February 28, 2019

March 2019 Cultural Work Roundup

/// March 2019 ///

Spring is almost here -- start the new season with a fresh slate of events and opportunities below!


  • Sunday, 3/3: 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.
  • Thursday, 3/7: For Colored Folks – A book club geared to cultivating joy and empowerment for people of color. The book lists will include non-fiction written by POCs and some fiction as well. Hosted by Stay Litt. 7pm, Ruby Receptionists at Fox Tower, 805 SW Broadway.
  • Friday, 3/8: Spit Infinity, Dmarx, Jasonundefined – We have another hot all ages show coming up with a quickness! Believe tha hype cuz we mean business when it comes to all ages shows that connect youth artist with the adult artist that know how to pack a room! 6:30pm-9:30pm, DISJECTA.
  • Saturday, 3/9: QTPI Talanoa: Celebrate Micronesia – Come join us for our first QTPI (Queer and Trans Pacific Islander) Talanoa of the year in celebration and storytelling from our QTPIs from Micronesia. Experience love, joy, laughter and shed a few tears with food and refreshments provided. This event is free and family friendly. All are welcome. 4pm-7pm, Orchards of 82nd, 8118 SE Division St.
  • Saturday, 3/9: Sister Spit 2019 x IPRC – 7 artists. 2 hours of queer brilliance. 7pm-9pm, Independent Publishing Resource Center.
  • Tuesday, 3/12 - Saturday, 3/29: Albina Queens Photography Exhibit at the Old Church Concert Hall – Come out to celebrate those who claim, reclaim and/or disrupt traditional constructs of black femininity in its many forms. The images captured in this photography exhibit marks an occasion where black women/femmes were seen, counted, loved and valued. This in and of itself is a political act. Various times, The Old Church Concert Hall.
  • Thursday, 3/14: Everybody Reads 2019: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – In partnership with the Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the culminating event of Everybody Reads 2019. This year’s programming will center on Adichie’s two works, Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists. 7:30pm-9:30pm, Literary Arts.
  • Friday, 3/15: Portlanders Stand with Refugees & Immigrants – Please join us as we come together to welcome, honor, heal, and celebrate. We welcome all Portlanders, of all ages, especially refugee and immigrant families. Food vendors and carts will be selling food on site throughout the evening. 6pm-8pm, Southwest Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Ave.
  • Saturday, 3/16: Movie Night Series: Coming to America – For the fourth installation of our monthly Movie Night Series, the Abbey will be showing a special screening of the 1988 hit comedy, COMING TO AMERICA! Join us for a $7 soul food buffet, $5 rum punch drinks, and lots of laughs! Event details and ticket link below, we can’t wait to see you there! 6pm-9pm, Alberta Abbey.
  • Saturday, 3/16 - Sunday, 3/17: A Mid-Summer Night at the Savoy: Spring Production – Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater is back with their Spring production of - 'A Mid-Summer Night at the Savoy' : Which brings the energy of Harlem to Portland by examining spaces that allowed African American arts to flourish and marinade in US history. In collaboration with our dancers, four choreographers and our community ensemble program, we bring life to Shakespeare’s A Midnight Summer Night’s Dream as a poetic through line, incorporating a recreated set of the Savoy Ballroom. This was the first integrated ballroom in the country and an artistic incubator in Harlem. Come experience our take on Shakespeare, and the contributions of artists of color throughout history. Various times, Self Enhancement, Inc., 3920 N Kerby Ave.
  • Sunday, 3/17: Here On This Bridge: The -Ism Project in Beaverton – "Three Immigrant and Refugee Stories" a performance by Samson Syharath, Sofia Molina and Larry Toda from the recent hit Portland production of Here On This Bridge: The –Ism Project. Followed by a short discussion about exclusion and inclusion history of immigrants and refugees in Oregon moderated by Dmae Roberts, Executive Producer of MediaRites and Theatre Diaspora. Join us for three stories of families who have struggled to find acceptance and understanding. The –Ism Project examines the intersections of race with gender, orientation and national origin in an effort to bridge divides and encourage audience dialogue. 2pm-3:15pm, Beaverton City Library.
  • Saturday, 3/23: 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 time we are doing it again, but shifting the focus from DACA to a different part of the undocumented community: the original dreamers, the parents. The event will feature: artwork by several undocumented artists; a silent auction with several participating Portland businesses; food & drinks by our amazing organizers & caterers; a very special musical guest & DJ to follow; and new merch for sale. 6pm-10pm, Redd on Salmon St.
  • Thursday, 3/28: Center Justify: An AWP Offsite Event – There will be readings! There will be unforgettable performances! There will be camaraderie! And there will be dinner! (meat + vegan DUMPLINGS & FRIED CHICKEN from XLB) Come early for food! This event is co-sponsored by: The Accomplices (Civil Coping Mechanisms, Entropy, Writ Large Press), De-Canon: A Visibility Project, Whitenoise Project, Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW), Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University, PSU Native American Student and Community Center (NASCC), and The Operating System. 7pm-10pm, PSU Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St.
  • Friday, 3/29: Coastlines and Crossroads: An AWP Offsite Reading – Hosted by longtime friends and dynamic cultural organizing duo Traci Kato-Kiriyama and Candace Kita, this reading will feature Portland and Los Angeles-based poets speaking to movement along coasts and between borders. Free. 6pm-8pm, Milepost 5.


  • Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants -- Applications are now live for FY2020 Cultural Development Grants. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19. The program is designed to support cultural projects that address one of four application categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity..

  • 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.

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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 bit.ly/culturalworkroundup.

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

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