Advocacy

RACC helps build support for a strong arts and culture community. We actively promote increased arts funding at the local, state, and federal level, while also encouraging more private sector giving.

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State of the Arts

I spoke with a colleague the other day who works at the National Endowment for the Arts where people are soldiering on every day not knowing whether or not they have a future there. I am reminded of how lucky we are here in the Portland region that support for RACC,  and all the artists, […]

Rock and roll dreams come true

Battle of the Bands is just around the corner and snakeskin print spandex, 80’s glam rock hair and impressive creative flair might just steal the show. David Nijhawan is taking Battle of the Bands and Portland by storm. An avid supporter of Work for Art, he has channeled his passion for music into arts activism […]

Lineup announced for May 17 Battle of the Bands

PORTLAND, ORE — On May 17 at the Crystal Ballroom, bankers, architects, lumberjacks and surgeons will represent their companies and compete for prizes at Battle of the Bands, a benefit for Work for Art. Tickets are $12, on sale now at the Crystal Ballroom box office and online via workforart.org/bob. A limited number of VIP tickets […]

4/24 Advocacy Day 2017

This is a challenging time for arts and culture. Budgets are tight at the state level and federal funding is in jeopardy. We must work together to defend arts, heritage and the humanities in our state legislature. Join us for Advocacy Day 2017! We need your voice and your passion! Join us for advocacy training, […]

Celebrating the Art of Leadership class of 2016-17

On March 1, 2017  RACC celebrated the 2016-17 Art of Leadership cohort with a graduation reception sponsored by Columbia Trust Company. This year’s cohort participated in six half-day workshops from October through March, helping participants become board members for local nonprofit arts organizations. The series covers topics from finances to fundraising, strategic development to legal […]

#SAVE THE NEA!

My post today will not be breaking news to followers of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, but grassroots advocacy is essential over the next few months. While Oregon is lucky to have an arts supportive – even passionate – Congressional delegation, we all must make our voices heard […]

U.S. Senators send President Trump NEA/NEH letter

In light of recent information regarding the possible elimination by the Trump administration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Americans for the Arts (AFTA) shared a recent letter by twenty-four U.S. Senators. The letter was sent on February 15, 2017 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and […]

Donations to the Oregon Cultural Trust top $4.5 million for a second consecutive year

Issued by The Oregon Cultural Trust, February 21, 2017 Salem, Ore. – Oregonians invested more than $4.55 million in the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2016, topping the $4.5 million mark for the second straight year. The funds will support cultural organizations across the state. “Once again Oregonians have shown their commitment to protecting our famous quality […]

Company bands invited to Battle on May 17

PORTLAND, ORE  – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting registrations for its second annual Battle of the Bands competition slated for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Crystal Ballroom. Eight employee bands, sponsored by their companies, will perform in front of friends, family, co-workers and a panel of celebrity judges as […]

Arts Oversight Committee Recruitment 2017

The Citizens Oversight Committee is dedicated to supporting arts teachers and arts organizations throughout Portland and they need new members from every area of the city! The purpose of the Citizens Oversight Committee: Review the disbursements and outcomes of the Arts Education & Access Fund Oversee measures of effectiveness of the funding Annually report findings […]

3/9 Nonprofit Advocacy: Now More Important than Ever Before

Nonprofit Advocacy: Now More Important than Ever Before Join Jim White, Executive Director of NAO, for an informative discussion on the importance of nonprofits and projecting your policy voice in the current political climate. At this workshop participants will leave with and understanding of: Advocacy vs. Lobbying The politicization of the nonprofit status (including how […]

NEA and NEH Letters to the President

ELOISE BLOG: As we know there has been considerable angst and very little reliable information circulating regarding the President’s position on arts and humanities. As a first step in advocating for these vital organizations Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the national organization focused on arts advocacy, research, and support to the field, has shared a […]

A message from Oregon’s Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Issued on February 8, 2017 by Christine Drazan, Executive Director, Cultural Advocacy Coalition Last week I sent an email about the state’s daunting $1.8 billion shortfall. This week we have an opportunity to do something about it. Please consider attending a public hearing near you and tell budget-writers to protect arts and culture when they work to […]

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Statement on Immigration and Refugee Ban

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that denies entrance into the U.S. by immigrant and non-immigrant visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days. It also suspends entry of all refugees for 120 days and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely. Americans for the Arts stands in opposition to policies that limit the free […]

RACC’s annual arts and business breakfast is February 8

What happens when you mix one Mexican Folkloric dance troupe, three inspirational acts of collaboration, surgeons who formed an 80s cover band, and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly? Add one giant light-bulb with feet and you get an event called, “Juice.” On Wednesday, February 8, over 350 arts supporters and practitioners will participate in RACC’s Juice: Fueling […]

An Important Message from the Americans for the Arts President and CEO

January 26, 2017 Dear Americans for the Arts Members and Friends, I am writing to you today about the status of federal funding for the arts in the new Administration and U.S. Congress and about what you should do right now and over the coming months. Last week on Thursday, January 19, I sent our […]

1/14-15 PICA’s First 100 Days Workshops

PICA will host the first in a series of workshops on organizing, safety, and protest to encourage the resistance to the Trump regime. Artist organized by: Julie Perini, Sharita Towne, Ryan Pierce, Jodi Darby, Erin Yanke, Roger Peet, Amy Harwood, Esther Forbyn, Patricia Vazquez, and others. With support from c3:initiative, Mississippi Records, and PICA. First 100 Days […]

The next Art Spark is Friday, January 27 at Holocene

RACC’s networking series for artists and arts leaders has been happening and evolving since the spring of 2008. This year, Art Spark will evolve even further as we develop new and interesting events for the arts community to convene and connect beyond the Third Thursday format we have used in the past. Throughout 2017 we […]

Nominations sought by “Juice: Fueling Innovation”

The Breakfast of Champions was the perfect place to celebrate the creative “juice” that flows through businesses and the arts alike. So we gave the long-standing event a new name, increased the focus on stories of collaboration, and added the Innovative Partnership Award with a cash prize of $5,000 to the winning nonprofit. We are […]

The soul of a city: the arts in Portland

By Nick Fish, Portland City Commissioner Imagine Portland with no art. No paintings or murals. No Lee Kelly sculptures. No Grimm or Wild or Live Wire. No Jefferson Dancers, symphony and opera in our parks, or production of Our Town. No Mel Brown Quartet. Would you still choose to live here? Fortunately, art, culture and […]

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