Advocacy & Community Engagement

Helping Hands, David Flores

Building and encouraging support for a strong arts and culture community and ecosystem. Embedded into RACC, we actively promote increased arts funding at all levels, encouraging more private sector giving; connecting artists to opportunities, and organizations to artists and creatives, through an equitable lens.

● Reduce and eliminate barriers to access and promote equity in the arts and culture through support and
promoting among city, state, and federal officials

● Encourage the expansion of the role of arts in community services, especially in health and recovery

● Foster, build, and grow partnerships and collaborations with community leadership in local, state, and
national arts and culture councils, commissions, and committees

● Initiate and support calls to action including state and national legislative initiatives

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.


Advocacy In View


 

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]