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


 

Supporting RACC & Contacting Portland City Council

The recent announcement by City of Portland Commissioner Dan Ryan to discontinue its 28-year contract with the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has ignited a passionate response within the creative community. RACC, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been a steadfast advocate for artists and creatives in the tri-county region, ensuring equitable access to funding, resources, […]

OPB’s Think Out Loud captures RACC response to City Defunding Announcement

Uniting in Support of RACC: Advocating for Artistic Equity in Portland The recent announcement by City of Portland Commissioner Dan Ryan to discontinue its 28-year contract with the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has sparked concern and uncertainty within the creative community. RACC, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been a steadfast advocate for artists and […]

Committed to serving our Arts and Culture Community!

RACC remains committed to serving our Arts and Culture Community! On Friday, the late afternoon of July 21st, RACC leadership received news regarding the pending cessation of our contract with the City of Portland as of June 30, 2024. We were not surprised, yet disappointed that this news was shared without discussion given our 28-year […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council – Our Continued Commitment to Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2023 PORTLAND, OREGON: On Monday, May 22, 2023 RACC received an email from the City Arts Program Manager announcing the development of the City of Portland’s own arts and culture program to be completed by June 2024. RACC entered into its partnership with the City of Portland in 1995 via […]

Second RACC supported BiPOC Community Conversation on Tuesday, May 30th 2023

As part of the Our Creative Future we invite community members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties to connect to the process and shape the future of arts and culture in our region – celebrating successes, identifying gaps, and developing strategies to meet those needs. Led by steering committee member, Sushmita Poddar with support from […]

From the Capital to the Community: Highlighting culture in arts Advocacy Day 2023

  ‍As an advocate for the arts, I firmly believe that art and culture has the power to change lives and transform communities. Art is not only a means of self-expression of culture, but is a tool for learning, connecting, and social change. However, despite its immense benefits, arts and culture often struggle to receive […]

Join RACC on Advocacy Day-Wednesday, April 19, 2023!

Join RACC, arts and cultural leaders, and supporters from across Oregon to unite our voices, align our priorities, and remind our elected officials that the pandemic-related hardships felt throughout our creative sector are not going away anytime soon. When it comes to policy, we believe we are most effective when we are unified. We are […]

Community gathering of Oregon’s first bipartisan Arts & Culture Caucus 

In the midst of freezing rain, unpredictable snow fronts, and the clear but frigid air, Oregonians from across the State gathered at the historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem last evening on February 27th in celebration and launch of the first ever Oregon Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus.  Legislators echoing many voices across the state, from […]