Launch Pad Gallery: Featuring the work of local emerging artists.

CRIMINALES TODOS call to artists

A group show responding to the criminalization of race.

Opening Reception
Friday December 10, 2010
Launch Pad Gallery
534 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214

Submissions Deadline: Dec. 1, 2010

The Safe Communities Project and Portland Central America Solidarity Committee are calling all artists to submit pieces to be presented at the upcoming art exhibit CRIMINALES TODOS.

CRIMINALES TODOS is a travelling community art exhibit aiming to inspire an ongoing dialogue and examination of the social, political and cultural issues related to the criminalization of communities of color. From post-Civil War vagrancy laws targeting newly freed African Americans in the South, to police rounding up Japanese Americans and sending them to internment camps during WWII, to SB1070 targeting Latinos in Arizona; the history of police targeting communities of color has deep roots in American history.

In times of increased police surveillance, tightened border control and the implementation of anti-immigrant and racist laws across the country, we encourage artists to engage in a conversation about the devastating repercussions of policing and the militarization in our local communities.

Artists of all backgrounds are invited. Our aim is to create a space for conversation against the long standing practices of repression, and the impact of unjust and discriminatory practices. The exhibit is a platform from which to explore the marginalization of communities of color, and how to build solidarity and resistance to discrimination and oppression. Please join us.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:
– Effects of local enforcement programs in our local communities.
– Personal and/or collective experiences with detention and deportation systems.
– Racial profiling and institutionalized racism.
– Intersection of criminalization of resident communities of color and newly arrived immigrants.
– Anti-immigrant sentiment.
– Historical and contemporary forms of popular resistance to human rights abuses.


Artwork may include, but is not limited to painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, performance art, interactive art, design, and other site-specific installations.

$10 submission fee for up to 4 works. (Scholarships available)

Please include with your submissions:

Your Full Name
Phone #
Title of Artwork
Dimensions of Artwork
Artist Biography (1 paragraph)
Statement of Intent (1-2 paragraphs)

Submit images of artwork electronically to in Jpeg format, 1200 pixels at the longest dimension and 72DPI in resolution.

Artwork juried into the show must be wired to hang and exhibition ready.


Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, December 1st, 2010.

Artists juried into the show will be notified with drop off instructions on Friday, December 3rd, 2010.

If you have any questions contact: Brenda Salas Neves at 503-236-7916.


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