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 Vendor? There is no fee, no registration and no assigned spaces. See more info on the Vendor pages.
ALERT: Mayor Hales will be telling police to clear vendors from Alberta St. in May. The City cannot allow some vendors to vend, tell others they cannot and to leave the street, tell vendors when they can vend and tell the police to remove them at other times. The City does not own Last Thursday.
The City does not hold a permit for Last Thursday!
Showing (not selling) your artwork in a public place is protected under your right to Freedom of Speech. Do not put prices on your art, give people an estimate of what others have paid for your work and have a basket or jar for ‘donations’.
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
Mayor Charlie Hales & Chad Stover, May 15, 2016
Friends of Last Thursday (FoLT) was a volunteer group of business owners and neighbors that managed Last Thursday (LT) until Charlie Hales placed unobtainable requirements for the event’s permit, effectively ousting the group.
The former leaders of FoLT began a non-profit in order to continue to support the artistic culture of the Alberta Arts District and in turn support local artists. Alberta Art Works (AAW) is art driven and continues to work with neighbors, businesses, and city agencies to create public works of art. Their first project is a series of six mural panels depicting the history of the Alberta area on the Black United Fund of Oregon building. Other projects include a public art walking map and tours with Know Your City. With an Adopt a Landscape agreement, AAW has replaced graffiti covered bus benches with art, enriching our environment.
The former director of FoLT’s Street Ops, has also continued the work he started during his time with FoLT. “Dancing Don” as he became known, teamed up with a friend to create a street closure business for community events. They employ teens who can also earn credits towards school scholarships. FoLT’s community built barricades are still put to good use.
These individuals have been working within our community for many years now. They have proven capable, having brought LT back from the brink of self destruction to a manageable event. They proved this by obtaining Last Thursday’s, first ever, event permits.
This group wrote the event production book for Last Thursday. The group held monthly meetings with every city agency involved during those 4 years, to create a working plan for all involved. They interfaced with neighbors, neighborhood associations, businesses, and vendors. They continue to host the website and Facebook page for LT.
Last year you reported your cost of LT to be $10,000 per event. Hales has asked for a budget of $315,857 to start a pilot plan for the Mayor’s office to become event organizers for LT and the proposed pet project, Old Town Market. Our plan is still on the table and is achieved at far less cost and returns control to the community that hosts the event.
Last Thursday is Placemaking at its finest. We ask Mayor Hales to honor his offer to support a community group to take over the management of this event. LT is this once redlined district’s cultural identity and with a restructured relationship, respectful discourse, better political association and a revised grant program to address the changing demographic of LT, we can help drive this festival and keep it as a significant public art event for the city of Portland.
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