RACC’s annual report now available; “State of the Arts” presentation scheduled for March 9



Issued on January 31, 2011

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will present its annual “State of the Arts” report to Portland City Council on Wednesday, March 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers of Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Street. RACC’s 2010 Report from the Community, now available in print and online, will serve as the basis for this presentation.

In the RACC State of the Arts report, executive director Eloise Damrosch and board chair Carol R. Smith will describe how the City of Portland’s investments in arts and culture benefitted the City and its residents last year. They will show examples of how culture and creativity are enlivening our community, supporting economic development, enhancing classroom learning, sparking innovation in business, and creating more vibrant neighborhoods. The presenters will highlight some of the community’s extraordinary artistic accomplishments and discuss the challenges and opportunities that face the arts community in the year ahead.

To attend the RACC State of the Arts event, please RSVP at RSVP@theArtsCAN.org. More than 200 members of the local arts and culture community – artists, advocates, and arts administrators – are expected to attend and show their support for the City’s continued investments in arts and culture through RACC.

  • The official presentation will begin at 9:30am and last approximately half an hour.
  • From 10:00 to 10:20am, citizens may comment on the RACC report and testify about their personal experiences with arts and culture.
  • At approximately 10:20am, Portland Mayor Sam Adams will ask City Council to approve the report.
  • The presentation will also be aired on City Net 30.

RACC’s 2010 Report from the Community provides a handy summary of the organization’s accomplishments in the past year, including a complete list of grants that have been awarded and public art projects that have been commissioned. To view the report online, visit www.racc.org/report. To receive a printed copy of the report, email mbauer@racc.org or call 503-823-5426.