Kevin Jones is the CEO and co-founder of The August Wilson Red Door Project, a non-profit that uses art to change the racial ecology of Portland. The Red Door Project has been the recipient of Portland Monthly’s best new nonprofit award and the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Juice Award for innovation. In 2017 Red Door was recognized as the Organization of the Year by the City of Portland.
In 2016, Red Door produced The New Black Fest’s Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, a collection of monologues exploring black people’s reactions to racial profiling. These performances are followed by facilitated conversations designed to evoke new thinking on the topic.
Hands Up was presented to over 10,000 people in the last two years. Their work with Hands Up has led Red Door to partner with the Portland Police Bureau Training Division. Kevin is an award-winning actor and director with more than 30 years of experience in regional theaters throughout the US and abroad.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.