Local Issues

RACC’s local advocacy efforts help inform budgets and policies in the City of Portland, Metro, and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. RACC is funded by all five of these jurisdictions and there are a variety of ways that our constituents can encourage public support for art and culture in the tri-county Portland region.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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

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. […]

Chloe Eudaly responds

Chloe Eudaly (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 4) responded April 7, 2016: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland?   For the past 21 years I’ve owned and operated Reading Frenzy, a mission-driven bookshop devoted to independent media with a special focus on self-published work including zines, comics, and artists’ […]

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