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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 […]

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 […]