Racial Equity Statement from PFS
Portland FolkMusic Society celebrates all musical traditions whose foundations flow from communities and cultures of color.
We recognize that we are an overwhelmingly white organization. We hope to become a more inclusive and diverse organization by taking the following steps:
- We ask that if any member or volunteer detects racism or biases in our structures, processes, publicity or activities, they will speak up and bring this to the attention of PFS.
- We will include more artists of color in our performances.
- We will reach out to our local communities of color for inclusion.
- We will report annually to our membership how we are doing on these goals.
We invite comments and engagement from PFS members. We look forward to the essential, ongoing work of listening, learning, and changing that is ahead of us.
The Virtues of Virtual
PFS Song Circles in the age of COVID
You must know by now that PFS is holding Saturday Evening Virtual Song Circles every Saturday Evening.
We held the first - with little preparation - on March 14, when we were all waking up to the reality of COVID19, and we realized we couldn't responsibly go ahead and hold the scheduled in-person song circle. So, with 24 hours warning, we met on line. The technology was new to a lot of people, we didn't know much about how to host the event, and it was rough - but people had a good time, and someone asked, "Can we do this again next week?" We thought, "Why not?" And we haven't stopped. We had our 60th VSC on May 1, 2021, and they are still going strong.
Please consider coming; you will be welcomed and feel welcome, no matter your skills or equipment or whatever. A few of the regular participants have good set-ups, with separate cameras and mics. Most use laptops. A few just come in by phone. It doesn't matter.
Check out highlights of a recent song circle here
And there's so much more...
There is a LOT of other online folk music now, with opportunities to listen, take classes, and sing.
PFS volunteer Barry Gorden has been doing a super job posting the events he hears about, and if you have others, let him know at email@example.com.
Look at the Upcoming Events calendar to find out how you can stay connected, during these disconnected times!