Special Agent in charge, Kieran L. Ramsey, honored the leaders of the Red Door Project with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for their exceptional contribution to violence prevention and education in Oregon.
Red Door Project is one of 56 winners from across the country selected for the prestigious award. The FBI founded the DCLA in 1990 to publicly recognize the achievements of those who work to advance education and crime prevention in their communities.
The mission of the Red Door Project is to change “Racial Ecology” through the arts. You envision a society in which people with different racial backgrounds and experiences live, work, play and create together and at the same time have the self-confidence, the ability and the opportunity to develop their highest human potential.
One of the Red Door Project’s programs, Evolve Experience, aims to reduce polarization and increase our collective ability to have complex, nuanced views about the relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, as well as the wider justice system to represent. Red Door Project uses real life stories to encourage participants to reflect on their points of view, engage in dialogue, and build motivation to act. You can learn more about the program here.
Kevin Jones and Lesli Mones accepted the award on behalf of The Red Door Project. Mr. Jones is the “Chief Summoner” and co-founder of the Red Door Project. He is an award-winning actor and director and communications, organizational and diversity consultant with over 25 years of experience working with private and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Mones is the curriculum leader and co-founder of the Red Door Project. She is an executive coach with a background in clinical psychology and conflict moderation.
“In an increasingly polarizing society, the Red Door cultivates spaces where people can listen to different perspectives, have challenging conversations, and think about how to expand beyond fear,” said Mones. “We cannot build communities that support meaningful, healthy lifestyles for all until we first start breaking down the walls that divide us. The Red Door offers tools to help us do this. “
“We are very honored to celebrate the work of the Red Door Project,” said SAC Ramsey. “These artists put their hearts into making a thoughtful, impactful change in our community together. They know that necessary systemic changes begin with our ability to listen to one another and recognize each other’s experiences. “
For more information on the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, please visit https://www.fbi.gov/about/community-outreach/dcla.