October 13, 2021

“We are working toward a just world where...”

Cultural Advocacy & Cultural Production

“We are working toward a just world where...”
Date: 2017
Collaborators: Ameya Okamoto, Lilian Ongelungel, Kathy Delumpa Allegri, A'misa Chiu, Masayo Simon, Violet Dillard

For the 2018 Creative Placemaking Project Grant organized by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Roshani Thakore proposed an Artist Residency in Portland’s Jade District, a Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative area designated by the City of Portland, centered around Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street. This area is one of the most diverse census tracts in the State of Oregon, and is home to many recent immigrants. It is also a neighborhood that is vulnerable to displacement due to gentrification.

APANO commissioned six unique Asian and Pacific Islander artists to create original artwork envisioning a world of solidarity, justice, and empowerment. Each artist was selected through an open call application process and chose one of APANO’s core values to illustrate. Their artwork reflected the depth of our experiences and envisions the shared future we want to see: a prosperous, healthy future in which our families and communities have the rights, recognition, and resources to truly thrive.