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The Right Brain Initiative slated to serve 14,000 children this school year

In honor of National Arts in Education Week, The Right Brain Initiative has announced that six new public school partners are joining the program for the 2013-14 school year. Between September and June, the integrated arts program will bring music, dance, theatre, visual and media arts to 14,000 K-8 students in 49 schools and six […]

Work for Art’s 2012-13 campaign raises $761,359 for a seven-year total of $4,686,681

The Regional Arts & Culture Council announced on Thursday evening that the seventh annual Work for Art campaign raised $761,359, bringing its seven-year total to $4,686,681 raised for local arts organizations. More than 1,900 donors participated in the campaign that began on July 1, 2012 and ended on June 30, 2013, mostly through payroll deduction […]

Portland public art project wins national award

The Public Art Network of the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has named a local project, “Dekumstruction,” to its 2012 Year in Review, which highlights the 50 most outstanding public art projects in the United States last year. The PAN Year in Review is the only national program recognizing projects of excellence in public art. […]

Student show celebrates national arts education partnership

Who: The Right Brain Initiative and King PK-8 SchoolWhat: Student art showWhere: Community Room at North Portland Library, 512 N KillingsworthWhen: Reception Tuesday, July 23, 5-7 p.m. Show on view through Aug. 31, 2013 Starting Tuesday, July 23, the North Portland Library will feature stunning black-and-white images of local 1st and 2nd graders and their […]

Two new public art murals underway and one mural restored

Two large scale mural projects are underway in Portland this summer – all recipients of grant funding from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. RACC’s public art mural program, financed by the City of Portland, provides funding for community murals that reflect diversity in style and media and encourages artists from diverse backgrounds and range […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council elects new board members and officers

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) board of directors has re-elected Lina Garcia Seabold as the Chair of the board for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and Bonita Oswald, has been elected as Vice-Chair. Lina Garcia Seabold is owner and partner of Seabold Construction Co., Inc.; Cornell Estates Living Center; Rosewood Park […]

“Queering Portlandia,” by Anthony Hudson at the Portland Building 7/9-8/2

Project Background: Despite her notoriety and our love for her, Portlandia is irrefutably rooted in European sculptural tradition. The 35 foot high hammered copper statue that graces the façade of the Portland Building depicts the image of a classical female figure with European features. In that sense she represents only a portion our city’s diverse […]

Sallie Tisdale named RACC’s 2013 Literature Fellow

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce its 2013 Literature Fellow: Sallie Tisdale. This fellowship honor carries a cash award of $20,000. “Sallie Tisdale is a pillar of the writing community,” said Eloise Damrosch, executive director of RACC. “Her work is honest, authentic and clear, and she doesn’t waste a word. […]

RACC seeks submissions for the “Visual Chronicle of Portland”

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking works on paper—prints, drawings, paintings on paper and photographs—to purchase for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. The budget for the purchase and framing of artwork is $10,000. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15, 2013.  Background: The Visual Chronicle of Portland is a collection […]

MEDIA ALERT: BCCTV to screen new works on June 10 at the Hollywood Theatre

WHO: BCCTV on the Big Screen WHAT: A screening of short works created through a program at the Bud Clark Commons homeless service center WHEN: Monday June 10th at 7p.m. WHERE: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard NOTES: This screening is a culmination of the diverse works produced over the past year at a RACC-sponsored, […]

RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2014

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 2014. “Intent to Apply” forms must be submitted online – http://racc.org/GrantsOnline – by 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2013.  RACC Project Grants support […]

Media production lab BCCTV will screen new works on June 10 at the Hollywood Theatre

On Monday, June 10th at 7:00PM, BCCTV will host a free screening of short works created by individuals who have experienced homelessness. The films were made at a RACC-sponsored, artist led production lab at Bud Clark Commons (BCC, at NW Irving & Broadway in Old Town/Chinatown) and will be screened at Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE […]

“Welcome” opens at the Portland Building Installation Space June 3rd

Project Background: Artists Patricia Vazquez Gomez and Betty Marin will present their social practice based Welcomeinstallation in the lobby of the Portland Building June 3 – 28. The project was conceived when the artists began to contemplate the connection between the building that institutionally represents the City of Portland and the lives and experiences of […]

RACC celebrates new mural on N. Albina & Mississippi

The artist collective, SpaceCraft Mission to Arts, has completed one of the largest murals funded by RACC’s Public Art Mural Program and will celebrate this collaborative project with a community celebration on Friday, May 24th, 3:30-6:30pm, in the grassy field across the street southwest of the project site. The mural is located on the west […]

Photos by Jonathan Marrs installed at Fire Station 18

Local photographer Jonathan Marrs recently installed a series of photographs printed on aluminum at Fire Station 18, 8720 SW 30th Avenue in Portland.   A celebration of the project’s completion, with the artist and station crew, will take place on Tuesday, May 21st, from 6:30-8:00pm. The celebration is open to the public. Jonathan spent time […]

Installation of Dan Corson’s “Nepenthes” now underway

Artist Dan Corson and RACC are currently installing Nepenthes, a series of four illuminated sculptures along NW Davis Street. These glowing sculptural elements are inspired by the carnivorous plants called Nepenthes, which are named after the magical Greek potion that eliminates sorrow and suffering. By referencing the patterns of native Oregon native and other carnivorous […]

Installation of Jorge Pardo’s Streetcar Art Shelter now underway

RACC and artist Jorge Pardo have begun installing a new Streetcar Art Shelter at NE Broadway and Weidler. This eccentrically shaped sculpture will provide a shelter with “rainy on the outside, sunny on the inside” experience for waiting streetcar passengers. Fabricated of steel, wood and fiberglass, the new shelter measures 35’ long by 18’ wide […]

The Right Brain Initiative receives renewed support from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Right Brain Initiative, a Portland area arts education partnership, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This program of the Regional Arts &Culture Council was selected from a pool of 1,547 eligible applications. The renewed support follows Right Brain’s first NEA award in 2011. The Right Brain […]

Jacob Sorenson’s “A Landscape” installation at the Portland Building runs from April 29 – May 24th

Project Background: “Is Bigfoot real? I hope so, but I’m pessimistic.” This quote from Jacob Sorenson might serve as a tagline for his installation which opens April 29th at the Portland Building Installation Space. Sorenson, known for his elaborately designed and elegantly constructed kinetic sculptures, will present a nature-circus landscape in the space that embodies […]