Donovan Smith is a leading award-winning writer, producer and multi-faceted creative serving the greater Portland community. He’s penned nearly 200 articles that have appeared in The Skanner, Oregonian, Travel Portland, Portland Observer, Oregon Humanities, Gresham Outlook, Portland Tribune, Street Roots and more. His “Gentrification is WEIRD!” project, emerged organically from his clothing line Ignorant/Reflections which uses provocative images to push critical thought. Additionally, the Gentrification is WEIRD! project has evolved through the years from a t-shirt statement, into a leading multimedia platform pushing important conversations about Black culture, policies and place in Oregon. In collaboration with Laquida Landford, Community Cycling Center, Living Stages Theatre, Black Sun, and Vanport Mosaic he’s co-curated the semi-annual GiW bike ride, touring the lost city of Vanport, and ties issues of race, blight, and housing into the states current stitching. His co-produced 2016 short documentary on development in East County with Sika Stanton, “The Numbers” is often used throughout the city by government, schools, NGOs, community groups and others to converse about strategies to mitigate cycles of gentrification and was screened at the Portland Airport and Hollywood Theatre.