Bone Velvet Arts Formation is a non-profit organization based in Portland, OR. Our focus is to support the current and evolving arts + business (work) culture in our community through producing events + curating performances.
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This collaborative endeavor is the brainchild of Allison Jacks + Claire Christensen who bring to Bone Velvet a synergy of perspectives from their previous residences + experiences in Paraguay, Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, + Missoula. In 2015 when they independently landed in PDX, each experienced a high variety + a high volume of artists in need of more resources + more intimate connections. These encounters revealed parallel visions for this partnership.
This launched the research + exploration of possibilities to meet the needs of what felt missing - for BOTH themselves AND other artists. How and when and where might one offer solutions and (continue) momentum to what each of these former Dance Majors believe to be a movement on the horizon for individuals who are serious about their mediums. They began to imagine an interactive system of artistic engagements. They felt an urgency to bring in forces of all disciplines in order to give artists the community it craves + to give the community the art it needs. Jacks + Christensen observed and witnessed the (current) art + culture moving forward; evolving into a new sort of audience - as much interested in watching as they are in engaging. The next step for dedication to come to fruition required Bone Velvet to identify cohesive participants and activities.
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