June 2, 2017

June 2017 Cultural Work Roundup

The sun is out, and so is our June Cultural Work Roundup. Read more about how to submit to the Roundup at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

/// June 2017 ///


  • Thursday, 6/1: De-Canon: Three Poets in Conversation – Join us on First Thursday in June at UNA Gallery to hear poems and dialogues between three local poets of color. With: Stephanie Adams-Santos, Trevino Brings Plenty, Christopher Rose. 7pm, UNA Gallery.
  • Thursday, 6/1: Our CITY, Our Voice_ a creative place-keeping project – How will we as a city map out a more inclusive and sustainable future? come view all 10ft large-scale youth-designed posters on the exterior of the Jams multicultural building (an old furniture store) on the corner of Division and 82nd Ave. At 7pm sharp there will be a street performance by Madison High students with 100ft text banners that the youth have created. Students will be talking about their work and handing out their 8-page zine and silkscreen posters to all viewers for free! 6:30pm-9pm, Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS).
  • Friday, 6/2: Meet the Placemaking Artists! - Join us for this special reception to learn about the Jade-Midway Placemaking Projects, meet the 2017 participating artists, and hear about their projects. This is a free, all-ages event. Appetizers will be provided. Capacity is limited, so please RSVP via the event link! 6pm-8pm, Milepost 5.
  • Saturday, 6/3 & 6/10: Refugee State: Global Visions in a New Land at IRCO and Multnomah County Library – A theater project for and by recent refugee communities in Portland! TeAda Productions, in partnership with Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization and Multnomah County Library, present a work-in-progress performance based on the stories of newly arriving refugees throughout the globe. 6/3, 1pm-3pm, IRCO; 6/10, 10:45am-12:45pm, Multnomah County Central Library.
  • Saturday, 6/3: Neil Aitken author event at Oregon City Local Author Fair – Neil Aitken will be selling and signing copies of his new book of poetry Babbage's Dream. 3pm, Oregon City Public Library.
  • Saturday, 6/3: Green in the Hood: Stories of Food Justice – With communities of color continuously facing inequalities from structural racism and socioeconomic disparity, we ask what makes a place inclusive, equitable and sustainable to marginalized communities? This roundtable event will share stories from food justice activists and advocates working on food access, urban gardening, and community health service. 6pm-8pm, Leaven Community, 5431 NE 20th Ave.
  • Friday, 6/9: Amplifying Our Voices: Muslim & Middle Eastern American Theatre – What is Middle Eastern American theatre and who are the artists at the forefront of this movement? Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Golden Thread Productions is the first American theatre company devoted to plays from or about the Middle East. Silk Road Rising in Chicago defines its mission more broadly to include peoples of the historic Silk Road. The work of these visionary companies is fueled by the excellence of a vibrant and growing number of Muslim and Middle Eastern American playwrights, directors and actors. What are some of the challenges faced by these artists? Who is the audience for this work? What does the future hold for these companies? Join us and find out. 1:30pm-3pm, PICA.
  • Saturday, 6/10: The Happening 2017: Portland's Love/Hate Relationship with Hip-Hop – Join moderator DJ Klyph as he prompts artist Karma Riviera, artist Fish Martinez, journalist Jenni Moore and promoter Anthony Sanchez to share their takes on the state of our local hip-hop scene. 12pm-4pm, Open Signal.
  • Sunday, 6/11, Saturday, 6/17, & Saturday, 6/24: Refugee Dreams Revisited – MediaRites presents youth performing stories of sacrifice and resilience of Portland's Southeast Asian refugee community. Performance followed by talkback with former refugees. 6/11, 2pm, Multnomah County Central Library; 6/17, 2pm, Midland Library; 6/24, 2pm, Immigrant and Refugee Community of Oregon.
  • Sunday, 6/18: Pride Parade at the Waterfront! – Come march with API Pride in the Pride Parade and visit us at our booth at the Pride Festival! Meet at 10am at the North Park Blocks. Parade starts at 11am sharp! Bring your kids, your API family, traditional dress welcome! 10am-1pm, North Park Blocks.
  • Friday, 6/23: Poetry Reading: Jane Lin and Neil Aitken – Come catch two programmer poets in one reading! Both Jane and Neil will be reading and promoting new books. 7pm-9pm, Mother Foucault's Bookshop.


  • Muslim Youth Voices Call for Youth Participants: Muslim Youth Voices is a national project that supports media making from a new generation of storytellers. MYVP will provide free filmmaking workshops for Muslim American youth ages 12-18 in Portland in July. Find more information and the application here: http://caamedia.org/blog/2017/06/01/muslim-youth-voices-call-for-youth-participants/
  • Call for Performers for the Community Care Festival: The Community Care Festival is a family-oriented event employing arts, food and fun to facilitate a mix of intercultural dialogue, information, civics education, social services and local resources. This paid performance opportunity on July 22 is specifically for people who live or work in East Portland. Apply to be a performer here by June 30: http://communitycarefestivals.net/ccf-vendor-form
  • Support the Nonprofit Web Series: Help make a new web series about social justice and nonprofit life a reality! Nonprofit tells the story of Gabby Antonio, a quirky and self-righteous 25-year-old Filipina American who just started as a community organizer at APIISA (Asian Pacific Islanders in Solidarity Alliance) a social justice nonprofit in Portland, Oregon. Read more and back the project here: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/nonprofit-web-series
  • Submit to Print to Resist: Submit to Print to Resist, a site of FREE downloadable protest art. It is open to anyone and all to submit art for the resistance. Looking for submissions for Pride month, which is approaching quickly. Link: https://www.printtoresist.com
  • Watch The Numbers: Learn about East Portland in the latest #ThisLand film by Oregon Humanities, Sika Stanton and Donovan Smith talk to some young locals about their rapidly changing neighborhood in east Portland, affectionately known as "The Numbers." Watch it here: http://oregonhumanities.org/this-land/stories/the-numbers/
  • Night Lights: Call for Artists 2017-2018 Season: Night Lights is a monthly public art event that promotes digital media, urban intervention and technological innovation through site-specific outdoor art experiences. Night Lights is seeking artists, artist collectives and curators to submit proposals of new or recently developed works for the 2017-2018 season. Any group or individual selected to participate will receive an honorarium of $1,000 at the completion of their presentation. Find full details here: https://portlandcommunitymedia.submittable.com/submit/59354/night-lights-call-for-artists-2017-2018-season
  • 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.
  • Submit your story to Oregon Humanities’ “This Land” project: Oregon Humanities is looking for proposals about land, belonging, and identity from artists of color for an online multimedia project, This Land. Proposals should show the connection between these stories of place, whether historical or contemporary, and federal, state, and local policies and legislation. Link: http://oregonhumanities.org/this-land/about/

/// 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 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 bit.ly/culturalworkroundup.

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