Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 19th season!
Last Thursday happens year round, but during the peak summer months the street is closed from 6:00-9:30 to all vehicle traffic (May-September) and runs from 15th to 30th Avenues.
Last Thursday is a community grown event, free to all artists and art vendors, musicians, performers & visitors that continues into the future despite the Mayor’s attempts to squeeze the event into a homogenized package.
Want to be an Artist Vendors? There is no fee, no registration and no assigned spaces. See more info on the Vendor pages.
If you would like to participate grab your handmade wares and a table and head on out to Last Thursday on Alberta. Please make sure to read the how-to set up portion on the Artist or Non-Art Vendor pages.
Last Thursday is for creatives, artists, musicians and performers.
Last Thursday is not for re-sales, imported goods, corporate promotions or retail.
Parking can get difficult so please ride your bike or use public transportation to cut down on the congestion and we’ll see you out there!
Friends of Last Thursday is no more.
The spirit remains but the name has reverted back to the Mayor’s Office. FoLT has disbanded with the knowledge that we do so with never backing down to the Mayor’s uninformed demands.
Thank you to the vendors, supportive businesses and community members and all the City agencies we have worked with for the past four years.
We direct you to the Mayor’s office as the Alberta community is no longer ‘authorized’ to manage this event and Mayor Hales refuses to support any local groups to handle the event.
For livability/community impact concerns and questions we refer you to Chad Stover: email@example.com 503-823-4120
UPDATE: LAST THURSDAY
Yes, Last Thursday continues.
LT is, and has been, the only free stage for artists for 19 years. This free platform has fostered the most creative, unusual, exciting and unsterilized event in Portland, landing it into travel guidebooks, international magazine articles and exploding in popularity bringing over 80,000 people to the Alberta District during it’s 5 monthly evenings.
Fees, registration and placement are barriers. They do not invite the public to freely participate. It denies the child, restricts creative movement for happenings and bars those that cannot afford. It eliminates spontaneity and stifles interactions.
LT is a true model of a downtrodden neighborhood’s success in bringing people and commerce to the street, a story of grassroots urban process of change. That attempt soon became the economic engine for our businesses before the event became the iconic urban festival of Portland. Last Thursday produced a public space that has crossed cultural boundaries, backgrounds, values and associations and is now a significant public art event. Having survived discrimination by zoning and accustomed to being forgotten, separated and disinvested this marginalized community used urban space to redefine their economic and cultural well-being. They used their creative resources to build community and the community of LT is all-inclusive.
Arts and culture are vital to community life. We also believe that community is vital to arts and culture. We’ve seen that the organizations who thrive are the ones who understand and connect with their communities. -National Arts Strategies