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). […]

RACC awards $661,543 to nonprofit organizations, schools, and individual artists for arts-related projects in 2014

PORTLAND, ORE. — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $661,543 in project grants for calendar year 2014, including 60 grants to nonprofit organizations and schools, and 88 individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. This sum is 10.7% less than RACC awarded for project grants last year, attributable primarily to across-the-board […]

Cambia Health Solutions contributes $50,000 to Work for Art

PORTLAND, ORE. — Work for Art, an annual campaign to raise money for arts and culture organizations in the Portland tri-county area, has received a $50,000 grant from Cambia Health Solutions. This is the largest corporate contribution in Work for Art’s eight-year history.   Angela Hult, the director of corporate philanthropy for Cambia Health Solutions, […]

Artists in residence at Portland Archives will discuss their project on October 24

PORTLAND, ORE. — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has commissioned local artists Kaia Sand and Garrick Imatani for an artists-in-residence project with the City of Portland Archives & Records Center (PARC). In celebration of National Archives Month, the artists will discuss their work in progress on October 24th at 6:30pm, followed by a […]

RACC adds 17 new works to The Visual Chronicle of Portland

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce the addition of 17 new works to The Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. The new additions, all works-on-paper, represent 14 different Oregon artists and cover a wide variety of media—collage, watercolor, powdered pigment and wax, ink, graphite, charcoal, silkscreen and color […]

RACC workshop will help artists understand Portland’s mural application process

PORTLAND, ORE – On October 12, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and the City of Portland will help artists and community members learn how to organize and navigate two different paths for creating murals in the City of Portland. The free workshop will be led by Peggy Kendellen, manager of RACC’s Public Art […]

New public art for the Portland Streetcar will be dedicated on September 30th

PORTLAND, ORE. — Portland’s newest public artwork, Jorge Pardo’s “Streetcar Stop for Portland,” will be dedicated on Monday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. The sculpture is located on North Broadway at the triangle of Wheeler Avenue and Weidler Street. The artist will be present and available for interviews, and Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick will […]