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Home of Portland’s First Thursday Street Gallery

We are the artist organizers that run the First Thursday Street Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District on the First Thursday of each month from April — October.

Portland Urban Art Network

Urban Art Network is a registered 501-C3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for self-representing local artists. We work to create inspiring venues for artistic expression and to promote the development of an artist network. We support direct exchange between Artists, Patrons and the community.

Urban Art Network is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We strive to create opportunities for all artists of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talents.

We embrace and encourage artists with differences in age, color, ethnicity, race, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, veteran status, physical and mental ability, and socio-economic status. 

We welcome your thoughts, ideas and strategies for accomplishing our commitment of inclusion.

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About the First Thursday Street Gallery

The First Thursday Street Gallery is from April to October, on the first Thursday of each month. City blocks are closed off in NW Portland on 13th street between Irving and Lovejoy. The event is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The gallery showcases original, hand-made artwork by local area artists.

Questions about First Thursday?

There are many questions commonly asked about Urban Art Network and First Thursday. Before you contact us, please visit the FAQ Page of our website to look for your answer. If you can't find it there, use the "Contact Us" link in the header of the site. Although we can't respond to every inquiry, we appreciate your interest and we hope that you will come and visit at our First Thursday event.