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The former Albina Arts Center, on the corner of North Williams and Northeast Killingsworth, has been a part of the Albina neighborhood since the 1960s, and was a cultural resource and gathering space that offered Black youth free classes in dance, modeling, art, photography and even, the African language Swahili.

The former Albina Arts Center, on the corner of North Williams and Northeast Killingsworth, has been a part of the Albina neighborhood since the 1960s, and was a cultural resource and gathering space that offered Black youth free classes in dance, modeling, art, photography and even, the African language Swahili.

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Reclaiming Black Spaces

Community eyes ownership of former arts center

Portland’s Albina Arts Center, a nostalgic symbol of Black Portland’s creativity and self-determination, is going to be handed back to the city’s Black community, partly as a way to make amends for decades of disruption, neglect and disinvestment.