April 4, 2017

April 2017 Cultural Work Roundup

Welcome to APANO’s inaugural Cultural Work Roundup! The Cultural Work Roundup is a monthly spotlight on arts and cultural events and opportunities that:

  • Directly relate to APANO's cultural work strategies to impact beliefs, actions and policies through centering the voices of those most impacted and silenced, resisting and shifting harmful narratives and ideas, and moving beyond defensive strategies to envisioning alternatives.
  • Centralize the voices of Oregon-based Asian and Pacific Islander artists and/or artists of color.

Events may include readings, exhibitions, festivals, openings, and performances. Opportunities may include calls for artistic submissions, grant and funding opportunities, and volunteer opportunities. The deadline for submissions is the third Friday of each month for events and opportunities that fall into the following month. For example, events and opportunities that take place in June are due to APANO by the third Friday in May.

The Cultural Work Roundup will be posted on APANO's website and shared via APANO's digital communications platforms. Events and opportunities will be posted at APANO's discretion based on alignment with our cultural work values. You may submit to the Cultural Work Roundup by filling out our Google Form at bit.ly/culturalworkroundup.

If you have any questions, please contact Cultural Work & Development Coordinator Candace Kita at candace@apano.org. Enjoy!

/// April 2017 ///


  • Wednesday, 4/12: The Zeitgeist: Being a Writer of Color in Today’s Portland – Free, all-ages, ADA-accessible event. Salon-style conversation where writers of color share out their experiences of being in the Portland lit community. White people/allies are invited to listen respectfully, but are not allowed to speak. 6-8:30pm, PICA (downtown)
  • Friday, 4/14: Association of Asian American Studies Conference Poetry Slam – Featuring Neil Aitken, Margaret Rhee, Ken Yoshikawa, and Elina Lim. 7pm, Kells Brew Pub.
  • Saturday, 4/15: RACC Workshop: Getting Work as a Teaching Artist – The presenters are long time teaching artists. They will share what has worked for them to get hired by schools, organizations, government, and business as well as obtaining grants to support their visual and performing arts. ​Discount code: APANO2017. 12-4pm, Jade/APANO Multicultural Space.
  • Wednesday, 4/19: APANO at Art Spark – The Regional Arts & Culture Council's quarterly arts gathering. 5:30pm-7:30pm, Produce Row.


  • Discounted workshops for artists at the Regional Arts & Culture Council: APANO affiliates receive a $5 discount for professional development workshops using the code APANO2017. Link with more information: RACC 2017 workshops.
  • Seeking walls for murals: Artists with the MLK Workers Center (http://portlandvoz.org/) have been creating portraits of local day laborers to be turned into murals this summer. The Workers Center is looking for walls for murals that would be about 12x10 feet in buildings with good street visibility. If you own or occupy a building (or know of someone who does) that will be a good place for one of these murals please contact Patricia Vazquez at 360 485 9981 or patricia.vazq@gmail.com.
  • Volunteer opportunity: New Year in the Park, an annual festival at Glenhaven Park celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Burmese traditions, arts, and culture, is looking for volunteers. The event is on Saturday, April 29. Contact Vieng Bounnam at vbounnam@yahoo.com or 503-704-0197 to sign up.