Monday, September 23, 2013

CP Happy Hour @ Portland Art Museum

FREE Museum Admission Day!

New American performing artists fill Old Portland icon -
Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council "Happy Hour" at the Portland Art Museum
5:30-8pm October 25, 2013 on a Free Family Friday

Sunken Ballroom in Mark Building
1119 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Like Atlanta back east and like Seattle straight up I-5, Portland has transformed itself into a gateway city for a continent of opportunity. Today, one in five Portlanders is foreign-born. Nearly half of the energetic kids dashing out of our schools when dismissal bells ring, go home to families resettled here from Asia and islands in the Pacific and Caribbean; Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East; from Spanish- and Russian-speaking countries.

These families naturally brought along their culinary, fine, and performing artists – so for a second year, downtown's heritage landmark, the Portland Art Museum embraces the extraordinary cultural wealth unpacked by our immigrant and refugee neighbors. It is the invigorating American story, told and retold.

For October's free family Friday, the Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council, a non-profit arts organization and a troupe of artists representing many if not most of Portland's 80 ethnic streams, will be presenting a NW fusion of Nepali, Polish, Mexican, Andalusian, Indonesian, Arabic, Native American, and Tongan island, traditional and contemporary expression in paint and poetry, in music and chest-thumping, floor pounding dance.

Central to each Colored Pencil's event is honoring the most-elder among those gathered and asking the audience's kids to help sing happy birthday around a lighted cake, in a dozen languages simultaneously.

A Colored Pencils evening, like every visit to Portland's Art Museum, is a journey into our reassuring human experience, and into our shared eclectically wild Portland story.

5.30-6.30 : Social/dinner
6.00-6.20 : Welcome and Blessing by Prajwal R Vajracharya of Foundation of Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal
6.20-6.35 : Artist Exhibit by Latino Art Now and CP artists coordinated by Hector Hernandez
6.35-6.50 : Zimbabwean traditional dance performance by Chido Dhliwayo
6.50-7.00 : Spoken Words by Tio Polo Catalani and Gauri Raj
7.00-7.15 : Portland very own world renowned Polish Cello player Ashia Grzesik
7.15-7.30 : October Birthday Celebration and Honor Elders
7.30-7.40 :  Portland's Street Root writer Leo Rhodes reciting poetry
7:40-7:55 : Cuadro Gallo Flamenco group will be performing a few pieces of bulerias and tango include vocals from Randa Benaziz, Jeff Trapp on guitar and Kuma on cajon, a percussion instrument from Peru
7.55-8.25 : Dance with Nepali group comprised of Bikram Vaidya, Manoj Kansakar, Gauri Rajbaidya and Kevin. Enjoy Nepalese music that fuses their own singing and folk music traditions with the following styles rock, rock n' roll, blues and reggae

$10 Donation at the door / Senior, Students, Children FREE

This event is co-hosted by Oregon Health Science University lead by Maileen Hamto, City Club lead by former Portland's mayor Sam Adams, The Asian Reporter newspaper and Oregon Arts Commission!

We Thank You for your support.
Please DONATE for this event and help continue our project in 2014 :)  If you like what we do!

Video from our past event : performance by Edna Vazquez

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Sounds of the World" at Director Park Friday June 28th!

Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night
Theme: Sounds of the World 
Celebrate Portland's summer months with New Portland  
PORTLAND, OR -  Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council is proud to present Colored Pencils Art and Culture 

Night on June 28th and , at the Director Park in the middle of downtown Portland . This month's theme is 

“Sounds of the World" highlights the stories by artists and performers from Portland’s multiethnic communities 

whom join together to break down stereotype and create better understanding among diverse group through the 


Performances starts at 6.00 pm. with Contemporary Moroccan  music by  Randa BenAziz following by tradition Indonesian spoken words (Djatung) by Portland's local author, The Asian Reporter's columnist and civil rights lawyer Ronault "Polo" Catalani and Michael Martínez Martínez, Mexican/American poet and artist from Pacific Northwest of College of art, whose' his poems serve as a springboard for conversation to perpetuate the dialogical discussion of race, identity, and belonging and draws inspiration via the connection of personal/family experience and complicity, to the larger socio political narrative of race in America. 

Disability Art and Culture project 's dancers will make an appearance due to the popular demand while Saudi Arabian students group from Portland State University will play on Oud and Darbuka and take the audiences on a journey to the Middle East.  

The event will end with "Three for Silver" band who will recreate sounds and spirits of European streets and cities, intertwining multicultural feel with Brazilian drummer, Polish violinist, Russian clarinet player and Hungarian guitarist. 

Admission is free with $10 donation suggested to support the project.  

The event is partnering with Portland Park and Recreation’s Director Park  and is produced by Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council  with sponsorship support from Regional Arts and Culture CouncilOregon Arts CommissionUnited Way of Columbia WillametteThe Asian Reporter  PhoenixLotus Photography and group of volunteers from diverse communities.
Colored Pencils Art and Culture is 501c3 grass root non-profit organization which mission is to facilitate inter-cultural learning among diverse communities.

For more information about this event or donate funding to continue this project please visit the Colored Pencils website

Photos courtesy: Phoenix Lotus Photography