Isaka Shamsud-Din, Artist
Isaka Shamsud-Din is a local African American artist whose legacy reverberates through the community through his art, teachings, and activism. Isaka Shamsud-Din has woven his African American heritage within his art as a means of strengthening community.
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Isaka Shamsud-Din lives in North Portland, and was raised in Vanport and Columbia Villa (now New Columbia). He was profoundly influenced by the racial injustice that he saw and experienced both in Portland and around the country.
Through different media, he expresses a permanent history of what it means to be Black in America and, more locally, to honor a community that has been disbanded by the forces of gentrification. An exhibit of Shamsud Din’s work is currently on exhibit at the Portland Art Museum (you can see it online at portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/isaka-shamsud-din).
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- NorthEast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) Harvey Rice Heritage Housing Development Honors Beloved Sabin Activist
- Portland Art Museum
- Isaka Shamsud-Din Portfolio
- Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) Isaka Shamsud-Din Bilalian Odyssey
- Culture Now Museum without Walls: Now is the Time, the Time is Now (1989) Exhibit
- Portland State University, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Vanport Mural by Isaka Shamsud-Din (1965) Exhibit
- Kennedy School Mural by Isaka Shamsud-Din
- Concordia Kennedy School Murals
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Sabin CDC recognizes local artist Isaka Shamsud-Din, chosen by Mr. Bobby Fouther to be the namesake for the new affordable multi-family residential complex featuring 29 units with Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units in a four-story building totaling 27,524 sf. In addition there is a 1,400 sf accessible Community Room space, office, lobby, outdoor courtyard and extensive landscaping on the ground floor.
The new apartment complex honors Shamsud-Din by expanding housing opportunities for low-income individuals and families.
ISAKA SHAMSUD-DIN APARTMENTS
ISAKA SHAMSUD-DIN COMMUNITY SPACE