The Kahnaway owners have spent the last ten or eleven years, among other things, toiling over some five acres of land in SW Washington. Thirty minutes from the art-filled city of Portland, Oregon and about twenty minutes from the PDX airport. We hope to share this property and its magnificent barn which we have fitted out with studios.
We are in the process of getting permission from the Columbia River Gorge Commission to put 3-5 yurts (semi-permanent tent-like structures which can be heated and as comfortable as a house) so that we might host artist and eventually scientist residents. Getting the permits has been no easy feat and we have been waiting on the Gorge Commission to look at our request for a zone change to agricultural for over four years. A lack of funding for the bi-state agency commissioned to oversee the National Scenic Area has left us in limbo. This is unfortunate for all involved especially seeing how well Kahnaway's mission aligns with that of the very management plan the Gorge Commission is meant to uphold.
Kahnaway would bring in cultural visitors supporting the economic side of the Management Plan's goals, and because of our committment to ecological sustainability, gardening, waste management, and native forestry, we wholly support and help implement the ecological goals of the Management Plan.
Our organization would bring in not only resident artists and scientists but guests from around the world, all bringing with them fresh knowledge and skillsets as well as proven, classical and ancient ones. Residents will be professionals in their fields and will earn their positions at Kahnaway by being selected from a group of applicants by a panel of regional arts professionals. We also hope to provide traditional craft instruction and workshops from experts in indigenous arts and practice.
Here are just a few ideas for workshops and uses of the land:
please email us: email@example.com if you'd be interested in any of these workshops.