Yale Union is proud to support community members by regularly hosting programs and events in our spaces.
End of Summer is a cross-cultural art program based in Portland, Oregon at the Yale Union contemporary art center. It is comprised of an annual summer residency for artists from Japan, as well as a lecture series. Outside of this core summer program, symposiums, exhibitions and other related projects are also organized in Japan, and internationally. End of Summer exists to build a dialogue between the U.S., specifically the region of the Pacific Northwest, and Japan through contemporary art. Through this entry point, the program aims to engage in a larger exploration of Japanese art in the era of global artistic practice, as well as the continual reconsideration of notions of East and West, center and periphery.
Liberation Literacy is a social justice reading group that meets weekly inside the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland, and has monthly outside meetings at Yale Union. The mission of Liberation Literacy is to build social justice literacy in prisons in order to reimagine and re-articulate the relationship between incarceration, our community, and ourselves.