and exhibits; presentations, tours and community gatherings, we

  •  amplify silenced histories and present a counter-narrative to monolithic and simplified official historical records by highlighting communities’ resilience and contributions to our City and State
  • present uncomfortable community histories through inclusive, accessible and welcoming initiatives. By building bridges, nurturing relationships, creating unexpected partnerships, breaking silos and overcoming divisiveness, we foster community connection.