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Upcoming Creative Events:

Please join us for the third in our four-part Salón del Artista series, tertulia: Art + Conversation when we feature Milagro’s Visual Artist in Residence, William Hernandez.  You have seen William’s art grace the Postcards for each MainStage production during our Season 33; as well, you have enjoyed an on-going display of his work in our lobby. For the Tertulia, William will tour guests through an exhibition of additional works in El Zócalo, as he talks about his art and process and takes your questions. Don’t miss the next iteration of this dynamic new series at Milagro. Event is free, space is limited and reservations are required. Email to reserve a spot or call 503-236-7253 x 118. Light refreshments provided.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Hailing from Peru and training at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Lima, William has a distinct style that he lends to both figurative and abstract painting. His work has been exhibited throughout the Northwest, and his artwork is found in private collections in Spain, Lima, Germany, Guatemala, Chile, France, Australia, Belgium and the US. William is a founding organizer and member of Latino Artists Exchange LAX/IdeAL and has taught several bilingual art workshops at Milagro throughout the years.

To read William’s Artist Statement, learn more about his background and training, see example of his murals, commissions and other work, please visit

Hecho a Mano with Nelda Reyes: Huichol Traditional Yarn Painting
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 PM
The Hichol people, or Wixarrika, as they auto-denominate, are a native group from the region that now encompasses Durango, Zacatecas, Jalisco and Nayarit in México. They have a long tradition of creating bead, yarn and carved art. Although initially for ceremonial purposes, they now commercialize them, allowing us to enjoy and learn from their design, colors and symbolic significance. In this workshop, each participant will create its own Huichol-inspired yarn paint, following the yarn and wax technique.

WHAT IF . . . A conversation series about starting a new kind of college
Wednesday, April 5th from 6 – 7:30 PM in El Zócalo at El Centro Milagro
What if we approached student success differently? Join us for a conversation about designing a college that places relationships at the center of the learning process to help students succeed in and out of the classroom.

This is a free, six-part series beginning April 5th with Student Success: From Research to Relationships. Come for one or come for all.

Event is free, but space is limited. Click below to register.
YES! Save my space for April 5th

Coming up:

  • Admissions: Different from the Start
  • Tuition: Lowering Costs While Increasing Quality
  • Curriculum I: Big Questions and Unexpected Connections
  • Curriculum II: Broadening How We Communicate
  • Career Development: Connecting the Liberal Arts With Our City
Hosted in partnership with Milagro and College Possible.

Self Defense Class For All
April 9, 2 PM – 3 PM AND April 16, 2 PM – 3 PM

This self-defense class led by Dug Martell will go over grab counters of various kinds and basic strikes.
No experience required. Wear clothes that you can move around in easily.

Dug has been studying Mo Duk Pai Kung Fu for over 6 years and is a green belt in the system. This system of Kung Fu is self-defense based and involves training for many kinds of street fighting situations. Dug teaches Kung Fu classes to children and self-defense workshops to adults.

Attendance is free! RSVP to marketing@milagro.orgCapacity is 15

Where: El Zócalo at El Centro Milagro, 537 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

Ingenio Milagro: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS DUE MAY 15, 2017

The inaugural INGENIO MILAGRO play festival will take place September 8–10, 2017. Four plays will be selected for a concert reading and presented over three days after a short rehearsal period. In addition, six to ten plays will be selected for table readings to be held throughout the season. Please note: there will be no travel stipends at this time.


  • Open to all Latino/a-identified playwrights
  • Original full-length plays, at least 70 minutes and no more than two hours in length
  • Plays do not have to be in Spanish
  • Plays with over eight actors will require doubling; playwrights are asked to note where this would be possible/preferred
  • Chamber musicals will be considered
  • Published plays and those that have received a full professional production are not eligible

Click HERE for more information.

Hecho a Mano with Nelda Reyes: Little Moves, Cuban dance
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 PM
Salsa, rumba, conga, son, mambo, salsa, songo, timba, guaguancó, are part of the many genres of Cuban music. This rich musical culture enlightens our lives with its sounds and as we move to its rhythms. Bring your little ones to this workshop where they will explore Cuban rhythms through movement, jump to the beats and have a wonderful joyful time! This workshop is FREE!

Ingenio Milagro: The inaugural INGENIO MILAGRO play festival will take place September 8–10, 2017.

INGENIO MILAGRO serves as an intrinsic step in the development of new full-length theatrical works through concert and table readings, guiding playwrights and their works from concept to production. Directors, dramaturgs and actors bring the plays to life through a concert or table readings for an audience of theatre professionals and members of the public. The readings are followed by a moderated feedback session. Playwrights choose their level of involvement from rehearsal to presentation to feedback session, remotely and/or in person.

Click HERE for more information.