August 30, 2018

September 2018 Cultural Work Roundup

/// September 2018 ///

Summer is coming to a close, and fall is right around the corner. Get ready for fall vibes and support local artists of color by checking out these cultural events below!


  • Saturday, 9/1: The Arab Festival – Join us for Arab Festival as we celebrate with amazing Arabic bands, an Arab Souq (Bazaar), delicious authentic cuisine, dance, poetry, henna and much much more. This is a free fun-filled, day-long event. 11am-7pm. SE Oaks Park Way.
  • Saturday, 9/1: Arts & Crafts Festival – Art In The Pearl® is a wonderful community event. Over one hundred artists show and sell work ranging from fine wooden furniture to beautiful paintings to photography, glass, clay, metal, jewelry, and much more! Our Singer/Songwriter Stage presents a variety of original music, and an Education Pavillion featuring hands-on art activities for children and adults. 10am-6pm. North Park Block.
  • Wednesday, 9/5: Communities, Food, Resilience Conversations and Reflections – Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension Service are partnering with OSU150 to convene an event to spark bold and visionary conversations around food systems and community food resilience. We envision speakers and conversation around several perspectives: national, regional (Oregon and Pacific Northwest), and the dynamic role of the land grant university. The presentations will be followed by a reception at the Oregon Historical Society across the street, to showcase the OSU150 exhibit, network, and continue the conversation. 2:30pm-5:30pm. Portland Art Museum.
  • Thursday, 9/6: Sound > Silence: Overcoming Stigmas Around Mental Health Through the Power of Sound – Unit Souzou Co-Directors, Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe join violinist-looper Joe Kye to present a workshop using sound to combat the silence around mental health in API communities. Workshop participants will explore their personal relationships with mental health, investigate stigmas about mental wellness in API communities, and create soundscapes through looping and drumming in order to overcome the negative perceptions around such conversations. No musical background is necessary. 6pm-8pm. New Expressive Works.
  • Saturday, 9/8: Poetry Manuscript 1 – Discuss different approaches to ordering and organizing a poetry manuscript by examining examples from recent books of poetry with poet, editor, and translator Neil Aitken. This class is for writers of all levels. Apply your new understanding of structuring patterns and principles to review and offer feedback on each participant’s poetry book or chapbook manuscript. Participants should bring two complete print copies of their manuscript, as well as 10 copies of their table of contents or a list of first lines. Poetry Manuscript 2 and 3 will be offered later in the fall and winter. 10am. Literary Arts.
  • Saturday, 9/8: Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice in PDX – Oregon Just Transition Alliance invites you to join us on September 8th and Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice in Oregon. In Oregon, frontline communities have endorsed an intersectional climate justice platform: we oppose construction of fossil fuel infrastructure, we oppose hateful policies like Measure 105, and we support frontline leaders developing solutions that change the rules and drawdown wealth and power, like the Portland Clean Energy Fund. We call upon Portland’s environmental, racial, social, and economic justice communities and allies to stand with us and support the leadership of most-impacted people. 12pm-4pm. Glenhaven City Park.
  • Wednesday, 9/12: The Reluctant Radical – On October 11, 2016, a small group of activists successfully shut down all U.S. tar sands oil pipelines. They were immediately arrested, including director Lindsey Grayzel, producer Deia Schlosberg, and cinematographer Carl Davis. The Reluctant Radical follows activist Ken Ward over the course of a year and a half of civil disobedience, culminating in the coordinated direct action. 7pm-8:20pm. Northwest Film Center.
  • Wednesday, 9/19: 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! 6pm. ADX Portland.
  • Thursday, 9/20: SHIFT - An Experiment in Fashion Design – RACC will be hosting our second annual sustainable fashion show - SHIFT! The runway show will be full of excitement and surprises. New and established designers/design teams will debut runway garments made from recycled materials and found objects. Each piece will display inventive form, style and a creative juxtaposition—shifting the materials from their original form into wearable couture. We will have live music, delicious food, and more! The best part is that proceeds will go to supporting The Right Brain Initiative in transforming learning for all children through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking. 6pm-9pm. 101 N Weidler St.
  • Saturday, 9/29: An Homage to Women Poets of Iran – Please join us on an inspirational poetic journey presented by Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak with an amazing performance by world-renowned composer and instrumentalist Babak Amini and fellow musician Siamak Shirazi! An introduction to Iranian women's poetry with the focus on Forough Farokhzad and her impact, not only on Iranian but also Afghan and Tajik women poets. Hosted by Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak and Sanaz Zaresani. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Lewis and Clark College.


  • 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! Visit 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

If you have any questions, please contact Cultural Work Manager Candace Kita at Enjoy!

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