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Posted December 29, 2014 - 9:07am 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.

Sharing the Season

Posted November 25, 2014 - 11:03am by Eloise Damrosch

This month you may read about some great ways to support our local artists, arts organizations, and programs as the year draws to a close. I hope you will choose what is most meaningful for you to support and celebrate all of the amazing talent and creativity that graces our region. I will happily be doing that, but am also thinking about ways to make this season shine for people I love.

RACC welcomes new Right Brain Initiative staff

Posted November 19, 2014 - 1:31pm by Eloise Damrosch

Last week RACC welcomed another great member to our staff. Phoebe Ebright joins us as Development Manager for The Right Brain Initiative.

Phoebe is a seasoned development professional with extensive nonprofit fundraising experience who will lead Right Brain’s efforts in reaching a $500,000 annual goal in corporate, foundation and individual giving. A native Oregonian, she graduated from Linfield College with a dual degree in Art and Sociology, and is excited to combine her fundraising expertise with a passion for the advancement of the arts.

Meet our new community services coordinator

Posted October 20, 2014 - 10:07am by Eloise Damrosch

RACC has found a fabulous new Community Services Coordinator and I am pleased to introduce you to André Middleton!

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, André discovered his passion for art while attending college in Portland. His strong background in outreach, media and the arts will serve us well as he takes on the responsibility of coordinating RACC’s workshops for individual artists and our Art Spark networking events. Welcome, Andre!

Staff Changes

Posted September 26, 2014 - 10:28am by Eloise Damrosch

Over the past year we have had some staff changes that I am happy to share.

Big Art Around Town

Posted August 27, 2014 - 8:56am 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 - 9:43am 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 - 8:09am 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 - 11:34am 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 - 1:52pm by Eloise Damrosch
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