Eloise's Blog

Cultural Engagement for Everyone

Posted June 30, 2015 - 3:39pm by Eloise Damrosch

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s premier organization for arts advocacy, held its annual convention a couple of weeks ago in downtown Chicago. The three-day convening drew over 1500 people, mostly local arts administrators, arts educators, artists, leaders of arts organizations, and elected officials.

Staff Updates

Posted May 27, 2015 - 11:56am by Eloise Damrosch


In the news

Posted April 30, 2015 - 12:50pm by Eloise Damrosch

I imagine many of us have been following the news about the unexplained reasons for Freddie Gray’s death and the ensuing violence in Baltimore’s streets. I was inspired to comment here by a news clip announcing that the Baltimore Symphony was about to play a free public concert on the steps of the Symphony Hall, hoping to bring some calm, solace and hope to people.

PGE Diversity Summit

Posted April 8, 2015 - 3:22pm by Eloise Damrosch

On April 7 PGE put on a Diversity Summit at the Oregon Convention Center attended by approximately 1,000 people seemingly from all corners of the community including businesses, non-profits and branches of the military. While I haven’t even begun to process all I heard and learned some highlights are worth mentioning – if not brand new ideas, at least newly framed in interesting contexts.  

Spring is here

Posted March 27, 2015 - 2:55pm by Eloise Damrosch

Yes, both the sun and rain are here, but it is warmer. As Spring brings renewal three new arts venues are in various stages of springing to life, which is great news to share and celebrate.

Welcome to RACC!

Posted March 11, 2015 - 10:39am by Eloise Damrosch

We are delighted to announce three recent and wonderful additions to the RACC team. Please read about them below (in order of length of service at RACC).

Sinéad Kimbrell


Our New Equity Statement

Posted February 27, 2015 - 3:30pm by Eloise Damrosch

For more than a decade the Regional Arts & Culture Council has been committed to valuing diversity in all its many forms. We have made significant progress in developing a board and staff that reflect the rapidly changing demographics of our region, which has resulted in hearing many new points of view; learning from challenging experts; forming new alliances; strengthening existing relationships; and learning  daily from the communities we serve.

The Heart of Portland, a PPS arts showcase

Posted February 24, 2015 - 1:18pm by Eloise Damrosch

Last Thursday evening Portland Public Schools threw an arts extravaganza celebrating, as Superintendent Carole Smith joyfully proclaimed, “the arts are back in Portland Public!”

Arts Complexity in New Orleans

Posted January 28, 2015 - 2:37pm by Eloise Damrosch

Twice a year I have the good fortune to meet with about 30 colleagues who have my job in cities across the country. Last winter we met in downtown Detroit, a city struggling to come back from a total economic collapse. Last week we convened in New Orleans recovering from a natural and cultural disaster. In both cases it has been and will continue to be a gradual and complicated process in which artists (not surprisingly) are playing a vital role in breathing creativity, personal and collective vision, and energy to the recovery efforts.


Posted December 29, 2014 - 10:07am by Eloise Damrosch

2015 will be a year of important milestones for RACC and the arts communities we serve. We will be celebrating some key anniversaries around one of our oldest programs, Public Art. And just as with people and good wine, we hope that it has grown wiser over time. 35 years ago the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and Portland’s City Council passed the first Percent for Art ordinances stipulating that 1% of the construction costs of city and county capital construction projects must be set aside for public art.

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