RACC Blog

Candidates Take on Arts and Culture

Eloise’s Blog:

First of all, thanks to the many hundreds of people who just about filled the Gerding Theater at the Armory for our candidates forum. Your numbers underscored for the candidates on stage how important this topic is for our city. Thanks also to the five candidates who came prepared and spoke with eloquence, passion and ideas about how as elected officials they can work with all of us to continue strengthening this vital sector. And last but certainly not least we thank Portland Center Stage for hosting, OPB for providing the stellar moderator, April Baer and her crew, and City Club for helping to publicize and for adding Civic Drinks to the a post-forum discussion.

You may hear the edited version of the forum on April’s “State of Wonder” on OPB radio.  Meanwhile I will share a few highlights that struck me.

When asked about their vision for the City, both Mayoral candidates, Jules Bailey and Ted Wheeler, characterized themselves as passionate arts supporters and promised to be future champions for the arts.  Both will reinstate arts staffer(s) to the Mayor’s office and collaborate with Commissioners around placement of the arts portfolio. Jules focused on wanting to make the city great for everyone and highlighted the role of the arts as “bedrock of the community” – a fundamental service. Ted cited statistics about arts related jobs, cultural tourism, the huge impact of the city’s modest investment in RACC, and reminded the audience that he was on the Cultural Advocacy Network Steering Committee with Mayor Adams, which ultimately resulted in the passage of the Arts Education and Access Fund. Jules pointed out that he was responsible for almost doubling RACC’s Multnomah County’s allocation this year and pledged to do more. Ted championed his leadership in bumping the Percent for Art set aside to 2% when he chaired that County Board of Commissioners.

And speaking of the Arts Tax, Commissioner Fritz stated how proud she is to have voted with Council to unanimously refer the tax to the voters and how important the new art and music shopantibioticsonline teachers are to Portland schools. And, while the tax has not resulted in the expected funds to support arts organizations there is  increased support as a result of the measure’s passage. Commissioner Novick and candidate Stuart Emmons agreed with Commissioner Fritz that the regressiveness of the tax and its collections’ cost and process could use improvement, but no one on stage suggested taking the measure back to the voters nor did they offer concrete solutions about how to improve it. Jules Bailey did suggest that the City should take responsibility to “back fill” the financial short-comings.

Photo: John Strieder/OPB

Photo: John Strieder/OPB

There was universal concern about  critical problems facing the city — homelessness, affordable housing, aging infrastructure, the potential loss of artists, arts venues and Portland’s creative edge. Stuart vowed to bring connectivity and creativity back into City Hall. Amanda commented on the need for repairing broken services and noted that she passed a measure requiring half of surplus funds be spent on these basic services. Steve admitted that sometimes Council makes funding decisions without as much discussion as might be warranted, such as for the indoor track and field finalists events. Jules is very committed to connecting arts and social services and vowed to work with RACC to ensure that funds are spent in that direction benefitting people who need safety nets. Ted echoed this need for accountability for all public funds. He also believes the city can work with the state on new solutions to affordable housing issues.

There was so much more.  I urge you to listen to OPB. Also, RACC will soon send a survey to all candidates asking for their thoughts on these and other important issues to the arts community. Since we were unable yesterday to accommodate the many people who have generously stepped up to run, some of whom are arts supporters and/or practitioners, we hope that all will participate in the survey  and that you will follow their responses on RACC’s website. The season appears to be well under way.

-Eloise Damrosch


RACC unveils new “Arts Equity” grant opportunity; letters of interest due February 24

PORTLAND, ORE — With funding from Multnomah County and the City of Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will invest a total of $100,000 in nonprofit organizations that are providing arts and culture programs and services for marginalized communities, including geographically underserved neighborhoods; communities of color, immigrants, and refugees; persons with disabilities; LGBTQ  communities; and other under-represented populations.

Nonprofit organizations that are based in Portland and/or Multnomah County are encouraged to submit proposals for artistic programs and projects occurring between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. To begin the application process, organizations should submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) online at racc.culturegrants.org by February 24 at 5:00 p.m. Applicants whose LOIs best meet the objectives of this grant program will be invited to submit a full application in March.

Grant awards will be announced in May, and will range from $1,000 to $7,000 each. The types of activities that RACC intends to fund include, but are not limited to:

  • Community events that highlight and promote the art and culture of a particular community
  • Events or programs that give underserved artists increased outlets to promote and market their work
  • Programs that provide technical assistance and other learning opportunities for artists in culturally specific communities
  • Arts programming within underrepresented communities

“In terms of audience and impact, these new Arts Equity Grants are similar to the Expanding Cultural Access grants that RACC has funded for the last three years,” said RACC grants officer Helen Daltoso. “After piloting these grants for the last three years, we’ve formalized the program, doubled the budget and improved the online application process,” Daltoso explained. All guidelines and application materials are available online atracc.culturegrants.org.

RACC provides one-on-one assistance to applicants as needed, including feedback on draft applications and letters of interest; contact Jack MacNichol at 503- 823-2928 or jmacnichol@racc.org for more information.

RACC will also host three free information sessions to help community members learn more about the Arts Equity Grant and how to apply: 

  • Thursday, January 28, 3-5pm at RACC’s offices, 411 NW Park Ave, Suite 101, Portland
  • Thursday, February 4, 3-5pm at Gresham City Hall Council Chambers, 1333 Eastman Parkway, Gresham
  • An additional information session in East Portland is being scheduled and information will be posted atracc.culturegrants.org as soon as it is available.

To RSVP for an information session, contact Jack MacNichol at jmacnichol@racc.org. For more information about the Arts Equity Grant, and a summary of other grant programs and deadlines, visitracc.culturegrants.org

Key deadline: February 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm – LOI due online at racc.culturegrants.org.

How Arts Equity Grants are funded:

  • $50,000 is funded by Multnomah County, which increased its general fund investment to RACC in FY16 for the purpose of expanding arts access and support for East County and other underserved populations.
  • $50,000 is funded by The Arts Education and Access Fund (AEAF), approved by Portland voters in November, 2012. The AEAF funds at least one art or music teacher in every public elementary school in Portland, and funds RACC to bring arts, culture and creativity to life for every Portland resident. For more information, visit www.racc.org/aeaf.    

