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MIKE Program to Dedicate Community Mural in NE Portland

Portland, OR, August 30, 2009 --( MIKE Program welcomes people of the Greater Portland Area to gather for the dedication of its Community Mural. Keynote speakers, Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Tricia Tillman, Administrator with the Office of Multicultural Health and Services, will show their support of the project and participate in the dedication ceremony.

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2009
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: DSINE Portland Dialysis Center, 703 NE Hancock in the Lloyd District

Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education (MIKE) Program mural, lead by local artist, Robin Corbo, is intended to inspire youth to take preventive measures against kidney disease, while also serving as an outlet to educate the public at-large about the value of healthy lifestyle choices. Community health advocate and guest speak, Tricia Tillman says, “I’m happy to see the MIKE Program thinking about healthy communities from a broad perspective. Real youth empowerment is incredibly impressive to me!”

Commissioner Amanda Fritz agrees, "I love public art projects because they provide enriching personal satisfaction and a feeling of community-togetherness for those who create them. They also provide lasting and powerful benefits for the public: they increase the attractiveness and desirability of neighborhoods, they express neighborhood pride, they speak to issues that resonate with many and they affirm an educational and cultural environment."

Funded by a $7,850 grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, several others provided in-kind or financial donations to see the project to success. POIC in partnership with WSI dedicated $10,000.00 in paid positions for 10 student internships as well as one case manager to serve as additional student support. DSI dedicated $2,000.00 towards food and supplies to support the students. The African American Chamber of Commerce contributed a $200.00 grant to assist in funding the students’ paid internship as well.

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Multi-cultural Integrated Kidney Education or MIKE Program ( empowers youth to be ambassadors of health while they serve their diverse communities through mentorship, partnership, and the promotion of healthy kidneys.

Portland Occupation Industrialization Center (POIC) reconnects alienated at-risk youth affected by poverty, family instability and homelessness with high school education. Work Systems Inc. (WSI) builds linkages between regional government, business, labor, education and other leaders to enhance regional workforce programs and services.

Artist Robin Corbo ( is a graduate of the Arts at the College of Santa Fe who has been showcased in various group and solo art shows in Oregon, Virginia and New Zealand. The director of several mural painting, her work in Portland can be see in the community bike mural at Community Cycling Center at NE 17th Ave and NE Alberta Street as well as with the historical women of Portland mural which is located along the Interstate light rail near the steel bridge on the east side of the Willamette river.

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Deborah Schwisow

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