2023 “Lights In Lents”

Join us during Portland Winter Light Fest in Lents! Every night between Feb 3 – Feb 11th at 9101 SE Foster Road, Suite 1B, Portland, OR 97266 between 5:30 – 7:30 PM to walk through our community art exhibit, enjoy music, neighbors and refreshments!

The Lights in Lents UV/Glow-in-the-Dark Portrait & Mural Exhibit for Portland Winter Light Festival is a free and inclusive collaborative art experience, organized by East Portland Collective for the whole community and designed to bring people together to talk about their futures, aspirations, and dreams.

Sponsored by SE Uplift and the Office of Community & Civic Light. In partnership with Four Forces Inc, and East Portland Resilience Coalition. Generous donations by many community members as well as local businesses Bella’s Italian Bakery and Paper & Twine PDX!

DateLive Entertainment
Fri, Feb 3DJ Chaach (Latin-American Beats)
Sat, Feb 4The Modern Folk (Acoustic Set)
Fri, Feb 10DJ CLRRRTY (Hip-hop, Funk, New Jack, House Beats)
Entertainment Schedule (Music) for Lights in Lents

The Community Art Creation Process

You participated in both in-person and virtual brainstorms to come up with ideas for the content & display, answering questions about the overall theme, the light of stars, as well as our East Portland special spin: What do you see for yourself and the neighborhood in the future? From there, you showed up to help figure out how to set-up and design the exhibit, then came for two full weeks to trace, paint, share your lights, and set up the exhibit. With everyone’s support and hard work, the exhibit is finally up, lit, and ready for our community to enjoy!

By the numbers

  • 720 sq ft of mural painted! (That’s 30 sides of 4’x6’ panels and SO MUCH PAINT!)
  • 92 unique participants joined in the exhibit creation process!
    • You showed up 182 times to help out throughout January
  • Volunteers came from 10 different East Portland Zip Codes
    • 74% of volunteers are neighbors from 97266 and 97206!
  • 500 Hours Volunteered since Jan 1, 2023… and counting!
    • 350 Community Volunteer Hours to date
    • 150 East Portland Collective Project Coordinator Hours to date 
  • 9+ community members collected and lend lights of all varieties