About RACC: The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) was established in 1995 and is funded by public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. RACC provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through workplace giving and other programs; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and integrates the arts into K-8 curriculum through The Right Brain Initiative. Online at www.racc.org.


Guestwork’s “Accounting for Public Interest” unfolds at the Portland Building January 11th – February 6th

PORTLAND, ORE – Accounting for Public Interest, a playful interactive poll by artists Travis Neel and Erin Charpentier (a.k.a. Guestwork), opens at the Portland Building January 11th. The project examines the relationship between Portland residents and their ideal city and engages visitors in a game of critical thinking that guides participants through a series of exercises that compare and contrast a Portland of the past, present, and future. At designated hours throughout the duration of the exhibition Guestwork will perform as pollsters and conduct their survey in person, but the installation will also include voting booths, ballots, questionnaires and signage to be interacted with when the artists are not present. In the final week of the exhibition, a series of graphics with the results of the survey will be installed.

“The questionnaire will contain a series of predetermined binary questions such as ‘Would you rather have a city of private property or a city of commonwealth?’ and ‘Would you rather have a revolutionary city or a city of consistency?’ After voting, participants will cast their questionnaire into a ballot box. The votes will be counted, compiled and displayed as infographics.” — Guestwork

Using the familiar mechanism of voting Accounting for Public Interest works to thoughtfully and whimsically examine the way Portland functions as a civic body; through the exploration of civic language, affects, and gestures, the game facilitates a critical examination of the relationship of the citizen to private ownership, public authority, and the commons.

Viewing Hours & Location: The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in down-town Portland and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Accounting for Public Interest runs from January 11th through February 5th, 2016.

For more information on the Portland Building Installation Space, including images, proposals, and statements for all projects dating back to 1994, go to www.racc.org/installationspace.


Huge Victories for Arts Education

Eloise’s Blog:

I love it that we can collectively celebrate the close of 2015 with two milestones in arts education for the USA. Our Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was key to the first big win in early November with the unanimous passage of her amendment to integrate the arts into “STEM” education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) thus creating “STEAM” and officially promoting a “well-rounded education” including Arts for all k-12 students.

This history making legislation will impact 100,000 schools, 3 million teachers and 50 million students. Then in early December Congress and President Obama came together (isn’t that music to our ears?) and ended 14 years of “No Child Left Behind Act” and passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act”. Gone is the laser focus on testing in a few subjects, often to the exclusion of the arts, and new is the requirement that the arts must be considered a core element of every child’s education. Especially noteworthy is that the arts will continue to be eligible for Title 1 support, the largest federal funding source for schools and programming directed to the nation’s neediest students.

For all of us here in the Portland region who love and support arts education and work hard to bring the “Right Brain Initiative” to every tri-county elementary student these are dramatic and welcome changes in the tides of education. We raise our New Year’s glasses also to the voters of Portland who passed the Arts Education and Access Fund in 2012 resulting in over 80 certified art and music teachers in every Portland elementary school.

And this same tax now gives increased financial support to dozens of arts organizations who can create greater access to arts and culture citywide. As we head into 2016 and the passions, promises and clashes of a major political year, let’s make our positive voices heard loudly and clearly that this arts education movement matters big time. Art and culture matter big time. Happy New Year to all!


Tickets on sale now for the 2016 Arts Breakfast of Champions

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PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will announce and recognize the top corporate donors to the arts in 2015 at the Arts Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, February 24, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are on sale now.

The Arts Breakfast of Champions was established in 1995 by Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts (NWBCA) as an annual celebration of corporate philanthropy, recognizing more than $100 million in business giving to the arts over the last 20 years. Business for Culture & the Arts ceased operations in the summer of 2015 but RACC is reviving the event in 2016 with help from a new Business Committee for the Arts under the auspices of RACC.

This year’s breakfast will shine a spotlight on powerful partnerships between arts and business in our community, including recognition of the top corporate donors and top Work for Art employee giving campaigns of 2015. RACC will also share stories about how businesses are using the arts to inspire employees, stimulate innovation and foster creative collaboration.

In addition, this year’s event will recognize the work of Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici from Oregon’s 1st Congressional District. Last month, Representative Bonamici’s provision to integrate the arts into STEM education was unanimously approved by a congressional committee to reform education, and signed into law by President Obama on December 10 as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.  

Tickets for the Arts Breakfast of Champions are $125 each, or $75 for employees of local nonprofit arts organizations. Tables and sponsorships are also available at the registration link below.

Register online.

 
 
 

RACC awards $665,595 for artistic projects in 2016

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $665,595 in project grants for calendar year 2016, including 54 grants to nonprofit organizations and 77 grants to individual artists in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.

“Once again, the region’s artists and nonprofit organizations have brought a tremendous variety of interesting projects to our attention,” said executive director Eloise Damrosch. “We received a record number of applications, 359 total, and although we couldn’t invest in them all I am truly excited about the 131 projects that we were able to fund.”

A summary of every funded project can be found at www.racc.org/2016projectgrants. Some examples of projects supported within each discipline include:

  • Dance projects included new solo works and ensemble pieces, performance festivals, and a competitive residency program at New Expressive Works, which will support eight diverse choreographers with space, professional feedback, and a showcase performance.
     
  • Literature projects ranged from the sixth annual arts journal “Leaf Litter” produced by Signal Fire to memoirs, humorous essays, chap books and short fiction. Examples including a new book by Laura Moulton with her collaborator Ben Hodgson about the evolution of a bicycle-powered street library, its patrons who live outside, and the way literature can form a bridge between people from many walks of life, as well as a long-form nonfiction essay by Paul Martone entitled “Denny’s 1996” examining racial discrimination in the 1990s.
     
  • Media Arts covers audio, film and video works, from the avant-garde to documentaries to film festivals. This year, supported projects include a documentary by Lenore Eklund called “Food As Medicine,” a web series by Pamela Chipman looking to engage the person on the street with conversations about art, and Jennifer Lamastra’s stop motion animated short of a sad paper girl who encounters 1000 swirling origami paper cranes.
     
