Community Is a Question: Art with Lauren Moran

Community Is a Question: Art with Lauren Moran


In this episode, we chat with Lauren Moran about their work engaging communities through art.

Lo Moran profile photoLauren Moran creates interdisciplinary projects that are often participatory, collaborative and co-authored. They aim to experiment with and question the systems we are all embedded in by organizing situations of connection, openness and nonhierarchical learning. Lauren desires to develop sites for accessibility, and reimagined ways of being together. They are a member of Public Annex, and perform as soft fantasy. A graduate of the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University, Lauren is currently the Artist in Residence at UMass Dartmouth.

They have recently presented work at the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Art Prize at Portland State University, as the artist in residence for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Greensboro Project Space (Greensboro NC), Abteilung für Alles Andere (Berlin Germany), Art in Odd Places (New York, NY), Disjecta (Portland, OR), Port City Gallery (Portland, OR), and the El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso, TX). Find them on their website at

Gabby Smashes!

Gabby Antonion Smashes...

In this episode, Alexis and Steph talk with Dawn Jones Redstone and Luann Algoso about how Gabby Antonio has been smashing the Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist Patriarchy.

Dawn Jones Redstone is an award-winning gay, Latinx filmmaker best known as director and co-writer of the acclaimed, dramatic short film, Sista in the Brotherhood. Her short film We Have Our Ways just won Best Oregon Short Film at Portland International Film Festival And was named a “favorite Portland Film,” by the Willamette Week. Dawn is the recipient of the MRG Foundation’s 2016 Lilla Jewel Award and was named a Woman of Vision by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce. She is committed to creating films that help balance the media representation of women and people of color both in front of and behind the camera. Dawn has been working in the nonprofit world for 14 years as an employee, board member and a subcontractor and is ready to mine the wealth of comedy, this sector has to offer!

Luann Algoso is a Portland, Oregon-based writer, creative activator, cultural worker, and strategic communications specialist. In 2015, she received her Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University with the thesis titled, “Comedy as a Platform for Marginalized Voices: Asian American Women and the Disoriented Comedy Showcase”. She is a 2017 recipient of the Golden Spot Award Residency, a curated artist in residency program with Caldera Arts. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @luann_algoso.

Note: This episode was recorded in early May 2018.