Saturday, June 8, All day! A Community Symposium on Sustenance, Creativity and Multiracial Democracy.
An intergenerational gathering celebrating the cultural traditions of the African Diaspora & Indigenous Peoples. Indigo Arts Alliance and the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center brings together the community to explore the links between culture, ritual, & food.
The day includes:
An Introductory Panel Talk with Community leaders & National Scholars— The Welcome Table: Art, Resistance and Resilience
Three workshop sessions: Printmaking, Dance, & Drumming.
Conversations @ the Table: Visions for our community. A facilitated community conversation sharing thoughts about what we need to do/have/be to create a healthy, diverse, & inclusive society & community.
Culminating Event: A Community Meal —prepared by Afro-Brazilian chefs & cultural leaders from Salvador da Bahia joined by Portland based African Chefs. Scholar, Dr. Scott Barton will contextualize and share historical insights on the migration of these “foodstuffs” and their cultural significance
Discussion with the Chefs. Scholar, Dr. Rachel Harding will then facilitate a presentation of the Brazilian and African chefs with each woman talking briefly about what she has prepared, its ingredients and its significance in the ritual/cultural life of her community. Rachel will interpret (Portuguese to English) for the Brazilians. Rachel will provide additional context for the Brazilian speakers.
Live Music and dancing featuring VIVA and the Reinforcements.
On Sunday, June 9th, there will be a ticketed performance presented at Portland House of Music in partnership with Portland Ovations, featuring Samuel James and Toshi Reagan.