3802 NE MLK comes down.

Update: the building has been demolished. The below post was written in 2019, after plans for the lot were announced.

3802, most recently hosting the McCoy Academy and several smaller enterprises, will come down. With a demolition permit in hand, imagination-challenged developer (and disdainful jerk) Vic Remmers will replace it with four indistinguishable apartment buildings. Given how little variety there is to Remmers’ designs, it will be a wonder if people can find their way to the actual building they live in, without trying the doors of the other three.

Before the building is nothing but dead memories, a review of what it’s been used for.

Built in 1906, the building was fortunate enough to host Dr. Ella Dearborn’s collection of spoons:

As Dearborn’s Gladsheim Sanitarium, from 1915 onwards (photo from 1929; address was then 800 Union Avenue; ):

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Reclaiming Portland’s former Albina Arts Center

“Oregon Public Radio reports: Black-led advocacy group Don’t Shoot Portland is making a push to reclaim the former Albina Arts Center, once a significant cultural hub for Black communities in North and Northeast Portland.

“Located at 8 N.E. Killingsworth St., the center provided arts, music and cultural programs to the residents of the historically Black Albina neighborhood starting in the early 1960s.”

More here.

Wed, May 5th: Under the Overpass Episode 4: Sanctuaries in Dawson Park

On Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 3:00pm art and activism intersect for the premiere of the 4th episode in Resonance Ensemble’s popular series, Under the Overpass. The free, online film features critically acclaimed jazz pianist Darrell Grant, Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, celebrated bass-baritone Damien Geter, and members of EDPA2, a local activist group.

Viewers can expect to hear music and poetry written for Grant’s forthcoming chamber opera Sanctuaries, commissioned by Third Angle New Music. Along with the performances will be a roundtable discussion that showcases a multidisciplinary reflection on redlining, gentrification, and the displacement of Black families in Portland.

More here.

Rose Festival honors Mayor Paul Knauls

“Known to many as the friendliest person in town, the Honorary Mayor of Northeast Portland, 90-year old Paul Knauls, is the captain of smiles and commander of infectious laughter to anyone he meets. Knauls has been named honoree of the 2021 Rose Festival Honors. This fundraising event is focused on the community in support of women, and the positive impact of mentorship.

Knauls has been a steadfast supporter of community and women. Among the several businesses he has owned in the King neighborhood, the salon bearing his wife’s name – Geneva’s Shear Perfection – is the most fondly remembered by members of the Rose Festival community.”

More here at The Skanner.

Rock of Ages: Isaka Shamsud-Din at the Portland Art Museum

Honey in the Bee Ball is a joyful array of portraits surrounding Dawson Park, long a cultural hub of Portland’s African American community. The phrase “honey in the bee ball, I can’t see y’all” was used in the South during the game of hide-and-seek, synonymous to “ready or not, here I come.” For these portraits, Shamsud-Din states: “My humble testament and homage to a few African American men and women whose works vividly portray the highest ideals. Spirit, courage, creative, resilient, resourceful are just some attributes that apply.”

Text and images here: https://portlandartmuseum.org/online-exhibitions/shamsud-din/