Public Annex Strategic Plan - Dec 31, 2020

Understanding Where We Are Today


Collaborative Arts, our weekly accessible art class held at Taborspace is thriving. The community that we have developed is strong and the space created in this class feels truly inclusive and non-hierarchical. We have hired artists all across the disability spectrum to facilitate and have now held over 200 Collaborative Arts classes, each one unique.

The Field of View Artist Residency has connected 4-5 artists who identify as having a developmental disability with artist mentors throughout the Portland area for 3 years now. The collaborations that have resulted from this residency have helped artists with disabilities gain access to spaces and communities that they have not been able to access before, provided artists with developmental disabilities with more visibility and opportunity for connection and exchange with new communities, and helped them develop their professional practice and gain broader audiences for their work.

Though still in progress, the Side Yard Annex is getting closer and closer to being the intellectually and physically accessible urban farm of our dreams! Over the past three farm seasons we have transformed the Side Yard Annex from a sloped, narrow pathed, weed covered former farm space into a functioning, flourishing urban farm with wide pathways, 10 new raised garden beds of various shapes, sizes and heights that can be navigated by people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. We have partnered with groups such as Meek High School, Oregon Commission for the Blind’s Summer Work Experience Program and built a strong community of volunteers all across the disability spectrum who help out on the farm on a weekly basis in exchange for the fresh vegetables and herbs we grow together.