How it started

Although the landscape has changed, there is much to remember, celebrate and build upon. In 2012, the Williams Avenue Safety Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee recommended to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that these stories be honored through an art history project that would have a prominent place on the corridor. Thus, the community-led Honoring History of Williams Avenue Committee and the Historic Black Williams Project were born.

Our team

It takes two.

Cleo Davis

Artist, Project Co-founder

Davis’s work takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues, reproducing familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces, while advocating for tools of economic growth and policy change.

Kayin Talton Davis

Artist, Project Co-founder

Creator and innovator, Kayin Talton Davis’s work centers around her creative passion of fusing culturally relevant art grounded in Black heritage with graphic design, engineering, and education, while employing vibrant color palettes.

Say hello

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