PROGRAM: This Land Multimedia Project

Presented by:
Oregon Humanities
Local Partner: Foundations, Other Subject: African American/Black, Cross-Cultural Understanding, History, Other, Varies Audience: All

This Land is an online multimedia project that collects and connects stories about land and the creation of home, belonging, and identity by Oregon’s communities of color. Stories began to be published in February 2017 and new stories come out every few weeks.

The project uses film, words, maps, photos, sounds, and graphics by artists and writers of color to build a broader understanding of how policies and laws shape systems of power and land ownership in Oregon’s past and present.

From racist place names in Oregon to alien land laws and Chinese hops farmers to wildfire policies and tribal land, This Land explores little-known stories about the fight for place, home, and belonging and about how Oregonians of color have flourished, building homes and community, despite a long and continuing history of exclusionary policies.


When he came to Oregon, John A. Brown was one of the state’s first Black homesteaders. More than 130 years later, his name is finally on the map.

Discover the story.

The Land is made possible by Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation, which encourages Oregon artists to test new ideas, stretch their creative capacity, and take creative risks.

Submit a Story Idea

Through the summer of 2017, the council will receive story proposals exclusively from filmmakers, photographers, and writers of color. Because one of the goals of the project is to show the often invisible systems of inequality that affect communities of color, the council is solely interested in proposals that show the connection between these stories of place, whether historical or contemporary, and federal, state, and local policies and legislation.

Funding for each medium ranges from $2,500 (essays, photoessays, and articles) to $6,500 (short films). For collaborative projects, customized budgets can be developed. Proposals will be reviewed as received with preference given to any submitted prior to April 1, 2017. Learn more by visiting the council’s website below.