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.


Best of JAMS – 2016 Edition

by Simeon Jacob APANO Operations Associate This past year the Jade APANO Multicultural Space (or JAMS, for short) has seen an array of great feats, and continued to build its identity as a quintessential hub for communities to gather, organize, create, celebrate, and flourish. For those unfamiliar with JAMS, it is the old furniture store […]

Landmark Economic Development Partnership in SE Portland Announced

The ROSE CDC and APANO partnership to build a new cultural landmark, an urban mixed-use development of 48 unit residences of affordable housing and an on-site community center located at SE 82nd Ave in East Portland is underway. Building on years of community organizing in one of Oregon’s most diverse neighborhoods, the new $16.5 million […]

An Incredible Kickstart

With less than 7 hours to spare, we surpassed our online grassroots fundraising goal, thanks to widespread support from our incredible community! Despite unforeseen challenges and learning four days ago that Indiegogo would be automatically ending our campaign a month earlier than expected, we knew the fundraising turnaround might be challenging. Yet we believed deeply […]

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