Our artBURST programming is focused on strengthening the arts community in our neighborhood and using art as a platform for building community connections. Through the artBURST programming, we host a quarterly Art Walk in St. Johns, the Art Constitutional at the Farmers Market and creative placemaking initiatives including public art projects. Read on to find out more about each of these projects!


In downtown St. Johns
Our next art walk is: June 21st, 2019, 5-8 pm 

North Portland, the “Peninsula”, and St. Johns in particular, is home to talented artists and a burgeoning art scene, and it’s time to celebrate the creative spirit of the neighborhood! Our Art Walk series happens once per quarter, and is focused in the downtown business district of St. Johns. Our team helps curate this event by pairing artists with local businesses to showcase and sell their work. 



In the St. Johns Plaza

Please join us for live music and dancing in the downtown plaza. We encourage neighbors to bring lawn chairs and picnics along! These events are free and family-friendly. Our line-up for the summer is below:

June 21st:
Simba Puma & the Roaring Lions
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

July 19th:
Ache Son
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

August 16th:
Son de Cuba
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

September 20th:
Norman Sylvester Band
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
*The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band will be opening for Norman Sylvester Band from 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM.


at the St. Johns Farmers Market

The Art Constitutional began as a bi-annual craft fair and hands on arts festival in collaboration with the St. Johns Farmers Market. Featuring local makers, musical and dance performances and interactive art, the event was so popular that in the 2019, we will be expanding our farmers market offerings to have arts and crafts vendors during the entire season, rather than just twice a year!

If you’re a local artist who is interested in having a booth at the 2019 St. Johns Farmers Market, click here to learn how to apply! Applications close February 22nd.


We have been exploring the ways that art and culture strengthen a local economy through interactive art and storytelling projects in the St. Johns neighborhood.

Click here to read about the projects that have been a part of the creative placemaking initiative through SJCO.