November 29, 2018

December 2018 Cultural Work Roundup

/// December 2018 ///

This holiday season, there are so many opportunities to support artists and cultural workers of color and celebrate those you love. We have a full Roundup of readings, fundraisers, holiday marketplaces, and more -- read on!


  • Saturday, 12/1: Chao & Boykoff + Wahnetah 12/1 at Project Object – Join us for Switch No. 49: a reading with Geneva Chao and Jules Boykoff, with art by Jules and Jessi Wahnetah. We are super excited to have this reading at Project Object, which supports women, LGBTQ and POC artists and designers. In addition to our readers, the event will feature beautiful wooden box lamps/mirrors picturing activist heroes, handmade by Jules and Jessi Wahnetah (photo below!) plus Project Object's incredible store collection of art and artifacts--just in time for local holiday shopping. 3pm-5pm, Project Object.
  • Saturday, 12/1: Social Justice Art Auction & Fundraiser – Please join Don’t Shoot Portland for a very special fundraiser in partnership with PNCA. We will be auctioning off some of the impactful art pieces we have created and curated over the past years, including original art from Ameya Marie. Join our movement, be part of the change we want to see in our communities. 6pm-9pm, Pacific Northwest College of Art.
  • Saturday, 12/1: MYP Winter Showcase – Morpheus Youth Project is hosting a winter showcase featuring artwork from our young participants at MacLaren Youth Corrections and outer East Portland, poetry from our Verbal Escape poetry team, live art from our partner Mayfair of Drenchtown Graffiti, our version of storycorp / podcast from our favorite journalist Emilly Prado, breaking from our family of breakers at New Birth and Portland City Rockers, and the coldest DJ Weather on the ones and two. We'll have food, prizes and of course a great selection of craft brews from our friends at Lagunitas! This event is all ages and all are welcome! 6pm-9pm, Lagunitas Community Room.
  • Saturday, 12/1 - Sunday, 12/2: 4th Annual QUEER CRAFT – Join us for our 4th Annual Winter Sale! We will have Artists, Crafters, Healing/Witchy Arts Makers, and Treat & Snack Makers! Different vendors each day! The goal is to center both the work of queer, trans/GNC/NB, qtpoc, and working class makers/artists/crafters and in the culture of the event space. 11am-6pm, Dismantle, Change, Build Center, 14 NE Killingsworth St.
  • Sunday, 12/2: 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.
  • Sunday, 12/2: Sari Not Sari Installation Artist Talk & Closing Reception – Closing events for SARI NOT SARI, a collaborative multimedia installation of new works by Filipinx-American artists unapologetically taking up space as a Filipinx artist today. Five artists employ textiles, printmaking, repurposed organic and inorganic objects, photography, film/video, sculptural installations, and working vending machines filled with food, mini-zines and ephemera to answer the question, “If you had your own sari-sari store, what would you offer to our people?” 3-6pm, Third Room Gallery, 707 NE Broadway St #205.
  • Wednesday, 12/5 - Sunday, 12/9: King of the Yees – Lauren Yee’s comedy, King of the Yees, receives its Portland premiere in a series of enhance staged readings at the new Portland Chinatown Museum. This is a hilarious and heartfelt generational story about culture, racial identity, and family. Various times, Portland Chinatown Museum.
  • Thursday, 12/6: Inspiring Amity: Year End Happy Hour Celebration with NEW – New Expressive Works has had an intensely positive year of celebrating and supporting multi-cultural independent performing artists in dance, music, and theater. Come join us for a happy hour to share our joy and excitement as we move into 2019! We will have drinks, appetizers, and some sizzling Raffle prizes. 5pm-7:30pm, New Expressive Works.
  • Thursday, 12/6: Night Lights: Three Moons/Tres Lunas/3つの月 – Night Lights, RACC's outdoor public art event series, continues on December's First Thursday with Three Moons/Tres Lunas/3つの月 by Roland Dahwen Wu & Stephanie Adams-Santos on the corner of NW Glisan and NW Park! Three Moons/Tres Lunas/3つの月 is a two-channel video installation and altar, dedicated to, and made alongside, our elders. It revolves around three exquisite members of our community: Amanda García, Rikuku Heshiki, and Kazumi Heshiki. 5pm-7pm, Regional Arts & Culture Council.
  • Friday, 12/7: Tender Table Fundraiser: Stories, Food, + Music – Tender Table seeks out stories from women (trans or cis) and nonbinary folks who identify as black, indigenous, or people of color about traditions around food, the restaurant industry, food’s impact on the body and body image, and everything in between our sweet, savory, sour, bitter relationships to food. This special edition of Tender Table will raise funds to support future presenters in 2019. 7pm, Chapel.
