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Get ready for EPALF!

2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival 
Friday, October 19, 6pm-9pm & Saturday, October 20, 10am-9:30pm
PCC Southeast, 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
RSVP hereStay tuned for live updates via our Facebook event

EPALF IS BACK! Join us for the 2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival on October 19-20, 2018 at PCC Southeast, hosted by APANO’s Arts & Media Project. Presented in conjunction with IntersectFest on October 21, 2018 at PICA, EPALF elevates the voices of Portland’s artists of color. Through main stage performances, interactive workshops, an epic book & craft fair, kid-friendly activities, and more, EPALF will explore themes of healing, health, and wellness in alignment with this year’s MicCheck! series. All are welcome to this eastside festival boasting the quirkiest acronym around — for the record, it’s pronounced ee-palf — and get ready for a full weekend celebrating artists of color in our community! Suggested donation is $5, and no one will be turned away from lack of funds.

Festival FAQ 

Location — EPALF will take place in PCC Southeast’s Great Hall and adjacent classrooms, all located in Tabor Hall. You can find a PCC Southeast campus map here.

Parking & Transportation  We STRONGLY encourage you to take public transportation if possible. PCC Southeast is easily accessible by TriMet bus lines 2 and 72. On Friday, all vehicles parked at PCC must display a valid parking permit, which may be purchased from any of the dispenser machines on campus. On Saturday, parking at PCC is free but limited, and we strongly encourage you to take public transportation. Please review the Transportation & Parking page on PCC’s website for additional information and transportation options.

Accessibility  PCC Southeast is ADA accessible and has both gendered and gender-neutral restrooms.

Translation — Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish translation will be available via translation headsets upon request.

Food — On Friday evening, join us for a reception with light refreshments provided by Thai Fresh (vegan and gluten-free options available). On Saturday, grab lunch, dinner, and snacks in-between from a selection of food trucks parked on campus or sample one of our many neighborhood restaurants!

 

Schedule

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

6:00pm-7:00pm
Opening Reception catered by Thai Fresh

7:00pm-7:15pm
Opening Performance: Autumn Weaves by Jiko, Ashi and Salty

7:15pm-8:00pm
Opening Discussion
: “These Are Times to Grow Our Souls”: A Conversation on Art, Wellness, and Healing with Subashini Ganesan, Leila Haile, Maya Vivas, and RaShaunda G. Brooks
With its title drawing from the words of legendary activist Grace Lee Boggs, this conversation explores the connections between creative practices and healing. What does the past, present, and future of wellness look like for our communities?

8:00pm-8:15pm
Music and Movement Performance: Consumed by Joe Kye and Marilou Carrera
This first time collaboration between Joe Kye and Marilou Carrera centers the impact of cultural values, immigration, and assimilation on behavior, identity, and mental health through movement, music, and elements of spoken word. Consumed is a dynamic conversation important to the diasporic experience of many and focuses primarily on the experiences of the performers who identify as Filipina/Japanese and Korean-American.

8:15pm-8:45pm
Building Identity Through Music by Joe Kye
Portland-based violinist-looper and songwriter Joe Kye will perform selections from his recent album, Migrants, using looping technology and song to narrate the development of his immigrant identity.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

Activities begin at 10:00am.

10:00am Book & Craft Fair, Visual Art Exhibition, and R&R Lounge open
Our signature Book & Craft Fair features nearly 30 tablers and vendors selling original artwork as well as community resources. The R&R (Rest & Resist) Lounge offers a quiet, relaxing space to unwind during the festival.

11:00am Youth & Family Activities open
The PDX Childcare Collective will facilitate ongoing youth and family activities, including a photo booth with costumes, face painting, drawing, sculpting, building, and reading, plus a special “EPALF QuestBook” adventure to guide youth and families through the festival. Parental supervision is required for all activities.

11:00am-12:30pm Workshop Block 1

Effects of Trauma and Creative Self Care with Anna Vo
Participants will learn about the effects of trauma, common trauma responses and creative ways to de-escalate and release. We will also learn other methods to build resilience as individuals and communities. Workshop is facilitated by Anna Vo, writer, musician and educator who has translated past traumas into publications, care work, performance and intentional community-building.

How Are You? I’m Good, How Are You? I’m Good… with Xi Jie Ng (Salty)
Greetings are usually inquiries into wellness. In this workshop we will delve into our personal experiences with greeting practices in the USA and other cultures, and the values they are performing. We will invent alternative greetings to practice, share and embody in our own lives.

11:00am-12:00pm
Family Yoga with Whitney Handrich
An engaging and creative introduction to yoga, mindfulness, and meditation through partner and group yoga-inspired play, music, storytelling, and dance. From using our imaginations to go on a yoga adventure to unwinding in peaceful relaxation, this is the perfect opportunity to bring out your own child within, have fun, and bond with your little one! Focus age range: Toddler-Pre-K.

12:30pm-2:00pm
Lunch break — Bobablastic, Teppanyaki Hut, and Tamale Boy food trucks on campus!

