c3: project incubator
Conversations are at the heart of c3:initiative's work, which is why we are excited to announce our acquisition of Working Library, a dialogic art project by Laura O’Quin and Rory Sparks. Realized through the support of our project incubator program, we have witnessed truly generous and generative work unfold. c3 is inspired to continue this project under the guidelines set forth by its founders through residencies, partnerships, and programs.
c3:initiative selected Working Library (a project by Rory Sparks and Laura O'Quin) as the 2017-2018 project incubator. Working Library was selected from a rigorous pool of applicants to independently occupy the c3 incubator space on the corner of North Chicago Ave and Lombard St.. The project was home to a community amassed library, studio-run printing press, and bindery.
In its first iteration the Working Library is a place to engage the concept of a library through two threads; a site of production and a program for participation—rooted in curiosity and unexpected interconnections.
Launched in March 2016, we set out to construct, populate, and activate a library in conversation with the community.
One branch of the Working Library is a project space envisioned as an open and flexible structure that allows for multiple representations and interpretations of what a library is, and what it can be. See the program archive below
Another branch is the Working Library Residency in collaboration with c3:initiative. The residency will produce artist projects dealing in themes of publication, archive, and collection through the lens of artists of color.
Together we have set out to create a social space which is in a constant state of becoming. We honor the tradition of the library as a place of public voice, where visitors borrow from and contribute to the circulation of ideas and objects.
The Library is currently not on view. Check back for future info on when/where to visit.
Are you interested in checking out the Working Library as an artwork and engaging it in your community? Get in touch!
The c3:Working Library Residency supports creative projects dealing in themes of publication, archive, and collection through the lens of artists of color.
2017 c3:WL Residents:
d.a. carter and Sharita Towne
Rhiannon Skye Tafoya
8836 N Lombard St.
Portland, OR 97203
Wednesday - Friday 12-6p and by appointment
*We try our best to keep regular hours. Things come up. If you are thinking about venturing out to visit us it is always a good idea to let us know you are coming.
By Public Transit:
Bus 4, 11, 16, 44, or 75 to St. Johns
From Downtown Portland:
Take US Hwy 30 W toward St. Helens | Cross the St. Johns Bridge | Continue onto N. Philadelphia Ave. | Turn left on N. Lombard St. | We are on the corner of N Lombard and Chicago Ave.
To avoid rush hour traffic:
Consider taking Interstate north | Take left exit for N. Greeley | Turn left on Rosa Parks, which turns into N. Willamette Blvd | Turn right on N. Richmond Ave. | Left on N. Ivanhoe St. | We are on the corner of N Lombard and Chicago Ave.
From North or Northeast Portland:
Take N Lombard west to St. Johns | We are on the corner of N Lombard and Chicago Ave.