August 1, 2019

August 2019 Cultural Work Roundup

Stay hydrated and support your favorite artists and cultural workers around town this month! Find some of our picks below.


  • Friday, 8/2: 2019 Pass the Mic Concert of Local Immigrant Youth – This concert will be the culminating concert for our free weeklong music camp for immigrant youth. In this camp, the youth will form bands and learn how to play instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, etc.), how to write original songs, and how to collaborate creatively. We make this camp as accessible as possible, supplying instruments, cultural supports, food and bus tickets to the youth. The camp is designed to help youth use music to express what's in their hearts and on their minds, and this concert will be their opportunity to share their creative expressions with the community. 6pm-8pm, Hosford Middle School auditorium.
  • Saturday, 8/3: ObonFest 2019 – It's time for Obon Fest! This year, our obon celebration will be held Sat, Aug 3, 2019 at the Oregon Buddhist Temple parking lot. Join us for bon odori (dancing), live music, community, and memorializing. ALL ARE WELCOME. Free admission. Food, drinks, kimono, gifts, and crafts for sale. More info at 3pm-9pm, Oregon Buddhist Temple.
  • Sunday, 8/4: Summer Snack: A Day Party Presented by YGB x Tender Table – YGB and Tender Table are throwing the party of the season on August 4th, SUMMER SNACK! A celebration of our BIPOC community, YGB has curated a killer lineup of performers, musicians, artists, and more. Tender Table will be providing people’s favorite snacks to keep the good vibes flowing, and have partnered with four local Portland chefs who will be serving up creations just for this event. 4pm-10pm, Jupiter NEXT.
  • Sunday, 8/4: 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.
  • Friday, 8/9: Whitenoise Project 21: Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader – 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. Part of the APANO Arts & Media Project (AMP) Summer Series. Co-sponsored by Whitenoise Project and Pacific Underground. 7pm-9pm, Milepost 5.
  • Saturday, 8/10: Ask An Auntie: A Portland Nihonmachi/Chinatown Human Library – Please be invited to come sit and converse with some of the wonderful folks who have given me knowledge and guidance around local Nikkei history in Portland- and living life in general. Want to chat about... finding joy and community under oppressive conditions in Portland Nihonmachi, early Asian immigration to Portland in the 1800s, the beloved 109 year old Anzen Grocery Store, incarceration at Minidoka and Rohwer camps, Nikkei farming legacies!, starting over again post WWII, getting involved in local Asian American community organizations, housing descrimination and Alien Land Laws, memory activism and art...? Come sit, snack, and chat with special guests Jean Matsumoto, George Nakata, Martha Matsushima, Lynn Grannan, and Chisao Hata! 12:30pm-2:30pm, Open Signal.
  • Saturday, 8/10: 2019 Pan African Festival – The third annual Pan African Festival will celebrate the presence, resilience, strength and influence of Pan Africans in Oregon. It will be a day to enjoy live music, dance, food and entertainment, health education, education and career awareness, financial literacy, and relevant other opportunities for people to get involved and take action to solve problems in their community. 12pm-8:30pm, Pioneer Courthouse Square.
  • Sunday, 8/11: Eat Up! A Night with Chef Carlo – Join us for an evening with acclaimed Chef Carlo Lamagna! Chef Carlo is owner of soon-to-be-open restaurant, MAGNA, which has been named one of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year by Eater magazine. After graduating from the Culinary Institue of America with honors, Chef Carlo went on to cook at Michelin star restaurant, North Pond before serving as Executive Chef of Clyde Common for over 3 years. Join us for a night of food, storytelling, and community as we close out our Eat Up! series for the summer. For this event, Chef Carlo will be roasting a whole pig and doing a cooking demonstration of Kilawin (Filipino Ceviche) by breaking down a whole fish. 4:30pm-7:30pm, Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St.
  • Thursday, 8/15: Opening Reception: The Portrait Circle Project – Funded through a grant by SE Uplift, The Portrait Circle Project features photographic portraits of Rahab’s Sisters’ guests and volunteers, as well as neighbors, students, local business owners, and Southeast Portland leaders, all of whom identify as women or gender nonconforming. This project highlights the humanity of Southeast Portland residents, whether housed or unhoused, marginalized or privileged. The portraits will be exhibited in local venues for the community to see and to experience our similarities. 6pm-8pm, 1122 Gallery.
  • Saturday, 8/17: The Exchange: A Multi-cultural Day Market – The Exchange is a multi-cultural day market that brings together food, art, and performances from a wide spectrum of our community. We want to highlight and make space to support local vendors of color and their respective crafts. Our mission is to make meaningful connections across perceived differences to create more vibrant communities. 12pm-6pm, SE Uplift.
  • Saturday, 8/17: Beaverton Night Market – The Beaverton Night Market exists to create a vibrant, intercultural, family-friendly space that is reminiscent of night markets internationally. The Market offers a culturally-relevant evening activity and gathering space with ethnic food and crafts for families of all backgrounds in Beaverton. 5pm-10pm, 12725 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton.
  • Saturday, 8/24 and Saturday, 8/31: Jade International Night Market – The Jade International Night Market takes place every year and provides a unique cultural event that reflects the diversity of the Jade District communities. We envision an event that supports and roots the Jade District community in place, while providing an opportunity for community members and businesses to benefit economically from the event. Last year, the Jade International Night Market brought over 25,000 visitors to Southeast 82nd Ave each weekend to participate in a community-driven event in an area that is historically underserved. Bring your friends and family! Enjoy live music, performances, activities, and of course, plenty to eat and drink! 5pm-10pm, PCC Southeast Campus.
  • Sunday, 8/25: 42nd Annual Middle Eastern Festival – Experience the food, dance and faith of the #MiddleEast. #Free #KLIROS concert at 2 pm and 4 pm. Traditional #dance at 3 pm & 5 pm. #Church tours, #food, children's activities, #bookstore and #silent_auction throughout the day. 12pm-7pm, 2101 NE 162nd Ave.
  • Saturday, 8/31: Pre-Portland Indigenous Marketplace – Indigenous Come Up has recently been awarded one of Portland Metro's Community Placemaking grants, to organize at least 12 Indigenous Marketplace in the next couple of years!! But the grant money will not be available until Aug 2019 and so we are organizing a couple smaller Indigenous Marketplaces this summer, before we get the grant funds. 12pm-5pm, 4579 NE Cully Blvd.


  • Call for East Portland artists – After receiving a grant from Metro, the Community Investment Trust will be incorporating artwork onto the exterior of Plaza 122, a thriving commercial property which provides residents a low-dollar, tangible, and safe opportunity to collectively own a piece of real estate in their own neighborhood. The intention of this project is to create a more welcoming gathering place at Plaza 122 by decorating the building with panels created by East Portland artists of diverse backgrounds. Each artist will be in charge of designing at least one panel that will attach to HVAC units on the outside walls of Plaza 122. The art will be visible from 122nd Avenue, and will help create a community space in Plaza 122’s south parking lot. Find the application here.
  • Job opportunity: Communications Manager at Literary Arts – The Communications Manager oversees all external-facing communication channels for our rapidly growing and innovative community-based nonprofit. This includes the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns and promoting Literary Arts’ mission and programs. Find the full job description here.
  • 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.

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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 Strategy Director Candace Kita at Enjoy!

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