  • Multi-Discipline projects support a wide range of performances and presentations that combine and transcend specific categories. Liminal will present a “film-play hybrid” in real time; Luciana Proaño will produce a dance, poetry, music performance inspired by Peruvian folklore and photography; CymaSpace is producing six artistic showcases that facilitate accessible performing arts for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community; Douglas Detrick is leading creation of a collection of musical-storytelling episodes for his chamber-jazz quintet inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick.
     
  • Music includes a variety of genres from ukulele and tango music to ragas and opera. Okaidja Afroso will work on and release a new album in collaboration with innovative musicians from his native Ghana, and Maria Garcia and her partner Momoko Muramatsu will record and release a new CD as XX Digitus Duo at a two piano/four hand event.
     
  • Theatre projects can be published scripts like “Heathers: the Musical” (Staged! Musical Theatre) or works-in-progress like Dmae Roberts new play “The Courtesan.” They reflect local issues such as the city of Vanport (Damaris Webb to produce and direct “Cottonwood in the Flood” by local playwright Rich Rubin) and classic inspirations (Cerimon House to support a re-imagined Shakespeare story in a playwright residency project with Jennifer Le Blanc).
     
  • Visual Arts projects will include documentation of the endangered oral history of Palestinian folk, fabric and fiber arts by Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim, black and white paintings by Ty Ennis that explore the day-to-day life of an artist and father, and an in-depth photography project by Geoffrey Hiller documenting the TriMet #75 bus route from St. Johns to Milwaukie. Japanese Garden Society of Oregon will present an exhibit about Japan’s most influential contemporary architect, Kengo Kuma, and Blackfish Gallery has a month-long exhibit and lecture by Native American artist James Luna coming in 2016.
     
  • Community Participation & Access projects support arts programs and services that involve community participants directly. Sisters of the Road will facilitate a short 10 minute film on homelessness in Portland, Hollywood Senior Center with host a writing and photography project between seniors and youth from Beaumont Middle School, and Congregation Beth Israel is receiving their first RACC grant to support their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day evening Shabbat event. Other examples of community based projects will bring the Artosaur out into the community (Christine Martell), engage youth in the written, spoken and sung word to address social justice and personal transformation (Renee Mitchell), and connect artists and day laborers (Patricia Vazquez Gomez).

This year’s project grants are made possible by both public and private funding sources, including the City of Portland, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, Metro and the Oregon Arts Commission. RACC’s first annual summer fundraising gala, In the Garden of Artistic Delights, brought in nearly $35,000 to fund some of the project grants for individuals, and RACC’s workplace giving program, Work for Art, contributed $27,000 to fund some of the project grants for organizations.

In addition, an anonymous donor continues to provide special funding for an annual “Innovation Prize” of $2,500. This year’s award for outstanding, innovative, media-oriented project goes to Brenna Murphy for experimenting with virtual reality as an artistic medium and building a series of virtual spaces with digital sculpture installations titled “Realms.”

RACC’s peer review process involved 43 volunteers who served on 12 different panels organized by discipline. They were guided by staff during the months of October, November and December, evaluating proposals based on artistic merit, audience development and financial accountability. Most volunteer panelists (91%) served on a RACC grants panel for the first time. The RACC Board of Directors approved all panel recommendations on December 16.

More detailed summaries of each grant are available atwww.racc.org/2016projectgrants.

RACC project grants for individuals, calendar year 2016

Note: (*) denotes Clackamas County applicants, and (**) denotes Washington County based applicants.  All other applicants are based in Multnomah County. AF = Artistic Focus and CPA = Community Participation & Access.

Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim *

AF

Folk Arts

$2,633

Chata Addy

CPA

Music

$6,188

Frances Payne Adler

AF

Multi-Discipline

$6,071

Okaidja Afroso

AF

Music

$5,250

Devon Allen

AF

Theatre

$4,538

Karl Anderson

AF

Social Practice

$6,318

Scott Ballard

AF

Media Arts

$5,313

Barbara Bernstein

AF

Media Arts

$6,300

Sascha Blocker

AF

Theatre

$3,162

Grace Carter

AF

Theatre

$6,224

Jamuna Chiarini

AF

Dance/Movement

$2,837

Pamela Chipman

AF

Media Arts

$5,209

Scott Conary

AF

Visual Arts

$5,065

Bruce Conkle

AF

Visual Arts

$5,226

Emily Counts

AF

Visual Arts

$3,609

Kerry Davis

AF

Visual Arts

$5,801

Douglas Detrick

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,211

Catherine Duffly

CPA

Social Practice

$4,384

Lenore Eklund

AF

Media Arts

$5,496

Ty Ennis

AF

Visual Arts

$3,855

Adrienne Flagg

AF

Theatre

$4,845

Adam Friedman

AF

Visual Arts

$5,527

Hilary Galian

CPA

Visual Arts

$4,100

Maria Garcia

AF

Music

$4,672

Damien Gilley

AF

Visual Arts

$5,235

Gia Goodrich

AF

Visual Arts

$5,925

Laura Hadden

CPA

Media Arts

$5,201

Courtenay Hameister

AF

Literature

$5,900

Allie Hankins

AF

Dance/Movement

$5,760

Jen Harrison

AF

Music

$6,636

Megan Haupt

AF

Music

$5,235

Faith Helma

AF

Multi-Discipline

$4,816

Matthew Henderson

AF

Visual Arts

$3,524

William Raul Hernandez Molina

CPA

Visual Arts

$4,917

Geoffrey Hiller

AF

Visual Arts

$5,198

Justin Hocking

AF

Literature

$6,255

Tahni Holt

AF

Dance/Movement

$3,296

Anthony Hudson

AF

Multi-Discipline

$3,341

Chuck Israels

AF

Music

$6,300

Sara Jaffe

AF

Literature

$4,789

Avalon Kalin

AF

Multi-Discipline

$1,525

Jennifer LaMastra

AF

Media Arts

$4,477

Alain LeTourneau

AF

Media Arts

$4,924

Wisteria Fleming Loeffler

CPA

Theatre

$6,300

Elizabeth Malaska

AF

Visual Arts

$4,612

Brenda Mallory

AF

Visual Arts

$6,522

Christine Martell **

CPA

Visual Arts

$6,453

Paul Martone

AF

Literature

$4,763

Kayla Mattes

AF

Visual Arts

$4,763

Renee Mitchell

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$5,214

Ben Moorad

AF

Literature

$5,250

Laura Moulton

AF

Literature

$6,120

Brenna Murphy

AF

Multi-Discipline

$4,875

Brenna Murphy

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Innovation Prize

$2,500

Hunter Noack

AF

Music

$6,605

Chris Parkhurst

AF

Media Arts

$4,500

Jess Perlitz

AF

Multi-Discipline

$2,363

Vu Pham

AF

Media Arts

$5,054

Mo Phillips

AF

Music

$5,734

Ryan Pierce

AF

Visual Arts

$6,837

Luciana Proaño

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,306

Jennifer Rabin

AF

Literature

$2,348

Sabine Rear

AF

Visual Arts

$1,982

Vanessa Renwick

AF

Media Arts

$5,806

Anne Rioseco Greenwood

AF

Visual Arts

$5,405

Morgan Ritter

AF

Visual Arts

$2,257

Dmae Roberts

AF

Theatre

$5,250

Ken Selden

AF

Music

$4,181

Norman Sylvester

CPA

Music

$4,104

Sharita Towne

AF

Multi-Discipline

$6,120

Philip Van Scotter

AF

Media Arts

$5,600

Sivagami Vanka **

AF

Dance/Movement

$5,239

Patricia Vazquez Gomez

CPA

Social Practice

$5,250

Matthew Vuksinich

AF

Music

$5,250

Samantha Wall

AF

Visual Arts

$6,749

Damaris Webb

AF

Theatre

$6,015

Ryan Woodring

AF

Visual Arts

$5,600

Jingzi Zhao

AF

Visual Arts

$4,418

 

RACC project grants for organizations, calendar year 2016

Note: (*) denotes Clackamas County applicants, and (**) denotes Washington County based applicants.  All other applicants are based in Multnomah County. AF = Artistic Focus and CPA = Community Participation & Access.

Architecture Foundation of Oregon

CPA

Visual Arts

$6,000

Blackfish Gallery

AF

Visual Arts

$6,297

Boom Arts Inc.

AF

Theatre

$5,250

Caldera

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$6,650

Cerimon House

AF

Theatre

$4,015

Cinema Project

AF

Media Arts

$4,608

Conduit Dance Inc.

AF

Dance/Movement

$6,300

Congregation Beth Israel

CPA

Presenting

$3,173

Creative Music Guild

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,950

CymaSpace

AF

Social Practice

$3,649

Design Week Portland

AF

Presenting

$5,250

Disability Art and Culture Project

CPA

Media Arts

$5,916

en Taiko

CPA

Music

$3,600

Estacada Area Arts Commission *

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$5,055

Estacada Together *

CPA

Music

$4,200

Friends of the Children – Portland

CPA

Visual Arts

$4,492

Hoffman Gallery

AF

Visual Arts

$5,250

Hollywood Senior Center

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$6,108

In Mulieribus

AF

Music

$3,673

India Cultural Association **

CPA

Presenting

$4,131

Japanese Garden Society of Oregon

AF

Visual Arts

$7,000

Kukatonon Children’s African Dance Troupe

CPA

Dance/Movement

$7,000

Latino Network

AF

Multi-Discipline

$6,565

Liminal

AF

Multi-Discipline

$3,040

MediaRites

AF

Media Arts

$7,000

MetroArts Inc

AF

Music

$4,365

Museum of Contemporary Craft

AF

Visual Arts

$5,950

New Expressive Works

AF

Dance/Movement

$7,000

Newspace Center for Photography

AF

Visual Arts

$5,084

Northwest Animation Festival

AF

Presenting

$6,973

Opera Theater Oregon

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,036

p:ear

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$3,926

Pacific Northwest College of Art

AF

Visual Arts

$5,600

PassinArt: A Theatre Company

AF

Theatre

$5,186

Performance Works NorthWest

AF

Dance/Movement

$5,250

Playwrights West

CPA

Theatre

$5,063

Portland Children’s Museum

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$5,250

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble

AF

Theatre

$6,289

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble

AF

Multi-Discipline

$5,894

Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest)

CPA

Media Arts

$6,300

Portland State University Foundation

CPA

Visual Arts

$4,250

Portland Story Theater, Inc.

CPA

Theatre

$1,959

Portland SummerFest

AF

Music

$5,240

Portland Symphonic Choir

AF

Music

$5,600

QDoc: Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival

AF

Media Arts

$6,251

RASIKA – India Arts and Culture Council **

AF

Presenting

$6,700

Resonate Choral Arts *

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$3,056

Risk-Reward

AF

Presenting

$5,243

Signal Fire

AF

Literature

$3,131

Sisters Of The Road

CPA

Media Arts

$6,650

Staged! Musical Theatre *

AF

Theatre

$7,000

The Old Church Society Inc.

AF

Presenting

$2,887

The Rosewood Initiative

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$3,857

Washington County Cooperative Library Services **

CPA

Multi-Discipline

$4,000

 

 
 

19th annual City of Portland and Multnomah County employee art exhibit, “all the art that fits”

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council will be hosting the 19th annual City of Portland and Multnomah County employee art exhibit, all the art that fits, opening on Thursday, December 3rd. The exhibit takes place in the Portland Building lobby Installation Space and is a yearly favorite for both the artists and regular visitors. All types of 2-dimensional artworks are displayed “salon style” in the show, which is a delightful mix of beauty, whimsy, thoughtfulness, and charm.

RACC invites visitors to vote for their favorite artwork as part of the People’s Choice Award. This year’s winner will receive a gift from the Northwest Film Center for the Portland International Film Festival, generously donated for this event. The exhibition will run through Monday, January 4th, and the People’s Choice Award winner will be announced on January 5th, 2016.

