Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures, and tours we honor the experience of those who lived there.
To honor the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Vanport, this year’s festival aims to engage Portlanders in an exploration of community histories around the themes of home, housing, migration, and displacement. Several of the events will consider the rippling effects of gentrification on affordable housing, and how unresolved issues with race-based displacement are addressed today. To understand the role gentrification has played in Portland, we must first understand the history of housing discrimination and displacement. Vanport is a critical chapter in this story.
Expo Center (EXPO)
2060 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97217
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC)
5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Irvington Covenant Church
4003 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus,
Terrell Hall Auditorium (PCC)
705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR
Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church (Vancouver Baptist)
3138 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR
This exhibit features historic photos, artifacts, and oral histories that tell the story of the rich and complex mosaic that was the city of Vanport. It is a story of migration, housing, and displacement, the legacy of which forever changed the cultural and demographic makeup of our region. Presented in tandem with all events at the IFCC.
Staged readings of two new one-act plays about the American Dream, displacement, and Hurricane Katrina from the African American perspective.
With: La'Tevin Alexander, Anthony Armstrong, Arlena Barnes, Kenneth Dembo, Jasper Howard, Eric Island, Rickey Junior, Anya Pearson*, Seth Rue*, Andrea Vernae & Damaris Webb
Stage Management: Jory Bowers* & Judith Yeckel, Costume Design: Wanda Walden, Technical Direction: Lara A. Klingeman
* Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
Box Office at IFCC open one hour before curtain.
Run time 2hrs 30 minutes with one intermission
Join us for a curated post show conversation following the Sunday matinees
Please visit Surge of Social Change Exhibit running in tandem
Vanport Mosaic would love to record your memories and digitize your photos for the new chapter of our on-going oral history project. During the Festival, our volunteers will conduct interviews inside Stream PDX, a mobile recording studio in a ‘67 Airstream trailer.
To set a time slot to record, please call 971-319-0156 , or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In collaboration with University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Agora Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement, University of Oregon Historic Preservation Program, Open Signal Portland Community Media.
Produced by Nadine Jelsing, this OPB documentary tells the story of the creation of the city, its time as housing for the WWII shipbuilding industry, its postwar community, and its destruction by flooding from the Columbia River in 1948.
Educators will learn multidisciplinary tools and opportunities for curriculum development for use in teaching about Vanport, Oregon. This year’s themes of home, housing migration, and displacement are central to the workshop and lesson design. Embedded in these workshops is the question of how unresolved issues with race-based displacement reverberate through future generations.
From Japantown to the Portland Livestock Exposition, from WWII concentration camps to the Vanport flood--the immigrant journey of the Japanese in Oregon is paved with stories of perseverance and courage. Gambatte Be Strong is an original reading of the little known stories featuring the return of Japanese Americans to Oregon after their incarceration during WWII.
With: Heath Houghton, Sumi Wu, Kim Bui, Jenna Yokoyama,
Ken Yoshikawa, and Savira Kambhu
Box Office at IFCC open one hour before curtain
Run time1 hr with no intermission
Please visit Surge of Social Change Exhibit running in tandem
Celebrating former Vanport residents with a private gathering.
A community-based initiative directed by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti. Production Manager: Meredith Lawrence. In collaboration with A Fourth Act, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Open Signal Portland Community Media, Stream PDX.
Join us for a screening of the latest short documentaries part of Vanport Mosaic on-going oral history project, now in its third year. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of community-produced short films creates a rich and elaborate “mosaic” of the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport.
An excerpt of a new documentary that gives an investigative and personal look at how skyrocketing housing prices displace Portland’s black community and reshape the city. This will be followed by a facilitated dialogue on community and housing hosted by Oregon Humanities.
Narrated bus and self-guided walking tours of the original Vanport site. The tour begins at the Expo Center, and loops through the PIR grounds. This route includes the sites of historic Vanport’s most important civic functions as well as residential areas. Additionally, the Building D lobby at Expo will offer brief presentations about Vanport’s lasting impact on our communities.
Bus tours last 75 minutes, walking tours last about one hour.
Maps and a smart-phone app will be offered for both bus and self-guided walking tours.
A bike tour in Northeast Portland with oral history performances—with Gentrification is Weird/Ignorant Reflections, Living Stages, and Laquida Landford.
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. Audience members are invited to participate in a creative, theatrical community brainstorm on what might be possible.
With special guest Shalanda Sims, director of Vanport The Musical, performing songs from the play.
We are currently accepting sponsorship for the Festival 2017. If you’d like to be part of this celebration of community history and resilience, join our Abundance Campaign and make a tax-deductible donation.
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com.