The first-ever National AmeriCorps Week will kick off in Portland with an event at Portland State University: the National Service Symposium. Liz Seale, chief operating officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service (the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps), will deliver opening remarks. Over 200 of AmeriCorps’ 2,000 Oregon and Washington members will participate in the conference.
The National Service Symposium will focus on the AmeriCorps experience through the lens of the literary, visual and performing arts. The event showcases winners of a contest that invited AmeriCorps members and other service participants to submit projects inspired by their experience. Accepted submissions are published in an anthology distributed at the event, and an evening banquet features the top projects. Other highlights of the symposium include a ceremonial art gallery opening and a performance showcase featuring AmeriCorps-inspired videos and songs.
May 14: Opening Remarks by Liz Seale (noon)
Workshops, 1-4:30 p.m.
Gallery showing, 4:45 p.m.
Banquet and awards, 5:30 p.m.
May 15: Performances, recognition events, luncheon, 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union, third floor (1825 SW Broadway, Portland)
Media interested in attending the event or in interviewing Liz Seale, chief operating officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service should contact Kathleen Joy, Oregon Volunteers executive director, 503-725-8037.
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with more than 3,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Currently, 79 AmeriCorps members are enrolled at Portland State University. More information is available at http://www.americorps.gov/about/media_kit/factsheets.asp.
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