Only original artwork created by current employees of the City or County is eligible to be included. All the artwork submitted will be installed wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling. For those eligible and interested in participating, submissions must be dropped off Wednesday, December 2, between 8:00 and 10:00 am, to the Portland Building lobby located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue between SW Main and SW Madison. For further information please see the exhibition guidelines on the RACC website below.

Viewing Hours & Location: The exhibition is free and open to the public 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland. The exhibition will run from December 3, 2015 to January 4, 2016.


The Right Brain Initiative and Work for Art release reports

PORTLAND, ORE — Two programs of the Regional Arts & Culture Council – The Right Brain Initiative and Work for Art – have published summaries of their accomplishments and finances for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015. 

The Right Brain Initiative’s 2015 Progress Report illustrates RACC’s unique approach to supporting K-8 educators in the Portland tri-county region. Through workshops, coaching, and collaboration with artists, Right Brain helped 1,220 Portland area educators integrate the arts into their teaching during the 2014-15 school year. The report features profiles of teachers who are served by the program, all of whom describe how Right Brain has helped them and their colleagues learn to teach differently.

“Supporting and training teachers helps us catalyze a new relationship between public schools and the arts, making creative thinking a fundamental part of the learning process for all kids,” said Marna Stalcup, director of arts education at RACC. “We haven’t always talked a lot about this aspect of our work, but it’s part of our DNA.”

The Right Brain Initiative benefited 19,324 students last school year, 55% of whom qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. This school year, Right Brain is growing to serve 63 schools in seven Portland area school districts. Read more by downloading the full report.  

The Annual Report for Work for Art provides a summary of RACC’s 9th workplace giving campaign for the arts. A total of $750,350 was raised between July, 2014 and June, 2015, and the report includes the names of all campaign donors – including nearly 2,000 employees at 75 companies in the region. Work for Art donations are matched dollar-for-dollar by a public-private matching challenge fund, and proceeds are distributed to approximately 100 arts organizations every year.

“Over the past nine years, Work for Art has distributed more than $6.2 million in grants and direct gifts to arts and culture organizations based in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties,” said program manager Kathryn Jackson. “Their work plays out every day in theaters, concert halls, galleries, hospitals, libraries, classrooms and community centers throughout the region.”

Earlier this year, Work for Art announced that it has set an ambitious goal to raise $1 million in celebration of its 10th Anniversary Campaign that began in July, 2015 and runs through June 30, 2016. Mike Golub, President of Business Operations at the Portland Timbers, and Dave Lofland, President of KeyBank Oregon and SW Washington, are co-chairing the campaign. To learn more and contribute, visit workforart.org.

In late December, RACC will publish its “Year in Review” for all programs along with audited financial statements for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015.


“Celebrate Public Art” exhibition at Portland City Hall opens November 12

PORTLAND, ORE — To honor the legacy of Portland’s longstanding and nationally respected public art program, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) presents Celebrate Public Art, an exhibition at Portland City Hall November 12th through December 4th.

The impetus for the exhibit is the 35th anniversary of the Percent for Art ordinance in Portland. All four floors of City Hall will be decked out with colorful banners showcasing all of the city’s public art collections maintained by RACC, including the Portable Works Collection, the Visual Chronicle of Portland, the Portland Building Installation Spacein situ PORTLAND, the Public Art Murals Program, and intersections artist residencies. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular building hours, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

The public is also invited to a reception on Thursday, November 19th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm with live music and refreshments. A special toast will be given at 6:00 pm.

“2015 is a big year for public art in Portland,” said Portland Arts Commissioner Nick Fish. “Thanks to our team at RACC, we’re showcasing our public art collection at City Hall, and declaring November 2015 to be ‘Public Art Month’ in the City of Roses.”

The exhibition is sponsored in part by Push Dot Studio.
 
 


Willamette Week awards Skidmore Prize to Right Brain staffer

PORTLAND, ORE —The Right Brain Initiative’s Outreach Specialist Rebecca Burrell has received a Skidmore Prize, an award delivered annually by the Willamette Week to four outstanding non-profit leaders under the age of 36. This award is presented in conjunction with Willamette Week’s Give!Guide, a year-end fundraising campaign for Portland area organizations, which launched today and runs through December 31.

Burrell was hired in 2009 to build The Right Brain Initiative’s first strategic communications and community engagement programming. Since that time, Burrell has played an integral role in helping the program grow from serving 23 schools in 2009-10 to serving 63 schools in 2015-16, and securing Right Brain’s position as one of the most visible and respected arts education programs in the nation.

“Rebecca is passionate, creative, strategic, collaborative and tireless,” said Marna Stalcup, Director of Arts Education at RACC. “Most rewarding is her ability to galvanize the community, turning what could be passive supporters in to passionate activists working on our behalf.”

Since 2009, Burrell has allied Right Brain with the STEAM Caucus of the US House of Representatives, causing Right Brain to be cited repeatedly as a key example of STEAM education in the United States. She has led over 500 volunteers to deliver more than 10,000 hours toward advocacy projects for the Initiative. In 2014, she drove the effort to release ground-breaking data about Right Brain’s impact on student test scores, which garnered attention by Americans for the Arts, The Huffington Post, Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Portland Monthly.

In addition to her work with Right Brain, Burrell is currently chair of the Emerging Leader Council at Americans for the Arts. She is a co-founder of the Portland Emerging Arts Leaders, and a Portland Metro Leadership Council member of The Oregon Community Foundation.

The Right Brain Initiative plans to raise $20,000 through the Give!Guide by December 31, 2015. Donate to Right Brain and 142 other local non-profits at giveguide.org.

For more information about Right Brain’s integrated arts programming in Portland area K-8 schools, visit theRightBrainInitiative.org.


Restored “Talos No. 2” sculpture returns to the Transit Mall

MEDIA ALERT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

WHO: RACC

WHAT: James Lee Hansen’s public art sculpture, Talos No. 2, is being reinstalled

WHEN: Friday, October 30, 2015. Public art staff will be on site until 12:15pm.

