The Downstairs Gallery began as a question:
How can we use a space to bring people together in a time when we all have never felt further apart?
Between social distance and political unrest, civil injustices and global turmoil, The Downstairs Gallery seeks to be a safe space for groups that have been considered "marginalized" for far too long.
We seek to provide support for artists based in and around the Portland Metro area who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+ or disabled, and maintain a creative practice relevant to the current time.
Article from Street Roots newspaper, a Portland local publication, written by Andrew Jankowski:
"Under Todd’s direction, The Downstairs Gallery prioritizes the work and perspectives of artists from historically underserved populations, including Black, Indigenous and people of color and members of the disabled and LGBTQ+ communities."
Read the article: https://www.streetroots.org/news/2021/01/06/daren-todd-co-opens-portland-gallery-foster-community-among-marginalized-artists