The Vanport Mosaic Festival

May 26 - May 29, 2017

The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city wiped out by a flood in 1948.

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