  • Saturday, 12/8: 9th Annual Winter Marketplace – The season of gifting is upon us! Get your holiday shopping done and support local Native artists at NAYA’s Winter Marketplace. You’ll find beautiful jewelry, clothing, crafts, prints and much more! Enjoy delicious Sisters’ Frybread with your family, get those special gifts, and make a day of it! 10am-4pm, Native American Youth & Family Center.
  • Sunday, 12/9: Street Roots vendor zine release & poetry reading – Celebrate the release of the 2018 Street Roots vendor holiday zine, "I Am" and visit "The American Future" a monumental art installation by Abigail DeVille. Vendors will be reading poetry between 2-3pm. The gallery will be open between 12-4pm. 12pm-4pm, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
  • Sunday, 12/9: The Second Gathering: Her Story – Join the Woman of Color in PDX Theatre Collective for an evening of celebrating our stories through food, conversation and writing. Our first gathering was an inspiring kick-off conversation of who we are and what we are craving in PDX Theatre. Hosted by Advance Gender Equity in the Arts. 6pm-8pm, Milagro Theatre.
  • Saturday, 12/15: Holiday Gifts for Refugee & Immigrant Portlanders – During this Holiday Season, are you giving away gifts to needy families? If so, please consider buying some gifts for Portland’s newest refugee and immigrant families to ensure they have enough resources to celebrate with their loved ones in their new homes. As a thank you for your generous offer, you will get to meet your sponsored family members, hear the authentic stories of coming to Portland, and enjoy diverse live performances and food while exchanging love and compassion with our newly arrived refugee and immigrant families! 11am-1pm, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization.
  • Saturday, 12/15: Una Vida Mejor: A Tribute to the Original Dreamers – Last year we put together our very first event as a group, We the Dreamers: An Art Show to Defend DACA - raising $16,000 to give back to organizations doing work for the immigrant community. This December we are doing it again, but shifting the focus from DACA to a different part of the undocumented community: the original dreamers, the parents. 6pm-10pm, Redd on Salmon Street.
  • Monday, 12/17: Invisible Spectrum Stories 2018 – Invisible Spectrum stories features storytellers of color in Portland. This December, we are telling stories about HOME. What is home to us? Are you home now? Have you ever felt like you were at home, or if not, what is that like? Does one need to have a home? Or perhaps home changes just like we do. 8pm-10:30pm, The Secret Society.
  • Saturday, 12/22: Winter Poetry Festival – Full day poetry festival with poetry gifts marketplace, readings, & workshops. 10am-6pm, Independent Publishing Resource Center.
  • Sunday, 12/23: OH SH!T: Last Minute Gift Fair – Join Know Your City as we flex our two biggest talents: Amplifying the work of local queer and poc artists and activists, and pulling shit together right before the deadline! Join us and our vendors of color, pick up some beautiful art pieces, breathtaking jewelry, political buttons and patches, black and native-owned herbal tinctures, locally made clothing, zines and comics, and more! 12pm-6pm, Enthusiasm Collective.


  • APANO is hiring! APANO is searching for our next executive director. Please help us get the word out! Anyone interested to learn more is welcome to contact our recruitment consultant, Kathy Kniep ( / 503-309-3433). Please note that we are requesting applications by December 18th. Link: Job Announcement

  • Winter Poetry Festival Seeking Vendors, Performers, Workshop Facilitators, & Volunteers – Apply to be a vendor, performers, workshop facilitators, & volunteers. BIPOC prioritized for vendor applications (discounts/scholarships available in order of applications). Applications close 12/16. Apply here.
  • Share Your Story - A Celebration of Culture, Heritage and History – The City of Tigard is looking for personal stories to feature at Tigard’s Outdoor Museum, a commemoration of the many cultures that have helped shape the region’s history. The city has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create an Outdoor museum that includes cultural histories as well as three large public artworks. Stories gathered from the community will be memorialized in steel sculptures along the ¾-mile Tigard Street Heritage Trail, and some may become the inspiration for the public art works. More information and submission form 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 Work Manager Candace Kita at Enjoy!

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