Monday, January 16, 2017
Bahia Brazil Art Center of Portland, Oregon, USA

December 10th  - Fund Raiser for the BBAC

BBAC Holiday Party and Fundraiser
Saturday December 10th, 2016
7:00 - 10:30 PM 
2512 SE Gladstone Street, Suite 200 Portland, OR 97202
The Bahia Brazil Art Center will close the year with a Holiday Party where community members can come together to socialize, listen to good music and share the spirit of the season.

We'll open the evening with story teller Habiba from Ghana. 

Live Music will follow. Marcelo Cruz, from Salvador Bahia, will share his love for Brazilian music by singing and playing acoustic guitar. His favorite composers are João Bosco and Caetano Veloso. He has lived in Portland for the past four years and works as a pilot/instructor with the Hillsboro Air Academy.

Marcelo Cruz, brazilian musician

  Our instructors Almiro Aquilino, James Grant, Sheyla Mattos, Freila Merencio are excited to share their students' work with Capoeira, Acro Yoga, Jiu Jitsu-MMA, Samba and Afro-Cuban Choreography.

We’ll have a variety of products available for auctionFood and Drinks: We will have Brazillian food for sale and drinks such as coffee, juice, water, beer and wine for sale.

We are looking for volunteers, please let us know if you are able to help with set-up and clean-up.
Suggested Donations: $10 - $20

This is a fundraiser to support Mestre Almiro’s mission at the Bahia Brazil Art Center. Funding generated through this event will help bring special guest artists for our 2017 Carnaval. All donations are tax-deductible.
For more information please visit, or call (503)227-8418 or (360)771-6793.
The Bahia Brazil Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Brazilian culture to the city of Portland, Oregon through movement, visual and performing arts.


A Portland, Oregon based Brazilian arts school offering classes, events and more!


Bahia Brazil Art Center (BBAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing Brazilian culture with Portland, Oregon through movement, music and arts. Funds generated through Celebrate Brazil will launch BBAC’s 2016 outreach campaign.

The campaign's goals are aimed at presenting a wider variety of cultural events and experiences to Portland audiences.

Bahia Brazil Art Center

In addition to the current classes and events we want to create a richer community by promoting intercultural exchanges through panel discussions, film presentations, book clubs, Portuguese classes for children and adults, poetry readings, family get-togethers, game nights, and performances in public schools and other venues in the Portland metro area. 

Mestre Almiro, the founder of Bahia Brazil Art Center, is a Capoeira Master and former teacher at Academia do Mestre Bimba in Salvador, Bahia, the first official Capoeira Regional school in Brazil. 


In 1986 Mestre Almiro was brought to Portland by Cathy Evelshin, to teach Capoeira at Portland State University. Since then he has been living in Portland, working to promote understanding and appreciation for Brazilian culture in the US.

Proceeds go directly to support BBAC and its primary mission as a non-profit organization to "share Brazilian culture with Portland, Oregon through movement, arts, and music." This event aims to raise enough funds to keep the organization strong for next year's 30th Anniversary. Our goal is to hire a group of resident artists to perform in schools throughout the greater Portland and Southwest Washington areas. This holiday fundraiser will serve the wider community by exposing them to new works by the local artists who help us thrive amidst financial difficulty.

Kris Oliveira, a community leader and longtime BBAC supporter, says:
"The Bahia Brazil Art Center is the first and only organization in the Portland area to invest in a long term effort to provide our city with a Brazilian cultural center.  At BBAC Brazilians and lovers of Brazilian culture can unite, share, and celebrate the creativity that connects us all. Its commitment to a physical space to continue this effort deserves our ongoing support, and I ask you to join me in making a meaningful donation. It's not just about Capoeira with BBAC, it's about Community."

Please come join us! We need everyone's support! 



Classes at BBAC
Adult Capoeira
with Mestre Almiro
Tues, Thurs 6-7pm
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Jiu Jitsu MMA
Mon, Wed, Fri 5 - 7pm
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Acro Gym
Tues, Fri 9am-11pm
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Afro-Cuban Dance
Saturdays 3 - 4pm
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Samba Dance
Tuesdays 7:15 -8 pm
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Our Values

Tradition Preserving the cultural lineage of traditional arts of Bahia, Brazil

Mutual respect, understanding environment 

Integrity Character, decency, goodness, honesty, incorruptibility,
congruent action

Perseverance Persistence, patience, unrelenting effort, discipline, self betterment

We adhere to high quality standards for everything we do