December 1, 2017

December 2017 Cultural Roundup

/// December 2017 ///

Merry, merry, merry cultural organizing! Check out these opportunities to celebrate the creativity of artists and cultural workers of color this season.


  • Friday, 12/1 - Saturday, 12/2: We the Dreamers – Join Portland community members in an art show to defend DACA! The event will feature music, art, letterpress printing, and 10 illustrated portraits of DACA recipients. 7:30pm, Ecotrust.
  • Friday, 12/1 - Sunday, 12/3: SAY WHEN – A free, casual, yet critically engaging art festival presented by Physical Education happening in 3 different venues - Flock, S1, and High & Low Gallery. PE is presenting local and international artists working in performance, sound, sculpture, video, and virtual reality. There will be performances, food and drinks, dj sets and dancing. 5pm-6pm. FLOCK Dance Center.
  • Saturday, 12/2: Comfort and Joy – Join community members to support the promotion of leaders of color! The event will feature live music by Amber Son; Guest Speakers - pastor and author, Ken Wytsma and Co-Founder of The Voices Project, Donna Barber; powerful spoken word by local young artists, and great food, drinks and more. 6pm-8:30pm, Woodland MIC.
  • Sunday, 12/3: We Have Our Ways Screening – Come see a fourteen-minute short film about reproductive rights! Starring Sidony O’Neal and Ana del Rocío, the film features a dream cast and a committed, all female crew (60% women of color) who worked incredibly hard to help tell a story about women taking matters into their own hands. 2pm, Clinton Theatre.
  • Wednesday, 12/6: Two Worlds and Nowhere Screening – Irina Boboia, with collaborator Gaby Lasala, interviewed and filmed eight interviews with Portland immigrants who shared their private stories of simultaneously being from many places and nowhere while becoming who they are through change and joy and hardship. The screening will include a panel discussion with three immigrants/refugees who were included in Irina’s project. 7pm-9pm, 2766 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard.
  • Thursday, 12/7: Giving Hour at Dig A Pony – The owners at Dig A Pony have generously offered to donate a percentage of sales from this event to the Friends of Noise Willamette Week Give!Guide! So join us and groove to the sound selection of Black Daria + Shi Shi, Marty En and our former board member Aaron Hall! This event is open to all ages. 5pm-9pm. 736 SE Grand Ave.
  • Thursday, 12/7 - Sunday, 12/10: Chang(e) – Korea-born, Beaverton-raised, NYC-based performing artist Soomi Kim and co-creator/director Suzi Takahashi examine the life and vision of Philadelphia-based performance artist and activist Kathy Change (formerly Kathleen Chang) in their docudrama, the latest in their trilogy of theatre works based on under-recognized Asian American visionaries whose lives were cut short. 7:30pm, Headwaters Theatre.
  • Friday, 12/8: WILL's annual Fiesta Navideña – Hosted by Women’s International Leadership and Learning, the event will feature dancing, music, food, and a silent auction. Donations go toward our mission of supporting the personal and professional development of women in rural Mexico so they can be agents of social change in their communities. 7pm-11pm, 8371 N Interstate Ave.
  • Friday, 12/8 - Sunday, 12/10: IntersectFest – Come to the third annual IntersectFest! This year will feature twelve poets of color, a POC yoga session, 30 exhibitors at the fair, 5 bands, and a curation by The Nat Turner Project at PICA! Held at various locations around Portland, specific locations found on Facebook page.
  • Saturday, 12/9: Devising Performance with Soomi Kim – Boom Arts, MediaRites' Theatre Diaspora, & APANO present a workshop for Portland Area-based performing artists of color. All disciplines are welcome, especially those creating, performing and/or studying in the areas of theatre, dance, or contemporary/hybrid/multidisciplinary performance. 1pm, 3520 SE Yamhill St.


  • Portland Children’s Museum Seeking Artists: Portland Children’s Museum is seeking artists connected to the Vietnamese community to exhibit their work in our art gallery and collaborate with children on art-based projects at the Museum. This project would happen in tandem with the next traveling exhibit entitled Voyage to Vietnam. Voyage to Vietnam will open February 9, 2018 ,for the Tết Festival, and end May 18, 2018. The application deadline is Dec 31.
  • Artist-in-Residence Program: RM and ADX have partnered and are proud to announce FORM+ADX AiR, its first collaborative Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program with an open call for an Intent-to-Apply. The program will feature a unique opportunity to one local Portland artist and will connect an artist with FORM and ADX resources, technology, and materials in order to provide the space necessary to explore new ideas, processes, and perspectives. The FORM+ADX AiR recipient will receive a 3-month work space at FORM that includes 3D digital process and printing, a 3-month ADX membership to work with various materials and equipment, and 1-month solo exhibition at ANX Gallery, which is housed at ADX.
  • 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: RACC 2017 workshops.

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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 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

If you have any questions, please contact Cultural Work & Development Coordinator Candace Kita at Enjoy!