The Oregonian LogoMarty Hughley at the Oregonian wrote two pieces about the August Wilson Red Door Project and this fall’s August Wilson Red Door Festival.

“Over the next few months, Portlanders will have plenty of opportunities to walk through the red door, metaphorically speaking, during the August Wilson Red Door Festival, a series of performances, exhibitions and public forums inspired by the work of the late, great dramatist. It’s the first major initiative in what the Red Door Project, in a press release, calls an effort ‘to use the arts as a catalyst for creating a lasting, positive change in the racial ecology of Portland’ — that is, how race factors into the organization of institutions and activities in the community, how it affects access to resources and opportunities.”

That’s not a quick-fix agenda. The Red Door Project is about initiating conversations and collaborations, and the festival takes a variety of approaches to that.