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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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 […]

Work for Art annual report reviews 10th anniversary campaign

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

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

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. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/article/579356.

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