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.

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’ […]

Fred Stewart responds

Fred Stewart (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 4) responded April 6, 2016: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland?   I have advocated for a more sustainable and broadly reaching source of funding for the arts in Portland than the current arts tax. I have also proposed the creation of a […]

Jules Bailey responds

Commissioner Jules Bailey (Candidate for Mayor) responded on April 6, 2016: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland?    I grew up acting and writing plays with Young Actors Forum, I took lessons at Echo Theater, and I played violin with Metropolitan Youth Symphony.  Arts in many ways made […]

Portland candidates share views on arts and culture

On January 26, RACC collaborated with several partners to host a candidates forum on arts and culture. Since that time, several other people have filed for the May, 2016 primary election. In March, RACC distributed a questionnaire to all official candidates for Portland Mayor and City Council. The questions were: (1) In what specific ways have you […]

Stuart Emmons responds

Stuart Emmons (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 4) responded April 5, 2016: 1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland? I go to arts and cultural events frequently – especially the Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society and art galleries Co-chair Portland Design Festival 2004 Co-chair Portland Design Festival 2005 Portland […]

Amanda Fritz responds

Commissioner Amanda Fritz (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 1) responded April 4, 2016: 1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland? The environment that nurtures Portland’s vaunted arts and culture scene reaches across many aspects of our city and its government, and I have worked hard to foster livability in multiple […]

David Morrison responds

David Morrison (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 1) responded March 23, 2016: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland? I subsidized partial rent for the Portland Playhouse for 5 years until they bought the building.  I hosted Cygnet Productions Plays in my book store when it was located on […]

RACC will deliver its “State of the Arts” report on April 21

On Thursday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m., arts advocates will gather at Portland City Hall for RACC’s annual “State of the Arts” presentation to Portland City Council. The event is designed to demonstrate the impacts of the city’s investments in arts and culture through RACC. The event is free and open to the public, and […]

Elected Officials

Find contact information below for all elected officials in RACC’s jurisdiction. Skip to: City of Portland Clackamas County Multnomah County Washington County Metro   City of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler City of Portland 1221 SW 4th Avenue Portland, OR 97204 mayorwheeler@PortlandOregon.gov 503.823.4120 Commissioner Chloe Eudaly City of Portland- City Hall 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 210 Portland, […]

Battle of the Bands scheduled for May 12 at the Crystal Ballroom

PORTLAND, ORE — Tickets are now on sale for Work for Art’s first annual Battle of the Bands competition, a celebration of employee creativity at the Crystal Ballroom on May 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit Work for Art, a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Eight company bands (employees who play […]

Arts champions to be honored on February 24

PORTLAND, ORE — The 2016 Arts Breakfast of Champions is coming up fast! More than 400 community leaders will celebrate some of the region’s most powerful partnerships between arts and business on Wednesday, February 24 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/1RUiQUV. The Arts Breakfast of Champions […]

Burgerville to “Feed the Arts” by donating portion of proceeds to “Work for Art” on March 8

Non-profit provides financial support to more than 80 vital arts and culture organizations serving the Northwest region VANCOUVER, Wash.  – On Thursday, Mar. 8, Burgerville, a long-standing tradition in Oregon and Southwest Washington, will donate 1.5 percent of all sales that day to Work for Art, a non-profit that supports arts and culture services throughout […]

Fall campaigns bring Work for Art to 83% of goal with four months remaining

Thirty-three workplaces have announced their employee giving totals for the 2011-12 “Work for Art” campaign, and those gifts, combined with other contributions received between July 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012, total $703,326. With several more campaigns scheduled for the spring, Work for Art is on track to beat last year’s campaign total of $765,000 […]