First Thursday at PNCA

Event Details

  • Date: April 4, 2024
  • Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Venue:  Pacific Northwest College of Art
    511 NW Broadway
    Portland, Oregon 97209

April First Thursday at PNCA + North Park Blocks!

Join the public in the North Park Blocks for exhibition receptions, live music, refreshments and performances!




Pacific Northwest College of Art

511 Northwest Broadway Portland, OR 97209


April First Thursday at PNCA + North Park Blocks

Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 5-9pm

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art is excited to invite the public to the March First Thursday Art Walk in the North Park Blocks for exhibition receptions, live music, and refreshments!

Welcoming our neighbors from near and far, First Thursdays in the North Park Blocks are an opportunity to come together in celebration of art, joy and community. First Thursdays are a vital part of the cultural ecosystem of Portland. For decades, these monthly events have been a highlight of nightlife in the Pearl District and North Park Blocks, increasing cultural connection and retail activation downtown. With the aim of revitalizing turnout and public engagement for the First Thursday Art Walks, PNCA is accelerating dynamic collaborations with our neighbors in the North Park Blocks through expanded public programming including exhibitions, music, performances, artist-led special events and more!

Neighborhood Partners Include:

Adams and Ollman

Augen Gallery

The BLACK Gallery + Don’t Shoot PDX Annex

Blackfish Gallery

Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon Center for Photographic Arts

Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Froelick Gallery


Laura Vincent Design and Gallery

Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

Stelo Arts

Waterstone Gallery

The Writer’s Block

and more!

April First Thursday Events at PNCA

Opening Reception for Den – Hosted by Opsis Architecture | 5-7pm

Please join us for an opening reception during April First Thursday from 5-7pm at Opsis Architecture (920 NW 17th Ave) and then head into the rest of the North Park Blocks for more exhibitions and celebration in the neighborhood!

Curated by Charli Beck, Spring 2024 Graduate Curatorial Fellow.

Live Music with DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid + DJ Timothy Bee

DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have spent more than twenty three years igniting dance floors with cutting edge music not limited by borders or language. They host the longest-running Bhangra and Bollywood party in the world (Andaz est. 2002), co-founded the Pacific Northwest’s first Global Bass dance party (Atlas 2003-2013) and spent years hosting two weekly radio shows (CHOR BAZAAR on XRAY.FM and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Kush on KBOO.FM.) In 2013 Anjali and The Kid initiated TROPITAAL! A Desi Latino Soundclash, which they host monthly at The Goodfoot.

Few DJs can be said to have changed the sound of their city but that is exactly what DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have accomplished since they first introduced Portland, Oregon nightclub audiences to the many varied sounds of Global Bass at a raucous New Year’s Eve debut in 2000. They are most known for incinerating dance floors with the heavy dance floor artillery of South Asia, but the duo scour the globe for any hard-hitting music that combines local music traditions with window-rattling production.


DJ Timothy Bee representing the Portland natives and spinning nothing but the best music, come dance, groove and feel your best!

Photobooth with Photographer Ash Stone

Bring some friends, lovers, family, yourself, maybe some strangers to strike your best poses for some stellar portraits with a bit of seasonal flare!

Ash Stone (she/they) is a queer latinx visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work, driven by the transformative power of play, serves as a method of healing and self-discovery. Ash’s creative practice works in tandem with community building, collaboration, and advocacy for art and education accessibility.

Live Printmaking w/ SWANA Rose Culture and Community Center, Indigenous Peoples Power Project, Don’t Shoot PDX and Flowers for Palestine!

Join us outside of PNCA for live screenprinting and tabling in collaboration with four activist organizations of the area! Learn more about their organizational missions and take home art!

The SWANA Rose Culture and Community Center is a gathering space for those with lineages tied to Southwest Asia and North Africa, focused on Reclamation, Remembering and Resistance through Education, Arts and Intersectional Solidarity.

Indigenous Peoples Power Project, IP3, is an Indigenous training and support network. Our Mission is to provide nonviolent direct action training, campaign strategy and community organizing tools to support Indigenous communities taking action in defense of their homelands.

Don’t Shoot PDX is an arts and education organization that promotes social justice and civic participation. Our year-round programming allows us to advocate for community members facing racism and discrimination by providing legal representation and direct advocacy.

Flowers for Palestine is a Portland led, mutual aid project that has continuously gathered community in fundraising efforts directly supporting Palestinian Portlanders aiding their family in Gaza amidst the ongoing genocide.

FREE Warm Beverages from Yo Buri + Food and Drink!

Visit Yo’s food & beverage cart in front of PNCA for free coffee and tea to keep you warm as you wander First Thursday in the North Park Blocks.

Then, come inside for more free nibbles and alcoholic and NA beverages!

Rebeca on view (on a loop) in PNCA’s Mediatheque – In Collaboration with LANDDD

“Winding aimlessly through the Santo Domingo carnival, seeking to get lost in the noise and colors of the party, we find Rebeca, with more questions than answers.”