The AMP Summer Series (formerly MicCheck!) is a summer series of events, workshops, and performances that feature emerging and established Asian and Pacific Islander (API) artists from diverse mediums, including film, poetry, visual art, comedy, dance, and more. It is presented in tandem with the Jade International Night Market and aligned with APANO’s cultural work programs. This year’s AMP Summer Series summer cultural event series focuses on the theme of PASSAGES, asking these important questions: The act of passage moves us through, under, over, and past something. Passage brings us from one place to another, impacting our relationships and the people who are part of our journey. Who came with you? Who do you carry with you? Who is next to you? Who is coming with you? What are we building together?
Ongoing – pdxlostandfound
Contribute to our first-ever ongoing AMP Summer Series project wherever you are! As we move throughout the city, what do we lose and what do we find along the way? Follow and contribute to pdxlostandfound, a project by local artist Qi You, that documents lost and found objects in Portland. Log into this public Instagram account to post what you lose, what you find, or what finds you — and together, document and honor the “single belongings that create parallel paths between individuals” in our city.
June 23 – Pending Approval: The History of Korean American Adoption
3pm-5pm, Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave, Portland, OR 97213
July 7 – Pending Approval: Now and Tomorrow for Korean Adoptees
3pm-5pm, Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
Focusing on Korean adoption through a historical lens, this pair of events support this year’s AMP theme, “Passages.” The first event, “The History of Korean American Adoption,” will center on the socio-historical context of Korean adoption and the origin stories and childhoods of adoptees. The second event, “Now and Tomorrow for Korean Adoptees” will focus on the adult adoptee experience and cover themes such as identity, returning to Korea, birth searches, and parenting. Each event will include an artist’s presentation, a brief address on the history and context, an adoptee panel discussion and Q&A, and community reception. These events precede the AMP-sponsored screening of “Approved for Adoption.”
July 18 – Movie in the Park: Approved for Adoption
Entertainment begins at 6:30pm, Harrison Park, 2225 SE 87th Ave, Portland, OR 97216
Join us for this Movie in the Park featuring Approved for Adoption, a remarkable animated doc that traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. Using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film, Henin tells his story of being stranded between cultures in an animated memoir that is clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart. Watch the trailer here. A performance from local band POPgoji, whose music blends Brazilian beats and American soul, will precede the film.
August 9 – The Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader Book Launch
7pm-9pm, Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave, Portland, OR 97213
The Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader is a collection of a multiplicity of beautiful voices from the Philippine diaspora exploring visions we carry for our dynamic, intersectional communities in this historical moment. Come hear about the birthing of the book, sharing of contributor’s voices, and engage in dialogue about our collective radical imagination. Co-sponsored by Whitenoise Project and Pacific Underground.
August 13 – Passing Our Stories Down: A Mandarin/English Bilingual Creative Writing Workshop with Write Around Portland
6pm-8pm, APANO Office, 2788 SE 82nd Ave Ste 203, Portland, OR 97266
Do you have stories to pass on to the next generation? Have you ever wanted to write these stories down? Based on the acclaimed Write Around Portland model, this workshop provides 2-hours of guided writing time for English and/or Mandarin speaking individuals, with opportunities for sharing and feedback. Open to all levels of writers. Capacity is limited, and registration link will be coming soon. Please note that the workshop will be conducted primarily in Mandarin. For more information about Write Around Portland, visit www.writearound.org.
August 23 – Pidzn Club
Opening from 7pm-9pm, Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave, Portland, OR 97213
Pidzn Club is a contemporary art show featuring a group of artists creating within the virtual and physical Asian Diaspora. What is Asian? How can we answer that question in an expansive way that embodies both its multiplicity and vagueness? How do we move through the confines of historical representation and encounter the unknowable? With “diaspora” as glue, we address these questions by trying to queer, expand, and re-future “Asian” through art. Pidzn Club is funded by the Portland Institute For Contemporary Art’s Precipice Fund with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Pidzn Club will feature work by visiting artist marit mei-tsan stafstrom along with local artists garima thakur, Takahiro Yamamoto, Lu Yim, Yun Yu Chiu, Mickey Sanchez and more.
October 4-5 – 3rd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival
Fubonn Shopping Center, 2850 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266 and Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
Did someone say 3PALF — or, we mean, EPALF? Our annual festival featuring artists and cultural workers of color will animate Fubonn, the largest Asian grocery store and shopping center in Oregon, with additional events at the Orchards of 82nd Avenue. Join us in supporting local artists, entrepreneurs, and small business owners in East Portland through this signature AMP Summer Series event.
Why did we change our name from MicCheck! to the AMP Summer Series?
We are simplifying the name of our signature event series for ease of use to concisely reflect what we do (an event series) and when (during the summer through early fall). This new name also recognizes the group that spearheads the series, our APANO Arts & Media Project (AMP).
Why is the AMP Summer Series important?
The AMP Summer Series utilizes the arts to illuminate pressing issues faced by APIs and other communities of color. The series amplifies voices of APIs whose stories are often silenced or unheard by engaging in community-relevant topics such as health equity, education, and interracial solidarity. The series brings community members and practicing API artists together, creates a bridge to share ideas, and rewrites dominant representations of APIs.
Who organizes the AMP Summer Series?
The series is the annual flagship program of APANO’s Arts & Media Project (AMP), a group of APANO members who are interested in the intersection of art and social justice. The APANO Arts & Media Project empowers Asian and Pacific Islanders in the Portland Metropolitan area to engage with APANO’s mission and initiatives through creative methods. Utilizing a mix of traditional and nontraditional practices, we seek to elevate API stories and voices, develop confident arts and social justice leaders, and increase capacity for arts and media activism to thrive at APANO.
Do you identify as an API artist or creative? Are you passionate about creating art with community members? Do you believe that art and media activism can shift culture? We warmly welcome you to bring your talents, creativity, and/or extra set of hands to help organize the AMP Summer Series! Contact Cultural Work Manager Candace Kita at [email protected] to learn more.