Inauguration Events

The Other Inaugural Ball: an evening to re-imagine our world

January 21st, 2017  at  7-11 pm* at the historic  Mechanics Hall
519 Congress Street, Portland, ME

keynote Speaker:

Founder of Immigrant Resource Center Of Maine (IRCofMe), Fatuma Hussein


Portland resident Marena Blanchard

Performances by:

  • Hi Tiger
  • Poets:  LaLa Drew, Jackie Jones
  • Noted Saudi Calligraffitti Artist  Nugamshi in a live calligraffitti performance
  • Performance art by the Theater Ensemble of Color
  • Followed by dancing with DJ 32French & DJ INNOX
*The schedule for The Other Inaugural Ball may change and will be updated here.
For more information on TICKETS go to our TICKETS PAGE or directly purchase tickets HERE


GALLERY EVENTS  ‘Hope Through Art’                                                 FRIDAY & SATURDAY, january 20TH – 21ST

Four galleries will offer exhibits celebrating diverse voices and artistic expressions from nationally and regionally recognized artists, as well as spoken word events, an interactive theater workshop, and a banner-making workshop.

FRIDAY, january 20TH

ABLE BAKER CONTEMPORARY at 29 Forest Avenue, portland

5-8 pm: Radical Banner-Making for Inauguration Weekend hosted by GET READY WEEKLY. Join us for a protest banner-making workshop in preparation for the inauguration! You can either make a banner to take with you to Boston or Washington, DC OR help prepare banners for The Other Inaugural Ball here in Portland! All skill levels and ages are invited to join in on the fun! We’ll have the basics: scrap fabric, alphabet templates, scissors, irons, and examples!
Please bring: fabric glue, scissors, irons, ironing boards, + sewing machines. The more supplies you bring, the more we can accommodate folks who aren’t able to. Visit us on facebook HERE.

SATURDAY, january 21st

Speedwell projects at 630 Forest Avenue, portland

12 pm: Interactive Theatre Workshop with Irene Kapustina, the founder and artistic director of The Angle Project (TAP), a NYC based theatrical production company and a performance art initiative that helps imagine, embody, and materialize possibilities for displaced and multicultural communities. Irene will facilitate the workshop based on the play TAP is currently developing from real life stories of refugees. Through a series of interactive activities, we will read, explore, and experience those stories together. Come to play, connect, collaborate, and express your solidarity! 
2 pm: Open mic reading MC’d by Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
3 pm: Other-Inaugural Read-In with new American and poet Kifah Abdulla, Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum, Maine State Poet Laureates Emeritus Betsy Sholl and Wesley McNair, Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Portland Poet Laureate Emeritus Steve Luttrell, USM Diversity Coordinator Reza Jalali, Other Inaugural Organizer and Poet Louise Kennelly, MWPA Founder and prize-winning poet Lee Sharkey, and writer and singer Sarah Goodyear, with bestselling novelist Bill Roorbach as MC.  (Suggested donation, $10 at the door. But any amount will help! Proceeds go to benefit the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.)

Zero Station at 222 Anderson Street, Portland

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Transform the News: a Visual Poetry Workshop led by Julie Poitras Santos. Discuss the news with your neighbors, transform recent newspaper articles into poetry, envision ways to transform our communities. Bring in a newspaper article you want to transform. All other materials provided. Artist & poet Julie Poitras Santos will lead the workshop. We will have coffee and it will end in time to walk up to join into the Portland March from Munjoy Hill to Congress Square. Read more about it here.
12 pm – 5 pm: One-day benefit and exhibition at Zero Station. See ARTISTS PAGE for full listing of artists. For more info click here or visit Proceeds to go to ILAP.
12 pm – 5 pm: A citizen library offering interesting suggestions on what to read and the opportunity to sit down and make your own visual poetry by “transforming the news”.

Speedwell projects at 1 north street, portland

12 pm – 5 pm: Exhibition of work by Spindleworks, a non-profit center for artists with disabilities
Artwork sales to benefit the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project ILAP
For a listing of artists please go to our ARTISTS PAGE
Donate in support at Indiegogo


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