September 28, 2018

October 2018 Cultural Work Roundup

/// October 2018 ///

Fall is finally here! Get ready for chilly mornings and falling leaves, and support local artists of color by checking out these cultural events below!


  • Monday, 10/1: Why Arts & Culture Matter! – Portland City Council candidates Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith will appear in a public forum to discuss the many ways that arts and culture intersect with other important community issues, and to help educate voters for the November election. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Childcare, ASL and language interpretation services are available. Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization. 6pm-8:15pm.
  • Friday, 10/5: Kumiko Speaker Class – Traditional Japanese woodworking is famous for it's precise joinery that requires no hardware or glue to maintain strength. This technique is also used to create intricate, wooden, functional artwork, known as kumiko, which is used within Japanese style-rooms to create a stunning atmosphere. In this four-hour class you will make and take home a small powered speaker to liven up your cooking, working or playing! The class is an introduction to the kumiko woodworking technique as well as very (very!) simple electronics. Along with the speaker, you will leave with an understanding of the physics of a loud speaker and an fairly intimate relationship with basswood. ADX Portland. 6pm-10pm.
  • Saturday, 10/6: Tea, Poetry & Music Fair – In celebration of Tea & Poetry Month at Lan Su, join us for a special of Tea, Poetry & Music Fair on Saturday, October 6 at Lan Su Chinese Garden from 11 - 6 p.m. Local tea vendors will be on hand answering questions and providing free tea tastings. Join us for a day of poetry recitals, Chinese music, tea ceremonies, talks, tastings and more! Lan Su Chinese Garden. 11am-6pm.
  • Sunday, 10/7: 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.
  • Sunday, 10/7 - Sunday, 10/28: Tarot and the Writer – This workshop will explore the uses of tarot and other forms of divination as an intrinsic part of the writing process. The benefits of this practice are multiple. Tarot helps writers: understand story structure and character archetypes; create believable characters; access their creative ability; and iInject life and surprising stakes into their work. Literary Arts. Recurring event with various times.
  • Wednesday, 10/10: Whitenoise Project 17: Izora / Dickinson / Springer / Toliver – Join us for an evening of poetics and absence to celebrate the release of Ashley Toliver's 'Spectra,' out now from Coffee House Press! The event will feature: Tanya Dickinson, Rachel Springer, Annika Hansteen-Izora, and Ashley Toliver. The Whitenoise Project is a reading and discussion series aiming to center voices from underrepresented communities (Black, Indigenous, PoC, Queer, Femme, WoC and people with disabilities), and is supported by a Jade-Midway Placemaking Grant from APANO. Midland Library. 6pm-8pm.
  • Thursday, 10/11: Placemaking Info Session for BIPOC only – The intersections between race and place pose unique challenges and opportunities for us to build upon. Cultivating access to power in place is something that we are learning and re-learning to do here at City Repair. We are calling for this gathering of POC placemakers 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. Solae’s Lounge. 6pm-7:30pm.
  • Monday, 10/15: Invisible Spectrum Stories – Invisible Spectrum stories features storytellers of color in Portland. This October, we are telling stories about BELONGING. Where do we find belonging, when do we feel like belong, do we ever feel like we never do? Who are the people who make us feel like we do? What have we done to make someone feel like they don't? We believe in the power of reclaiming your truth through storytelling and the power in witnessing another person's truth. The Secret Society. 7pm.
  • Wednesday, 10/17: Japanese Woodcut Watercolor Prints – Japanese woodcut techniques date back to the 8th century when printing methods were shared by Chinese Buddhist temples. The traditional tools and techniques have not changed since then and are now taught worldwide. Quick to learn but difficult to master, Japanese Woodcut Printmaking is a safe and economical way to make unique handmade works of art. You’ll leave class with a block you carved, prints you printed, and the knowledge you need to practice at home. This relief printing technique is done entirely by hand and with minimal tools; this makes it possible to complete prints from start to finish nearly anywhere! ADX Portland, 6pm-10pm.
  • Friday, 10/19: Disrupt, a Design Conference – WeMake supports design-in-action with it’s fourth annual design conference on the process of making. Since 2011, WeMake has showcased more than 1500 makers and built a community to connect thousands of creative people. Along the way awarding more than $100,000 to support arts education for Portland’s under-served youth. This year’s event is also a disruption in how previous years have been. The event kicks of Friday night October 19th in the Grand Ballroom at The Portland Art Museum with three keynote speakers, 5 local creative entrepreneurs, musical performance, and hosted cocktail reception afterwards. The next day several workshops will take place around town. WeMake. Various times.
  • Friday, 10/19 - Saturday, 10/20: 2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival – Presented in conjunction with IntersectFest on October 21, 2018 at PICA, the 2nd Annual East Portland Arts & Literary Festival (EPALF) elevates the voices of Portland’s artists of color. Through main stage performances, interactive workshops, an epic book & craft fair, kid-friendly activities, and more, EPALF will explore themes of healing, health, and wellness in alignment with this year’s MicCheck! Series. Suggested donation is $5, and no one will be turned away from lack of funds. PCC Southeast. Friday, 10/19, 6pm-9pm. Saturday, 10/20, 10am-9:30pm.
  • Saturday, 10/20: No-No Boy 2018 U.S. Tour – No-No Boy is a multimedia concert performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness. Oregon Buddhist Temple. 7pm-9pm.
  • Sunday, 10/21: IntersectFest 2018: a Festival from Artists of Color – Includes visual art by Sea Mason;PRACTICE INTERRUPTING FUCKED UP SHIT (FOR POC ONLY) workshop; poetry from Jamondria Harris, Stephanie Adams Santos, LiliNihilo; Dance performance by Vo and Muffie; Dance performance by Claire Barrera; Dance performance by Jiko and Ashi and Salty; NAT TURNER PROJECT CRITICAL ZINE PANEL, With SCHOLARS; and music. PICA. 12pm-6pm.
  • Friday, 10/26 - Monday, 10/29: MIA Documentary – Witness the extraordinary rise of MIA, from refugee to activist pop star. Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. Northwest Film Center. Various times.


  • 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 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: 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.

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