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The Welcome Table

  • Indigo Arts Alliance 60 Cove Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)

The Welcome Table: A Community Symposium on Sustenance, Creativity and Multiracial Democracy.

*This is a free event but registration is required:

An intergenerational gathering celebrating the cultural traditions of the African Diaspora and Indigenous Peoples. Indigo Arts Alliance and the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center brings together the community to explore the links between culture, ritual, and food.

The day includes:

• An Introductory Panel Talk with Community leaders and National Scholars— The Welcome Table: Art, Resistance and Resilience

• A delicious provided lunch prepared by local African chefs.

• Three workshop sessions to choose from in Printmaking, Movement & Dance, and Drumming. *Maximum 25 participants per session.*

• Conversations @ the Table: Visions for our community. This will be a facilitated, community conversation to share thoughts about what we need to do/have/be in Portland to create a healthy, diverse, and inclusive society and community.

Culminating Event: A Community Meal

•Food as Spiritual Sustenance: Discussion with the Chefs— Enjoy a very special and delicious community meal prepared by our Welcome Table guest from Salvador Bahia, Brazil.

NYU Food Studies Scholar Dr. Scott Barton and UC Denver Professor of Indigenous Spiritual Traditions Dr. Rachel Harding will reveal the significance of the foods prepared in the ritual/cultural life of Afro-Brazilian communities. The ingredients used will be contextualized in how they originated in Africa, traveled the diaspora and continue to play an important role in the lives of Black and Brown people across the globe.

• Live Music evening performances and dancing at Indigo. Featuring VIVA and the Reinforcements.

On Sunday, June 9th, there will be a special ticketed performance presented at Portland House of Music in partnership with Portland Ovations, featuring Samuel Jamesand Toshi Reagan. Buy tickets here.

Earlier Event: May 3
Black, Brown + Indigo Film Series
Later Event: June 13
Immigrant Business Hub Luncheon