H-FLI alum featured at Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum (PAM) has learned what Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon has long known-Joshua Thomas is a strong person with a warm heart and a passion for igniting change.

This September, Joshua will be featured in Object Stories, a personal storytelling project and exhibition series hosted by the Portland Art Museum. Object Stories thematic exhibitions change three to four times a year and are accompanied by a rotating selection of multi-sensory activities and “calls to action."

This Fall's Object Stories exhibition is Igniting Voices. This exhibition shares the life and work of five social justice activists and advocates in the Pacific northwest. Whether it is within health care, transportation equity, reproductive rights, food security, or arts and culture, these activists and advocates work at different entry points. Their methods of activism portray the various ways that one can get involved with their community. Through personal stories and their related objects, Igniting Voices aims to dismantle barriers and inform, encourage and inspire local citizens to share their own voices to create community inclusion.

Of participating in the exhibit, Joshua said, "I found my place in this world and that’s to be a food justice advocate. I chant morning and evening, and as I’m chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, I’m praying to be able to inspire and encourage people because I want people to feel heard; I want people to feel validated; and I want to give people the confidence and power back that society is trying to take away from them."

Join us to celebrate Joshua at the Object Stories Community Opening!

Date & Time: Thursday, September 7, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon 
This event begins in the Whitsell Auditorium and moves into the Object Stories gallery in the Main Museum, Lower Level.

Portland Art Museum Object Stories are also available to view online through the museum’s YouTube channel.