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, […]

Performing artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2014 fellowship award

Portland, Ore –  The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from performing artists working in dance/movement, music and theatre for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available online at                      Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute to the community in […]

The Right Brain Initiative releases Brain Food, a creative activity deck for kids

A unique collaboration between non-profit and design industries raises funds for the arts in schools PORTLAND, ORE — The Right Brain Initiative has released Brain Food, an exploratory activity deck designed for use at home and school by children ages 4 and up. The fifty activities reflect the integrated and creative learning that Right Brain […]

The Right Brain Initiative receives third grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

$25,000 grant supports integrated arts programming in public schools Portland, Ore – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that The Right Brain Initiative, an arts education partnership of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide selected for an NEA Art Works grant. This […]

“In Truth,” an installation at the Portland Building by artist Wendy Given, opens April 28th

Portland, Ore – Continuing her work centered on the production of uncanny and unnerving contemporary photography and sculpture, artist Wendy Given will present an installation at the Portland Building that employs three interactive sculptures designed to usher the viewer towards a face-to-face encounter with themselves. The three works, a “true mirror,” a wishing well mounted […]

RACC music forum on April 6 to address the state of music in Portland

Portland, Ore – On April 6, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will host a community forum for musicians, bookers, managers, writers, label owners, and all the folks who make music happen in Portland. “Happening! A homegrown local music forum” is an exploratory conversation about how music works around here, and how artists and […]

Artist Jea Alford kicks off a new season of installations at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, OR — New Season at the Installation Space: The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce a line-up of nine new installations by local artists at the Portland Building Installation Space. Over the next twelve months artists representing a wide range of approaches to art making will be featured in 4 […]

Now available: RACC’s 2013 annual report

PORTLAND, OR — Today the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) released its annual report for 2013. This year’s report, designed entirely as an online experience, is available at It includes highlights of RACC’s activities last year in service to artists and arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.   Among the organization’s […]

Joseph Kucinski’s installation “The Tenacity of Change” opens at the Portland Building February 18

PORTLAND, ORE –  Joseph Kucinski’s upcoming installation at the Portland Building is aimed at capturing a moment of wonderment and curious expectation. To accomplish this he looks to his childhood for inspiration: “The world was alive and everything in it could be a new adventure, even the mundane garage had infinite possibilities.” Kucinski’s exuberance is […]

RACC announces first wave of Arts Education and Access Fund investments

44 local arts organizations will receive grants immediately   PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) today announced it has awarded 44 grants totaling $150,072 to local arts organizations. The announcement comes on the heels of the first round of payments from the City of Portland’s Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF). […]