March 29, 2019

April 2019 Cultural Work Roundup

/// April 2019 ///

Spring has sprung, and how will you spend it? We’ve got you covered in the realm of arts and cultural events. Check them out below!


  • Tuesday, 4/2: Jamillah James: Connective Conversations Curator Critic Tour – The School of Art + Design, in partnership with the University of Oregon’s College of Design, The Ford Family Foundation and Portland Art Museum, is pleased to present Jamillah James for the spring 2019 chapter of the Curator and Critic Tours and Lectures program, Connective Conversations | Inside Oregon Art​. Jamillah James is Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). 7pm-8:30pm, Portland Art Museum.
  • Thursday, 4/4 - Thursday, 4/25: HERE Humboldt by Black Life Experiential Research Group – In HERE || Humboldt, Lisa K. Bates and Sharita Towne, also known as the Black Life Experiential Research Group (BLERG), present research based art and activism in multiple exhibitions and activities from the past year as Artists in Residence for the Humboldt neighborhood. This work centers Black life of the past, present and future as integral to the community’s fabric. Various times and locations.
  • Thursday, 4/4: Celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility with Kiki – Join Multnomah County Library, PRISM (Multnomah County’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group), and The Hollywood Theatre in celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility with a screening of the documentary KIKI followed by a panel featuring Portland Ballroom PDXB performers and organizers. 7pm-9:15pm, Hollywood Theatre.
  • Friday, 4/5: HOT MIC – HOT MIC is an open mic & fundraiser presented by Gentrification is WEIRD! for these women extending themselves to keep the Woodlawn MIC collective running and make Portland a better place to live. FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY: Fountaine, [E]mpress, Lex K Entertainment, Brianna Grisby. 7pm-9:30pm, Woodlawn MIC, 1425 NE Dekum St.
  • Friday, 4/5 - Sunday, 4/14: Japanese Currents Film Festival – This year's 12th annual Japanese Currents series highlights recent noteworthy Nipponese films, ranging from anime to jidaigeki, documentary to comedy, all white exploring issues important to contemporary Japanese society. Various times, Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum.
  • Sunday, 4/7: QTIPOC Draw Night – Draw, craft, chat with other Queer/Trans/Inter* People of Color! The venue has free parking, and light snacks and tea will be provided. 6pm-10pm, Independent Publishing Resource Center.
  • Monday, 4/8: APANO Day of Action 2019 – Join 60+ community members on APANO’s annual day of action as we advocate for issues important to Asians and Pacific Islanders! APANO's priorities this session are Driver's Licenses for All, Paid Family Medical Leave, and COFA Equity Bills. Please note this is specifically for Asian and Pacific Islander identifying folks, and carpools to Salem are available. 8am-6pm, Oregon State Capitol.
  • Friday, 4/10: Redesigning the Narrative – Join Emilly Prado, operations director and features editor of Portland in Color, for a panel with local artists about dismantling industry gatekeeping, and redesigning inclusivity. Browse the exhibit featuring works by local artists and designers in the Portland in Color network following the talk. Panel includes: Britton Washington, Jen Tam, and Tracy Nguyen-Chung. 6pm-9pm, Wieden + Kennedy.
  • Thursday, 4/11: Seizure Palace - Design Week Portland OPEN HOUSE – Seizure Palace Screen Printing will be doing an OPEN HOUSE for Design Week Portland this year! We will have refreshments, snacks, visual snacks (what does that even mean? Well, come and find out!), screen printing demo and guided tour. If you know Seizure Palace, you KNOW it will be a great time and experience. 4pm-7pm, Seizure Palace Screen Printing, 526 SE 6th Ave.
  • Thursday, 4/11: For Colored Folks – A book club geared to cultivating joy and empowerment for people of color. The book lists will include non-fiction written by POCs and some fiction as well. Hosted by Stay Litt. 7pm, Ruby Receptionists at Fox Tower, 805 SW Broadway.
  • Thursday, 4/11: DWP 2019: Census 2020: Creatives For the Count Workshop – Are you a creative genius* who cares about ensuring everyone in our country has equal access to political representation and federal funding for their community? We need your help to make sure all people count in the 2020 Census! Join our evening create-a-thon. We’ll develop assets that nonprofits, civil society organizations, and local governments can use to better reach hard-to-count and marginalized communities. 6pm-11pm, PNCA Mediatheque.
  • Saturday, 4/13: Yale Union Traditional Powwow – See the Facebook event for the full list of participants and activities. 1pm-11pm, Yale Union.
  • Saturday, 4/13: Tender Table: Arlyn Frank, Kusuma Rao, Dashia Fontleroy – Tender Table is coming to Design Week Portland! For this special rendition of the series, local chefs Arlyn Frank of Platano Rising, Kusuma Rao of Ruchikala, and Dashia Fontleroy of Blackstreet Bakery will be sharing food and stories. 6pm-8:30pm, The Eleanor.
  • Saturday, 4/13: Future Prairie: Spring Fling – Our queer variety show is inspired by the chautauquas of the 19th and early 20th centuries, where people from all walks of life came together to experience education, entertainment, and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, and entertainers. Founded in January 2018 by Joni Renee Whitworth in Portland, Oregon, Future Prairie is a non-profit organization and artist collective led by women, femme, queer, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. 7:30pm-9:30pm, The Hallowed Halls.
  • Thursday, 4/18: Making Future Storytellers with Amy Kuttab: "I'm Still a Big Bird in a Foreign Land" – Featuring art by Amy Kuttab. Part of Warner Pacific University’s Making Futures Library Series. 6pm-8pm, Warner Pacific University Library.
  • Thursday, 4/18: Hanging River – Hanging River is an exhibition of new visual art work in collaboration of Takahiro Yamamoto and Andy Paiko. Featuring art installation of hand-sculpted glass pieces and live performance, this project attempts to find embrace in cognitive dissonance. Exhibition and performance at opening on Thursday April 18th. Live performance on Thursday April 25th at 7pm: Portland-based composer and bassist Shao Way Wu will activate and play this instrument/sculpture. This project is supported by Regional Arts and Culture Council. 6pm-8pm, Williamson | Knight gallery, 916 NW Flanders St.
  • Saturday, 4/20: "Until The Flood" Discussion with Y.G.B. Portland – Please join us for a post-show conversation for Until The Flood with social justice activist Afrita Davis, Ignorant/Reflections clothing brand founder Donovan Smith, Madison High School Muslim Student Alliance member Faisal Osman and moderator Ruby White, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College. 3pm-4pm, Portland Center Stage at the Armory.
  • Thursday, 4/25: Making Future Educators with Dr. Dyan Watson: "Teaching for Black Lives" – Part of Warner Pacific University’s Making Futures Library Series. 1pm-2pm, Warner Pacific University Library.


  • Low cost creative work spaces available at Broad Space, a co-working collective for artists who identify as female or non-binary. Spaces start at $95/month for a hot desk! Email: for more details.

/// More on the 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 Monday 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 Monday 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

If you have any questions, please contact Cultural Work Manager Candace Kita at Enjoy!

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