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2021 Open Signal Activity Report

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2021 Highlights

Open Signal is a media arts center in

Portland, Oregon offering media workshops,

an equipment library, artist residencies

and five cable channels programmed with

locally produced content. Open Signal

delivers media programming with a commitment

to creativity, technology and social change.


In 2021, we were able to:

Support members of our production

cohort with 1,020 customized one-on-one

training hours. Our cohort participants

identify as Black, Indigenous, and

people of color; people living with dis/

abilities; English language learners;

people with low incomes; and nonprofit

partners who align with our efforts.

Focus on Black media makers through

Open Signal Labs, which supported six

fellows and more than 300 additional

people through virtual events,

fundraising and production support.

Labs also expanded their network with

a national consortium funded by the

National Endowment for the Arts.

Complete our New Media Fellowship with

a presentation by Myles de Bastion on

his first-in-the-world technology that

creates real time captions and sign

language within virtual spaces.

Run five cable channels 24/7 and

stream all channels online for

the first time, airing 114 COVID

public health announcements and

263 hours City Council meetings.

Premiere 2,334 new pieces of media

on our cable channels — 765 of

which were created at Open Signal.

Launch a pilot training for

local nonprofits, which provides

equipment access and traumainformed

media literacy education.

Continued shared leadership,

with six department heads

collectively responsible for

the health of the organization.


Financials Fiscal Year 2021

Revenue

$128,029

Service Fees

$44,581

Individual and

Corporate Support

$250,323

Foundations

$11,758

Misc.

$808, 844

Mt. Hood Cable

Regulatory Commission

(capital-restricted

funding)

$984,254

Government

Operating Grants

Expenses

$116,395

Foundations

$394,982

General/Admin

$1,914,978

Programs


“Without being part of the

cohort I wouldn’t have

had the confidence. They

were not only supportive

of me learning skills but

also me personally getting

something out of the things

they were teaching me. This

is how you build community.

Now I want to teach young

people how to be in charge

of their own stories.”

DR. S. RENEE MITCHELL

FOUNDER, I AM M.O.R.E.;

SUMMER 2021 PROJECT COHORT

Open Signal

2766 NE Martin Luther

King, Jr Blvd

Portland, Oregon 97212

(503) 288-1515

opensignalpdx.org

Learn more at

opensignalpdx.org

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