Exhibition & Artist Talk
Uprooted: An Art Exhibition Inspired by Refugee Identity and Resilience
Wednesday, September 14
As part of the City of Portland’s Welcoming Week 2022, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, in partnership with Lutheran Community Services Northwest and the Civic Life Immigrant and Refugee Program, is proud to present works in Uprooted: An Art Exhibition Inspired by Refugee Identity and Resilience by four refugee artists from around the world who have resettled here in the Portland area. Come and meet the artists to hear their stories and learn what inspires them.
The theme of this year’s Welcoming Week, “Where We Belong,” aims to spark reflection on how and why belonging occurs, and on ways we can break barriers to foster belonging for all, including immigrants and refugees.
Exhibition Opening Reception & Artist Talk
RACC is excited to open our doors and welcome community members into our very own office space for this community gathering and in-house art presentation. Uprooted: An Art Exhibition Inspired by Refugee Identity and Resilience opening reception and artist talk will take place on Wednesday, September 14th, from 5 – 8 pm. The exhibition features work by artists Mahshid Erfanfard, Akram Sarraj, Maryam Azizpour, and Luba Gonina, who are all refugees who have resettled in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition will showcase works of art that give visual representation to the artists’ stories, dreams, and experiences. The artist talk will begin at 6 pm. Light refreshments will be served. We ask that you register for the opening reception.
The exhibition will be on view in the RACC offices through the end of September. Please contact us to make an appointment to view the exhibition after the opening reception at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 protocol is required: Please note that this will be a masked event. Masks will be available if you are in need of one. Masks will be required at all times while in the offices with the exception of when guests are eating or drinking.
More on 2022 Welcoming Week
This is the second year the Office of Community & Civic Life’s Immigrant & Refugee Program will lead Portland’s Welcoming Week. Since 2012, Welcoming America has led the national Welcoming Week celebration and campaign to encourage communities to gather neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places.
This year’s theme for Welcoming Week is Where We Belong and is taking place September 9-18, 2022. “Where We Belong” aims to spark reflection on how and why belonging occurs, and ways we can break barriers so that places can foster belonging for all, including immigrants and refugees.
Welcoming Week Opening Ceremony will be held at Ventura Park on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 – 8 p.m. The event will feature music, dance performances, food, speakers, and informational booths. And RACC will be there! Come say hello.