June 28, 2019

July 2019 Cultural Work Roundup

/// July 2019 ///

Summer’s officially here, complete with some very refreshing arts and cultural events. Plus, check out the full lineup for APANO’s AMP (Arts & Media Project) Summer Series -- see attached!


  • Sunday, 7/7: Pending Approval: Now and Tomorrow for Korean Adoptees – Focusing on Korean adoption through a historical lens, this pair of events support this year's AMP theme: "Passages." This second event, "Now and Tomorrow for Korean Adoptees," will focus on the adult adoptee experience and cover themes such as identity, returning to Korea, birth searches, and parenting. 3pm-5pm, Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St.
  • Sunday, 7/7: 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.
  • Wednesday, 7/10: Brown Calculus • Just Pretend • Omari Jazz • Reliqs – Join us for an evening of immersive live visuals, celestial R&B / funk and electronic tunes! Featuring PROJECTION MAPPING onto our stage backdrop! 8:30pm-11:30pm, Holocene.
  • Wednesday, 7/10: Voices of a People's History: A Movement of Movements – Voices of a People’s History celebrates diverse movement leaders by sharing their stories, in their own words. Leaders of today perform readings of notable speeches and essays from inspiring figures past and present. It's a radically-empowering opportunity to hear the echoes of history in the modern day. Voices is the biggest night of the year for OPAL, and brings us closer together while strengthening our resolve to fight for racial, social and economic justice. 6pm-9pm, Revolution Hall.
  • Thursday, 7/11: EatUp! Setting up Shop! – Come to the second in APANO’S series with Prak Khou, co-owner of Coco Donuts, with six locations across Portland, and Robin Wang, Executive Director of Ascent Funding, a local non-profit that offers business loans and capital advisory services to minority and women-owned business. The evening will feature a casual talk about finding a retail location, setting the business up, selling donuts and financing the business. Includes a small bite! 6pm-8pm, Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St.
  • Friday, 7/12: Whitenoise Project 20: BI/PoC Open Mic – Join Whitenoise Project for our 3rd BI/PoC literary open mic and featured reading! Bring any genre of writing or spoken word, essays, fiction, or hybrid, we'd love to hear it. All are invited to celebrate and support several emerging voices alongside more established names. 7pm-9pm, location TBD.
  • Friday, 7/12: Lights for Liberty – On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty will shine a light on the horrific abuses of the Trump administration, bringing thousands of Americans across the country to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. At 9pm local time, at every detention camp, ICE Facility, and in cities, towns, and homes around America, a silent sea of candles will light up the nation. 8pm-9:30pm, ICE Detention Center, 4310 SW Macadam Ave.
  • Saturday, 7/13: Pop-Expressionism PDX – This is a show focused on two streets in SE Portland: Foster & Powell. It concerns residents who daily go to work and get the paper. How life, place, bus, and newspaper, and emotions are connected in a circle. What would Maestro Hampton Rodriguez pull out of these everyday elements, and achieve? 10 illustrations of digital collage using a unique technique known as Hamptoniano. Using the newspapers as a connecting thread to weave the popular urban history that represents our emotions & our struggle to be citizens. Each day, like the day before, which is the same story everywhere. 5:30pm-9:30pm, Bohio Studio, 5108 SE Powell Blvd.
  • Wednesday, 7/17: Buried Hxstories for BIPOC Youth – A new monthly series starting at People’s this Summer! Every third Wednesday of the month, Buried Hxstories for BIPOC youth brings kid-friendly lessons on ancestral wisdom of Black or African, Indigenous or Native, and Non-Black People of Color. In July, we will start this series with the buried hxstory of black and brown food growers. Come through as we bring a varied education on black and brown farming practices you may not have heard of, partnered with fun activities to really experience different perspectives to growing food brought to you by our ancestors. This class is specifically for elementary aged BIPOC youth and aims to give BIPOC youth ancestral knowledge they may not have received through traditional schooling. 6pm-7:30pm, People’s Food Co-op.
  • Saturday, 7/20: 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.
  • Sunday, 7/21: WALK with Refugees and Immigrants – Join community members and elected leaders as they gather at East Portland Community Office (1017 NE 117th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97220) for in a one-mile walk to Knott Park, alongside our refugee and immigrant neighbors in a show of support. This event recognizes the unique experiences of New Portlanders, of all ages and backgrounds. 11am-2pm, East Portland Community Office.


  • 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: JeanettePDX@gmail.com 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 bit.ly/culturalworkroundup.

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