Our Story

Let’s Plant Roots Together

Join us and support this once-in-a-generation campaign to redevelop the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS) into a 5,000 square foot Cultural Center, public plaza, and permanent home for APANO! We are on the brink of a transformative opportunity that will curb displacement of the area and create a safe place for our community on the corner of 82nd Avenue and SE Division St. The Cultural Center will occupy the first floor of the new development, with affordable housing units on the floors above.

In our political climate of historic displacement and current unprecedented threats facing communities of color, our ROOTS TO RISE campaign comes at a critical time.

Our Goals

Gathering Space

The center will be a hub for Asian & Pacific Islanders, immigrants, refugees, and communities of color, serving as a resource for healing, organizing, civic engagement, leadership development and the arts.

Community Landmark

With the creation of the APANO Cultural Center, we will firmly root our communities in a place where we’ve long been so that we may rise and be a home for future generations. The site will be a visible landmark that anchors our diverse communities.

Protective Factors

We envision a safe, dynamic, intergenerational, and multicultural space that provides a bulwark against gentrification and addresses long-term revitalization of the neighborhood. The space will strengthen the character of this district, spur economic development without displacement, and provide protective factors against inequities.



Roots to Rise Capital Campaign Phase One: Complete

On November 2, 2017, elected officials, partners, and community members filled JAMS to the brim to celebrate the groundbreaking for APANO’s new community space and affordable housing development in partnership with ROSE CDC. This marked the last chapter of the old furniture store at 82nd/Division, affectionately dubbed the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS), which we operated […]

Celebrate JAMS with the East Portland Arts + Literary Festival

by Candace Kita Cultural Work & Development Coordinator What would it look like to dedicate a day to our stories of moving, migrating, longing, and belonging?Amid these times of endless change, APANO’s first-ever East Portland Arts & Literary Festival — a full day creative festival on Saturday, September 23 at the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS) — seeks […]

Roots to Rise Building Momentum, On Track

by Duncan Hwang APANO Associate Director As we near the midpoint of our Roots to Rise campaign, we’re happy to report that we are on track to reach our $2 million goal to bring a vibrant community space to the Jade District! Building on our kickoff Indiegogo campaign, which raised $26,000 from 441 backers in […]

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