2:00pm-3:30pm Workshop Block 2

Plant Perspectives: On Healing, Remembering, Breathing & Writing Trauma with Janice Lee
What can we learn about healing and remembering from plants and trees? How might our vision of the future change when we can learn to receive more in the present? How do different bodies and worlds articulate each other? This workshop will explore the articulation of personal experience, identity, and memory. Through exercises in seeing, writing, breathing, and sensing, we will look at the relationships between personal trauma & healing, aesthetics & narrative, and plant perspectives and wisdom.

Storytelling and Game Design with Twine with Mickey Sanchez
In this workshop participants will explore the blurry boundaries between art, writing, and video games using a popular tool called Twine. Twine is an interactive fiction writing tool that can be used in a web browser on any computer, and is a great way to start learning the fundamentals of programming and game design. Those interested and able are encouraged to bring their laptops to follow along and begin making their own works of interactive fiction.

2:00pm-3:00pm
Flow, Flow, Flow Reading and Family Art Project with Ivette Salom
Join a group of adventurous children on their ever-changing journey across the sea in this delightfully illustrated book that playfully teaches impermanence, change, and acceptance. Each participant will make a piece of a river, using various art materials. Eventually each individual piece will be assembled with the others, to create an on going piece that flows through various types of waters. Focus age range: Grades K-2.

3:30pm-4:15pm
I am the flow that can’t help but breathe Spoken Word Performance with Christopher Rose, Sachi Kaneko, and F. Douglas Brown
This reading presents work from three queer poets of color on being mixed, both and neither, halfu and halo-halo, and breathing through the iconic weight of our names’ lineages.

Lowriders in Space Family Reading with Cathy Camper
Join Cathy Camper reading from her award-winning Lowriders in Space graphic novel series. Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team’s favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. What would it take to build a lowrider awesome enough to win the Universal Car Competition, plus a carload of cash? And what kind of adventures will an Impala, a Mosquito and an Octopus have, in a lowrider that can fly? Focus age range: Grades 3-5.

4:30pm-6:00pm Workshop Block 3

Envisioning Abolition: A Postcard Writing Workshop with Critical Resistance Portland, Handwritten Revolution, and APANO
Whether it’s through imprisonment or immigrant detention, the prison industrial complex separates people from their families and communities. What is the importance of letter writing for those on the inside and the outside? What does it mean to envision abolition? Critical Resistance and APANO team up with Handwritten Revolution to lead a mini-abolition and postcard writing workshop. We’ll send postcard messages of solidarity, love, and hope to asylum seekers recently released from Sheridan and people incarcerated in prisons in Oregon and Washington. Come learn more about how calls to abolish ICE fit into the broader movement to abolish the prison industrial complex and ways to build solidarity across walls and borders.

Visible Mending: Adding Life and Color to Your Wardrobe with Jessica Yen
Do you have a favorite garment that’s ripped, worn, or holey? This hands-on workshop will teach you visible mending, a colorful, whimsical, and creative technique for repairing worn clothing. Whereas traditional mending tries to disguise the repair job, visible mending is all about calling attention to your repair, making it a colorful, whimsical design element instead of something to be hidden away. Bring an old favorite (jeans, sweaters, t-shirts, and socks recommended) and stitch a new narrative that transforms disrepair into endurance and resilience.

4:30pm-5:30pm
Obi the Changeling & Darren Strider: Bumblebee Rider Family Reading with Brian W. Parker
Obi is a child of two worlds, born from magic and the deepest wish of his mother and father. Follow his interesting life as he meets fairy spirits and discovers his true gifts and purpose. Darren Strider retells the story of the day he met a new summer friend – the biggest bumblebee ever! After the reading, Brian and Josie Parker will explore how we can use our imaginations through drawing to create amazing stories. Focus age range: Grades 3-8.

6:00pm-7:00pm
Dinner break

7:00pm-8:00pm
index of seeing on two shores Reading and Discussion with Dao Strom, Ly Thuy Nguyen, Kaitlin Rees, and Geneva Chao
This discussion event will explore the dynamics of translation for women writers of the Asian/SE Asian diasporas. What are the responsibilities of the translator and/or of the publisher who shepherds these translated works into being? How are the dynamics of translation influenced by where the translator is from or is located? What is the relationship between translation and being female, queer, non-binary, or working from the margins? And how is the act/art of translating women writers different from that of translating male writers? What does it really mean to “translate” – another’s words, voice, vision, etc? How do translators and authors ‘speak’ to one another? This panel engages local poet, Dao Strom, with the translator of her bilingual Vietnamese-English poetry book, Ly Thuy Nguyen, and one of the editors, Kaitlin Rees, from Ajar Press, the Hanoi-based press that published her book. Also joining the conversation will be Genève Chao, who is both a translator and bilingual poet.

