Did you miss the theater forum that followed Gentrification is Weird bike ride during the Vanport Mosaic Festival last May? Join Living Stages, Ignorant/Reflections and Laquida Landford for Rising Waters: a Community Dialogue on Displacement Sat. 06/24! "Through interactive performance, conversation, and theatrical games we'll build community and explore questions of place, home, and possibility within a framework of ongoing community displacement in Portland."
Artist Sarah S.Shay shared with us this beautiful painting she created in remembrance of the Vanport flood. You can buy a print at this link.
Here Sarah's thoughtful reflections:
I have lived in Oregon for about 15 years. However, I embarrassingly did not know *anything* about Vanport until about two years ago, and then learned more when OPB aired the Vanport documentary. I couldn't believe I hadn't heard about this, and that it wasn't more publicized. I'm from rural Pennsylvania, and our little town was flooded on several occasions, the Allegany River jumping the banks and completely flooding everything not on a hill. So, I grew up looking at old photos of people and their boats, ruined stores and houses...but that town still exists.
Vanport is one of those events that's, well, not just an event. It left me wondering how many other people here--in-and-around Oregon and beyond---had no idea what "Vanport" was. It wasn't an event, it was a community and work and a home for so many people. The tragedy of the flood and everything associated with that loss and deception somehow got named "Vanport," too. I was left questioning what other tragedies were named by their "home," like Columbine. I'm hopeful that the stories of Vanport as a home come out of art and stories and photos....While the flood definitely was a defining event, I would like to remember Vanport as I remember anyone else I loved who has been injured or who has passed: they have name, a story, and a relationship to so many people, some of whom never officially knew them.
On May 30th, 2017 The Vanport Mosaic traveled to Oregon State Capitol to be part of an historical moment!
The Oregon State Senate unanimously voted on Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 to officially commemorate the anniversary of the Vanport flood and remember its survivors and the people who lost their lives. We are grateful to Senator Jackie Winters, who lived in Vanport and survived the flood, and House Speaker Tina Kotek, whose district includes the area where Vanport once was, for sponsoring this resolution.
Watch a few clips from the moving day:
On May 30th, 2017 Vanport Mosaic traveled to Oregon State Capitol to be part of an historical moment!
The Oregon State Senate voted on Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 to officially commemorate the anniversary and remember its survivors and the people who lost their lives. Thanks, Senator Jackie Winters (R – Salem), who lived in Vanport and survived the flood, and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D – North Portland), whose district includes the area where Vanport once was, for sponsoring this resolution.
The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 ended yesterday with a screening of Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents at the beautiful Irvington Covenant Church. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for all the gems of this mosaic: those who tell the stories; those who receive them as gifts; those who share them through theater, poetry, music, film, exhibit; those who teach them to our youth. We are grateful to our funders, sponsors, and partners who continue to support what is now more than a festival... The Vanport Mosaic has grown into a community of Memory Activists that gather around the many silenced histories of our region. Let's acknowledge the wounds and understand the legacy of the harm, celebrate resilience, and work towards a future where we can all be safe and thrive.
Join us TODAY for the last FREE SCREENING of short documentaries of life in Vanport, memories of the flood and its aftermath. ~6pm - Irvington Covenant Church~
With World Stage Theatre performs songs from Vanport, the musical written by Shalanda Sims. Remarks by Commissioner Nick Fish and Kimberly Moreland/Prosper Portland. Prof. James Stanley Harrison will answer our questions about Vanport history.
This is the closing of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017!
Join us TODAY, May 29th, for a full day of exploration of the historic Vanport sites with our BUS/WALKING/BIKING TOURS! The free narrated bus tours are "sold out" but there might be last minute cancellations. And you can still grab our newly produced map (yup! free as well!) of Vanport in 1943 superimposed over the current map, and walk on your own pace. Or join is for Gentrification is Weird: Bike Tour/Theater Forum at 1pm!. #RememberVanport
The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 closes tomorrow, May 29th. Please join us the final FREE screening of Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport oral histories at 6pm at Irvington Covenant Church. All NEW stories! We are particularly honored to be able to share Mr. Albert Oyama's oral history. Through his memories, we will learn about the experience of one of the thousands of Japanese American families who suffered under the great injustice at the hands of the government, evacuated to prison camps during WWII. The Oyama lost everything and rebuilt their life in Vanport, only to experience the most heartbreaking loss. Mrs. Izumi Oyama is one of the fifteen recorded victims of the 1948 flood.
