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Dáyquiri: Little Poems

October 2, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

This publication will be released on October 2, 2021 in both digital and print forms. You can pick up—or purchase—your copy of Dáyquiri: Little Poems at PICA on October 2nd from 2:00—5:00 PM.

Heldáy de la Cruz

(Portland, OR)

Dáyquiri: Little Poems


Dáyquiri: Little Poems is a collection of poetry that has been building on itself over the course of seven years. The artist began this project at age 23, and he is now 30. The collection is meant to be an exploration of the things that orbit you at different points in your twenties: the evolution of identity, the swinging in and out, and the life experiences that still happen amidst crises.


Heldáy de la Cruz is an artist and community organizer. Through illustration and design, his work explores the identities that are lost and found within the queer and latinx diaspora. This, alongside his undocumented status, are at the very core of his community work. Heldáy’s artwork and story has been shared in Milk X Magazine (Hong Kong), The Huffington Post, AIGA Portland, She Shreds Magazine, Ecotrust, Street Roots, East Oregonian, The Oregonian, ACLU of Oregon, Design Week Portland, Brand New Podcast, Social Justice League Podcast, Talking with Ghosts Podcast, Homebase Gallery, CultureStrike, and the Define American Film Festival. He also co-leads a collective called UndocuPDX that provides resources, education, and news for the undocumented community.


TBA Institute is a series of free, public programs that connect artists and audiences through deep discussion and critical conversation and serve to illuminate the ideas and inquiries behind festival artists’ projects. Through the Institute, artists share their processes of creating and collaborating; their forms of engagement with communities and publics; and the social, political, cultural, and aesthetic contexts and concerns surrounding their work. Through guest artist lectures, panels and dialogues with invited moderators, and interactive workshops, the TBA Institute offers a range of ways to engage more deeply with the festival and with each other.

Please note that some TBA Institute events will be virtual (streamed online), while others will be held in-person for a limited-capacity, masked audience/participant group in the PICA Pavilion (back lot of PICA). We know that not everyone is able to gather in place right now. As such, most in-person events will be recorded and made available and accessible online shortly thereafter. Some of these recorded videos will be captioned.

Please refer to the TBA Festival website for a full Institute schedule, specific information about each event, accessibility, and other details.

Please note that a few events will require pre-registration, with instructions provided on the event webpage. 

All virtual events (streamed online) will be captioned via auto- or CART captioning. 

Some virtual events and some live, in-person events will be ASL-interpreted. These will be noted on each event listing on the TBA website. 

All of the above information regarding access will be updated as confirmed. 


October 2, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Portland, OR 97207