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WEDNESDAY, 5/23

CITY PROCLAMATION FOR A VANPORT
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

City Hall
10:15AM, FREE

The Vanport Mosaic invites you to join our “memory activism” effort to amplify, honor and preserve the history of Vanport City. Please join us at Portland City Council on May 23th, and make history with us! 70 years after a flood wiped out Oregon’s second largest city on May 30 1942, Mayor Wheeler will proclaim May 30th the Vanport Day of Remembrance.

Let’s pack City Hall to show that this history matters, and as a community pledge #IRememberVanport

 

WEDNESDAY, 5/23

EXHIBIT:
ARTWORKS OF HENK PANDER
Reflections on War Memory, Liberty Ships,
and the Climate Refugees of Vanport

Cerimon House
ONGOING:5/23 6:30; 5/24–25 4–7PM; 5/26–27 12–3PM
6:30PM, FREE

Originally from the Netherlands, Henk Pander was a child during WWII. Since immigrating to the PNW in 1965,  he has become one of the regions most renowned artists. This series of large format watercolor and pen & ink studies deals with an aspect of Pander’s own war memory with a focus on the Liberty Ships, which delivered essential supplies for survival both during and after the war, and the people of Vanport who built them.

Co-curated by Laura Lo Forti and Greta Smith, made possible by the generous support of Cerimon House 

* Wednesday May 23rd Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk with
representatives of the Vanport community

 
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THURS, 5/24

VANPORT ROSE PLANTING CEREMONY

Peninsula Park
10–10:30AM, FREE

In recognition of the events surrounding Vanport and the flood of 1948, the Royal Rosarians will honor us by conducting a Rose Planting. 

Since 1912 The Royal Rosarians have been the Official Greeters and Ambassadors of Goodwill for the city of Portland. One of the Ceremonies they perform, is a beautiful Rose Planting Ceremony. Roses are planted in recognition of a specific person, place or event. They have planted roses literally all over the world.  

We appreciate the Royal Rosarians for honoring us with this event
and thank them greatly.

 

THURSDAY, 5/24

EXHIBIT:
ARTWORKS OF HENK PANDER
Reflections on War Memory, Liberty Ships,
and the Climate Refugees of Vanport

Cerimon House
ONGOING:  5/23 6:30; 5/24–25 4–7PM; 5/26–27 12–3PM
4–7PM, FREE

Continuing exhibit, see Wednesday’s listing for full information


THURSDAY, 5/24

EXHIBIT:

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING:  May 24–June 10; Thur–Sat, 6-9pm; Sun, 2-4pm
6–9PM, FREE

VANPORT
The Surge of Social Change

This collection of historic images and artifacts unveils the multifaceted community life of Vanport, the Nation’s largest shipbuilding housing project. This exhibit documents the aftermath of the Vanport flood and it attempts to share the richness
of the social and community life that changed the urban landscape of Vancouver and Portland forever. Kimberly Moreland, Co-Curator, Oregon Black Pioneers, Laura Lo Forti, Co-Curator, Vanport Mosaic and A Fourth Act

ANYWHERE BUT HERE
The History of Housing Discrimination in Oregon

Consisting of photographs, text, and quotes, this exhibit chronicles Oregon’s largely unknown history of discrimination, segregation and displacement; the progress we’ve made in overcoming this history and the challenges that remain. Curated by the
Fair Housing Council of Oregon

OUR CITY, OUR VOICE
Excavating Portland’s History through Art

Students at Portland Youthbuilders & Madison High School studied how processes
of institutional racism, annexation, urban development and gentrification have contributed to today’s reality in Portland. Students expressed their learning and dreams for the future of their communities by creating silkscreen posters and zines.

