February is Black History Month

In this issue:
*All Aboard: Railroading & Portland's Black Community Exhibit at OHS
*Featured TAAP Artist, Michael Johnson
*Reminder: Annual FisherPoets Gathering
*RACC 2013 Artist Workshop Series
OFN February Newsletter
All Aboard: Railroading and Portland's Black Community:
Exhibit, Programs, and Events at the Oregon Historical Society

This new exhibit and accompanying programs will focus on the work and lives of African American railroad workers in Portland in the 1800s to 1940s and the community that grew up around Union Station during that period. Content will include the evolution of work for blacks on the railroads and in black-owned businesses in Old Town, the context of this time period in Oregon’s racial history, the stories of the railroad workers and porters, and how their lives and communities were shaped by their work.

The exhibit will run until April 21st, with two panel remaining Panel Discussions on Sunday, February 10th, and Sunday, March 10th.

Click here for more details.
Featured TAAP Artist: Michael Johnson
and his Apprentice, Melinda Broncheau
Umatilla Cornhusk False Embroidery

Artist Michael Johnson and his Apprentice Melinda Broncheau from the Confererated Tribes of the  Umatilla Indian Reservation practice traditional cornhusk twining, creating unique cornhusk hats, baskets, and bags. Johnson's art combines traditional twining techniques and designs with modern materials, including wool-based yarns. He learned this traditional art form from various elders who all have inspired him to pass the tradition on. The craft is called “false embroidery” due to the special technique of tying the husk ends.

For his apprenticeship, Johnson taught the intricate method of twining a traditional cornhusk hat. The creation of the hat included numerous steps from the design and twining of the base and the bear pattern to the finishing touches of decorative pearls and feathers, inside lining, and buck skin edging. The twining is the most tedious part of the process. It can take up to one hour for an experienced cornhusk twiner to finish just one row of a larger piece – working two to three hours per day, it took Melinda Broncheau nearly 70 days to complete the hat.
Cornhusk hats are often used in ceremonial namings, food gatherings, and traditional dancing. This particular hat will be a gift to Melinda Broncheau's daughter.

-Written by OFN Intern, Sanna Parikka
Small bag made by Michael Johnson using his signature design.
Small bag made by Michael Johnson using his signature geometric triangle design.

Photo Credit:
Sanna Parikka
January 2013
Traditional cornhusk hat made by Melinda Broncheau.
Traditional cornhusk hat with bear design made by Melinda Broncheau during her Apprenticeship with Michael Johnson.

Photo Credit:
Sanna Parikka
January 2013
FisherPoets Gathering Logo

16th Annual FisherPoets Gathering
February 22-24 in Astoria, Oregon

The 2013 schedule and lineup is now available on the FisherPoets Gathering website.

Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) 2013 Artist Workshops Series

From January to June in 2013, RACC will present eleven professional development workshops for local artists. These workshops are led by experts in their field, focusing on areas of grant writing, marketing, copyrights/contracts, and building audiences that can enhance and advance an artist’s career. Each workshop is offered at an affordable price as part of RACC’s commitment to providing learning opportunities that help artists achieve their career goals.

 A complete list of available workshops is available here.

For registration, accessibility and translation needs please contact: 503-823-5111 or email

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