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Vibrant Spaces Community Events Activation Funds - Awardees

A line up of five people with five drums lines a stage in Pioneer square. The people dramatically beat the drums while performing at an annual Oregon Chinese Coalition event.
The Community Events Activation Funds Program helps Portlanders (with a focus on BIPOC organizers and multicultural events) create community events through direct financial support. This page provides an overview of the recipients.

The recipients listed below received financial support between $2,500 and $10,000 from the Community Events Activation Funds Program, a funding opportunity that closed on May 9, 2022. 

The Community Events Activation Funds Program helps Portlanders (with a focus on BIPOC organizers and multicultural events) create community events through direct financial support. This program is funded by the American Rescue Plan, which is investing in Portland’s recovery – and our future. Learn  more about Vibrant and Inclusive Community Spaces and the other American Rescue Plans by visiting our homepage

List of Vibrant Space recipients:

OrganizerName of Event
3v3ryDay Grind LLCCommunity Pulse Series
82nd Avenue Business AssociationAround the World in 82 Dishes
A Beat Happening / Luvjonez Music LLCA Beat Happening 5 Year Anniversary Concert
Akela JaffiBIG BASS - Black Artists Summer Showcase Day Festival 
Albina's Best Jazz BrunchAlbina's Best Jazz Brunch
APANO Communities United FundHeal, Unite, Gather: APANO & Jade District Community Resource Fair
Arleta School PTAArleta Welcome Back Block Party
Art of Living FoundationWorld Culture Festival
AUXARTTo the River
Baksana Ensemble LLCBaksana Ensemble with Ozgen
Bellagram Singing TelegramsSunday Sessions At The Abbey
Better. BLAQ Athlete 
Bishop & Son's Baked GoodsThe Young Makers Market
Blanchardboys, LLCAfrodaddy's Jazz Festival
Bollywood Dreams EntertainmentBollywood Block Parties
BroadBeats LLCBroad Beats Brings Female-Identifying Art & Music to Downtown Portland
Brown Hope Power Hour 
Butch Is Not A Dirty Word LLCHot Queer Summer: A series
Center for the Study and Preservation of PalestineCSPP SWANA Souk Grant Application
CityWide Summer Event Series
Community WarehouseArt Square Community Event
Deadstock Run ClubDeadstock Run Club
DJ Anjali & The Incredible KidSummer Sidewalk Party
Elevate Unity, Inc.Heritage Summer Soulfest 2022
Equitable Giving CircleEquitable Giving Circle BIPOC Back to School Event
Espacio Flamenco Fall Feria
Exit The MazetaKing spaCe
Family Basketball TournamentFamily Basketball Tournament - 4 on 4
Favela Brazilian CafeBrazilian Festival in Portland!
Feed The MassFeed The Mass Community Events Application
First Church Love Lets Gather in Our purpose for Unity
Fork and SpoonFilipino Street Food Event
Foster FoosballThe Backyard Games
Friends of NoiseVibrant Spaces
Friends of Sellwood Community HousePlay + Gather + Connect: Summer Community Events at Sellwood Community House!
Friends of Zenger FarmEvent Support for Zenger Farm 
Gallery Go Go and Event Cosmetics - Azure Attoe and Katherine SealyUrban Art Hike
Give Back to Kickback LLCGive Back to Kick Back
Green LentsActivation of SE Lents neighborhood blocks around the Malden Court Community Orchard through a series of community building events. 
HairgodsHairgods Barber Competition
Halprin Landscape ConservancyAbakuá: Myth and History
Heidi Duckler Dance NorthwestHeidi Duckler Dance Northwest - Sin Maíz No Hay País
Heyday Clay StudiosHeyday Clay Studios
Historic Mississippi Business AssociationSupport the Mississippi Street Fair
Historic ParkroseSummer Nights - Midweek Food & Fun by Historic Parkrose
Hoi Phu Huynh & White Lotus FoundationPortland Mid-Autumn Festival
Indigenous Night of Recovery MarketplaceIndigenous NIGHT Marketplace
Justice for Keaton Otis CollectiveKeaton Otis Memorial Installation Celebration
Kindle NWKindle NW July Launch Party
Lara Media Services LLCEl Grito NW 2022
Lents Grown Business AssociationLents Community Information and Cultural Fair
Lloyd EcoDistrictIntersection Mural Repair and Block Party
Mandos Mundo Entertainment, LLCDia de los Muertos 15th Annual Celebration 
Micro Enterprise Services of OregonMESO Block Party
Midway Business AssociationMidway Business Association application for PBOT Vibrant Spaces Community Events Activation Fund
Milieu CollectiveMakers Market & Art Crawl 
Mimi's Fresh TeesPBOT Vibrant Spaces 
Mind, Body, and Soul SundaysIn power, women empower women 
