September 29, 2017

October 2017 Cultural Work Roundup

MicCheck! Is almost over, and fall is officially here! Cozy up with a sweater, hot beverage, and of course, some arts and culture to keep you warm.

/// October 2017 ///


  • Sunday, 10/1: Generations of Pride: Coming Out Stories from Diverse Voices – Join Multnomah Country Library as we jump start the month with an intergenerational diverse storytelling event celebrating National Coming Out Day. Hosted by master storyteller Paul Iarrobino. Includes live music and light refreshments. Free to the public, no library card required. 2pm-4pm, Central Library.
  • Sunday, 10/1 & Tuesday, 10/3 - Friday, 10/6: Caught: Preview Week – Ripped from today’s headlines and breaking the theatrical mold, artist Lin Bo’s work, Qín (Caught), presents a sly philosophical puzzle that investigates the murky intersections of fact and fiction in the crafting of art and news. The show features Lin, a dissident visual, performance and conceptual artist whose piece, Shìwēi (‘Rally’) led to his arrest and two-year detention by the Chinese government in 2012. 7:30pm, Artists Repertory Theatre.
  • Saturday, 10/7: Thousand Star Hotel with author and poet Bao Phi – Poet and former slam champ Bao Phi will read from his second book of poems, Thousand Star Hotel, at once a resistance to the erasure of Asian Americans and a loving time capsule to his daughter, which the New York Times called “rangy and lacerating” and shining with “irreverent profundity.” 2pm-4pm, Midland Library.
  • Saturday, 10/7: Tender Table: Andrea Lemoins, Candace Kita, Marilou Carrera – Tender Table is a storytelling platform featuring women of color and gender nonconforming people of color and their stories about food, family, and identity. All ages are welcome to this event. Walk-ins welcome - we ask that you make a donation to support the artists. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 3pm-5pm, High and Low Gallery.
  • Sunday, 10/8: Movie Night: "Persepolis" – Based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel about her life in pre- and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe, "Persepolis" traces Satrapi's growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. Join us for a free screening, with a free popcorn bar and drinks! 7:30pm-10pm, Portland Center Stage.
  • Thursday, 10/12: Neighbor to Neighbor Fair at PCC Southeast – Neighbor to Neighbor is a community resource and engagement fair for the PCC community. These fairs are a great opportunity for faculty, students and community partners to connect face to face! In conjunction with the ASPCC Welcome Back BBQ. 11am-2pm, PCC Southeast Campus, Southeast Great Hall (located in the Mt. Tabor Building).
  • Sunday, 10/15: Vanport histories screening + exhibit | Portland State of Mind – Walking through Delta Park, you'd never guess that the second largest city in Oregon, home to over 40,000 people, once stood there. Come explore the history of Vanport, its vibrant community, and the flood that in 1948 displaced it. As part of Portland State Of Mind 2017, please join us for an historic exhibit and screening of the latest short documentaries part of the Vanport Mosaic on-going participatory oral history project, now in its third year. 3pm-5pm, Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union.
  • Sunday, 10/15: Life in Behavioral Health: A Storytelling Event – One in five adults has a mental health condition. These are our loved ones, our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends. But when care providers are exhausted and overworked, they can’t do their best work to help clients recover and heal. In today’s behavioral health system, real barriers stand in clients’ way—and many of these issues stem from the fact that workers aren’t being heard or supported. Join us in listening to the voices of those who work to meet the needs of our families and communities. 6pm-7:30pm, Ecotrust.
  • Wednesday, 10/18: Taiko Open House – Unit Souzou/Korekara Taiko is thrilled to announce their move into a new artistic home! Come to an open house at Living Cully Plaza on October 18th for a fun-filled evening to meet UNIT SOUZOU performers, see the new space, enjoy special taiko performances and play fun family-friendly taiko games and activities. 5:30pm-9pm, 6723 NE Killingsworth St.
  • Thursday, 10/19: Art Spark: Informing Our Future – This iteration of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)’s quarterly networking event will spotlight Arts Education, including The Right Brain Initiative, to focus on resources for artists engaged in youth mentorship and passing on knowledge for the future success of our community. Community partners include Marrow, Latino Network, Momentum Alliance, The Center, LAX Ideal, Artist and Craftsman North Portland, Young Audiences and artists; Helday de la Cruz, Emilly Prado, and Ayita Malila Copper Nadi. 6pm-8pm, Toffee Club.


  • Oregon Humanities Public Program Grants: Once a year Oregon Humanities awards Public Program Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of programs across Oregon that get people together to think and talk about challenging issues and ideas. Letters of interest due October 31.
  • Call: Día de Muertx: This is a call for artists, performers, poets, crafters, organizers, coordinators and friends to participate in Día de Muertx at UNA Gallery. All folks of color are welcome to be involved, support and participate in many different ways! Follow this link for the Submission Form and select the way in which you'd like to be involved. Submissions due October 2.
  • Call for Art: Ori Gallery is accepting work for winter exhibitions (Nov-Feb). Ori is an art gallery focused on lifting the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of Color via community organizing and mobilization through the arts. Submissions due October 31.
  • 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.

/// 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

If you have any questions, please contact Cultural Work & Development Coordinator Candace Kita at Enjoy!

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