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Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2pm through Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9pm
2pm through Monday, May 30 at 9pm
VANPORT MOSAIC FESTIVAL May 27-30, 2016 FULL SCHEDULE and details here: For updates on the Festival and all Vanport-related initiatives, sign up for newsletter: The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a 4-day multi-disciplinary event that memorializes a unique sociological experiment that forever altered Oregon’s racial history. Conceived and curated by artistic co-directors Laura Lo Forti, S. Renee Mitchell, and Damaris Webb, the Festival, on the 68th anniversary of the Vanport Flood, will unite Portland area residents through historical and artistic tributes, including: - screenings of short docs produced as part of Vanport Mosaic participatory oral history program led by story-midwife Laura Lo Forti: - Cottonwood In The Flood, a full-length play written by Rich Rubin and directed by Damaris Webb. - Poetry by Renee Mitchell and youth from Spit/WRITE spoken word program - Welcome Home To Vanport - on Memorial Day, May 30th, at Portland International Raceway (a part of the Vanport site), a day of self-guided tours, speakers, and music. Curated by Susan Barthel. - Vanport: The Surge of Social Change exhibit of photos and artifacts curated by Kim Moreland/Oregon Black Pioneers and Laura Lo Forti/A Fourth Act. - a full day educational conference at Concordia University, in collaboration with PCC. - A private reunion/celebration of Vanport former residents. (get in touch at for details) For updates on the Festival and all Vanport-related initiatives, sign up for newsletter: For information, and to discuss sponsorhip opportunities as well as letting us know about your own events and projects to commemorate Vanport, please contact: - #510.717.2441 The Festival is made possible by a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Community Foundation, RAAC, MCCD, The North Portland Neighborhood Services. Thanks to our sponsors Port of Portland and Rooted Investing, and our partners Portland Parks and Recreation, Oregon Historical Society, Portland Community College, Concordia University, Oregon Black Pioneers.