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Media artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2016 fellowship award

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from media artists (including film, video and audio) for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available through the RACC GrantsOnline system at http://racc.culturegrants.org. Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute […]

Work for Art announces line-up for Battle of the Bands competition on May 12

PORTLAND, ORE — Bankers, lawyers, surgeons and engineers will be among the unlikely musicians competing in Work for Art’s first annual Battle of the Bands on Thursday, May 12 at the Crystal Ballroom. Tickets are only $10, on sale now at the Crystal Ballroom box office and online. A limited number of VIP tickets are […]

Every Portland elementary school now has an arts teacher, thanks to the arts tax

Find stories about the impact of the tax online in April at #pdxlovesart PORTLAND, ORE —In November 2012, 63% of Portland voters overwhelmingly passed Ballot Measure 26-146 to create the Arts Education & Access Fund, now known as the “arts tax.” The tax directly funds 72 K-5, music, dance and visual art teachers in the […]

Jenna Reineking’s “Temporal Ecologies,” March 21 – April 15, heads up a new season of installations at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – Artist Jenna Reineking’s upcoming installation in the lobby of the Portland Building, Temporal Ecologies, is designed to transform the architecture of the exhibition space into an activated environment; her choice of materials to accomplish this—the humble brown paper lunch bag: “I recently have become interested in creating systems using forms repeated in incremental […]

RACC launches new website

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has launched a new website at www.racc.org.  With an average of 452 unique visits per day, RACC’s website has been redesigned and reprogrammed to help constituents access RACC’s abundant resources more easily. The new website is also fully responsive for tablets and mobile devices, which […]

Battle of the Bands scheduled for May 12 at the Crystal Ballroom

PORTLAND, ORE — Tickets are now on sale for Work for Art’s first annual Battle of the Bands competition, a celebration of employee creativity at the Crystal Ballroom on May 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit Work for Art, a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Eight company bands (employees who play […]

Arts champions to be honored on February 24

PORTLAND, ORE — The 2016 Arts Breakfast of Champions is coming up fast! More than 400 community leaders will celebrate some of the region’s most powerful partnerships between arts and business on Wednesday, February 24 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/1RUiQUV. The Arts Breakfast of Champions […]

RACC unveils new “Arts Equity” grant opportunity; letters of interest due February 24

PORTLAND, ORE — With funding from Multnomah County and the City of Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will invest a total of $100,000 in nonprofit organizations that are providing arts and culture programs and services for marginalized communities, including geographically underserved neighborhoods; communities of color, immigrants, […]

Guestwork’s “Accounting for Public Interest” unfolds at the Portland Building January 11th – February 6th

PORTLAND, ORE – Accounting for Public Interest, a playful interactive poll by artists Travis Neel and Erin Charpentier (a.k.a. Guestwork), opens at the Portland Building January 11th. The project examines the relationship between Portland residents and their ideal city and engages visitors in a game of critical thinking that guides participants through a series of exercises […]

Tickets on sale now for the 2016 Arts Breakfast of Champions

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will announce and recognize the top corporate donors to the arts in 2015 at the Arts Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, February 24, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are on sale now. The Arts Breakfast of Champions was established in 1995 by […]

RACC awards $665,595 for artistic projects in 2016

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $665,595 in project grants for calendar year 2016, including 54 grants to nonprofit organizations and 77 grants to individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. “Once again, the region’s artists and nonprofit organizations have brought a tremendous variety of interesting projects to […]

The Right Brain Initiative and Work for Art release reports

PORTLAND, ORE — Two programs of the Regional Arts & Culture Council – The Right Brain Initiative and Work for Art – have published summaries of their accomplishments and finances for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015.  The Right Brain Initiative’s 2015 Progress Report illustrates RACC’s unique approach to supporting K-8 educators in the […]

“Celebrate Public Art” exhibition at Portland City Hall opens November 12

PORTLAND, ORE — To honor the legacy of Portland’s longstanding and nationally respected public art program, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) presents Celebrate Public Art, an exhibition at Portland City Hall November 12th through December 4th. The impetus for the exhibit is the 35th anniversary of the Percent for Art ordinance in Portland. All four […]

Willamette Week awards Skidmore Prize to Right Brain staffer

PORTLAND, ORE —The Right Brain Initiative’s Outreach Specialist Rebecca Burrell has received a Skidmore Prize, an award delivered annually by the Willamette Week to four outstanding non-profit leaders under the age of 36. This award is presented in conjunction with Willamette Week’s Give!Guide, a year-end fundraising campaign for Portland area organizations, which launched today and […]

Restored “Talos No. 2” sculpture returns to the Transit Mall

MEDIA ALERT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WHO: RACC WHAT: James Lee Hansen’s public art sculpture, Talos No. 2, is being reinstalled WHEN: Friday, October 30, 2015. Public art staff will be on site until 12:15pm. WHERE: SW 6th Avenue at Stark Street in downtown Portland Talos No. 2, a sculpture by artist James Lee Hansen that […]