April 26, 2018

May 2018 Cultural Work Roundup

/// May 2018 ///

The weather has finally started to warm up, and summer is right around the corner! Support local artists of color and social justice by checking out some of the opportunities below!


  • Tuesday, 5/1 - Sunday, 5/6: SALT – 10 participatory installations with projected animations, video and live performances exploring the idea of civil disobedience & opposition, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's SALT March speech and the effect his words had on a multitude of people. Afternoon and evening hours vary. Shaking the Tree Theatre.
  • Thursday, 5/3: PUAH Reception and City Council Report – Last year Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) Coalition was created by community organizations, concerned communities in partnership with the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement in response to rising hate incidents in our communities. Please join us in celebrating our successful pilot project and the launch of the next phase of the Coalition's work with a brief celebratory reception directly in advance of our report to City Council! 1pm-4pm. Portland City Hall.
  • Friday, 5/4: Gentrification Doc. Screening in East Portland/Gresham – "Priced Out" is an investigative and personal look at how skyrocketing housing prices are displacing Portland's black community and reshaping the entire city. The feature-length documentary explores the complexities and contradictions of gentrification and what neighborhood life means after the era of "The Ghetto." 7pm-10pm. Davis Elementary School.
  • Sunday, 5/6: 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. IPRC.
  • Wednesday, 5/9: Race & Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon's Past and Future – Oregonians envision a future that includes communities built on values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the same time, we live in a society that marginalizes and excludes people of color. How does Oregon’s history of racism influence our present and how can understanding historic and current impacts of racism in Oregon contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future? This is the focus of “Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future,” a free conversation with Anita Yap, Traci Price, and folks in your community. 6pm-8pm. People’s Food Co-op.
  • Saturday, 5/12: NAYA Spring Marketplace – Join us for a spring market, just in time for Mother’s Day! Tons of Native vendors with a great selection of jewelry, glass work, art work leather work and more will be there to choose from. Support Native business owners and get Mom something nice this Mother’s Day at the NAYA marketplace! 10am-4pm. 5135 NE Columbia Blvd.
  • Saturday, 5/12: PSU Pacific Islanders Club 16th Annual Lu’au – The PSU Pacific Islanders Club invites you to our 16th annual Lu’au: Pride of the Pacific! The event will feature live performances, cultural activities, and a great dinner provided by Noho’s Hawaiian Cafe. Tickets are required for entry and may be ordered online, picked up at the PSU box office, or bought at the door. 4pm. PSU Pacific Islanders Club.
  • Tuesday, 5/15: Asian Cultural Evening – Holgate Library is hosting Asian Cultural Evening to make up for the cancelled Lunar New Year celebrations in February. Explore many aspects of Asian cultures, including the lion dance, traditional dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, calligraphy and crafts. May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. 6pm-7:30pm. Holgate Library.
  • Tuesday, 5/15: Multicultural Night 2018 – The Unity Through Diversity Club would like to invite Portland Community College students, faculty, staff, administrators and neighbors to attend our 3rd Annual Multicultural Night. Multicultural Night is a free community event where students and community members share elements of our culture and ethnicity with other members of the community through education, foods, dances, songs, arts and many activities that represent our unique cultures. 3pm-9pm. 2305 SE 82nd Ave.
  • Tuesday, 5/15 - Wednesday, 5/16: 4th Annual Asian Pacific American Writer’s Series – With the generous support of APANO and the Region Arts & Culture Council, PCC Southeast is excited to host writer Aimee Phan for our 4th annual Asian Pacific American Writers Series! There will be readings and Q&As on both days, and a reception on Wednesday. Multiple times. PCC Southeast Library.
  • Saturday, 5/19: Voices of Change 2018: A celebration of AAPI Heritage Month – May is recognized nationally as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and it is our pleasure to invite you to APANO’s signature annual fundraising gala Voices of Change: A Celebration of AAPI Heritage Month! Join us for an intimate dinner that will bring together donors, organization supporters, community partners, and stakeholders who seek a just and joyful Oregon for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 5:30pm-10pm. 2788 SE 82nd Ave, Ste 203.
  • Saturday, 5/19: The Slants feat. Tyler Chen and special guests – THE SLANTS are performing a special all-ages show (bar w/ID) with Tyler Chen returning to the drums! Special guests include The Lo-Hi, Shadows of the Revolution, and the Timothy James Band. 4:30pm-8:30pm. 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Saturday, 5/26: Pacifika Night – Join us for our first-ever Pasifika Night at the Q Center! Enjoy Pasifika traditional cultural singing and dancing, QTPI - Queer and Trans Pacific Islander poetry and spoken word, and multigenerational panel storytelling of their Queer and Trans Pasifika Roots. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Q Center.


  • 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.
  • Low cost creative work spaces available now at Broad Space, a co-working collective for artists who identify as female or non-binary. Spaces start at $185/month for a dedicated 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 & Development Coordinator Candace Kita at candace@apano.org. Enjoy!

This programming message is brought to you by APANO Communities United Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.