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.


The soul of a city: the arts in Portland

Commissioner Nick Fish at a the Metropolitan Youth Symphony concert in downtown 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 […]

Work for Art annual report reviews 10th anniversary campaign

For the fifth straight year, PGE and its employees raised the most money for Work for Art. (Photo by Erica Ann Photography & Fine Art)

Work for Art, RACC’s annual fundraising campaign for local arts organizations, has released its 2015-16 report of accomplishments and financial summaries. The report acknowledges more than 1,800 donors and 75 companies who contributed to the program’s most successful campaign yet. A record $912,213 was raised from employee and individual giving, company match, local governments, and special events – […]

Portland city council candidates Steve Novick and Chloe Eudaly share views on arts and culture

In March 2016, RACC distributed a questionnaire to all official candidates for Portland Mayor and City Council during the spring primary. The questions were: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland? (2) Artists and arts organizations add measurable value to our region’s economy, our education system and our quality […]

October is National Arts & Humanities Month

NAHM 2016

Issued by Americans for the Arts on October 3, 2016 October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the […]

10/7 2016 Oregon Arts Summit: “Arts in Action” (Corvallis, OR)

Arts in Action, art as a medium for addressing problems and strengthening communities, is the theme for the 2016 Oregon Arts Summit, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis. Hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission, the Arts Summit is a forum of learning and […]

National Arts In Education Week is September 11-17

Issued by Americans for the Arts on September 6, 2016. As a reminder, please join us in celebrating National Arts In Education Week from September 11-17, 2016. Take two minutes to issue a Letter to the Editor to your local papers and tell them why the arts matter in education! Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the […]

Call for ideas & speakers for the 2017 AFTA Annual Convention in SF

Next June, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) 2017 Annual Convention will take place in San Francisco to celebrate the importance of holding on to who we are, being open to what might lay before us, and caring for the health and wellness of ourselves, our communities, and our world. Let’s come together to celebrate the creative […]

Oregon Cultural Trust announces record $2.9 million in FY17 grants

Issued by The Oregon Cultural Trust on August 10, 2016: The Oregon Cultural Trust will award a record 149 grants totaling $2.9 million to Oregon’s cultural nonprofits, a 9 percent increase over last year. The increase is the direct result of another record year of fundraising. The awards include a total of $714,045 to the […]

RACC Job Opportunity: Business Partnership Manager

The Business Partnership Manager is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with local businesses and corporations, deepening and expanding their involvement in the arts through workplace giving, arts-related sponsorships, and other public-private partnerships. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for arts and culture, a commitment to community collaborations, and strong corporate sales skills. RACC […]

Work for Art concludes tenth anniversary campaign

The PGE Float celebrating Work for Art during the Grand Floral Parade on June 11, 2016. The float claimed the Rose Festival Court Award for “best example of enthusiasm and teamwork.” (Photo by Vern Uyetake)

On June 30, RACC concluded its tenth annual Work for Art campaign. And while it will take a few more weeks to count and confirm all of this year’s campaign contributions, one thing is certain: the 2015-16 fundraising drive will break all records for participation and revenue. Ten years ago Work for Art burst onto […]

6/16 Arts Education and Access Citizen Oversight Committee at City Council

The Arts Education and Access Citizen Oversight Committee will deliver its annual presentation to Portland City Council on Thursday, June 16 at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to come hear how the arts tax is making a difference in our community.

NEA Approved for Arts Funding Increase

Issued by Americans for the Arts on May 25, 2016. Today (May 25)  the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations approved a $2 million increase in federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), matching the President’s budget request for a total of $149.8 million for fiscal year 2017. The National Endowment for the […]

Your Input Sought for a new Arts Facility in Beaverton

The City of Beaverton needs your help to plan a proposed Arts and Culture Center facility that is currently under consideration. We need your help to plan the Arts and Culture Center.  Please take the following survey and let us know how often you would use the facility, what type of performances you would like […]

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 […]

Commissioner Steve Novick responds

Commissioner Steve Novick (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 4) responded April 14, 2016: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland?   Personally, I’ve always been a big music fan (Commissioner Fish likes to point out how often I use musical quotes in Council comments) and an occasional local theatergoer. I really […]

Work for Art announces line-up for Battle of the Bands competition on May 12


Bankers, lawyers, surgeons and engineers will be among the unlikely musicians competing in Work for Art’s first annual Battle of the Bands on Thursday, May 12 at the Crystal Ballroom. Tickets are only $10, on sale now at the Crystal Ballroom box office and online. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100 […]

Sarah Iannarone responds

Sarah Iannarone (Candidate for Mayor) responded on April 7, 2016: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland?    Personally, I attend arts and culture functions throughout Portland almost weekly, from performances at the Schnitzer and Gerding theaters to independent theater, gallery shows, and live music performances throughout the city. […]

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