RACC Blogs

Welcome new staff

Eloise Blog: After losing three staff members recently we are pleased to welcome their successors. Sarah Deal, The Right Brain Initiative Administrative Assistant, 503.825.5136, sdeal@racc.org  Sarah is The Right Brain Initiative Administrative Assistant. She provides general daily administrative support; in addition to working closely with Right Brain committees, professional development workshops, and volunteers to optimize logistics and communication. […]

Quick — Take a summer vacation before it’s too late

Eloise Damrosch, executive director of RACC

Eloise Blog: Right when everyone is gearing up for the crush of September activity, off we go to New England for family, friends, swimming in the warm Atlantic, and lobsters! It’s only a week and I know there will be wonderful arts events aplenty when we return. So I am taking a blogging break – […]

What a Time

Eloise Damrosch, executive director of RACC

Eloise Blog: I wish I could write a glowing message about the joys of long hot days and cool breezes at night and all the other delights of summer in Portland. While of course we enjoy the bounty of our myriad farmers markets, outdoor concerts, beaches, bike rides and reading on the porch, this feels […]

Fond Farewells

Eloise Damrosch, 
RACC Executive Director

Eloise Blog:  RACC staff and board are sad to say goodbye to three immensely talented staffers who have recently left for other opportunities. Each has made significant contributions to their respective positions and to the organization’s cultural fabric. We also are saying farewell to two wonderful Board members who have termed out after 6 full […]

City Club Forum: Are the arts getting squeezed out?

Eloise Damrosch, 
RACC Executive Director

Eloise’s Blog: On Friday, May 20th,  several of us from RACC attended the Friday Forum at City Club of Portland to hear a timely dialogue about what artists and arts organizations are facing in our booming city. The panel consisted of MaryKay West, Vice President at Colliers International, and City Commissioner Nick Fish. Kelley Roy, […]

State of the Arts

RACC executive director,  Eloise Damrosch, reporting to Portland City Council.

Eloise’s Blog: Many thanks to all who attended our annual presentation to City Council when we thank Council for their on-going support. While we also talk about how we invested the City’s allocation to RACC over the past year, we focus even more on how powerful the impacts of these dollars are to artists, arts […]

It’s Advocacy Season!

Eloise Damrosch, 
RACC Executive Director

Eloise’s Blog: Clearly spring is here and with its glorious arrival come our annual rounds of budget advocacy. Over the past five months a highly convincing group of arts leaders and advocates from the private sector, ably led by Chris Coleman, has visited with Mayor Hales, Commissioners Fish, Novick, Fritz and Saltzman as well as […]

A GREAT DAY

Eloise Damrosch, 
RACC Executive Director

Eloise’s Blog: Wednesday, February 24th began early for me, but what a great day it turned out to be! We started at 7:30 a.m. with The Arts Breakfast of Champions – the first for RACC after “adopting” the event when NWBCA closed late last summer. Our goal was to make the breakfast feel familiar for […]

Candidates Take on Arts and Culture

Eloise Damrosch, 
RACC Executive Director

Eloise’s Blog: First of all, thanks to the many hundreds of people who just about filled the Gerding Theater at the Armory for our candidates forum. Your numbers underscored for the candidates on stage how important this topic is for our city. Thanks also to the five candidates who came prepared and spoke with eloquence, […]

Huge Victories for Arts Education

Eloise Damrosch, 
RACC Executive Director

Eloise’s Blog: I love it that we can collectively celebrate the close of 2015 with two milestones in arts education for the USA. Our Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was key to the first big win in early November with the unanimous passage of her amendment to integrate the arts into “STEM” education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) […]