Thanks for all of you attending The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 this weekend! Today program: Priced Out- With Oregon Humanities community dialogue at 11am- IFCC; American Summer Squash & Hercules Didn't Wade in the Water at 2pm at IFCC; Vanport, The Musical at 2pm at Midland Library; Vanport Mosaic Festival: Gambatte Be Strong at 7 pm at IFCC. And we are continuing Story Harvest: Albina Memories - recording oral histories in collaboration with Stream PDX. Come and say hi when you spot the silver airstream parked outside IFCC!
In this, Portland History on Film, interview, Vanport Mosaic co-director and Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti chatted with Jenn Chavez about the community-based documentary/oral history project in its third year. Join us at the two FREE screenings (May 27th and May 29th) of Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Oral Histories part of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017. #RememberVanport #Vanportfest2017
American Summer Squash & Hercules Didn't Wade in the Water on Oregon Arts Watch! " Jocelyn Seid directs Don Wilson Glenn’s Squash and Damaris Webb directs Michael A. Jones’s Hercules as part of this year’s The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017, which looks at the roots and consequences of the post-World War II destruction of an entire largely working class and multicultural city by floodwaters in what is now North Portland. Friday through June 4 at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. Among several other events are educational workshops and an exhibit at IFCC, Vanport: The Surge of Social Change. #VanportFest17
So, this happened! This morning at City Council we heard Mayor Ted Wheeler reading the Proclamation for a Vanport Day of Remembrance, and we were moved to tears by the testimony by Mrs. Bea Gilmore, former Vanport resident, 9-year-old Arinze Na'im McGee, Vanport Mosaic youngest historian-in-residence, Shalanda Sims, third generation Vanport descendent, and Mr. Bob Matsunaga, who was displaced by the Japanese internment in 1942, and once again by the flood in 1948. Join us in honoring and exploring the Vanport history and its legacy at The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 May 26-29! #VanportFest17 #RememberVanport#StoriesBuildCommunities
The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 on The Portland Observer! "A large line up of events told through film, theater and historical exhibits are planned for the Memorial Day weekend beginning on Friday, May 26 and continuing through Monday, May 29. The second annual festival is collaboration between artists, churches, educators and community groups who have worked for years to preserve the memory of this lost city.
The festival presents a thoughtful, thorough and fresh look at one of Oregon’s most tragic events while also exploring issues of housing discrimination, migration and displacement that continue today."
The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 Presents
VANPORT, THE MUSICAL
Written and directed by Shalanda Sims
Come smell the opportunity, touch the dream, hear the music, taste the victory and see the canvas as this refreshing take on Vanport unfolds.
Sunday, May 21, 2pm
North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth Street, Portland
Sunday, May 28th, 2pm
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland
Monday, May 29th, 6 pm
Irvington Covenant Church, 4003 Northeast Grand Avenue, Portland
Part of Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Oral Histories screening. RSVP here: https://lostcitylivingmemories0529.eventbrite.com/
Please join Vanport Mosaic at Portland City Council on Wednesday May 24th, and make history with us! Mayor Wheeler will proclaim May 30 to be Vanport Day of Remembrance in Portland, 69th years after a flood wiped out Oregon's second largest city.
This has been such a wonderful community effort, and a perfect prelude to the The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017, May 26-29. Full program: www.vanportmosaic.org/thefestival
The proclamation will be shared again several times during the Festival.
May 29th- Gentrification is Weird: Bike Tour/Theater Forum: A bike tour in historic Vanport with oral history performances—with Gentrification is Weird/ Ignorant/Reflections, Living Stages, and Laquida Landford. RSVP at goo.gl/rdytkL
Part of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017, the bike ride traces the history of the community of Vanport and the experiences of displacement of its residents. The ride culminates in a theatrical forum facilitated by Living Stages and presented by community performers who face gentrification or displacement.
Join us in thanking this year funders, sponsors, and partners of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 - May 26-29! They are making possible 4 days of screenings, performances, tours, exhibits, educational workshops, community dialogues, oral history recording almost entirely FOR FREE to the public. Grab your spot at one, or all! the events! goo.gl/Rf85qR#RememberVanport #Abundance #StoriesBuildCommunities
WOW! The free narrated bus tours of historic Vanport, one of the many new exciting offerings at The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017, are "sold out"!!! thank you all for your enthusiasm and interest. We are opening the waiting list and we hope to accommodate a few more people, but don't be disappointed!! you can still grab our newly produced map (yup! free as well!) of Vanport in 1943 superimposed over the current map, and walk on your own pace. And sign up for Gentrification is Weird: Bike Tour/Theater Forum. #RememberVanport