 

THURS, 5/24

THEATER:
LEFT HOOK
A fully staged new drama about gentrification and community displacement in 1970’s Portland, set in an Albina boxing club

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING: 5/24–6/10, Thur–Sat 7–9pm, Sun 2–4pm
7–9PM$5–25 Sliding Scale, $25 Suggested
$5 Students & Seniors

The time, the early 1970s; the setting, the Left Hook Boxing Club in Albina. The proposed expansion of Emanuel Hospital results in the razing of hundreds of homes and businesses.  In the midst of major community disruption, the denizens of Left Hook deal with both simmering family tensions and forces outside their control. 

Written by Rich Rubin
Directed by Damaris Webb

*On Sunday 6/3 Please join us for a post show conversation with: Kent Ford (Portland Black Panther Party), Stanley Dunn (current Knott Street Boxing coach), Ray Lampkin (retired Knott Street Golden Gloves champion).

Presented in part by the generous supportof Ronni Lacroute & The Regional Arts & Culture Council

 

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FRIDAY, 5/25

EXHIBIT:
ARTWORKS OF HENK PANDER
Reflections on War Memory, Liberty Ships,
and the Climate Refugees of Vanport

Cerimon House
ONGOING:  5/23 6:30; 5/24–25 4–7PM; 5/26–27 12–3PM
4–7PM, FREE

Continuing exhibit, see Wednesday’s listing for full information

 

FRIDAY, 5/25

EXHIBIT:
VANPORT
The Surge of Social Change

ANYWHERE BUT HERE
The History of Housing Discrimination in Oregon

OUR CITY, OUR VOICE
Excavating Portland’s History through Art

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING:  5/24–6/10; Thur–Sat 6-9pm; Sun 2-4pm
6–9PM, FREE

Continuing exhibit, see Thursday’s listing for full information

 

FRIDAY, 5/25

THEATER:
LEFT HOOK
A fully staged new drama about gentrification and community displacement in 1970’s Portland, set in an Albina boxing club

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING: 5/24–6/10, Thur–Sat 7–9pm, Sun 2–4pm
7–9PM
$5–25 Sliding Scale, $25 Suggested
$5 Students & Senior

See Thursday’s listing for full information

 

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SATURDAY, 5/26

EXHIBIT:
ARTWORKS OF HENK PANDER
Reflections on War Memory, Liberty Ships,
and the Climate Refugees of Vanport

Cerimon House
ONGOING:  5/23 6:30; 5/24–25 4–7PM; 5/26–27 12–3PM
12–3PM, FREE

Continuing exhibit, see Wednesday’s listing for full information

 

SATURDAY, 5/26

TOUR:
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Black Panther Party Legacy Tour of Albina

Martin Luther King Jr. School
1:30–2:30pm, $10, rsvp recommended

Join Kent Ford, founder of Portland’s chapter of the ‘60s-era black empowerment organization, for a walking tour in NE Portland. Listen to his personal memories
of revolutionary activism and community service, and be inspired for today’s
fight for change.

A walking tour map/educational resource designed by Paste In Place will be available for purchase on site. 

 

SATURDAY, 5/26

TOUR:
SHIFTING GEARS
Journey through Portland’s history of community displacement

New Columbia
3–5:30PM, FREE

Join community organizer LaQuida Landford for a bike tour through Portland’s history of public housing, and housing discrimination.The ride culminates with a screening of the documentary The Nicole Taylor Story, and a panel discussion with filmmaker Nicole Taylor about her life as a former gang member in Northeast Portland. An art performance and a community picnic will close the event.

Bring your own bike or borrow one on site, made available by the Community Cycling Center and BikeTown. 

