Center for Contemporary Art and Culture

March First Thursday

March First Thursday at PNCA + North Park Blocks
Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 5-9pm

The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art is excited to invite the public to the March First Thursday Art Walk in the North Park Blocks for exhibition receptions, live music, and refreshments!

Welcoming our neighbors from near and far, First Thursdays in the North Park Blocks are an opportunity to come together in celebration of art, joy and community. First Thursdays are a vital part of the cultural ecosystem of Portland. For decades, these monthly events have been a highlight of nightlife in the Pearl District and North Park Blocks, increasing cultural connection and retail activation downtown. With the aim of revitalizing turnout and public engagement for the First Thursday Art Walks, PNCA is accelerating dynamic collaborations with our neighbors in the North Park Blocks through expanded public programming including exhibitions, music, performances, artist-led special events and more!

Neighborhood Partners Include:

Adams and Ollman

Augen Gallery

The BLACK Gallery + Don't Shoot PDX Annex

Blackfish Gallery

Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon Center for Photographic Arts

Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Froelick Gallery


Laura Vincent Design and Gallery

Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

Stelo Arts

Waterstone Gallery

The Writer’s Block

and more!


Closing Reception for Hallowed Be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done by Ollie Kearney - PNCA Library, Tiny Thumb Gallery | 4-5pm

Join the PNCA Community at the PNCA Library for a closing reception of Ollie Kearney's solo exhibition informed by “Pornography and Difference” by Kaite Berkeley and queries into anti-queerness, and an ever-looming/inescapable male-gaze. Curated by Genesis Turris, Fall 2023 Graduate Curatorial Fellow.


Live Music with DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid + DJ Timothy Bee

DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have spent more than twenty three years igniting dance floors with cutting edge music not limited by borders or language. They host the longest-running Bhangra and Bollywood party in the world (Andaz est. 2002), co-founded the Pacific Northwest’s first Global Bass dance party (Atlas 2003-2013) and spent years hosting two weekly radio shows (CHOR BAZAAR on XRAY.FM and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Kush on KBOO.FM.) In 2013 Anjali and The Kid initiated TROPITAAL! A Desi Latino Soundclash, which they host monthly at The Goodfoot.

Few DJs can be said to have changed the sound of their city but that is exactly what DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid have accomplished since they first introduced Portland, Oregon nightclub audiences to the many varied sounds of Global Bass at a raucous New Year’s Eve debut in 2000. They are most known for incinerating dance floors with the heavy dance floor artillery of South Asia, but the duo scour the globe for any hard-hitting music that combines local music traditions with window-rattling production.


DJ Timothy Bee representing the Portland natives and spinning nothing but the best music, come dance, groove and feel your best!


Photobooth with Photographer Ash Stone

Bring some friends, lovers, family, yourself, maybe some strangers to strike your best poses for some stellar portraits with a bit of seasonal flare!

Ash Stone (she/they) is a queer latinx visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her work, driven by the transformative power of play, serves as a method of healing and self-discovery. Ash’s creative practice works in tandem with community building, collaboration, and advocacy for art and education accessibility.


Rebeca on view (on a loop) in PNCA's Mediatheque - In Collaboration with LANDDD

"Winding aimlessly through the Santo Domingo carnival, seeking to get lost in the noise and colors of the party, we find Rebeca, with more questions than answers."


Outdoor Projection Installation w/ PNCA's Creative Technology Lab!

The Creative Technology Lab is excited to participate in December First Thursday events by projection mapping onto the PNCA building.

We'll be featuring machine learning-driven experimental film and generative graphics by Megan McKissack as well as work by students in Marilyn Zornado's Motion Graphics class.


Yo Buri with FREE Warm Beverages!
Visit Yo’s food & beverage cart in front of PNCA for free coffee and tea to keep you warm as you wander First Thursday in the North Park Blocks.

Then, come inside for more free nibbles and alcoholic and NA beverages!


PNCA Student Exhibitions Receptions!

The Quiet Season: LRVS MFA Group Exhibition
– Atrium
by Ansley Gwin – Holt Project Space
spirit sisiw: let's play!
by Razel Mari – 157 Gallery
love letters to las vegas
by jacob repetto – B10 Gallery
It Starts With A Question: 2024 Merit Scholars Exhibition – Commons Gallery



The Fullness of the Seeming Void - Adams and Ollman

With the River by Sally Cleveland - Augen Gallery

Still Life of Lives Made Still by Malique PyeThe Black Gallery by DSPDX

Personal History by Sarah Malakoff + Queer in Utah by Fazilat Soukhakian - Blue Sky, Oregon Center for Photographic Arts

Bennington Suite & Color Studies by Lee Kelly + Elements and Objects by Anna Von Mertens Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Another Go by Tom Prochaska + New Landscapes and Townscapes by Kevin Kadar Froelick Gallery

Illuminations: A Blackfish Member Show | Form and Abstraction by Clint Brown | Ritual Texture by Benjamin Mefford Blackfish Gallery

Small Forwards: Paintings of Girlhood in Basketball by Paul Xavier RutzLaura Vincent Design and Gallery

First Thursday at RACC (Art Viewing, Q&A + Vendor Fair) - Regional Arts and Culture Council

Of Heart and Hand by Ruth Hunter - Waterstone Gallery

Weather Patterns by Barb Burwell - The Writers' Block

First Thursdays

March First Thursday