WHERE: SW 6th Avenue at Stark Street in downtown Portland

Talos No. 2, a sculpture by artist James Lee Hansen that was violently knocked down by a vandal in July, is returning today to its pedestal at the corner of SW 6th & Stark.

Talos No. 2 has been absent from its pedestal since July 8.

Talos No. 2 has been absent from its pedestal since July 8.

Working with art local conservator Robert Krueger and expert welders from Art & Design Works, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) coordinated a complete repair of the seven foot tall bronze that has overlooked the Transit Mall since 1977. The three month restoration process began with the precise physical reconnection of the five pieces the 400 pound sculpture broke into when it hit the sidewalk. Once positioned, the adjacent edges were ground to expose clean metal, welded, and then delicately “chased” to create a joint surface with texture indistinguishable from adjacent areas. The repaired areas were then treated chemically to match the overall bronze patina.

The City of Portland’s Fine Arts Insurance policy paid for a portion of the repair, and several donors have made small gifts to help cover the $2,500 deductible. Additional donations can be made at www.racc.org/donate. For more information contact Public Art Collections Manager Keith Lachowicz at 503-823-5404 orklachowicz@racc.org or visit http://racc.org/public-art/search.


2nd annual “Día de los Muertos” installation at the Portland Building, October 28th – November 4

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council is pleased to present the 2nd annual Día de los Muertos installation at the Portland Building beginning October 28th and running through November 4th. This year the display has been organized by muralist Rodolfo Serna. Known for his large collaborative mural projects, Serna is working with young artists from the Boys & Girls Club to create large scale images on the walls while members of Portland’s Mexica Tiahui Aztec Dance Group set up traditionalofrendas (altar) in the center of the exhibition space adjacent to the Portland Building lobby. The Día de los Muertos holiday is focused on commemorating ancestors, family, and friends that have died, and serves to remind us the natural part death plays in the cycle of life. The holiday originated in Mexico, but has expanded over time and is now celebrated throughout the U.S. and beyond.

“This installation is a tradition we bring from across the border that has been part of the indigenous cultures there for thousands of years…we see this as a day and night of reconnecting with our ancestors, the Mexica people; every year we set up an alter in a community space where we can all gather and celebrate.”

– Rodolfo Serna

 

About the Artists:  Rodolfo Serna is a muralist who works in the tradition of his ancestors, he sees the arts as a way of bringing balance and confidence to people’s lives. Serna has created over 30 youth-collaborative murals in greater Portland, joining forces with numerous service organizations, educational institutions, and local businesses in the process. For the last 10 years Serna has worked extensively with at-risk and homeless youth communities in Portland. Mexica Tiahui is a traditional Aztec dance circle established over 10 years ago in Oregon with the mission of continuing the traditions, ceremonies, and culture related to Mexican indigenous roots. The organization carries its educational commitment to communities in the Northwest with the goal of lifting consciousness by focusing on the importance of retaining cultural heritage.

Viewing Hours & Location: The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. The Día de los Muertos installation runs from October 28th through November 4th.

For more information on the Portland Building Installation Space, including images, proposals, and statements for all projects dating back to 1994, go to www.racc.org/installationspace.


The Right Brain Initiative wins Game-Changing Project award from “Portland Monthly” magazine

PORTLAND, ORE —The Right Brain Initiative was honored on Tuesday night by the Portland Monthly magazine’s prestigious Light a Fire awards, an annual recognition for some of the best non-profits in the city. Right Brain received the Game-Changing Project award, which celebrates a unique collaboration that drives community transformation.

Designed by a cross-section of Portlanders in 2008, and led by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), The Right Brain Initiative is the first arts education program of its kind in the state of Oregon. Now a national leader in the field, The Right Brain Initiative received major attention in 2014 after releasing promising data that connects its arts programming to an above-average increase in student reading and math scores. English Language Learners experienced the most dramatic test score increases after their schools partnered with Right Brain.

“In 2007, a small group of dreamers engaged the community to find out what kind of arts education initiative would meet local needs,” said Marna Stalcup, Director of Arts Education at RACC. “I am now so proud that we can say we have built an effective and growing solution. Receiving recognition for that work is just icing on the cake.”

The Right Brain Initiative was created with a vision of transforming learning for children, by carving out a permanent home for creativity in every K-8 school. Right Brain focuses on helping teachers turn their classrooms into places of discovery and innovation by integrating the arts with other subjects. Through workshops and collaborations with professional teaching artists, teachers learn to fully fuse visual art, music and other creative disciplines with other classroom subjects like math, science and reading.

Right Brain launched its programming in 2008, working with 20 partner schools in four districts.

A true public-private community partnership, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington has served as the Initiative’s Implementation Partner from the onset, providing RACC with day-to-day program support and services. Initial—and enduring—public support came from the City of Portland, and Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. Among the first corporate partners were Bank of America, Portland General Electric, and The Standard. The Collins Foundation and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation were leading multi-year foundation investors. Oversight committees made up of education, business and arts leaders continue to work with staff to lead the direction of the program.

Since its inception, Right Brain has more than tripled in size, building partnerships with 63 schools in seven school districts. In the 2015-16 school year, the program serves an estimated 25,000 children and their 1,300 teachers. Right Brain supports many of the students who need arts programming the most: 55% of students at Right Brain partner schools are eligible for the free-and-reduced lunch program, and 24% identify as English language learners.

For more information, visit TheRightBrainInitiative.org.
 
 


Media Alert: Portlandia’s 30th Birthday Celebration on October 8

MEDIA ALERT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

WHO: RACC, the City of Portland

WHAT: Portlandia’s 30th Birthday

WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Remarks and singing at 12:30pm.

WHERE: The Standard Insurance Plaza, across from the Portland Building on SW 5th between SW Madison and Main

NOTES: Portlandia, the sculptural icon at the Portland Building, is turning 30 years old and the public is invited to attend a free party in celebration of this milestone. Designed and fabricated by Raymond Kaskey, the statue is made of hammered copper sheeting around a steel armature.

