Keaton Otis Memorial: Art Unveiling

September 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NE 6th and Halsey

Please come celebrate the unveiling of the first phase of the Keaton Otis memorial art project.

After a three year community-engaged process of ideation and creation, Justice for Keaton Otis has finalized this phase of a tribute for Keaton Otis, a young Black man murdered by Portland police in 2010.

The project, conceptualized and led by artist Sharita Towne, uses kintsugi, a Japanese art form for mending and repairing broken ceramics, to fill the cracks in the street with gold. 

This location is where Keaton was murdered, and is also where Keaton’s father Fred Bryant began a monthly vigil to demand justice for his son. The community carried on the vigils after Fred’s tragic passing, and the vigils have continued unabated every month for over 12 years. 

This event to celebrate Keaton was conceived with his family to include many of the things Keaton loved: community building, education/learning/books, food, music, youth empowerment, justice and more.

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This event is free and open to the community. Masks are required. 

This outdoor event includes family-friendly activities for kids, food, books, and speakers, with performances by Blacque Butterfly, Emmett Wheatfall, Fabian Jon, Marilyn Keller, Mic Crenshaw and Yingwana Khosa Drumming.

The event and art memorial are made possible by Justice for Keaton Otis, A Black Art Ecology of Portland with support from Oregon Community Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust, Lloyd EcoDistrict, Friends of Noise, Showing Up For Racial Justice Portland chapter, Proactivists of Oregon, Regional Arts and Culture Council, City of Portland, Events Action Table, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and Unite Oregon.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Keaton Otis Memorial: Art Unveiling