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Four additional arts organizations to receive General Operating Support from RACC

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has approved the addition of four nonprofit organizations to its roster of “General Operating Support” organizations that receive annual unrestricted funding from RACC in support of their mission. The four new “GOS” organizations are: August Wilson Red Door Project, $12,000 CoHo Productions, $12,800 Oregon BRAVO […]

RACC launches national search for new Executive Director

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) Board of Directors, together with its executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners,has released the job description for a new Executive Director. Applications are being accepted now, with a goal of having the new Executive Director in place next spring. The position profile is available online […]

RACC awards Literature Fellowships to Samiya Bashir and Rene Denfeld

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce its 2017 Fellows in Literature – Portland writers Samiya Bashir and Rene Denfeld. RACC’s fellowship program honors local artists of high merit. Recipients receive a cash award of $20,000 to sustain or enhance their creative process. Samiya Bashir is a collaborative […]

A statement from RACC regarding the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision on the arts tax

PORTLAND, ORE – This morning, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals in Wittemyer v. City of Portland (Supreme Court Case No. S064205) and held that the Arts Income Tax is not a prohibited “poll or head tax” under the Oregon constitution. “We are grateful to the Oregon Supreme Court […]

Celebrating fashion and arts education at SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design

A unique new event showcases garments created from uncommon materials to help raise money for The Right Brain Initiative PORTLAND, ORE — On September 21, 2017, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and Arlene Schnitzer present SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design at 6:00 p.m. at the Leftbank Annex. This first annual runway show […]

Night Lights presents site-specific outdoor media monthly through April

Regional Arts & Culture Council and Open Signal to host projections from local artists PORTLAND, ORE — Night Lights, a monthly public art event, continues into its third year of urban intervention. A special launch party will be held at Open Signal on Wednesday, September 20 before the First Thursday series begins on October 5, […]

As the Portland Building renovation approaches RACC looks back at 23 years of the Installation Space, August 14 – September 1

PORTLAND, ORE – As the three year long renovation of the Portland Building approaches RACC will take an opportunity to present A Look Back: 23 Years at the Portland Building Installation Space. This “venue retrospective” will celebrate the rich and varied history of art installations in the modest gallery space that adjoins the Portland Building […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council elects new board members

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) board of directors has elected two new members. They include: Leslie Heilbrunn is director of the Business Customer Group at Portland General Electric. Prior to joining PGE, Leslie was Governor John Kitzhaber’s speechwriter and she also spent more than a decade in the magazine industry. […]

National Endowment for the Arts awards $30,000 for The Right Brain Initiative

PORTLAND, ORE — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $30,000 to The Right Brain Initiative, the arts integration […]

RACC board taps Jeff Hawthorne to serve as Interim Executive Director

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has announced that Jeff Hawthorne will fill the position of Executive Director on an interim basis, effective July 1 until the new Executive Director is hired. RACC’s current Executive Director, Eloise Damrosch, retires on June 30. “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff […]

RACC awards Arts Equity Grants to 24 organizations

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $126,540 in Arts Equity Grants to 24 organizations that are advancing RACC’s goals for equity and inclusion. These grants are funded by City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund, or arts tax, along with support from Multnomah County. Arts Equity Grants provide […]

Artist Crystal Schenk presents “I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy” at the Portland Building Installation Space, June 5 – June 30

PORTLAND, ORE – RACC is pleased to present a new work by sculptor and installation artist Crystal Schenk in the Installation Space located adjacent to the Portland Building lobby. I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy, opens June 5 and features an arresting sculpture that asks the viewer to look beyond their common understanding […]

Pochas Radicales presents “Nuestrx espacio; soy otro tú” at the Portland Building Installation Space, May 2 – May 26

Click here for a Spanish version of this press release. PORTLAND, ORE – Pochas Radicales, a queer Latinx art collective located in Portland, will present a timely, site specific installation in the exhibition space at the Portland Building beginning May 2. The project, titled Nuestrx espacio;soy otro tú, will transform the compact gallery adjacent to […]

Lineup announced for May 17 Battle of the Bands

PORTLAND, ORE — On May 17 at the Crystal Ballroom, bankers, architects, lumberjacks and surgeons will represent their companies and compete for prizes at Battle of the Bands, a benefit for Work for Art. Tickets are $12, on sale now at the Crystal Ballroom box office at workforart.org/bob. A limited number of VIP tickets are available […]

“Visual Chronicle of Portland” exhibition opens at the Portland Building, March 28 – April 21

PORTLAND, ORE – A special exhibition focusing on new acquisitions to the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection opens at the Portland Building on March 28th. The Visual Chronicle of Portland, a collection of original works-on-paper that portray artists’ perceptions of what makes Portland unique, has been steadily growing since its inception in 1985 and now boasts […]

Company bands invited to Battle on May 17

PORTLAND, ORE  – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting registrations for its second annual Battle of the Bands competition slated for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Crystal Ballroom. Eight employee bands, sponsored by their companies, will perform in front of friends, family, co-workers and a panel of celebrity judges as […]

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