Lake Oswego Reads Kick Off Event

Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Lake Oswego Reads 2023 Kick Off Event


11am StoryTime with Andrea Milano in the Children’s Area

11am  Interwoven Presentation by a.c ramirez de arellano on Main Floor

yotola’ki’ho is an Arawakan word meaning interwoven. Ayotola’ki’ho is an intercommunity project designed by 2 Spirit Indigenous artist a.c.ramírez de arellaño, and is created as part of their passion to utilize public spaces to create a dialogue that educates, inspires, and builds bridges between communities. The artist seeks to draw attention to the capacity for individuals and communities to heal, grow, and thrive through our interconnectedness. With the creation of a series of looms, participants are invited to add pieces of colorful fabric, yarn, and other items representing the beauty and significance of themselves and their communities, as well as symbolizing how interconnected we truly are.

Having first launched in Portland, Oregon for Indigenous People’s Day, October 2021, this project has been made available to a wide variety of cultural communities as it continues to travel. For information on having a loom visit your community please contact The pilot project was sponsored by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. This project continues through support by the Trans Justice Funding Project.


Celebrated speaker and multimedia artist a.c.ramírez de arellaño (Taíno) utilizes public spaces to create dialogue that educates, inspires, and builds bridges between communities. The artist seeks to draw attention to the capacity for individuals and communities to heal, grow, and thrive through our interconnectedness. They utilize art as a form of storytelling, taking inspiration from ancestral stories. Their work tells a story of overcoming barriers, and the impact of colonialism at the intersection of their disabled, Indigenous, and queer communities. As a trained Indigenous Community Health Worker, with over 30 years experience working with preschoolers to elders in supportive housing, a.c. has spoken at large conferences for the State of Oregon, facilitated all sizes of groups in the United States, and most recently spoke on Caribbean Ancestral Indigenous Perspective of Diversity of Gender and Sexuality at a governmental conference in Santo Domingo, República Dominicana using Hiwatahia, an Arawakan Indigenous dialect. They have most recently presented to Future Generations Collaborative 2 Spirit Circle, Native Wellness Institute Power Hour, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board Paths (Re)Membered Project, Native Arts and Culture Foundation Center for Native Arts & Cultures grand opening, Portland Public Schools, and Friendly House for Home Forward. A recipient of the inaugural 2021 artist-in-residency program with Ten Tiny Talks, a Regional Arts & Culture Council Grant recipient, and a GLAPN Queer Heroes Award, their work has also been added to Permanent Collection of Public Art for the City of Portland, in Oregon. They are also a two-time recipient of the Trans Justice Funding Project 2021-2022.

12 pm A Journey of One Heart: Native American Flutes with Jan Michael Looking Wolf on Main Floor

A beautiful sound bath of Native American flute music with inspirational stories of connection with Jan Michael Looking Wolf, a Native American performing and recording artist.   Jan Michael is a both a native Oregonian and member of the local Kalapuya Tribe.  He is a Global Music Award Lifetime Achievement Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductee at One World Music Radio.  With 28 commercial albums and over 70 national awards, he is among the most prominent Native American musicians of current time.   Joining Jan Michael onstage will be fellow Native American Flute recording artists Robin Gentlewolf and Lori "Little Wolf". 

1:00pm Brigette McConville presentation on Salmon and Indigenous Foods on Main Floor

Brigette McConville owns Salmon King Fisheries. a Native Woman Owned Business from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon. Salmon King Fisheries was established Feb 6, 2011. She is joined by husband M. Sean McConville who is enrolled in the Nez Perce Tribe. 

LO Community Soil Study Project on Second Floor

Pick up your pair of free cotton underpants to test your own soil's health!

‘Undies Handoff’ made possible through Oswego Lake Watershed Partnership. and will be available while quantities last!