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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 […]

The Right Brain Initiative wins Game-Changing Project award from “Portland Monthly” magazine

PORTLAND, ORE —The Right Brain Initiative was honored on Tuesday night by the Portland Monthly magazine’s prestigious Light a Fire awards, an annual recognition for some of the best non-profits in the city. Right Brain received the Game-Changing Project award, which celebrates a unique collaboration that drives community transformation. Designed by a cross-section of Portlanders in […]

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

MEDIA ALERT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY 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 […]

Portlandia turns 30 on October 8; community celebration scheduled

PORTLAND, ORE — The public is invited to attend a free party in celebration of Portlandia’s 30th birthday onThursday, October 8th from noon-1:30pm at The Standard Insurance Plaza across from the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue. Portlandia, designed and constructed by Raymond Kaskey, is made of hammered copper sheeting about the thickness of a […]

RACC accepting applications for “Art of Leadership,” a professional development program, through October 26

Portland, Ore. – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications for Art of Leadership, a training program that prepares business professionals to serve on the boards of arts and culture organizations. The Art of Leadership was first established by Business for Culture & the Arts in 2003, and was transferred to RACC in 2015. […]

Deanna Pindell’s “Apothecary for the Anthropocene” at the Portland Building Installation Space

PORTLAND, ORE – The Anthropocene: a term increasingly used to describe a new epoch in which human activity exerts significant influence on global environmental conditions. This allegorical apothecary installation by artist Deanna Pindell presents a summons to reconsider our heretofore casual relationship with our mortal existence on the planet. Can the looming climate and environmental crisis we […]

David Eckard and Ellen Lesperance receive RACC fellowship awards for excellence in visual arts

PORTLAND, ORE — Two Portland-based visual artists have received RACC’s 2015 Fellowship Awards. In addition to being recognized for their artistic excellence and achievements in the visual arts, David Eckard and Ellen Lesperance will each receive a cash grant of $20,000. David Eckard was selected for a RACC Fellowship on the strength of his personal […]

Work for Art launches million dollar campaign

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council has announced plans to raise $1 million during Work for Art’s 10th anniversary campaign benefitting local arts and culture organizations. Mike Golub, President of Business Operations for the Portland Timbers, announced the goal on Thursday evening in front of 100 business and arts leaders at the […]

RACC to take ownership of key BCA programs

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA) announced today that some of BCA’s signature programs are being transferred to RACC while BCA winds down its operations as an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Under the terms of the agreement, RACC will receive all intellectual property and […]

Regional Arts & Culture announces General Operating Support awards to 19 local arts organizations

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded an additional $215,886 in public funding to sixteen Portland-based arts organizations that qualify for General Operating Support. This is RACC’s third cycle in calendar year 2015 for distributing the City’s “arts tax” proceeds; the first two cycles were in January and May. General […]

New murals coming to Portland this summer

PORTLAND, ORE — On July 15, the RACC board of directors approved funding for two new Public Art Mural projects: $13,500 for seven murals in partnership with Forest for the Trees Northwest, and $14,250 for a mural in partnership with the Wattles Boys & Girls Club in SE Portland. Forest for the Trees Northwest Murals:  […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council elects new board members and officers

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) board of directors has re-elected Jan Robertson as the chair of the board for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. Robertson is the CEO and a partner of Norris, Beggs & Simpson Companies, a full-service commercial real estate company, and an advocate for the arts […]

Art Spark networking event scheduled for July 16

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites the public to attend its next quarterly Art Spark event on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Stormbreaker Brewing, 832 North Beech Street in Portland.  Now in its 8th year, Art Spark is a quarterly networking event for artists and arts lovers […]

Three local public art projects receive national awards

PORTLAND, ORE — Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, recently honored 31 of the most outstanding public art projects in the country last year, including three projects from Portland administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).  The awards were announced in Chicago, Illinois […]

RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2016

PORTLAND, ORE — 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 events planned for calendar year 2016. The first step in applying for a RACC Project Grant is to submit an “Intent to Apply” form online at racc.culturegrants.org […]

RACC grants $54,118 to 20 nonprofit organizations working with underserved communities

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded grants to 20 Portland-based nonprofit organizations with $54,118 in funds from the city’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF), or arts tax. These “Expanding Cultural Access” grants are designed to provide arts and culture programs and services for communities of color, immigrants, […]

Alanna Risse presents her “Lub Dub” installation at the Portland Building Installation Space June 8 – July 10

PORTLAND, ORE – Inspired by the 1966 sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage, in which miniaturized scientists enter a living human body on a medical rescue mission, artist Alanna Risse has created an installation that invites viewers to make believe they are inside a whimsical reconstruction of the human heart. While still remaining roughly anatomically correct, the […]