Music, poetry, pop-up exhibits, a zine machine, vendors, and more in North Park Blocks
Join the Vanport Mosaic for the culminating event of this annual Vanport Mosaic Festival to Remember Repair Reclaim Re-imagine our collective story. Gather in the North Park Blocks for live music, performances, conversations, vendors, the History is Now pop-up exhibit and a Zine Machine offering free memory activism resources.
On June 27, 5pm, join us for a community procession to celebrate We The People
With: Albina Music Trust, American Music Program, Darrell Grant, Kent Ford/Black Panthers, Chisao Hata, Latoya Lovely, Ken Yoshikawa, Ed Edmo, John Edmo, Michael Stevensons/People For Mutual Education, Friends of Noise, This Happened Here team, Shalanda Sims/World Stage Theater and more.
My People’s Market is back in real life. Join us Friday-Sunday, August 6, 7, and 8 on the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland, for a market experience that only the MPM crew can deliver. Immerse yourself in the vibrancy Portland has to offer at My People’s Market. Connect with BIPOC entrepreneurs, makers, artists, culinary wizards, and beverage crafters. And experience the sounds of local Portland artists and performers, curated by YGB.
Enjoy shopping 75 different vendors each day
Explore culinary offerings from across the nation and across the globe
Imbibe libations featuring some of your favorite mixers and syrups from the market. Served all market long at MPM exclusive partner Sante’s
Delight in interactive performances, musicians, and artists on two MPM stages
Upcoming dates include these Saturdays and Sundays from 1 PM – 5:30 PM
July 3rd and 4th July 17th and 18th
July 24th and 25th July 31st and Aug 1st
This summer in the North Park Blocks you can enjoy the interactive exhibits and experience the magic of roller skating with skate rentals and gear from RCR’s SKATEMOBILE! The exhibits are free, skating session tickets are available at $20 for entry + gear or $10 if you have your own gear.
Walk-ups are welcome, though we’re limited to 100 skaters per session—reserving in advance guarantees your spot! Grab your tickets here.
History Is Now, part of the sixth Vanport Mosaic Festival, tells Oregon’s history through the voices of its underrepresented and marginalized communities. See Vanport Mosaic Schedule
Throughout the month of June 2021, the vacant store front windows of the North Park Blocks will be used to showcase 65 displays depicting Oregon’s true history through the voices of its underrepresented and marginalized communities.
“The vision is to tell the stories of lives and futures that have been stolen, or taken by systemic injustice,” says Karim Hassanein, who worked on the event, called History Is Now.
Hassanein, a designer from Design As Protest—a group of designers working to hold their industry accountable for the harms they’ve caused to Black communities— worked closely with Laura Lo Forti of Vanport Mosaic to put together the installations as part of the sixth annual Vanport Mosaic Festival, partnering with a slew of other organizations across town, including The Immigrant Story, Oregon Historical Society, and Five Oaks Museum.
All month long, viewers walking by the store fronts can read the stories of various groups that built Portland and have typically been removed from the historical narrative. Each display consists of three by six feet boards and tells a different story of the various experiences faced by these communities—immigrants, Japanese Americans, and early Black Oregon residents—placing them all in conversation with each other. ~ More at Portland Monthly