Portland arts event lets blacks in for free, charges everyone else $80

At an event at an arts festival in Portland, Oregon, race-based ticket prices were offered. According to an advertisement for the event, “Black people” could attend for free or with a donation of their choice. All other participants had to pay $80 each.

Black Festival: Black Picturesa three-hour event hosted by Salimatu Amabebe and sponsored by last Sunday Portland Institute for Contemporary Artwas promoted as “a culinary event celebrating black artists and writers through food.”

“At our table,” says the event description, “guests participate in an experience that weaves food and art together, where Salimatu [Amabebe] is collaborating with black artists to create a vegan, gluten-free, multi-course menu based on the artist’s work.”

While the guests created their “multi-course vegan and gluten-free menu”, they were also treated to interpretive dancing.

“Featuring eight Black dancers and performers moving with the land, Black Imagerial recognizes Black movement as an embodied imagery and visionary practice,” the description continues.

In line with the “Black” theme of the event, black guests could attend free of charge. “**This event is free or by donation for black people,” the ad reads, advising those who identify as black to use the promo code “blackmovement” to claim their free tickets. It’s unclear how an individual’s black identity was verified, or if people of mixed race were able to attend for free.

The ad offered “blacks” the opportunity to make a donation if they wished to do so.

Despite the hefty $80 fee for non-black attendees, the event sold out, according to the website. The number of participants is not known, although the capacity was said to be limited to 40 people.

“This meal is created for celebration, dance, and sacrifice. This meal is made for you,” the festival ad said.

The Twitter account Libs of TikTok first noticed the event and its race-based admission prices last Friday.


Black Feast: Black Imagerial was just one event held at the 20th Annual Time-Based Art Festival, which claims to “challenge that edge of what it means to make contemporary art — and who can participate.”

Fox News Digital contacted PICA for comment on the event but received no response.

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Laura Coffey

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