FEB 1, 3:00PM | LOCATION TBA
FESTIVAL KICKOFF W/TRAINER TYRA AND NIKKI BROWN CLOWN
For the dancer in you, join Trainer Tyra, Nikki Brown Clown in our festival kickoff, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can be a part.
FEB 1, 6:30PM | MT. OLIVET
Portland has a rich history of gospel music from choirs to quartets, some of the most inspirational voices in America have come out of the church and it’s no different in Portland. Join artists from Portland, Washington, California and special guest artist as we conclude the festival kickoff with a culmination of Gospel sounds from the early 1900s to modern day.
FEB 1 | VARIOUS LOCATIONS
In partnership with Prosper Portland, join in the fun discovering pieces of Portland’s past and present Black community. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
FEB 2, 2:00PM | ST. JOHN’S LIBRARY
PIECES OF VANPORT
Join cast members at St. John’s library to hear Pieces of Vanport from the full-length play Vanport written by Shalanda Sims and originally produced at Jefferson high school in 2013
FEB 3-7 | AREA LIBRARIES
YOUTH DISPLAYS & CONVERSATION
In partnership with Multnomah County Library, Portland Association of Teachers and high school Black Student Union groups, educational displays will be housed in various libraries for all to see the entire month of February. Great for school field trips. Afterwards, join youth for a candid conversation about the current cultural climate in their lives
FEB 6-16 | INTERSTATE FIREHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER
14TH ANNUAL WHO I AM CELEBRATING ME PRODUCTION
This play, created fifteen years ago by Portland native Shalanda Sims and performed by youth and adults from the Portland metropolitan area, takes audience members on a historical journey through the Black experience, examining and exploring systems put in place since 1619 and the often overlooked and silenced strength, resourcefulness, resilience, brilliance, triumph and contributions made to propel America forward. Perfect for school and classroom field trips, groups, families and anyone interested in history told through heartfelt poetry and prose to the sound track of soul encompassing music and dancing. All performances held at IFCC