Photo by Sarah Clark
Pass The Mic, Portland Meet Portland's Immigrant and Refugee Youth Music Camp, provides students with free, high-quality and culturally responsive music education and mentorship by experienced Portland musicians. Students will gain invaluable encouragement and experience in expressing themselves musically and artistically to their peers and their communities, and they’ll learn how to collaborate creatively with each other. The goal of our camp is to decrease isolation and find new ways to connect youth from inside and outside of mainstream American culture, allowing room for these students to carve out their own expressive safe space and to share it in their own creative terms.
Photo by Sarah Clark
Pass the Mic Info!
We are currently planning the 2019 Pass the Mic Music Camp as well as planning new year round programming, in partnership with XRAY.fm. Our year round programming will feature workshops in music, podcasting, sound engineering, radio, and digital storytelling media for immigrant and refugee youth throughout the year.
Check back soon for more details!
2018 Pass the Mic Concert!
Ben Moorad – Program Manager and Fundraiser
Ben Moorad is a Co-Founder of the nonprofit Write Around Portland, which uses networks of free writing workshops to help underrepresented youth and adults take control of their stories and build community. Ben is a nonprofit consultant who has worked with over 80 local, regional, national and international nonprofits. He’s a writer and performer who is dedicated to helping others express themselves.
Wilson Vediner – Program Director
Wilson Vediner is a Portland, OR musician and founding member of the bands Point Juncture, WA (which Willamette Week has called “the Illuminati of Portland’s indie-rock scene” and “a beautiful and undeniable thing… organic, electric and pure”) and Months (which WW described as “a thrilling exercise in creative tension.”) With 15 years of experience creating and collaborating in musical projects, and 12 years of experience developing curriculum and pedagogy at Pendleton Rock Camp, Wilson has helped hundreds of youth create and compose their own songs, lyrics, poems, and prose works. In addition, he was the Founder and Co-Producer of 2011’s THIS! Fest, a two day, free all-ages festival that brought 26 local writers (including Tom Bissell, Jon Raymond, Cheryl Strayed, Emily Chenoweth and Lidia Yuknavitch) and 13 bands together to perform.