I’ve wanted into this building for ten long years, and finally, an opened door called me in. Here’s what I found…
Isaka Shamsud-Din has spent a lifetime using art to celebrate the beauty and excellence of Africans and African Americans in a way that he never saw represented in books and movies growing up.
“I got a pride. I had to earn that pride by studying on my own, by digging. That’s why so many African Americans and so many Africans, we’re not linked. We don’t feel the spiritual link because we don’t know each other,” said Shamsud-Din, who is 79.
He’s the man behind many iconic pieces of public art in Portland, including a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. from 1989 in Northeast Portland called Now is the Time, the Time is Now…
During the month of February, we honor and celebrate the achievements by African Americans, as well as pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Join us for Power to Heal: A Celebration of Black History Month, presented by Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, in partnership with Multnomah County and Kaiser Permanente. We hope to see you there!
– Date: February 20th, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
– Location: Cascadia Garlington Health Center, 3036 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
Run of Event:
– Networking Lunch
– Live Music Performance by Jermaine and JoAnna
– Screening of “Power to Heal”, a film highlighting racial disparities in access to healthcare. Learn more about the film: https://www.blbfilmproductions.com/
– Panel Discussion and Q&A with Community Leaders, including Erin Water from Kaiser, Ebony Clarke and Royal Harris from Multnomah County, and community member Mariotta Gary-Smith.
Midday Art Break: Rock of Ages
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
Free for museum members; $17-20
Main Entrance Lobby
“Longtime Portland artist Isaka Shamsud-Din will deliver a 45-minute talk in the galleries, presented in conjunction with his exhibition Rock of Ages. Shamsud-Din is a masterful painter who blends folklore and personal narrative in his warm, intimate work. His scenes often illustrate old Portland landmarks significant to the Black community, some of them long since shuttered, while introducing elements that evoke African roots: the Pyramids of Giza, a zebra peeking over a shoulder.
For his artistic work and his accomplishments as a social justice leader, Shamsud-Din was recognized with Isaka Shamsud-Din Day at the 2019 Juneteenth celebration at Portland’s City Hall. His current exhibit is supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Teressa Raiford of Don’t Shoot Portland, and will also showcase the many iconic murals Shamsud-Din has painted in the city throughout the past half-century.”