Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 17th 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).
ALERT: Charley Hales office is planning to charge all vendors at some point this summer. Concerns? Questions? Please contact Chad Stover, contact info below.
If you would like to vend on Last Thursday, grab your handmade wares, a table and head on out to Last Thursday on Alberta. Currently, there are no fees, registration or designated spots. (As of June’s Last Thursday, 2014.)
Last Thursday is for creatives, artists, musicians and performers.
Last Thursday is not for re-sales, garage 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 our community is no longer ‘authorized’ to manage this event.
For livability/community impact concerns and questions we refer you to Chad Stover.
Chad Stover, Mayor’s Office: firstname.lastname@example.org 503-823-4120
UPDATE: LAST THURSDAY
Mayor Hales, who brought to you the ‘Street Tax’ and the ‘Late Night Activity Permit’, is wanting to register and charge every vendor in the right of way. This destroys the core of Last Thursday, which has been the only free market place and stage for artists in Portland, going on 17 years now.
He has also been looking at charging all Alberta Street restaurants and bars open during the event, a ‘Last Thursday tax’ to cover his $100,000 costs. (The reported $80,000 spent last summer was for only 4 Last Thursdays. FoLT held a permit and paid for all services for May, 2013.)
There has been no attempt in the City’s current wing-tip-management style to preserve the unique event or encourage the arts and performance. They are making the same big mistake as previous administrations by letting Last Thursday auger in –once again.
Previous Mayor Adams, at least, saw the value in understanding and preserving the only Free Stage for Art and Performance acknowledged around the world. The publicity this will bring to Portland will spotlight the short-sightedness of this Mayor. The opportunities for promotion exisist in no other once-a-year street fair. Yet, the goal of the City’s Mayor is to vanilla-coat Last Thursday and put us all to bed at 10p.m.
Mayor Hales now says he is looking for the exact model that was presented to him a year ago by the group the City had tasked with managing the event, who had worked for free for four years and had not only meet the threshold for obtaining the event permit, were issued the permit for Last Thursday.
Now, if the City had done a better job than the volunteers, the kick in the face by the mayor might have been justified, but the event is costing 4 times what it should; the noise, congestion and alcohol problems are back in the neighborhood; and the only time the street has been clean, since the volunteer days, is when the Mayor brought the water trucks with pressurized water hoses, to clean the…sidewalks?
Why not give Last Thursday ‘special designation’ for street vending, such as afforded to the Rose Fest (that carries a $3 million price tag covered through city efforts)? Or look at the Sundays Parkways model and the use of city bureau monies and overtime.
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
Get the Hales out of our neighborhood!