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Joaquin Lopez

Joaquin Lopez is a Mexican American performer from Portland who blends music and storytelling and holds a passion for producing cultural events that honor Latin American heritage.  His album, …for the Disenchanted, is a Spanish-language ode to melancholia and longing featuring original modern day boleros. Joaquin has presented musical concerts at Milagro; holiday concerts with Hand2Mouth Theatre; and a Valentine’s presentation at Walters Cultural Center.

Cultural events include producer for Taste of Mexico at the Portland Art Museum, Spanish language producer for Filmuzik, and creator of the annual cultural performance for PDX Latinx Pride: Voz Alta—an evening of music and poetry that celebrates the Latino American experience through poetic narratives that feature the lives of Portland’s Latino community, performed by actors and orchestrated live with Latin American folk songs. As a member of Los Porteños—Portland’s Latino writers group—he was co-producer for Words That Burn: A Dramatization of World War II Experiences of William Stafford, Lawson Inada, and Guy Gabaldon in Their Own Words written by Cindy William Gutierrez at Milagro for the William Stafford Centennial funded by the Oregon Heritage Commission and Regional Arts and Culture Council. Words That Burn won the Oregon Book Award for Drama in 2017. In partnership with Fusionarte and the Hollywood Theatre, he created Cinescopio, a film series that presents classic Latin American cinema. He serves on the board of the Hollywood Theatre and is the Mayoral Appointee Board Member for Open Signal (formerly Portland Community Media).

Professionally, he is the Arts and Culture Manager at Latino Network, designing after school arts programs and cultural events. At Latino Network, he produces Ollin: Social Justice Film Series, Sabor Folklorico, and Festival Latino with Portland Parks and Recreation/Movies in the Park. He is a recipient of the Bridge Award from Business for Culture and the Arts and was the first recipient of the Espiritu Award presented by Milagro Theatre. He is also the oldest son of the Lopez family, who for 17 years has run La Bonita Mexican restaurant in Portland.

Joaquin received his B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon. Currently he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling from Portland State University.

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Saturday, July 29



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