Cailey McCandless is the program director of Teen Musical Theater of Oregon, a youth theater program based in Medford. The program, which provides a safe space for young artists, produces several performances a year. But the pandemic shut down the company’s spring show two days before opening night, forcing McCandless to come up with innovative ways to keep the production alive.
Black Portlanders in the city’s comedy scene have spent the last few months out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the midst of a global Black Lives Matter uprising, Black comedians are also figuring out how their humor fits into the movement.
As the state earmarks $50 million to aid music, culture and community venues, focused on organizations around the state, Portland's creative laureate talks about how to boost equity in Oregon's artistic ecosystem during the pandemic.