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Asian Celebration: Strength in Unity

May 7 - June 7, 2021

Downtown Eugene

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Downtown Eugene’s empty storefronts become galleries and spaces for artists to demonstrate their craft. Come downtown by foot, car or bike to enjoy windowfronts transformed into Asian Celebration’s art installations and spaces for artist demonstrations. 


This is the Year of the Ox, which signifies strength in unity. The City of Eugene Cultural Services and the Asian American Council of Oregon unite this May in celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Windowfront Exhibitions feature artists from the Asian Celebration*, arts and crafts, heritage, history and poetry as cultural touchstones from every corner of the world's largest continent.

*The 36th annual Asian Celebration will take place later this summer when Lane County’s COVID-19 risk level improves and more people are vaccinated. This year’s celebration will transition to an exciting “Night Market” featuring outdoor stage entertainment of dance, music and martial arts; marketplace vendors, youth activities and food carts/trucks on the east and west Park Blocks downtown.


Download the map and tour downtown to enjoy:  

  • Art Installations throughout downtown Eugene
  • Windowfront paintings inspired by Northwest flora & fauna by Urban Canvas artists.
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Art Installations


1000 Hopes

Sara Miura Zolbrod

Dates displayed: May 1-31, 2021

Location: 100 W. 10th Avenue

About: We invite you to write your hopes, dreams, or wishes on the provided strip of paper, and tie it into an art installation outside the Downtown Library. During these challenging times, this art project aims to provide an opportunity for people to heal, and lend support to others. To participate, visit the low fence near the corner of W. 10th and Charnelton. Write or doodle on the provided cloths (with the provided markers), take a picture to share if desired and tie your cloth up with the others. Express your hopes or prayers, or unburden a weight. The project adapts the Japanese omikuji tradition of public wishing trees or boards.  

Background: The hanging-papers tradition known as omikuji in Japan dates back to the 10th or 11th century. Small paper fortunes are sold at many Shinto shrines; people who buy them can hang their negative fortunes on a designated tree or board to distance from the negativity, or hang their positive fortunes to amplify them. The trees or boards become festooned with thousands of these papers. (In the Judeo-Christian tradition, accounts of amulets or written prayers being inserted into Jerusalem’s Western Wall date back to the late 18th century and a million people a year these days from many faiths leave their written prayers in the wall.)   

Artist Bio: Sara Miura Zolbrod has worked in dance, theatre, and performance art. She is half-Japanese, grew up partially in Japan, and brings her background of activism with Black Lives Matter, arts access, and environmentalism to this project. She has lived in Eugene since 2000.

For more information visit 1000hopes.com


Haiku

Dates displayed: May 7-June 7, 2021

Location: 100 W. 10th Avenue

About: Skipping Stones Magazine and the Oregon Asian Celebration invited students of all ages to create and submit their best nature Haiku. Haiku and Tanka (short song, in Japanese) are both traditional poetry forms that come from Japan. Haiku consists of three lines. The first line and third line both have five syllables. For more information visit skippingstones.org


Our Stories: Immigrants of America

Melissa “Mimi” Nolledo

Dates displayed: May 7-June 7, 2021

Location: 1038 Willamette Street

About: Visual artist and photographer Melissa “Mimi” Nolledo's award-winning photo-essay series, Our Stories: Immigrants of America. Nolledo’s project began in November 2016 as a response to the mounting anti-immigrant rhetoric in the United States. This exhibits is a window into her collection of close to 100 dramatic photographs are accompanied by compelling first-hand accounts from the subjects of the portraits themselves. The series has since been exhibited throughout the west coast.. “My goal is that through these photographic essays, we may continue to build bridges of hope, strength and courage to inspire the people around us to see that despite our differences, we are connected and similar in so many other ways — our dreams, aspirations, and our love for country and humankind.” - Nolledo. To view additional photos-essays visit immigrantsofamerica.com.  


The Art of Posters - Asian Celebration Through the Years 

Dates displayed: May 7-June 7, 2021

Location: 996 Willamette Street

About: Posters from the Asian Celebration's 35 years created by artists over the decades. Which years did you attend the Asian Celebration?


Eugene Taiko

Dates displayed: May 7-June 7, 2021

Location: 873 Willamette  Street

About: Eugene Taiko is a community group with a history of 31 years. This window showcases the Japanese American innovation of taking used wine or whisky barrels and turning them into beautiful drums—a laborious process in which many obstacles stand in the way of producing a beautifully sounding drum that holds together! Find us at Eugene Taiko Fan Page on Facebook

Eugene Taiko 30th Anniversary video


Asian Celebration Fine Art Gallery   

Kaya Singer-Magnolia Beauty For The SoulDates displayed: May 7-June 7, 2021

Locations: 833 Willamette Street

About: Each year, The Asian Celebration hosts returning artists and invite new participants to display their works of art. The Oregon Asian Celebration invites artists from the community of Eugene and other local areas in Oregon to display or sell their 3-D and 2-D artwork in the Oregon Asian Celebration Fine Art Gallery Exhibit. Our community has participated in this annual art gallery through the display of a variety of Asian-inspired work, with pieces ranging from illuminated sculptures to Chinese calligraphy scrolls, and watercolor to mixed media.  

Artists: Aimee Yogi & Kristi Sakai Steiner: origami paper, washi, Yupo paper, bamboo; Asante Riverwind: Chinese brushes and inks; Ellen Gabehart: Watercolor; Harold Hoy: Metal and lighting; Kathy Hoy: Sumi Ink and watercolor; Kaya Singer: Watercolor; Kwang Lee: Acrylic, wood, canvas; M.M. Randolph: Mixed Media; Satoko Motoujis: Textile: Travis Kerr; Zoe LeCompte: Photography; and more! For more information about Asian Celebration artists and their artwork visit the Asian Celebration website  or email Jean Lee or Melinda M. Randolph.


Kokedama  

Asian Celebration Fine Art Gallery & Passionflower Designers 

Dates displayed: May 7-June 7, 2021

Location: 128 E. Broadway  

About: The Asian Celebration Fine Art Gallery Expansion and Passionflower Designers on site to create a Kokedam display. Japanese "kokedama" is a creative botanical technique that grows plants in a ball of soil covered in moss. Special thanks to Passionflower and their designers for this collaboration. Passionflower offers clothing, accessories, jewelry, garden, home and much more!


Asian Celebration Oregon Heritage Display

Dates displayed: May 7-June 7, 2021

Location: 833 Willamette Street

About: The Oregon Heritage Display honors the contributions and courage of those who have come before and spans over 180 years of Oregon's Asian history and pioneers with historic stories and photos.  More stories can be found at asianoregon.org


Presented by

City of Eugene Cultural Services and the Asian American Council of Oregon


The Asian American Council of Oregon's mission is to create opportunities that foster greater understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures by presenting special events and activities that promote friendship and harmonious relationships. 

Contact Us

  1. Public Art Manager
    Kate Ali
    Ph: 541-682-6314

    Downtown Program Assistant
    Chanin Santiago

Windowfront Exhibitions showcase local artists and arts organizations, transforms vacant storefronts into works of art, highlights our downtown businesses and offers vibrancy and engagement to the community. We believe that all empty spaces have great potential to be transformed by artists and innovation.