October 25, 2019

November 2019 Cultural Work Roundup

/// November 2019 ///

November is full of BIPOC arts and culture! Some of our community event highlights are below. Support artists and cultural workers of color around town this month!


  • Saturday, 11/2: Community Celebration: Día de Muertos - Este es un mensaje bilingüe en inglés y español. Deslice su cursor para leerlo en español. Día de Muertos (Day of Dead) is a Mexican celebration of life to remember deceased loved ones. This year’s festivities will highlight the diversity within our Mexican communities and how Day of Dead brings people together to celebrate in their own way. Culture, gastronomy, altars, performances and more! 2 - 9 pm, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.
  • Monday, 11/4: The AGE Theatre Collective: Monthly Mondays - Monthly Mondays are gatherings to foster community among artists of color who identify as women, trans and non-binary. Each month the Collective gathers to discuss the current issues facing our community, to share art and stories, to skill-share and resource build, and to break bread together. These gatherings are a safe space to discuss our truths with only POC theatre artists. 6 pm, Zidell Yards, 3121 SW Moody Ave.
  • Tuesday, 11/5: 7th Annual CRITFC Native Arts & Crafts Fair - Celebrating Native American Heritage Month, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission invites you to our Celilo Conference Room (5th floor) for a fair featuring a wide variety of arts and crafts from Portland-area Native American artists. 9 am - 3 pm., Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fist Commission, 700 NE Multnomah St., Suite 1200.
  • Saturday, 11/9: My People’s Market 5 – My People’s Market is a marketplace re-imagined as a gathering of Portland’s diverse and vibrant entrepreneurs, makers, artists, culinary wizards, and beverage crafters. Music and entertainment curated by YGB. 12 - 7 pm, Self Enhancement, Inc., 3920 N Kerby Ave.
  • Saturday, 11/9: A Family Show – Remedy Gallery Presents a group show featuring the works from creative family, Alex, A'misa, and Mazzy Chiu! Special guest artist, Baby Trini! Opening reception 6 - 9 pm. 850 NE 81st Ave.
  • Saturday, 11/9: All Our Trials: A book talk with Emily Thuma - Critical Resistance is excited to have Emily Thuma, author of All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence to join us for a book talk in conversation with local community anti-violence activists. During the 1970s, grassroots women activists in and outside of prisons forged a radical politics against gender violence and incarceration. Emily L. Thuma traces the making of this anti-carceral feminism at the intersections of struggles for racial and economic justice, prisoners, and psychiatric patients rights, and gender and sexual liberation. 6 - 8 pm, Dismantle Change Build Center, 14 NE Killingsworth St.
  • Sunday, 11/10: The Black Lives Masquerade (a cinematic music video) – The Black Lives Masquerade (cinematic music video) is a dance-style documentary of the ongoing: site-specific, performance ceremony, creative direct action and community engagement project The Global Street Dance Masquerade, conceptualized by performance artist Rashad Pridgen. 1 - 4 pm, Multnomah County Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Ave.
  • Monday, 11/11: Heaux Stories: Portland’s First All PoC Femme Stoytelling Show – Created by renowned journalist and storyteller Jagger Blaec, this event aims to provide a sex-positive safe space that will foster intimacy and community by centering femmes of color through the empowering act of authentic storytelling. 8 pm, Portland Center Stage at The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave.
  • Sunday, 11/17: BIPOC Placemaker Meet Up! – We are calling for this gathering of Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color (BIPOC) placemakers (artists, musicians, land tenders, community advocates, organizers, etc...) for us to share tools, resources, strategies and needs for us to thrive in our communities and in our places. For us to co-create a brave space to talk about the intersections of race and place and how we can leverage our resources collectively to build place-based empowerment. 10:30 am -12 pm, Bison Coffee House, 3941 NE Cully Blvd.
  • Monday, 11/18: Trans Liberation: How We Dismantle Transphobia – Learn why trans liberation is critical for us all, how systems of oppression intersect, and what we can all do to build trans liberation! 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, Northwest Health Foundation, 221 NW Second Ave., Suite 300.
  • Saturday, 11/23: From These Hands - IRCO November Bazaar – Join us as we host handmade goods by makers from the local and international community, including live music and an art gallery. Providing a space to feature the creative work of pan-immigrant and refugee artisans. 10 am - 4 pm, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St.
  • Friday, 11/29: Portland Indigenous Marketplace - Indigenous Come Up will be hosting twelve Indigenous Marketplaces in the next 15 months and we will have our annual Black Friday/Indigenous Black Friday Marketplace which will take place at Central Lutheran Church. We are organizing these Indigenous Marketplaces to ensure Indigenous vendors have an opportunity to sell their wares at an affordable and culturally respectful vending events. The larger markets will include entertainment such as music, storytelling and other performing arts. 10 am - 4 pm, 1820 NE 21st Ave.


  • Conversation Project leaders wanted - Oregon Humanities is looking for people want to facilitate conversations to get people talking, listening, and connecting to one another. Apply by November 7 to join the Conversation Project and facilitate community discussions around Oregon. More information can be found here.

  • Immigrant Art Exhibition – First Presbyterian Church in Portland will be hosting an exhibition September and October 2020 focussed on the Immigrant experience for area artists born outside the U.S. Prize awards will be given to several participants and many artists will have their work on display during those two months. More information can be found 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: 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 Coordinator Roshani Thakore at roshani@apano.org. Enjoy!

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