Object Stories Community Opening

August 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Object Stories participants and distinguished guests as we celebrate the opening of our newest Object Stories. This event is free and open to the public.


Portland is in crisis. Rent increase or illness can lead a person to be one step away from homelessness. One Step Away is a focused look at the compound and growing issue of housing insecurity in our city.

One Step Away is reality. Personal objects and individual testimonies make up the exhibition. Each is an earnest account of lived experience with homelessness. One Step Away is a collaboration. Participant storytellers directed development of the exhibition. Local social service agencies and artists defined the theme and nominated participants. Outside of the Frame, an arts organization mentoring at risk young people, created media for the exhibition. One Step Away is also an opportunity. Become familiar with the support resources provided. Then, challenge yourself to reach out to a friend, a neighbor, or someone else in need.

The museum is grateful for the creative support from Outside of the Frame, Our Bold Voices, and Pixel Arts Game Education. Moreover, the museum is appreciative of the expertise provided by Penelope Cruz, local artist Cleo Davis, Street Roots, NW Pilot Project, Multnomah County Library, Portland Meet Portland, and Outside of the Frame during the community planning session for this exhibition.


The Stevens Room of the Object Stories gallery in the Main Museum, Lower Level.


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 access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Ramona McCarter
Object Stories participant Ramona McCarter.