About RACC

RACC sponsors Art Spark, a quarterly networking event for the local arts community. At this Art Spark event, Ballet Papaloti dazzled us with vivid costumes and intricate steps of traditional Mexican dance. 

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

RACC provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through workplace giving; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools throughout the region through “The Right Brain Initiative.”

RACC current and past Annual Reports


An environment in which arts and culture flourish and prosper.


To enrich our communities through arts and culture.

Core Values:

We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right.

We value a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences.

We value a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture.

We value a community that celebrates and supports its artists, and its arts and cultural organizations.

We value arts and culture as key elements in creating desirable places to live, work and visit.

Programs and Services:

RACC provides service in five key areas:

  • Through advocacy, RACC helps build support for a strong arts and culture community.
  • RACC grants provide artists and arts organizations with financial support.
  • Our nationally-acclaimed public art program integrates a wide range of art in public places. RACC manages Percent for Art programs for the City of Portland and Multnomah county.
  • RACC provides other community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources.
  • RACC supports arts education by directly funding artists residencies in schools and is working on a comprehensive solution to provide integrated Arts Education learning for every student in the region.


Staff to Contact

Ahmed Yusuf
Office Manager