Friday, December 5, 2014

Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council Literacy Project: JOURNEY to HOME

Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council invites you to join us for the "Journey to Home" Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council Literacy Project

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Oregon Historical Society
1200 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205

Regional Arts & Culture Council once again co-sponsored Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council event with World Affairs Council of Oregon and Oregon Historical Society allowing Colored Pencils to showcase Portland's local authors.

Explore the journeys and stories of an array of Portlanders revealing the interconnectedness of place, identity, culture, and community and where and how to find "home." Listen to these moving testaments by poets, writers, musicians, and world citizens, including: Iraqi singer, guitarist and composer Ronny Salim; poet Emily Newberry journey of transition from man to woman; Bill Alton's stirring poems addressing abuse, addiction, homelessness, and mental illness; preacher-poet Emmet Wheatfall's jazz-tinged writing on identity and slave-names; and writer-activist-erstwhile lawyer Ronault "Polo" Catalani, who will lead an epic sing-along of Woody Guthrie's This Land is Our Land, with a chorus of multicultural back-up singers. A welcoming evening of story, song and survival moderated by Nim Xuto and Ronault "Polo" Catalani. East African cuisine will be available for purchase by "Spice of Africa."

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stories from Home: Colored Pencils Art and Culture Literacy Project

STORIES FROM HOME A family feast of Arab and Nepali poetry, music, food and fun Saturday, August 16, 2 to 4pm. Midland Library 805 SE 122nd Street, Portland 97233 Multnomah County's Midland Library has long been a local leader and kind convener of neighborhood efforts to embrace Portland's refugee and immigrant communities. Families from our wobbly world's most chaotic corners have for generations received comfort and encouragement from our librarians. Our August 16, Saturday afternoon event promises some more of that. This long summer's tragedies and uncertainties for our Iraqi, Bhutanese, and Palestinian Portlanders will be likewise soothed at Southeast Portland’s Midland Library, between those tall Douglas fir and under their landmark clock tower. Please join Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council, Portland's East Precinct Community Policing Center, Portland Fire & Rescue, and the City Office of Neighborhood Involvement, for a feast of Arab and Nepali poetry, West African and Nepali music, Arab and Bhutanese cuisine, and a lot of gracious company. All for free. Please bring family and friends for this ongoing building of a better city, a bigger us. Honored guests: Oregon Bhutanese Community Organization officers, board directors, and members of the Iraqi Society of Oregon officers, board directors, and members of the Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council performers: Palestinian American writer Mohammad Bader was born in East Jerusalem and much of his poetry reflects his experience as a first generation immigrant. He is Division Director for Multnomah County Developmental Disabilities Services Division. His recent book of poetry "The Traveler" published by Lulu Press (2011). Portland Bhutanese writer Moti Rizal’s book "Life at Refugee Camp in Nepal" is written in traditional Nepali poetry style. It chronicals Bhutanese life in their homeland, in Nepal refugee camps, and their resettlement in America. Benin-born and Portland author, singer/songwriter, and educator Parfait BassalĂ© tuned early into music as a vehicle to understand and overcome the challenges of painful migration, bewildered resettlement, and the complexities of integration. He continues using his West African life story as a catalyst for groundbreaking research on a song-centered approach to education. A framework designed to teach empathy to various audiences. Gauri Rajbaidya, Bikram Vaidya, and Manoj Kansakar, together are a fusion band of old school Nepali traditions blended well with New World rock n' roll, blues, and reggae. Gauri is Newa from Nepal, where he is a founder of the Society for Urban Poor. On this side of our Pacific Sea, Gauri works as an architect at SERA and as a civic activist with APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon STORIES FROM HOME is presented by Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council; Multnomah County Library, Regional Arts & Culture Council Additional Information please contact: Anna Gindlesperger 503.314.1127