Media Alert: Portlandia’s 30th Birthday Celebration on October 8


WHO: RACC, the City of Portland

WHAT: Portlandia’s 30th Birthday

WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Remarks and singing at 12:30pm.

WHERE: The Standard Insurance Plaza, across from the Portland Building on SW 5th between SW Madison and Main

NOTES: Portlandia, the sculptural icon at the Portland Building, is turning 30 years old and the public is invited to attend a free party in celebration of this milestone. Designed and fabricated by Raymond Kaskey, the statue is made of hammered copper sheeting around a steel armature.

Arts Commissioner Nick Fish will act as emcee and former mayor Bud Clark and current mayor Charlie Hales will be on hand to help celebrate. Rose High Bear from Wisdom of the Elders will provide a Native blessing, and Storm Large will sing “Happy Birthday” to the copper goddess accompanied by the fourth and fifth grade school choir from Chapman Elementary School. Other festivities include games, photo opportunities and music from 1985. Refreshments will be served.