JOY (Joyous Outreach to You/th) is All Classical Portland’s program dedicated to promoting equity and inclusivity in the arts and is comprised of five initiatives.

JOY Initiatives:
International Children’s Arts Network
Youth Roving Reporters
Artists in Residence
Where We Live

Special Initiative:
Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII)

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International Children’s Arts Network is a 24-hour radio service, created for children (ages 0-12). Designed for young listeners, the network features music, poems, and literature from around the world.

Youth Roving Reporters is an arts journalism mentorship program. Through this innovative, educational program All Classical Portland on-air hosts mentor selected Youth Roving Reporters, providing them with guidance and insight on what it is to be a broadcaster and arts leader in their community.

Artists in Residence is a program designed to foster creative and professional growth for emerging and established performing artists. Launched in 2019, Artists in Residence provides selected young and professional musicians with access to All Classical Portland’s world-class facilities and studio time. Artists also enjoy opportunities to expand and deepen engagement with audiences, including on-air performances on Thursdays @ Three, appearances at station events and concerts, and features on special broadcasts. Artists are encouraged to pursue creative research projects and to publish related articles about their work and findings through All Classical Portland’s wide-reaching platforms. Artists receive a scholarship award to assist in their projects, performances, and continued studies. In addition, All Classical Portland will present each artist in recitals during their residency. The residency is designed to support artists in pursuit of new projects and ideas and to take creative risks.

Where We Live is a radio program that shines a spotlight on a variety of organizations in our community that are providing programs in art, theater or music that explore the intersection of art and social issues. Through this series of on-air spotlights, we seek to promote equity, foster inclusion and encourage emotional literacy. Where We Live airs at 5:15pm on the first Saturday of every other month.

RII logoRecording Inclusivity Initiative was created by All Classical Portland, a public radio station based in the Pacific Northwest, in collaboration with N M Bodecker Foundation and Naxos Records. RII seeks to address the gap of classical music composers and musicians from underrepresented communities that make it into the concert hall and onto the airwaves. With your nominations, we will work together to change America’s playlist by producing new high-quality recordings of classical music by underrepresented composers.


Read more about the creation of JOY and its early program activities: 

Inaugural JOY Sponsors:
Albina Holdings
Evelyn J. Brzezinski
The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
The Oregon Cultural Trust
The Herbert A. Templeton Foundation

Inaugural JOY Commission:
Josh Espinoza
Carolyn Talarr
Óscar Fernández, Ph.D.
Vin Shambry
Emily Lau
Bernadette Janet

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