Americans for the Arts presents national award to Jeff Hawthorne

PORTLAND, ORE – Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, announced six recipients of the 2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Awards. Among this year’s honorees, Jeff Hawthorne, director of community engagement for the Regional Arts & Culture Council, will receive the Michael […]

The Right Brain Initiative receives increased funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

PORTLAND, ORE —The Right Brain Initiative, the arts integration program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, has received its largest-ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The NEA will award $30,000 to increase creative capacity for teachers and teaching artists. This is Right Brain’s fourth grant from the NEA. NEA Chairman […]

Visual artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2015 fellowship award

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from visual artists for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available through the RACC GrantsOnline system at Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute to the community in very […]

RACC shares tips and techniques for painting murals in two workshops, May 3 and 9

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will present “Painting BIG,” two hands-on mural painting workshops on Sunday, May 3 and Saturday, May 9. The May 3rd workshop will focus on using brushes, grids and projectors, while the May 9th workshop will cover spray paint, stencils and projection. Both workshops are from […]

The Right Brain Initiative offers nationally recognized arts education training this summer

Imagine This! A Creativity Symposium for Educators Tuesday, June 16 – Thursday, June 18, 2015 Portland Art Museum  |  1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 2015 Theme: How Place Inspires Thinking Designed for K-8 educators of all subjects and arts disciplines. See full schedule of sessions and register at: 3-day registration: $250 | Single-day option: […]

RACC Awards Arts Tax Proceeds to 11 Additional Arts Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2015 Portland, Ore – The Regional Arts & Culture Council today awarded an additional $200,883 in public funding to 11 Portland-based arts organizations that qualify for General Operating Support. This is RACC’s second cycle in calendar year 2015 for distributing “arts tax” proceeds; the first cycle was in January and […]

“In Celebration of Pigpens” kicks off a new season of installations at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – Artists Lou Watson and Michele McCall Wallace are taking over the Portland Building Installation Space with an exhibition called In Celebration of Pigpens; The “Sties” the Limit? The installation is in response to the oft reprinted quote by Portland Building architect Michael Graves. When Graves was asked recently what changes he’d like […]

RACC to host public art murals information session on March 14

PORTLAND, ORE – On Saturday, March 14, 2015, RACC will host a free information session to help local artists and other community members learn how to organize, fund and navigate two different approaches to creating murals in the City of Portland. Presenters include Gage Hamilton, an organizer of Forest for the Trees Northwest—a public art mural […]

Peg Butler’s “People Blind/Prospect & Refuge” installation opens at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – Artist Peg Butler’s latest project,People Blind/Prospect & Refuge, will be staged in the exhibition space adjacent to the lobby of the Portland Building. With this installation comes an opportunity for Portland Building visitors to observe and consider their fellow humans from multiple physical and intellectual perspectives, subjectively and objectively. The installation is designed […]

Portland-based arts organizations receive public funding increases

PORTLAND, ORE – On January 28, the RACC Board of Directors approved $1,471,626 in disbursements to 16 General Operating Support (“GOS”) member organizations that have submitted their FY2014 financial statements and other final reports to RACC. These grants are made possible thanks to $1.28 million in revenues from the city’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access […]

RACC announces new grant opportunities for expanding Portlanders’ access to arts and culture

PORTLAND, ORE – With funding from the City of Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) plans to invest approximately $50,000 in nonprofit organizations that are making arts and culture more accessible for communities of color, immigrants, refugees, underserved neighborhoods such as East Portland, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ  communities, […]

RACC awards $693,959 for arts-related projects in 2015

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $693,959 in project grants for calendar year 2015, including 66 grants to nonprofit organizations and schools, and 80 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. This year’s project grants are made possible by increased funding from the City of Portland, RACC’s largest […]

“Parts of No Sum,” an installation by Noah Greene, opens at the Portland Building November 10th

PORTLAND, ORE. – In response to Michael Graves, the architect who designed the Portland Building, the installation Parts of No Sum by Noah Greene seeks to invert the architect’s emphasis on the union of symbol and structure by examining the symbolic function of dislocated architectural material. The foundation of Greene’s conceptual exploration focuses on three […]

Portland artists create installations for Division Streetscape

PORTLAND, Ore.— Portland based artists Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis have completed a public art installation as part of the recent streetscape improvements for SE Division. The project was funded through the City of Portland’s 2% for Art ordinance. The works will be celebrated on Friday, October 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at […]