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The new 'Art Crawl' in Sellwood-Moreland in August included many things -- including 'Silent Disco'

DAVID F. ASHTON - PDX Art Crawl organizer Ayomide Nikzi puts away the Silent Disco headsets until the next such event, likely in October. Some of the events planned for this year's "Summerville!" celebration melted away in the heat wave that canceled a few scheduled events in the last weekend in July.

The only event that fell victim to the sizzling temperatures and could not be rescheduled was the SMILE Summer Music Concert Series performance featuring the Sellwood Jazz band. The postponed "Open Mic" event was presented at the end of August.

However, the first-ever "PDX Art Crawl" organizers were able to reschedule to two weekends later, on August 13. The festivities were centered at Grounded Gallery in the Milieu Collective, on S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood.

Added to the PDX Art Crawl by its organizers was "Silent Disco" — in which participants put on wireless headphones, allowing them to collectively boogie around the area, all grooving on the music only heard in their own headphones; onlookers heard only silence.

Event organizer Ayomide Nikzi, from the Milieu Collective, observed that the mission of the event was — and will continue to be — to support access to art and art-related activities, and to support mental health in local communities and families.

"And more than that, this is about people enjoying their lives, especially on a beautiful summer afternoon," Nikzi told THE BEE as her eyes sparkled with joy. "If people missed it today, our next one will be in October, before Hallowe'en."


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