 

SATURDAY, 5/26

PRIVATE EVENT
Vanport Residents Reunion

4–6PM

 

SATURDAY, 5/26

EXHIBIT:
VANPORT
The Surge of Social Change

ANYWHERE BUT HERE
The History of Housing Discrimination in Oregon

OUR CITY, OUR VOICE
Excavating Portland’s History through Art

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING:  5/24–6/10; Thur–Sat 6-9pm; Sun 2-4pm
6–9PM, FREE

Continuing exhibit, see Thursday’s listing for full information


SATURDAY, 5/26

THEATER:
LEFT HOOK
A fully staged new drama about gentrification and community displacement in 1970’s Portland, set in an Albina boxing club

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING: 5/24–6/10, Thur–Sat 7–9pm, Sun 2–4pm
7–9PM
$5–25 Sliding Scale, $25 Suggested
$5 Students & Seniors

See Thursday’s listing for full information

 

SATURDAY, 5/26

CONCERT:
FROM MAXVILLE TO VANPORT
Stories of two unique towns in Oregon’s history

Alberta Rose TheateR
7:30PM, $35 Preferred GA, $25 General
$20 Seniors & Veterans
$5 Arts For All–at the door only with
Oregon Trail Card

A collection of songs and short films produced by composer Ezra Weiss with writer and speaker S. Renee Mitchell providing lyrics and vocalist Marilyn Keller performing with the PJCE accompanied by shorts by filmmaker Kalimah Abioto to celebrate the shared history of African-American Oregonians, focusing on two towns that represent distinctive viewpoints of the state’s under-discussed Black history.

 

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SUNDAY, 5/27

INVISIBLE WALLS
A public crowdsourcing effort to document Restrictive
Covenants & Residential Segregation in Portland

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING: 5/27 AT IFCC, 5/28 AT EXPO CENTER
ALL DAY

In the 20thcentury restrictive covenants prevented people of color from buying property in certain Portland neighborhoods. This racist history is hidden in tens of thousands of title deeds. We need your help unearthing them.

Meet Portland State University students to:
- Learn about this history.
- Receive guidance to discover if your title deeds have a restrictive covenant
- Digitize your title deeds with restrictive covenant, and add them to
the growing database

This mapping effort is a collaboration between The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Portland Housing Bureau, Portland State University,
and the Vanport Mosaic.

Info: Greta Smith, Greta@vanportmosaic.org, 619-300-7855

 

SUNDAY, 5/27

EXHIBIT:
VANPORT
The Surge of Social Change

ANYWHERE BUT HERE
The History of Housing Discrimination in Oregon

OUR CITY, OUR VOICE
Excavating Portland’s History through Art

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING:  5/24–6/10; Thur–Sat 6-9pm; Sun 2-4pm
2–4PM, FREE

Continuing exhibit, see Thursday’s listing for full information

 

SUNDAY, 5/27

SCREENING/PANEL:
CONFLUENCE STORY GATHERING
Native Voices Along the Columbia River

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
11–12:30PM, $10 SUGGESTED DONATION
LIMITED SEATING, RSVP RECOMMENDED

Confluence Story Gatherings elevate indigenous voices in our collective understanding of place, specifically, the Columbia River system. Join distinguished guest speakers; Tanna Engdahl, a Cowlitz Spiritual Leader, Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama), the Movement Building Director for the Western States Center, and David Lewis, Tribal Historian and past manager of the Grand Ronde Cultural Resources Department, for video segments of interviews with Tribal elders and culture bearers sharing personal connections to place and move into conversation exploring legacies of displacement, survivance and self-determination. 

Info: Courtney Yilk, 360-693-0123, courtney@confluenceproject.org

 

SUNDAY, 5/27

EXHIBIT:
ARTWORKS OF HENK PANDER
Reflections on War Memory, Liberty Ships,
and the Climate Refugees of Vanport

Cerimon House
ONGOING:  5/23 6:30; 5/24–25 4–7PM; 5/26–27 12–3PM
12–3PM, FREE

Continuing exhibit, see Wednesday’s listing for full information

 

SUNDAY, 5/27

THEATER:
LEFT HOOK
A fully staged new drama about gentrification and community displacement in 1970’s Portland, set in an Albina boxing club

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
ONGOING: 5/24–6/10, Thur–Sat 7–9pm, Sun 2–4pm
2–4PM$5–25 Sliding Scale, $25 Suggested
$5 Students & Seniors

See Thursday’s listing for full information

 

SUNDAY, 5/27

SCREENING:
PRICED OUT
15 years of Gentrification in Portland

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
5–7PM, FREE
LIMITED SEATING, RSVP RECOMMENDED

Priced Out is an investigative and personal look at how skyrocketing housing prices are displacing Portland’s black community and reshaping the entire city. The feature-length documentary explores the complexities and contradictions of gentrification and what neighborhood life means after the era of “The Ghetto.” The film is a sequel to the 2002 documentary NorthEast Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream. 

