About RACC

David Douglas RISE students work on aptART mural funded by RACC mural program.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants for artists and nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; and provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance. RACC advocates for equity, inclusion and access, working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts. RACC receives funding for our work from a variety of public and private partners to effectively serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout greater Portland. RACC current and past Annual Reports

Vision:

An environment in which arts and culture flourish and prosper

Mission:

To enrich our communities through arts and culture.

Core Values:

We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right. We value a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences. We value a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture. We value a community that celebrates and supports its artists, and its arts and cultural organizations. We value arts and culture as key elements in creating desirable places to live, work and visit.

Programs and Services:

RACC provides service in five key areas:

  • Through advocacy, RACC helps build support for a strong arts and culture community.
  • RACC grants provide artists and arts organizations with financial support.
  • Our nationally-acclaimed public art program integrates a wide range of art in public places. RACC manages Percent for Art programs for the City of Portland and Multnomah county.
  • RACC provides other community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources.
  • RACC supports arts education by directly funding artists residencies in schools and is working on a comprehensive solution to provide integrated Arts Education learning for every student in the region.