July 7 in the Park Blocks
Art, Dead Poets and Soul Jazz
Artists, we have a special offer for you on the first Thursday in July: only $25 to set up on the Park Blocks.
On July 7, the Portland Parks will be showing Dead Poets Society a block away from the UAN First Thursday Street Gallery. This means lots and lots of people milling about will see your art. And by filling up the Street Gallery, we’ll show Portland moviegoers the vibrancy of our art community.
This summer marks the tenth year of Portland’s free Movies in the Park program. It started in 2007 with thirteen movies. This year the number is close to fifty. All told, more than 250 free events will happen in parks throughout our city in the next few months. In addition to movies, the program brings food vendors, live music and games into parks.
Dead Poets Society stars Robin Williams as John Keating, a new English teacher at an all-boys preparatory school. His unconventional methods draw out students and ignite their passion for learning. This 1989 movie won many awards, including an Academy Award for best screenplay going to writer Tom Schulman. It also received Academy Award nominations for best picture, best director and best actor in a leading role.
The evening’s entertainment starts with Trio Subtonic, a band that blends funk with soul jazz. Trio Subtonic plays up and down the west coast at jazz clubs, festivals and now, the First Thursday Street Gallery.
We hope that you’ll sign up to show your work next First Thursday, July 7. This is a wonderful opportunity to show in a highly trafficked area for a very fair price. If you’ve been on the fence about trying out a spot in our new North Park Blocks locale, just think of Robin Williams’ words in Dead Poets Society: “Carpe diem. Seize the day. Make your life extraordinary.”
We’re having an advanced registration sign-up event on Wednesday June 29th, from 6-7 pm. Drop by WeWork at 220 NW 8th Avenue to sign up. If you’re interested, please pre-register, as the movie showing may make this First Thursday especially hectic. We look forward to working together to bring your art into the public eye.