I created this series of watercolor portraits to record the vibrance of a handful of elders in our community. I facilitated connections between a group of high school students from the New Columbia community and elders who had grown up in the Columbia Villa by hosting weekly sewing circles at the Urban League of Portland Senior Center. New Columbia, a housing development in North Portland, was originally built as temporary housing for newly-arrived shipyard workers during WWII. Decades of underfunding led the Housing Authority of Portland to secure federal funding for revitalization and rebranding. Thus Columbia Villa (or The Villa) became New Columbia, yet associated social concerns did not disappear with the buildings that housed them. To complete this project I researched the history behind social geography in Portland and created a visual curriculum to share this history with high school students. In this gallery you can see the series of portraits I painted, three portraits painted by student interns, and photographs of our weekly sewing circles at the senior center. This project was funded in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Neighborhood House.