Our mission is to empower our community to make effective use of media for creative expression, cultural exchange, and civic participation, with a focus on communities underrepresented in the mainstream media.
Open Signal is an equity-driven media arts center, launched in 2017 and building upon the thirty-five-year legacy of Portland Community Media. We provide to the community state-of-the-art media production studios, equipment and training; artist residencies; vibrant events; a cable broadcast platform and a dynamic online network, all under one roof.
Our cable broadcast and online network bring locally created media in six languages 24 hours a day to more than 400,000 households annually. Our networks provide Portland’s most authentic audio-visual expression of the many perspectives that make up our community, amplifying the voices and stories of those underrepresented in the mainstream. Community members produce well over 3,500 new media productions through our facility each year.
Our media education programming includes Open Signal Labs, a growing initiative for Black filmmakers; and partnerships with local nonprofits.
Bottom Line for Portland
Open Signal is the only place in the city of Portland that provides community members and nonprofits with free or low-cost access to the equipment, studios and knowledge to create their own media productions and to share them with the world. We work to amplify the voices of those who are underrepresented in mainstream media because we believe that media is power and that social justice can only be realized when our stories and storytellers reflect the equitable world we wish to create.
“I'm really passionate about community media work because it allows me to express my creative endeavors and thoughts in a safe space and in one that allows me to connect with new people. We create long-term relationships as well as new projects."
–Juliana Custer, Summer 2021 Production Cohort
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Throughout our history, Open Signal has worked with a diverse cross-section of Portland, but we now make our equity work more intentional and proactive than ever.
Our seasonal Production Cohorts are open to media makers who identify with and/or create content specifically for communities of color, English language learners, disabled or low income communities, and local nonprofit organizations. Open Signal Labs is an incubator for emerging Black filmmakers to create new and authentic stories. Before COVID hit in 2019, 64% of our students identified as non-white and 36% reported an annual household income under $40,000. Series productions include comedy, experimental art, documentaries, community issues, and more in English, Spanish, Chinese, Farsi, Russian and Romanian. Open Signal is committed to equity, to social justice, and to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and other community members.
A super generous anonymous donor will match the final $5k of our campaign once we hit $15k – we're so close! Please help us make our $20k total goal!
Columbia Bank matched the first ten $100 donations. Thank you for making this match happen!
The first 100 donors will be entered into a raffle to win a Potato Champion gift card and swag. Winner announced soon…
All new donors and returning donors who increase their gift will be entered into a raffle to win a XLB gift card and swag plus their very own private drive-in screening in Open Signal’s parking lot. Winner announced soon…
All donors gain Open Signal membership.
Columbia Bank is a Northwest community bank in WA, OR and ID providing comprehensive solutions and expertise to businesses and individuals.
Potato Champion serves twice-fried Belgian style fries, a variety of house made dipping sauces, and their own version of the Canadian classic, poutine.
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