Eloise's Blog

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!

Happy New Year from RACC

Posted December 30, 2013 - 1:37pm by Eloise Damrosch
All of us at RACC wish all of you the very happiest of New Years. May 2014 bring you the inspiration, resources and zeal to make art, experience new art forms, revisit old favorites, support art in schools, support art in your workplace, volunteer, write and receive checks, become an advocate, learn a new skill, welcome creative newcomers to Portland, bike to art, support our creative chefs – in short -  dive into all that this amazing place has to offer.

RACC at 100%

Posted December 6, 2013 - 10:04am by Eloise Damrosch

I am reminded every day that we have a truly stellar staff of talented, engaged and dedicated people. But the other day we passed a milestone by achieving 100% participation in Work for Art. This is our workplace giving program where every dollar raised in public and private workplaces is granted directly to arts organizations on top of their annual operating support and project grants from RACC.

Music in the air

Posted November 26, 2013 - 11:02am by Eloise Damrosch

On November 24th I had the good fortune to experience the Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s 40th season opener at the Schnitzer along with a huge enthusiastic crowd there to enjoy and cheer on three different youth orchestras. Hundreds of talented musicians played a wide range of classical favorites with talent, enthusiasm and obvious dedication. I especially loved hearing the three groups in ascending order of experience and marveling at how well they all played.

Breakfast of Champions

Posted November 14, 2013 - 11:18am by Eloise Damrosch

Business for Culture and the Arts gathered hundreds of business and arts leaders yesterday at the Portland Arts Museum for its annual Breakfast of Champions. The primary purpose of this event is to celebrate and thank local businesses of all sizes for financial support to area arts non-profits. Awards were also given out for top campaigns for Work for Art, the leading company supporting Arts Education, the company named “Rookie of the Year” and more.

Welcome, Marina Barcelo

Posted October 28, 2013 - 12:15pm by Eloise Damrosch

We are very pleased to introduce you to Marina Barcelo, RACC’s new Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager. In this position she leads development and fundraising work primarily for the Right Brain Initiative, which is a great fit with her belief in the importance of arts education.

Welcome to our new office manager

Posted October 4, 2013 - 3:41pm by Eloise Damrosch

We are thrilled to introduce Ahmed Yusuf our brand new Office Manager. Ahmed replaces Marci Cochran who left us after ten years for a new job at the Pew Charitable Trust. Ahmed describes himself as an entrepreneurial, get it done guy – welcome attributes for this position to be sure. He maintains and manages office operations and provides administrative support to the executive office, including the executive assistant, and departments as needed.

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