A Traditional Arts Series on the Lawn 

Join us for a celebration of Oregon's living traditions, featuring performances and demonstrations by master artists from around the Willamette Valley. Pack a picnic, bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy this special opportunity to connect across our collective Oregon heritages. 


Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Request your reservations online or contact us at 541-346-3024 or mnchticketing@uoregon.edu. Each event is included with regular admission and free for MNCH members and UO ID cardholders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount. 


Thursday, July 8 | 6:00 p.m.

A picture of Antonio Huerta performing Charrería

Charrería with Antonio Huerta 

Roping master Antonio Huerta demonstrates the artistry and athleticism of charrería, Mexico's national sport and a vital cultural link for Oregon's Mexican community.   

Thursday, July 15 | 6:00 p.m.

Picture  of  LaRhonda Steele

Black Gospel with LaRhonda Steele

Award-winning vocalist LaRhonda Steele's work gives musical voice to Black history and the socioeconomic concerns of Black people in America today. 

Thursday, July 22 | 6:00 p.m.

A picture of Francisco Bautista

Zapotec Weaving with Francisco Bautista

Fourth-generation traditional weaver Francisco Bautista is known for his stunning contemporary textiles that reflect both his Zapotec heritage and his life in Oregon today.

Thursday, July 29 | 6:00 p.m.

Jayanthi Raman dancing

Classical Indian Dance with Jayanthi Raman 

Jayanthi Raman is a master practitioner, teacher, and choreographer of Bharatha Natyam, a classical Indian dance form that tells traditional Hindu stories through movements, gestures, and expressions. 



Oregon Culture Nights showcase the work of master artists in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, an initiative of the museum's Oregon Folklife Network.


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