8:00pm-9:00pm
EPALF Comedy Showcase with Carlos the Rollerblader, Jen Tam, and Katie Nguyen

9:00pm-9:30pm
DJ Set with DJ Mami Miami

Stay tuned to our Facebook event for live updates!

As MicCheck! events are volunteer-led, they are not a substitute for medical treatment. Find a growing list of additional resources on mental health care specifically for APIs here.

MicCheck! 2018

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 MicCheck! summer cultural event series focuses on the theme of mental health, seeking to dismantle stigma around mental health through reflection, dialogue, and creative activities. Our event lineup this summer includes:

Queer APIs + Mental Health Roundtable
Wednesday, June 6 | 6pm-8pm | Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
This panel and roundtable discussion will invite guest speakers to share thoughts on contemporary issues facing people who identify as queer and Asian Pacific Islander. How do we navigate API spaces as queer people? How do we navigate queer spaces as API people? What areas present conflict or othering, and how do they impact health and approaches to self-care? Participants will be encouraged to listen, reflect, and share experiences and resources as they are comfortable. In partnership with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.

Healing the Fractures: Writing from Deep Experience
Saturday, June 23 | 11:30am-3pm | Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave, Portland, OR 97213
How do we overcome cultural silences around mental health in communities of color? How do we move away from the perception that we are broken and in need of fixing? Using generative writing exercises, we will mine memory, family history, and fractured narratives of the self to build writing practices rooted in compassion and imagination. Open to all levels of writers. Registration is required due to limited capacity.

Movie and Music in the Park: CAN + Joe Kye
Friday, July 20 | Music begins at 6:30pm and movie begins after dusk | Harrison Park, 2225 SE 87th Ave, Portland, OR 97216
What does it take to heal from mental illness? Join us for a free screening of CAN, a documentary film by Pearl J. Park. CAN tells the story of Can Truong, a Vietnam war refugee, whose diagnosis with depression and bipolar disorder as a college student leads him on healing journey that explores his identity, family, and history. The film will be preceded by a concert by Joe Kye, a violinist-looper, composer, and producer based in Portland. In partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation’s Summer Free for All series.

Astrology and Wellness for Radicals
Thursday, August 2 | 6pm-8pm | Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233
How does astrology shape the stories that we tell about ourselves? Emerging astrologer Candace Kita will share how astrology supported her journey towards mental health and wellness. Plus, we will dive into the healing potential of each sign of the zodiac!

Mindfulness and Making Workshop
Sunday, August 12 | 1pm-3pm | Filipino-American Center, 8917 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97216
This workshop will invite participants to use clay, sand, and paper to express our emotions, experiences, and identities and create validating, healing, and safe spaces within ourselves. Through meditative and connective artistic exploration, we will build solidarity while maintaining awareness of and presence our own feelings. This workshop will cultivate 1) a better understanding and connection with your inner self, 2) replicable tools and practices that will support you and your communities in maintaining mental wellbeing, and 3) increased awareness about the narratives that we harbor around mental health. No previous artistic experience required.

Sound > Silence: Overcoming Stigmas Around Mental Health Through the Power of Sound
Thursday, September 6 | 6pm-8pm | New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
Unit Souzou Co-Directors, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe join violinist-looper Joe Kye to present a workshop using sound to combat the silence around mental health in API communities. Workshop participants will explore their personal relationships with mental health, investigate stigmas about mental wellness in API communities, and create soundscapes through looping and drumming in order to overcome the negative perceptions around such conversations. No musical background is necessary.

2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival | RSVP hereFind our Facebook event here!
Friday, October 19, 6pm-9pm & Saturday, October 20, 10am-9:30pm | PCC Southeast, 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
EPALF IS BACK! Join us for the 2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival on October 19-20, 2018 at PCC Southeast, hosted by APANO’s Arts & Media Project. Presented in conjunction with IntersectFest on October 21, 2018 at PICA, EPALF elevates the voices of Portland’s artists of color. Through main stage performances, interactive workshops, an epic book & craft fair, kid-friendly activities, and more, EPALF will explore themes of healing, health, and wellness in alignment with this year’s MicCheck! series. All are welcome to this eastside festival boasting the quirkiest acronym around — for the record, it’s pronounced ee-palf — and get ready for a full weekend celebrating artists of color in our community! Suggested donation is $5, and no one will be turned away from lack of funds.

As MicCheck! events are volunteer-led, they are not a substitute for medical treatment. Find a growing list of additional resources on mental health care specifically for APIs here.

More About MicCheck!

Why is MicCheck! important?
MicCheck! utilizes the arts to illuminate pressing issues faced by APIs and other communities of color. “Mic check” is often used as a technique for organizers to unite the crowd at direct actions without using powered amplification and was popularized during the height of the occupy movement (read this The Nation article by Richard Kim for more context). Accordingly, 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 MicCheck!?
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.

Get involved!
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 MicCheck! Contact Cultural Work Manager Candace Kita at [email protected] to learn more.

Past MicCheck! Lineups

2017 Lineup

2016 Lineup