Join Us at PSA, a Community Art Exhibition Benefitting SARC


Sexual Assault Awareness Month is coming up! The Ford Gallery is hosting PSA, a community exhibition, curated by Lindsey Oldani, with proceeds going to SARC.

Join us on March 25, 2017 from 6 pm to 10 pm for our opening reception, live music (TBA/TBD), silent auction, and spoken word performance.

PSA is a Public Service Announcement that Provides Support through Art. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month and in response to recent federal action to defund the Violence Against Women Act, this group exhibition is our way of acknowledging this major social issue. PSA provides a showcase for local artists who believe in the importance of a community that actively addresses sexual violence, while also raising money for a local organization that serves survivors daily.

The event will include a community showcase and art exhibition by local women, spoken word performances from our rich community of oral artists, and the 10×10 donation project. Our #10x10Project supports the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC Oregon), a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote social justice by eliminating sexual violence in our community through education, support, and advocacy. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of each 10″ by 10″ piece will go directly to SARC.

Good Times Raising Awareness at Lola’s Room

SARC benefit concert

Thanks to everyone who came out to the benefit concert, we had a great time! We wanted to offer a good mix of music in the line-up and offer a nice variety to appeal to the audience. Raising awareness was our #1 goal. We had the opportunity to share what and who SARC is and speak about our causes along with a slideshow.

As our first concert, we are proud to have held the event and couldn’t have done so without the help of many folks. It all started with the McMenamins family with their generosity and commitment to the community and so, the search was on for bands. A bonus was Pixxl PDX who set up their photo style booth with fun props where we had SARC specific signs to throw into the mix.

View photos from the show here >>

All musicians were (and are) so sweet and gracious, it warms our hearts.
The crew at McMenamins–they know what they’re doing.

We hope you enjoyed the show! We rely on members of the community like you to help keep SARC available to those in need.

Support the great musicians who came out in support of SARC and thanks all for coming out to the show! We’d love to hear from you. Let us know on any feedback so we can make it even more successful next time. We hope to make it our annual fundraiser event.

Much love and gratitude goes to:

Little Warrior
Pixxl PDX
Christine Ellworth

BENEFIT CONCERT: Raise Your Voice fundraiser event of the year

We are so excited to invite you all to this inaugural benefit concert event. This concert is an attempt at being the largest fundraiser for SARC this year. In prior years, our annual event has been the WAM walk and we were looking to do a different event.

With the generous donation of McMenamins venue Lola’s Room we’ve put together a great lineup of local acts who are all stepping up to help raise our voices for SARC. In addition to four great acts we have some great raffle prizes planned. Stay tuned for updates on further developments.

Here is the show flyer as a PDF which you can please share and distribute at-will. We thank Christine Ellsworth of Broken 1 Design, who created the flyer and is doing some great design work for SARC (more on that later!)

What: fundraiser concert (all ages)
When: October 5, Sunday, Doors 7pm, show 8pm
Where: McMenamins Lola’s Room
Cost: $20 adv/ $25 door  Buy Tickets Online  < Help us sell out the show!!

Here’s a little bit about the bands.


Headlining the show will be Tiburones, named after the spanish word for sharks. They are an up and coming band that was named one of this year’s best new bands by Willamette Week. They’ve been working on their debut album and are working on its release. Not strangers to the Portland music scene, the band leads are in other well known projects like Y La Bamba and Shaky Hands. Vibrant sounds delivered by an intoxicating 6-piece with enchanting harmonies, syncopated percussion, electric guitars, bass, and keys. “TIburones frames the sound of folk with big, heavy rhythms and songs that split the sea.”

SupraphonicsSupraphonics brings a blend of funk, soul, and nu-jazz originals and covers from a group of veteran Portland musicians. All members are deeply rooted in old school grooves like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Al Green but offer original music with a modern twist. A lot of soul, funk, afro-beat fusion for your listening pleasure! Check them out here.


RllrbllRLLRBLL has been an established band since 1994. Having since released over 10 full length albums and many more EP’s and singles, many often wonder ‘which Rllrbll’ will play tonight?
They will bring their dueling male-female vocal harmonies and strong bass and piano driven rifts. Listen here.



Little-WarriorAlexa Raquel Casciato, of Little Warrior says  that the term “Little Warrior” references someone who appears small in day-to-day life, but is really fighting a battle towards good. Well we love that! She is a Little Warrior with a big voice and she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the cause. All songs are composed, programmed and produced, mixed and mastered by the warrior herself, Alexa.
Listen to her recently released album.

A HUGE THANK YOU to McMenamins and all the great musicians stepping up. Show your support of community businesses like McMenamins and these great local bands!

Their tunes can be purchased online and at the show.