Am Ped Up: Mic Check! Launch Party

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Am Ped Up: Mic Check! Launch Party
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Are you an Asian American or Pacific Islander (API) artist or creative and looking for other artists or creatives in Portland to hang out with? Do you get excited about the intersection of the arts and activism? Are you passionate about climate justice and using art to highlight that issue?

Join us on Thursday, August 4th at Canton Grill for the official kickoff of this year’s MicCheck! Summer Cultural Event Series. Mic Check! utilizes the arts to illuminate pressing issues faced by APIs. The series amplifies voices of APIs whose stories are often silenced or unheard by engaging in community-relevant topics such as health equity, education, and interracial solidarity. The series brings community members and practicing API artists together, creates a bridge to share ideas, and rewrites dominant representations of APIs. At the event, AMP members will introduce each event taking place this summer which begins with ADAPT breakdance competition on Saturday, August 20th and ends on October 21st with the art opening and theatre performance by Sabina Haque and Living Stages, highlighting the history of East Portland and 82nd avenue, with local youth from Harrison Park Elementary at the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space.

During the second half of the night, we will introduce artist and AMP member, Carolyn Chu, as she discusses her work in creating posters after facilitating a climate justice community workshop last spring. Her project is an example of the ways we at APANO use cultural work as a strategy for social change.

For questions about Mic Check! please contact AMP co-chairs June Reyes at or Candace Kita at

See the list of Mic Check! events below or on our page: We hope to see you at one of these this summer!

August 4 – AMPed Up: Mic Check! Launch Party featuring Climate Justice Poster Project
August 20 – ADAPT Breakdance Competition featuring 11 Dance Company & PSU Hip Hop Alliance
August 24 – DisOrient Film Screenings: “Pamanhikan” and “It Runs In the Family”
September 16 – Disoriented Comedy featuring Jenny Yang, Atsuko Okatsuka, and local API comics
September 21 – Poetry Performance with Neil Aitken and local API poets
October 1 – Zine workshop with Yumi Sakugawa
October 21 – Art installation opening and theatre performance by Sabina Haque & Living Stages, a project supported by RACC
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By: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon