Past Programs

April 2017 :: The Power of Being Heard
Three women of diverse backgrounds delivered narratives drawn from their own lives, and engaged in a moderated group discussion. The participants included an African American millennial from Chicago, a Portland native of both African and Native American descent, and a survivor of the 1996 Rwandan genocide. The range of topics they delved into encompassed racism, oppression, genocide, peace, reconciliation, and action from local, historical and global perspectives.

May 2017 :: Together We Make a Village
focused on recent efforts to address homelessness in Portland through a design process that brought together a range of stakeholders, including architects, activists, city agencies, and houseless individuals. People with lived experience of homelessness, took the stage alongside representatives from PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design, the Pod Initiative, the Village Coalition, the City of Portland, and Catholic Charities to discuss The Kenton Women’s Village, in NE Portland, as a model for supporting community making, and strong social infrastructure among villages of houseless individuals.

together we make a village

June 2017 :: Everybody Comes From Somewhere,
drew on stories created through Portland Story Theater’s Urban Tellers® series, and featured organic, true stories of immigrants and refugees now living in Portland, Oregon. The stories told addressed the ‘othering’ that has escalated in our country by humanizing and building connection within our urban community. The participating storytellers came from Somalia, Indonesia, Venezuela, Mexico and Belgium. The Old Church was grateful for the support of The Portland Story Theater through this collaboration.

September 2017 :: Black Girl in Suburbia
presented Melissa Lowery’s feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. As a film, Black Girl in Suburbia is intended to spark an open dialogue about race, identity and perspective among all people. After the screening, Melissa was joined on stage by two millennial women to discuss their life experiences that ran parallel to those shared in the film. A member of the audience who had been featured in the documentary was also invited to join the conversation.

APRIL 10TH :: VISIBLY INVISIBLE: HONORING OUR UNSUNG SHEROES
7pm, Doors 6:30pm
FREE
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Empowerment through the Arts – Dance, theater, fashion, storytelling, song and self-care on the path to healing and self actualization. We honor the journey, and explore the complex roles Black Women play within their immediate communities and the world at large.

MAY 8TH :: NATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON ARTS, CULTURE AND JUSTICE
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7pm program, 6:30pm doors

Programmed by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, seven Native American artists share their perspectives through their art. The first half of the program will focus on the individual artists through film, art, performance and stories.

Topics in the panel discussion include an exploration on how the artists’ work address issues around visibility, identity, essentialism and stereotype. The discussion will also focus on how the artists’ work addresses justice issues that affect Native communities locally.

Cassandra Frost, Actress, Member of The Cheyenne River Sioux of South Dakota
Anthony Hudson, Multidisciplinary/Performer, Grand Ronde
LaRonn Katchia, Filmmaker, Tribal member Warm Springs Indian Reservation
Jacqueline Keeler, Writer, Navajo/Yankton Dakota Sioux
Brenda Mallory, Visual/Textile, Member of the Cherokee Nation
Isacc Trimble, Film producer, Flute maker, Apache/Yaqui
Shirod Younker, Traditional/Multidisciplinary, Coquille & Coos 

JUNE 12TH :: I AM A SURVIVOR
EMPOWERING SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND THEIR ALLIES
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7pm program, 6:30pm doors
PRODUCED BY URBAN HAIKU

Screenings of socially conscious art, a talk by the artist Anya Pearson, and a panel discussion which ask the question: HOW DO WE HEAL FROM TRAUMA?

Tuesday October 16th
7pm to 9pm FREE

D’marginalizing the Margins: A Spotlight on Equity in Theatre

Theatre was meant to tell the truth about life and the social situation (Stella Adler). What if theatre is not telling the truth about life? What if theatre is not relevant to the social situation? Artists who live and work in the margins of mainstream theatre will talk about the obstacles that they experience and their perseverance in making socially conscious art. Join us for an inspiring and transformative conversation as we spotlight equity as the cornerstone of art and of humanity.