February First Thursday at PNCA + North Park Blocks | Receptions, Live Music, Performances & More!

Join the public in the North Park Blocks on February 1 for exhibition receptions, live music, refreshments and performances for First Thursday!


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From website:
February First Thursday at PNCA + North Park Blocks
February 1, 2024
5-9PM | Free | All Ages
More info: eventbrite.com

Pacific Northwest College of Art
511 Northwest Broadway Portland, OR 97209

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art is excited to invite the public to the December First Thursday Art Walk in the North Park Blocks for exhibition receptions, live music, and refreshments!

Welcoming our neighbors from near and far, First Thursdays in the North Park Blocks are an opportunity to come together in celebration of art, joy and community. First Thursdays are a vital part of the cultural ecosystem of Portland. For decades, these monthly events have been a highlight of nightlife in the Pearl District and North Park Blocks, increasing cultural connection and retail activation downtown. With the aim of revitalizing turnout and public engagement for the First Thursday Art Walks, PNCA is accelerating dynamic collaborations with our neighbors in the North Park Blocks through expanded public programming including exhibitions, music, performances, artist-led special events and more!

Neighborhood Partners Include:

  • Adams and Ollman
  • Augen Gallery
  • The BLACK Gallery + Don’t Shoot PDX Annex
  • Blackfish Gallery
  • Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon Center for Photographic Arts
  • Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Froelick Gallery
  • Laura Vincent Design and Gallery
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)
  • Stelo Arts
  • Waterstone Gallery
  • The Writer’s Block
  • and more!

February First Thursday Events at PNCA


2024 PNCA MFA First Year Exhibition

January 31 – February 21, 2024

The Center for Contemporary Art and Culture and the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at PNCA are pleased to present EMERGENCE, a group exhibition of new and recent works by all First Year MFA Graduate Candidates.

Exhibiting Artists:
Ryan-Ashley (Ray) Anderson @ryanashleyanderson
Charli Beck @articharli
Myra Crane @myracrane
Erin Fox
Ebony Frison @lnxd_studio
Sarah Huttner @sarah.b.prints
mai ide @maiidepdx
pearl lockwood @ofgreengays
Ella Martini @ellamartini.art
Liz Medina @idontknowlizart
Jess O’Farrell
KP Phoebus @bykpphoebus
annicka rausch
Adelina Ruvalcaba somatic_creations
Salem Shinn @salem_shinn_art
Cynthia Souder @pearlsandiciclestoo
Genesis Turris @____g.turris____
Danielle Van Dam
Ray Zill @poetrayprints
Mallary Wilson @mallarydesigns

Live Music with DJ Mami Miami, AKA Chicana author of Funeral for Flaca Emilly Prado!

DJ Mami Miami dreams of nights spent hips swaying in international multi-story discotecas. These days, she gets dance floors moving in Portland, Oregon and beyond as one-part of Noche Libre, the Latinx DJ collective she co-founded in 2017. As the former co-host of a hybrid talk/music show on community radio station XRAY FM, DJ Mami Miami selected a wide variety of genres from Andean cumbias and hip-hop to 1960s oldies, 80’s new wave, and Puerto Rican punk rock. Her sets are always mood-driven, but she specializes in spinning jams pa’ perreando. See past mixes on her Soundcloud and learn more at emillyprado.com or on social media @emillygprado.

Photobooth with Photographer Ash Stone

Bring some friends, lovers, family, yourself, maybe some strangers to strike your best poses for some stellar portraits with a bit of seasonal flare!

Ash Stone (she/they) is a queer latinx visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work, driven by the transformative power of play, serves as a method of healing and self-discovery. Ash’s creative practice works in tandem with community building, collaboration, and advocacy for art and education accessibility.

Come celebrate the start of Black History Month with Don’t Shoot Portland at PNCA! We welcome the public to join us for a Community Printmaking event honoring Black history and the ongoing fight for racial justice and human rights.
This is a family-friendly event where we will screenprint signs and posters for participants to take home! Every year, Don’t Shoot Portland partners with PNCA to invite the community to engage with the art of screen printing in support of Don’t Shoot Portland’s social justice work. Through collaborative printmaking events we build community, bridge local issues and make incredible protest art to show solidarity alongside one another

Don’t Shoot Portland is an arts and education organization that promotes social justice and civic participation. Our year-round programming allows us to advocate for community members facing racism and discrimination by providing legal representation and direct advocacy. Since its inception in 2016, Don’t Shoot Portland has hosted its own dialogues, community forums and workshops focusing on history, archiving and social culture. The art proponent of DSP’s work acts as a communicative tool to facilitate discussions about race in America while providing educational assets to those most affected by discrimination in public policy @dontshootpdx



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