About Dana & DTMFA

Dana Thompson was an artist, activist and advocate. Her work in music, film, theater, and public health enriched many lives. For nine years, Dana sang with Portland band Dartgun & the Vignettes. She was known for her role as Lt. Uhura in Trek in the Park, and she contributed her unforgettable presence and voice to various podcasts, films, and recording projects with local musicians. The Dana Thompson Memorial Fund of Awesome (DTMFA) was established to honor Dana's passion for music and art, and her courageous fight for racial justice and equity in every aspect of life.

Dana Thompson singing

We believe that music is an integral tool in the lives of young people, especially those who are marginalized. The mission of DTMFA is to provide scholarships for young people of color to participate in the music and empowerment programs of Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls (RNRC4G).

DTMFA funds will also help provide support to adults of color who volunteer at RNRC4G, which may come in the form of training, stipends, or other solutions as needed. We seek to listen to the experiences of volunteers and parents of color within our community and to work with them on identifying how funds can support their involvement with RNRC4G in order to provide the best possible experiences for our student scholarship recipients.

As a charitable organization, we seek to be actively anti-racist in our work toward relief of poverty; advancement of education; empowerment for women, girls, and transgender people; and elimination of prejudice and discrimination.

Dana Thompson in black and white

Some of the channels of our fundraising campaign include: DanaFest, an annual punk rock gala on New Year’s Eve (Dana’s birthday); the Dana Show, an annual juried art show companion to DanaFest; online fundraising through our website; merchandise sales; rock shows, performances, film screenings, readings, dance parties and other events that honor Dana’s eclectic interests in the arts and her enthusiastic support of Portland’s thriving arts community.

We are a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Special thanks to:

Dana’s Projects in Performing Arts & Activism


Guest vocals on:


Fetus in Fetu Productions Peril Press

Podcasts & Radio Interviews

Dana’s music has been played on:

  • KPSU - Portland State University
  • KFFP - Freeform Portland
  • WFMU - New York

Acting, Dance & Spoken Word



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