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Mikyoung Kim Selected for Sellwood Bridge Public Art Project

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced today that Boston based artist, Mikyoung Kim, has been selected to create public art for the Sellwood Bridge, slated to open in 2016. The art is funded through the city’s percent for art program and will be owned by the City and maintained by RACC. Kim, an […]

Artist Christy Hawkins presents “Outdoors In” July 9 – August 3, 2012

Project Background: Christy Hawkins presents her ambitious quilting project Outdoors In at the Portland Building next week. Using a combination of organic cotton and “up-cycled” fabrics, Hawkins has created a full scale, three-dimensional campfire scene complete with scenic backdrops made entirely with quilted material. Her aim is to help counteract “nature deficit disorder” by inspiring […]

RACC awards $1.7 million to 48 local arts organizations

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced today that 48 local arts organizations have been awarded a total of $1,728,290 for FY13. These organizations, headquartered in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, submitted proposals through RACC’s competitive “general support” grant program, which helps fund the overall mission of qualified arts organizations that are delivering year-round […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2013

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties to submit proposals for artistic projects and cultural events planned for calendar year 2013. “Intent to Apply” forms must be submitted online –  by 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2012. RACC “Project Grants” support a wide […]

Local nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $253 million in annual economic activity

PORTLAND, OR – The nonprofit arts and culture industry in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties generates more than $253 million in annual economic activity, according to Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a national economic impact study. The study was conducted in 182 communities nationwide by Americans for the Arts, with local support from the Regional […]

RACC launches language support services

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has begun providing language support services for residents with limited English proficiency, and has published the “Arts for All” brochure in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese. These services are provided as part of RACC’s ongoing equity initiative, helping ensure that all area residents have access to arts and culture, […]

Kendra Larson presents “Aviary” at the Portland Building April 30 – May 25, 2012

Project Description: Kendra Larson’s installation Aviary is designed to spark conversation about the ownership of nature. Drawing on her interest in literature of the woods, contemporary film noir, and research on natural phenomena Larson was inspired to combine her slightly spooky wall paintings—a mix of conifer trees, mountain vistas and clouds—with an aviary of bird […]

The Right Brain Initiative provides tools to build creative classrooms in its third arts education seminar

3rd Annual Imagine This! A Seminar on Bringing Creativity to ClassroomsMonday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 20, 2012Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue, PortlandOpen to educators of all subjects and disciplines Register at www.imaginethis2012.eventbrite.comCost: $250; single-day option $100Advanced registration: April 17 – 30General registration: May 7 – June 13 This summer, The Right […]

Artist Jodie Cavalier presents a minimalist take on a postmodern icon

Project Background: Artist Jodie Cavalier will bring her uncanny ability to translate the essence of an experience into evocative, minimalist sculptural form (picture a folded sheet of corrugated metal for a waterfall, a loosely tied sheet of rolled foam for a hug) to focus on the iconic postmodern architecture of the Portland Building itself. Love […]

New artists added to the Portable Works Collection

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has added 52 new works by 32 Oregon artists to its portable works collection. The collection of more than 1,000 pieces represents hundreds of Northwest artists, and these artworks are displayed on a rotating basis in publicly accessible buildings throughout the City of Portland and Multnomah County. RACC […]

Nine new temporary installations selected for the Portland Building Installation Space

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has announced a line-up of nine new installations by local artists scheduled to appear in the Portland Building over the next twelve months. For 18 years, RACC has managed the Installation Space in the Portland Building (located downtown at 1120 SW 5th Avenue) as a way to present […]

Burgerville to “Feed the Arts” by donating portion of proceeds to “Work for Art” on March 8

Non-profit provides financial support to more than 80 vital arts and culture organizations serving the Northwest region VANCOUVER, Wash.  – On Thursday, Mar. 8, Burgerville, a long-standing tradition in Oregon and Southwest Washington, will donate 1.5 percent of all sales that day to Work for Art, a non-profit that supports arts and culture services throughout […]

Artist Shu-Ju Wang’s “The Laundry Maze” Ends March 16

Project Background: The Chinese laundry is an iconic thread of the early China-to-US immigration story. It was a business that required little start-up capital or spoken English and was viewed as an undesirable task that could be passed on to immigrants without controversy. Regardless of professions they may have attained before coming to the U.S., […]

Fall campaigns bring Work for Art to 83% of goal with four months remaining

Thirty-three workplaces have announced their employee giving totals for the 2011-12 “Work for Art” campaign, and those gifts, combined with other contributions received between July 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012, total $703,326. With several more campaigns scheduled for the spring, Work for Art is on track to beat last year’s campaign total of $765,000 […]

Major private funders renew support for The Right Brain Initiative

The Collins Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation have renewed their support for The Right Brain Initiative with major two-year grants, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced today. Each foundation awarded the program a total of $100,000 to be used over the next two years. A unique community-wide partnership […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council publishes “2011 Year in Review”

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has released its annual report for 2011. The year in review, available online at www.racc.org/2011AnnualReport, includes highlights of last year’s activities in service to artists and arts organizations throughout the Portland metropolitan region. Among the organization’s highlights in 2011: • RACC moved to new office on North Park […]