Post-screening panel with Director and Producer Cornelius Swart 

 

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MONDAY, 5/28

INVISIBLE WALLS
A public crowdsourcing effort to document Restrictive
Covenants & Residential Segregation in Portland

EXPO CENTER
ONGOING: 5/27 AT IFCC, 5/28 AT EXPO CENTER
ALL DAY

See Sunday's listing for full information.

 

MONDAY, 5/28

TOUR:
VOLKSWALK & SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Historic Vanport

EXPO CENTER
10–2PM, FREE (REGISTRATION FEE IF CHOOSING VOLKSWALK)
$1 CHARGE FOR MAP

This walking route will include sites of the historic city’s most important civic functions, residential areas and natural resources. Learn about the Miracle City before, during and after the flood, and the legacy that we have today.

 

MONDAY, 5/28

TOUR:
BUS TOUR
Historic Vanport

EXPO CENTER
10–2PM, $5

Join us for narrated bus tours of the original Vanport site. Seldom open to the public, this route will include sites of the historic city’s most important civic functions, residential areas and natural resources. Learn about the Miracle City before, during and after the flood, and the legacy that we have today. Bus tours are approximately 75 minutes and start and conclude at EXPO center building D.

 

MONDAY, 5/28

VENDOR & COMMUNITY FAIR

EXPO CENTER
10AM–3PM

 

MONDAY, 5/28

EXHIBIT:
VANPORT: A STORY LIVED. A STORY TOLD.
Vanport Artifacts & Community Projects

EXPO CENTER
10AM–6PM, FREE

Vanport: A Story Lived. A Story Told. combines archival photographs and historical records with personal testimonies of former Vanport residents interwoven throughout. Consisting of 6 pop-up panels, the exhibit presents the multifaceted story of Vanport and its vibrant community. Co-curators: Laura Lo Forti and  Greta Smith

Artifacts from Vanport, and Youth and Community Projects on Vanport and its related themes--including housing, displacement, and community resilience. 

 

MONDAY, 5/28

FORUM:
LESSONS FROM VANPORT & KATRINA
A dialogue to create community resilience during
extreme weather conditions

EXPO CENTER
1–3PM, FREE
LIMITED SEATING, RSVP RECOMMENDED

Listen to the stories from survivors of the Vanport flood and Hurricane Katrina, and from members of Portland’s Houseless community. Learn about City of Portland’s disaster preparedness plans from Multnomah County Drainage District, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management, and Neighborhood Emergency Teams representatives. Participate in interactive sessions on the topics that most matter to you.

In collaboration with MCDD, PBEM, Sisters of the Road,
Justin Ross, Multnomah County

 

MONDAY, 5/28

SCREENING:
LOST CITY, LIVING MEMORIES
Vanport Through the Voices of Its Residents

EXPO CENTER
4PM, FREE
LIMITED SEATING, RSVP RECOMMENDED

Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through the Voice of its Residents showcases a selection of community-produced short documentaries, part of the on-going Vanport Mosaic oral history project facilitated by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti. These films feature former Vanport residents sharing their memories of the Vanport community and the flood that displaced them. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection creates a rich and elaborate “mosaic” of the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport.  With a short introduction on Vanport history by Prof. James Harrison, and remarks by Commissioner Nick Fish. 

The stories are produced in partnership with A Fourth Act,
University of Oregon School of Journalism And Communication