Mindful Inquiry Therapy LLCBeautiful Blaque Brains Ball and Conference 
Miracle Theatre GroupMiracle Theatre Group
Mo Better Wellness, Connection & Facilitation Mo Better Wellness
Montavilla/East Tabor Business AssociationMontavilla Market Thursdays on the Plaza
Mount Tabor DanceMount Tabor Dance, Art, and Movement Community Celebrations
Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association Arleta Triangle Square Plaza Activation
Multnomah Village Business AssociationMultnomah Days 2022
New NarrativeMill Park Community Block Party!
Old Town Community Association Juneteenth
One God Productions IncPortland Hip Hop Week
Oregon Chinese CoalitionChinese Festival
Oregon Symphony Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert and Festival
Our Village GardensOur VIllage Gardens - Our Community Celebration Vibrant Spaces Community Events Activation Funds Application
PAM CUTCinema Unbound Outdoor Movies
PHAMEPHAME Summer Film Festival
Playground GalleryBuilding a Creative Community
PopCartPDXPopCartPDX community dance and art event.
Portland Experimental Theatre EnsembleFestival de Fronterizas: For All Betwixt and Between 2022
Portland Grief HouseMid-Summer Grief Gathering
Portland Institute for Contemporary ArtPortland Institute for Contemporary Art: Time-Based Art Festival 2023
Portland OperaOpera a la Cart
Portland PlayhousePop-Up Afro-topia
Portland State University - Planning & Sustainability Portland State University: Montgomery Street Plaza
Portland Textile X Month Portland TextileX Month Vibrant Spaces
Prescott Family Community AssociationParkrose Neighborhood Elementary School Fall Carnival
Professional Business Development Group FoundationRecover Together
Repair PDXRepair Café - A Celebration of International Repair Day
Rinconcito TropicalRinconcito Tropical
Rocky Butte Farmer's MarketRocky Butte Weekly Farmer's Market 2022
Rose + LincolnA GREAT START - Wellness Weekend
ROSE Community DevelopmentROSE Community Development 30th Anniversary
Sabin CDCSadie's Cully Community Collaboration Celebration
Secret Roller Disco Secret Roller Disco
Seven's Community Hub & BBQSeven's Community Unity Weekends
Sidewalk PDXVibrant Spaces Funding Opportunity 2022
Sneaker Week LLCSneaker Week PDX - Prime Events
St. Johns BoostersSt. Johns Plaza for the St. Johns Boosters Organization
St. Johns Center for OpportunitySt. Johns Farmers Market: Covid Recovery, Food Access, and Entrepreneurship
Straight Path IncFresh Chance Career Journey Event
The African American Community Inc.African American Community
The Alberta Abbey Foundation100 Year Anniversary of the Alberta Abbey
The Artful Ladder LLCDivine Flow: Music and Art Weekend 
The Bhakti Yoga Movement CenterYoga in the Park for All
The Center of Attention Community Development CorporationSt John's Family Wellness Program
The Street TrustWalk And Roll Parade And Block Party at Milagro Theater
thenumberz.fmNumberz Summer Series
Tia KatcharianShapeshift Summer Series
Transformative Living Organization, InternationalSunday Seekers
Trap Kitchen PDXTrap Kitchen PDX Feed Our People
True North StudiosBetter Together Art Market
Two Rivers Bookstore & Weird Sisters YarnSummer Community Event Series
Vanport Jazz Festival Vanport Jazz Festival
Vibe of PortlandSt Johns Summer Art Walk
Vive NorthwestVive Northwest - Vibrant Spaces
We Out HereSummertime Kickback
WOKE PDXBlack X Asian AF (a sneaker themed community block party)
Woman2WomanBeyond 30 Purpose and Potential
Male youth movement
Womb HombWomb Homb Workshop Series 
Women of Color (WOC) Zine CollectiveUnmasked and Revealed
WomenFirst Transition & Referral CenterCommunity Recovery Fun Day
Wooden Fish Parents First Wooden Fish Parents First Community OUTREACH
Woodstock Farmers MarketWoodstock Farmers Market Kids’ Day
World Arts Foundation Inc.Time Sound: Albina's Jazz Reimagined
Y.G.B. PortlandJoyous July
YETI FoundationYouth Exist To Inspire (Y.E.T.I)


Vibrant and Inclusive Community Spaces Events

9 AM - 5PM Monday-Friday 

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Who manages this program?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) operates this program in collaboration with the City of Portland’s American Rescue Plan Act team. PBOT is working with American Rescue Plan and leadership from the Mayor’s Events Action Table to be a community partner in helping business and organizations recover from the financial and cultural impacts of COVID-19 through streets that are activated, accessible, safe and inclusive.