Arts Commissioner Nick Fish will act as emcee and former mayor Bud Clark and current mayor Charlie Hales will be on hand to help celebrate. Rose High Bear from Wisdom of the Elders will provide a Native blessing, and Storm Large will sing “Happy Birthday” to the copper goddess accompanied by the fourth and fifth grade school choir from Chapman Elementary School. Other festivities include games, photo opportunities and music from 1985. Refreshments will be served.


Portlandia turns 30 on October 8; community celebration scheduled

PORTLAND, ORE — The public is invited to attend a free party in celebration of Portlandia’s 30th birthday onThursday, October 8th from noon-1:30pm at The Standard Insurance Plaza across from the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue.

Portlandia, designed and constructed by Raymond Kaskey, is made of hammered copper sheeting about the thickness of a dime formed around a steel armature. She took three years to complete and is one-third the size of the Statue of Liberty, the only larger statue of this kind in the nation. The sculpture was funded through the city’s percent-for-art requirement related to the construction of The Portland Building. The building’s architect, Michael Graves, had suggested a statue of Lady Commerce (from Portland’s City Seal) as part of his design for the building; Kaskey won the $198,000 commission and named the sculpture “Portlandia.”  

Upon her completion in 1985, Portlandia was shipped across the country by rail, from Maryland to Oregon, in eight pieces. After being reassembled in a local shipyard, she rode by river barge and truck to her final destination, welcomed by 10,000 Portland residents along the riverbank, streets, and bridges. 

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Arts Commissioner Nick Fish, and former mayor Bud Clark will be on hand to help RACC celebrate. Rose High Bear from Wisdom of the Elders will provide a Native blessing, and Storm Large will sing “Happy Birthday” to the copper goddess with students from Chapman Elementary School. Other festivities include games, photo opportunities and ‘80s music. Refreshments will be served. 

“Thirty years ago, Mayor Bud Clark paddled down the Willamette to welcome Portlandia to the City of Roses,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “I’m proud to join Bud, the great Storm Large, my Council colleagues, the Regional Arts & Culture Council family, and the community to wish our copper goddess happy birthday.”

Portlandia’s 30th birthday party is presented by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, which maintains the city’s public art collection, and is sponsored in part by The Standard and Cupcake Jones.


RACC accepting applications for “Art of Leadership,” a professional development program, through October 26

Portland, Ore. – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications for Art of Leadership, a training program that prepares business professionals to serve on the boards of arts and culture organizations. The Art of Leadership was first established by Business for Culture & the Arts in 2003, and was transferred to RACC in 2015.

Led by internationally acclaimed arts consultant George Thorn, the Art of Leadership series includes six half-day workshop sessions featuring expert speakers, interactive sessions with arts and business leaders and topical information about the challenges facing arts organizations of all sizes. The program also provides opportunities for internships to observe an arts board in session, and a “speed dating” event to meet with organizations that are seeking new board members.

Over the past 12 years, more than 450 people have graduated from the program. Recent graduates serve on the boards of Young Audiences of Oregon & Southwest Washington, Post5 Theatre, Independent Publishing Resource Center and Blue Sky Gallery. Art of Leadership graduates have chaired the boards of Literary Arts, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Write Around Portland, Portland Youth Philharmonic and others.

Tuition is $800 per person, with a $100 discount for companies that participate in Work for Art, RACC’s workplace giving program. A limited number of partial scholarships are also available. The application deadline is October 26 and up to 40 participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The series begins on November 18th and continues through April. For a complete schedule and curriculum guide, and to register online, visit www.racc.org/artofleadership


Deanna Pindell’s “Apothecary for the Anthropocene” at the Portland Building Installation Space

PORTLAND, ORE – The Anthropocene: a term increasingly used to describe a new epoch in which human activity exerts significant influence on global environmental conditions.

This allegorical apothecary installation by artist Deanna Pindell presents a summons to reconsider our heretofore casual relationship with our mortal existence on the planet. Can the looming climate and environmental crisis we appear to be headed for be cured by self-reflection, personal responsibility, and widespread cultural change? To help explore where we stand as a species with the environment that sustains us, Pindell will present viewers with a set of riddles written on the walls of the Portland Building Installation Space. Clues for these riddles come in the form of over 100 mason jars mounted on shelves. Each jar contains a relic, or some form of physical artifact that references a single environmental choice our society has decided to make, consciously or unconsciously—a jar full of genetically modified corn seeds, a tiny bird skull, coupons from Walmart. The riddles and their enigmatic clues are crafted to provoke us into directly considering these decisions, and whether or not, taken together, they accumulate into environmental disaster.

  • Who was number 316? (clue – a jar that contains an ear tag for a “factory cow.”)
  • How to kill an albatross?  (a jar with spent shotgun cartridge wads consumed by sea birds.)
  • Several slender hopes for the future? (a jar containing organic heritage squash seeds.)

The project will include an intimate journal visitors can examine and add their own comments to while seated in a comfortable vintage chair. Attentive journal readers will also discover a set of answers to the riddles, short poetic essays, and technical information on the jar specimens.

About the Artist: Deanna Pindell practices permaculture with a plethora of critters and conifers in Port Hadlock, Washington. A graduate of the Interdisciplinary Art M.F.A. program at Goddard College, she is the veteran of numerous public art projects and exhibitions throughout the US. She currently teaches at Olympic College in Bremerton, and was the Environmental Artist-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012.

Viewing Hours & Location: The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday.  Apothecary for the Anthropocene opens September 28th and runs through October 23rd, 2015.

For more information on the Portland Building Installation Space, including images, proposals, and statements for all projects dating back to 1994, go to www.racc.org/installationspace.


David Eckard and Ellen Lesperance receive RACC fellowship awards for excellence in visual arts

PORTLAND, ORE — Two Portland-based visual artists have received RACC’s 2015 Fellowship Awards. In addition to being recognized for their artistic excellence and achievements in the visual arts, David Eckard and Ellen Lesperance will each receive a cash grant of $20,000.

David Eckard was selected for a RACC Fellowship on the strength of his personal studio work, public performances and his dedication to the arts community both at PNCA and in his activism on behalf of artists. Many of his elegantly and well-crafted sculptures are choreographed into his performances. His work is layered, complex, and simultaneously intriguing and accessible. He will use fellowship funds (and take a sabbatical from PNCA) to research, design and begin implementing plans for a “creative compound” on his property, which will be populated with exhibitions, screenings, conferences, neighborhood events, workshops, residencies and mentoring opportunities.

