The Project


image designed by Jodi Darby

Safe & Sound? is a project by a collective of artists, activists, and community organizers in Portland, Oregon who are concerned about the Portland Police Bureau's routine use of excessive force and other methods of intimidation.  Not all communities feel safer when police are present. People of color, people with mental health issues, homeless people, gender non-comformists, and poor people are stopped by police and are victims of police brutality far more frequently than other populations.  This project seeks to bring out stories about this reality of life for many people in our city when interacting with our police force. 

Safe & Sound? uses audio, video, and photography to tell stories of individuals whose lives have been and continue to be impacted by police violence and intimidation. The project involves the participation of dozens of Portland community members. All of the media is available on our project website and can be available other ways, such as through listening parties, gallery shows, and other public events.

Our aim is to deepen the community's understanding of the city by adding layers of narrative to familiar places and to inspire community members to think critically about the safety of their neighborhoods, questioning the role that the police as an institution play in maintaining safe communities.

Safe & Sound? is a project by Julie Perini, Jodi Darby and Erin Yanke.  Julie Perini, Amelia Cates and Christopher Hamann worked on the project in its early phases, conducting preliminary research and developing the core concepts.  Amelia Cates and Julie Perini produced the Portland Community Liberation Front interview.  Ian Wallace contributed Fatal Geographies, a collection of photographs.

Funded by a 2012 Community Participation Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.