New Columbia Will Co-Host Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night on April 26

Colored Pencils logoThe talents of New Columbia residents will be on display at a Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night on Friday, April 26.  The event is being held at the New Columbia Community Education Center, 4625 N. Trenton, Portland, 97203.  The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a community gathering and traditional ethnic food.  Multicultural performances, including appearances by several New Columbia musicians, start at 6 p.m.  Admission is free.

This is the second year New Columbia has co-hosted a Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night.  Click here for more information on the event.

The Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council was founded in 2009 by a group of immigrants and refugees living in Portland who wanted to preserve the art and culture that they left behind.  The culture night program was created as the result of ongoing community gatherings among diverse communities who found the need for an intentional place to display and promote traditional arts and cultures. The council believes art creates a safe space to engage in conversation with the larger community.

Starting by sharing the stories of refugees and immigrants, the culture nights have expanded to include many more cultural communities as a way to build bridges between communities, break down stereotypes, and allow people to witness each others humanity, while promoting a culture of human dignity for all.