“Día de los Muertos” installation by artist Pepe Moscoso at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE –  Artist Pepe Moscoso, known for his photography, collage and assemblage work, brings his talent for combining mediums to the Portland Building in October with a site-specific Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) installation in the lobby exhibition space.  As many already know, the Día de los Muertos holiday is focused on […]

Free workshop on public art murals to be held November 8

PORTLAND, ORE – On Saturday, November 8, 2014, RACC will host a free workshop 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 […]

RACC posts “Call for Proposals” for the Portland Building Installation Space

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has just posted its annual “Call for Proposals” for artists and artist teams who create installation art. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 5, 2014; complete guidelines for submitting a proposal can be found at  Background: Each fall RACC invites artists currently living […]

RACC announces its 2014 fellows in performing arts: Linda Austin and Anita Menon

PORTLAND, ORE. – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has selected two performing artists to receive this year’s fellowship awards: Linda Austin and Anita Menon. RACC’s fellowship program is designed to help local artists of high merit sustain or enhance their creative process, and each fellowship includes a cash award of $20,000. Linda Austin, […]

RACC seeks applications for new public art murals

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council is now accepting applications for mural funding through its Public Art Murals Program. Applications are due the first Wednesday of every month through June 2015. There are two routes to creating a community mural in Portland: (1)The Public Art Murals Program is funded by the City […]

Arts education linked to student achievement in the Portland area

A new report ties The Right Brain Initiative to an increase in student test scores Portland, Ore – There is a meaningful and quantifiable link between integrated arts education and student learning, according to a report released today by The Right Brain Initiative in advance of National Arts in Education Week next week (September 14-20). […]

Call to artists: RACC to purchase new artwork for its Portable Works Collection

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking artwork — paintings, prints, drawings, photographs or three-dimensional wall pieces — to purchase for the Portable Works Collection.  Professional artists from Oregon and Washington are invited to apply, and the focus of this purchase will be to add work by artists are not currently […]

Marna Stalcup named Director of Arts Education

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council has promoted Marna Stalcup to Director of Arts Education, a new position that is funded in part by the City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund. For the last seven years, Marna has served as the program manager for The Right Brain Initiative, RACC’s public-private partnership for […]

Abigail McNamara’s “Ritual, 660’” installation opens at the Portland Building August 11th

PORTLAND, ORE – Ritual 660’, a deftly crafted installation by artist Abigail McNamara, engages the observer’s aesthetic senses while it asks us to contemplate a largely unconsidered aspect of our workday world. McNamara’s installation, which opens August 11th at the Portland Building, employs a floor to ceiling wall of string—each strand coated with beeswax and […]

Work for Art celebrates 2013-14 campaign results

Work for Art raised $776,007 in its eighth annual campaign according to honorary chair Jeff Harvey, president and CEO of Burgerville. A total of 1,965 donors participated in the 2013-14 campaign, helping Work for Art surpass last year’s total by 2%. Harvey announced the results on Wednesday evening at a special reception at Portland Center Stage […]

Americans for the Arts recognizes “Streetcar Stop for Portland” and “Inversion +/-” among the country’s most outstanding public art projects

PORTLAND, ORE – Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has recognized 37 outstanding public arts projects completed in the United States in 2013, including two artworks managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.  A total of 345 projects from across the country were submitted to AFTA for consideration for this year’s Public Art Network Year […]

New mural honoring Kirk Reeves to be painted by Gwenn Seemel

PORTLAND, ORE — Over the next two weeks, Portland artist Gwenn Seemel will be working on a mural-sized portrait of Kirk Reeves, the Portland street performer and musician who passed away in November of 2012. The 10’ x 30’ foot mural, funded by RACC, will be painted along the east facing wall of a building on […]

RACC announces first round of General Operating Support awards for 2014-15; three new member organizations added

PORTLAND, ORE – Disjecta, Pendulum Aerial Arts, and Portland Jazz Festival will join up to 46 other local arts organizations receiving General Operating Support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in 2014-15. More than $1.1 million will be invested as unrestricted support for many of the region’s most established nonprofit arts organizations. General […]

RACC announces arts education job opportunities

PORTLAND, ORE – The Right Brain Initiative, an arts integration program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in partnership with Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington, is hiring staff and contractors. Current job openings include: Teaching Artists Arts Integration Coach Program Assistant Additional positions will become available throughout the summer, and complete descriptions […]

Jesse Taylor’s “Deconstruction Reconstruction: Office” opens July 7th at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – On the surface Jesse Taylor’s Deconstruction Reconstruction: Office project has a simple premise—deconstruct the contents of a typical office space and rebuild/rework the pieces into a formal, abstract sculptural installation. But the artist’s ultimate intent is a bit more involved. Taylor also sees the labor associated with the deconstruction process as “work of […]

RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2015

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 cultural events planned for calendar year 2015. “Intent to Apply” forms and applications must be submitted online on RACC’s new GrantsOnline system – RACC Project […]

The Right Brain Initiative wins major funding from The Oregon Community Foundation

PORTLAND, ORE – The Right Brain Initiative has received a $210,000 grant from The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). The Studio to School grants are a new arts education project made possible by the $150 million Fred W. Fields gift to OCF in 2012. The grants were awarded to just 18 non-profit programs across the state. […]

RACC invests in ten nonprofit organizations to expand arts access in Portland

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $25,695 in special grants to ten Portland-based nonprofit organizations, using funding from the city’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF). The grants are designed to expand Portland residents’ access by investing in organizations that are serving underserved artists, communities of color, immigrants, […]