We sincerely apologize for the dead air that has lingered on since our fundraiser back in the Spring. We are still very thankful for your support during this time, as it’s helped us weather the stresses and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot has transpired since then, both locally and nationally, and we want to let you know what’s going on with us.
Over the last 6 months, S1 Staff attempted a transition of leadership from the predominantly white staff to QTBIPOC centered leadership. A combination of our staff needing to do more personal and collective anti-racism work, as well as personal and organizational stresses related to the pandemic created an environment that could not support a successful leadership transition. We still desire to shift leadership from a white dominated culture to one that feels safer and more inclusive for BIPOC members of our community.
In November, our team had a very difficult decision to make about whether or not keeping our space was a sustainable endeavor. Given the state of the pandemic, incredibly high costs of maintaining a space that the organization cannot utilize due to public health concerns, and an increasingly waning staff capacity, we decided it was the best solution to terminate our lease agreement and move out of our space.
We did not make this decision lightly. This choice was fueled by an interest in preserving the organization and the Synth Library resources for the community. With a bare minimum of operational costs, we aim to give the organization more time to work with our community in establishing a new leadership team to steward the Synth Library and S1 programming. During this time we are focused on restructuring the leadership team before we resume programming or workshops.
Since 2014, we’ve been dedicated to supporting artists, both in our own community and from all over the world. It has meant a lot to all of us to create this space for people to come and experiment, learn, and participate in experimental music, electronic synthesis, and Portland’s artistic scenes. From all-night parties to lush dronescapes, synthesis workshops and visual art exhibitions, we are so proud of the collective experiences we’ve created together.
We are incredibly thankful for you all for coming to events and supporting us over the years. We look forward to coming out the other side of this pandemic and seeing how we can all dance and play together again.
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