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Big Art Around Town

Posted August 27, 2014 - 9:56am by Eloise Damrosch

Are you looking for a new outdoors activity for these glorious September days? I recommend arming yourself with a map (pdf) and checking out a bunch of extremely varied new murals all over town.

20 artists from Portland, Oakland, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Cape Town, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City converged on the city last week to paint 20 murals in the City as part of the second annual Forest for the Trees NW, a weeklong public art mural extravaganza.

National recognition for two of Portland’s public art projects

Posted July 25, 2014 - 10:43am by Eloise Damrosch

Last week we reported that Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has cited two Portland sculptures among the country’s 37 most outstanding national public art projects in 2013. AFTA’s Public Art Network Year in Review considered 345 projects overall, and it is an honor to have Streetcar Stop for Portland and Inversion +/- named among the select few to receive this prestigious recognition.

The mighty PTFC

Posted July 9, 2014 - 9:09am by Eloise Damrosch

Earlier this year I was honored to attend a game at the Portland Timbers and accept an award for The Right Brain Initiative from the Portland Timbers Community Fund. When you are next in the office be sure to check out our beautiful crystal award at the front desk.

RACC welcomes new officers and five new board members

Posted June 30, 2014 - 12:34pm by Eloise Damrosch

As an action-packed fiscal year comes to end, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the outstanding leadership and support of our Board of Directors. We are sad that board members Alan Alexander III, Karen Karbo and Bonita Oswald have completed their 6-year terms. Time has flown!  All three of them have offered steadfast support for our programs and have truly enriched RACC through their different areas of expertise and skillsets. We hope they won’t stray too far.

Outgoing board members 

Two Amazing Women

Posted May 28, 2014 - 2:52pm by Eloise Damrosch
 

State of the Arts

Posted April 29, 2014 - 4:07pm by Eloise Damrosch
 
Thank you to everyone who joined the crowd last Wednesday at City Hall for RACC’s 2014 State of the Arts presentation to City Council.  We are required by our contract to report annually how we have allocated and leveraged the City’s investment in the arts and we welcome this opportunity to share successes with them.  NW Horn Orchestra warmed up the audience with a lovely piece by Mendelssohn which gradually and surprisingly morphed into ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”
 

Spring Advocacy Season

Posted March 20, 2014 - 3:26pm by Eloise Damrosch
As our public funders make their way through the annual budgeting process, RACC moves into serious advocacy mode. Ever since we became a nonprofit regional council almost 20 years ago we make an annual case to maintain or grow public support from the City of Portland, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, and Metro in order to invest in the region’s arts community.
 

RACC welcomes new staff

Posted February 27, 2014 - 10:22am by Eloise Damrosch
We have had two positions open for some time in our Work for Art and IT departments, while we re-examined needs and job descriptions. I am very happy to introduce you to the wonderful people we found. Meet Einar and Andrew!
 
Einar Andrew
 
 

NEA Chair Nominated by President Obama

Posted February 13, 2014 - 6:11pm by Eloise Damrosch
After 2 years without a leader the National Endowment for the Arts President Obama has nominated his choice for the Arts Endowment’s Chair. She is Dr. Jane Chu, Chief Executive Officer of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO.  Mr. Obama said "Jane's lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City.

Helping Grow The Right Brain Initiative

Posted January 30, 2014 - 4:25pm by Eloise Damrosch
I want to send along heartfelt thanks to the 240 generous contributors to the Right Brain Initiative in Willamette Week’s Give!Guide over the holidays. The program raised $14,287 plus  a bonus of $500 for the most donors under age 35 in the education category, for a grand total of $14,787. Thank you for joining us in providing arts experiences for thousands of children. Through The Right Brain Initiative students are engaged and stimulated as they learn in new ways, and teachers gain tools for integrating the arts into the core curriculum. Everyone wins!
 
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