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Artist Lisa Jarrett

Oregon artist stirs conversation

For visual artist Lisa Jarrett, art is about much more than making objects. It is about exploring identity, forging connections, creating community and providing opportunities.
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Nancy Castillo-McKinnis, K'Lynn Lane, and Tracy Kennedy join the TFFF Team as Field Coordinators

Meet our newest field coordinators

Field coordinators are at the heart of The Ford Family Foundation’s Community Building Approach. These locally based team members serve as resources and agents for change in their community, whether that community is a rural region or a specific population.
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Ford Scholar Will Miller

Heritage and community

Ford Scholar Will Miller connected with his history to create his future and now works at NAYA, the Native American Youth and Family Center.
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ford scholar community story

The health of a community

Analicia Nicholson just started the biggest job she’s ever had: She’s the new superintendent of the Douglas Educational Service District. On a recent Zoom call, she shared her hopes, fears and all the unknowns of the position.
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Students stewards in Union and Baker counties Oregon

Wisdom through generations

Nestled on the western slopes of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, east of the ridge that separates Highway 203 from North Powder, five students and two local ranchers plot their morning’s work.
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rubén’s childhood bedroom, 2020 Video Still Photo: rubén garcía marrufo

Imagine beyond limits

The word border is infused with a wealth of meaning. For some, it is a physical line, for others a political separation. It is all that to Portland artist rubén garcía marrufo — and a lot more.
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