Ellen Lesperance creates art in various media but often employs the visual language of knitting, having once worked for Vogue Knitting as a pattern knitter. Her work is socially responsible and poignant yet inclusive – for example, she has created memorial paintings (“death shrouds”) for young women activists who have died while fighting for “causes greater than themselves.”  The RACC Fellowship will help Lesperance take a semester off from teaching to commit solely to a full-time studio practice. She will also attend two residency programs: the MacDowell Colony, and the American Academy in Rome’s Visiting Artist Program. She will also use some of the funds for materials for upcoming shows.  

“We congratulate David and Ellen on receiving these fellowship awards, which honor two of our community’s most extraordinary visual artists this year,” said Eloise Damrosch, RACC’s executive director.  “RACC is committed to supporting artists at every stage in their careers, and these fellowships are designed to help artists take major steps forward in their artistic development.”

Established in 1999, RACC’s Artists Fellowship Award remains one of the largest and most prestigious grants to individual artists in the Pacific Northwest, supporting exceptional artists who exemplify RACC’s mission of enriching the local community through arts and culture. RACC rotates the disciplines it honors each year—performing arts, visual arts, literature and media arts. 

To be eligible for consideration, professional artists must have worked in their field for 10 years and have lived in the Portland tri-county area for five years. Applications, which include three narrative questions, artist resumes, two letters of recommendation, and examples of the artist’s work, are reviewed through a panel process of community representatives from the discipline being honored. This year’s panelists included Yaelle Amir, Ben Buswell, Gabe Flores, Lisa Jarrett, Joanna Priestly, Blake Shell and Eric Stotik.

Eckard and Lesperance join a prestigious group of local artists who have been named RACC Fellows in the past, including Mary Oslund, Obo Addy, Christine Bourdette, Terry Toedtemeier, Jim Blashfield, Michele Glazer, Tomas Svoboda, Keith Scales, Judy Cooke, Michael Brophy, Chel White, Craig Lesley, Thara Memory, Henk Pander, Joanna Priestley, Kim Stafford, Robin Lane, Eric Stotik, Lawrence Johnson, Sallie Tisdale, Linda Austin and Anita Menon. All RACC fellows are listed at  www.racc.org/grants/individual-artist-fellowships


Work for Art launches million dollar campaign

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council has announced plans to raise $1 million during Work for Art’s 10th anniversary campaign benefitting local arts and culture organizations. Mike Golub, President of Business Operations for the Portland Timbers, announced the goal on Thursday evening in front of 100 business and arts leaders at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.

“I am gratified that Work for Art has raised more than $6.2 million over the past nine years, and we are excited to be raising the bar for our tenth anniversary,” said Golub, who will co-chair the 2015-16 campaign along with Dave Lofland, President of KeyBank Oregon and SW Washington. 

“We thank and congratulate the companies that helped Work for Art raise $750,369 last year,” Lofland said. “Our past supporters are stepping up with extraordinary commitments for this year’s million-dollar campaign, which will help local arts organizations provide even more exceptional programs and services in the future.”

Nearly 2,000 employees at 76 companies currently participate in Work for Art. The Standard, NW Natural, state employees, ZGF Architects, OHSU, KeyBank, the City of Portland, and Stoel Rives were among the largest workplace giving campaigns for the arts in 2014-15, and Golub and Lofland extended special recognition on Thursday night to the following:

  • Portland General Electric was the #1 campaign, raising a total of $98,730 from employees and the company’s matching gift program.   
  • Burgerville had the most employees participate in the campaign – 403.
  • The Oregon Cultural Trust was named outstanding community partner for providing several grants that have funded critical program expenses since 2007.

The 2014-15 campaign raised a total of $750,396, and all proceeds will be awarded to arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties through RACC’s established grants process. For the 10thanniversary milestone, Golub and Lofland reiterated the importance of renewing last year’s donors while developing new strategies and revenue streams for 2015-16:

  • $342,500 has been secured thus far for a Matching Challenge Fund that will double all individuals’ gifts up to $5,000. Participating donors to date include the City of Portland; Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties; KeyBank, Portland General Electric, the Portland Timbers and The Standard; and several individual donors.
  • Securing new participating companies will continue to be a priority. Century Link, Daimler Trucks North America, Providence Health & Services, The Commerce Bank of Oregon and Washington Trust Bank are examples of companies that have recently joined the ranks of Work for Art.
  • A new special event, a “Battle of the Bands,” will debut in May, 2016. Employees from eight local companies will compete in front of a live audience and panel of celebrity judges to win the title of Best Company Band in Portland, with all proceeds benefiting the 10th anniversary campaign. Sponsors (and competing companies) include KeyBank, Portland General Electric, Portland Timbers and The Standard.

Although Work for Art is primarily a workplace giving program, anyone can participate by making a donation online at workforart.org. Donors who pledge $60 or more receive an Arts Card, which provides a full year of two-for-one tickets at hundreds of local arts events.

Company leaders who would like to establish an employee giving campaign for the arts, or provide Arts Cards for their employees, or contribute to the 10th Anniversary campaign in other ways, are invited to contact Kathryn Jackson, Work for Art Manager at 503-823-5424 or kjackson@racc.org.


RACC accepting applications for Artist in Residence project with Portland Archives and Records Center

Pre-application tours in early September, application deadline September 28, 2015

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in Portland, Oregon, invites artists living in the Portland metropolitan area and producing work in visual, performing, literary and/or media arts to submit qualifications for an artist-in-residence project at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC). This project is part of RACC’s public art residency program, Intersections.

This is the second in a series of residencies for PARC and the selected artist/team will be asked to explore records related to 82nd Avenue. For many years 82nd Avenue served as the eastern-most boundary for Portland, with portions annexed early in the 1900s and other areas annexed as late 1990. For some areas that are now part of the City, historic records do not exist in the City alwaysvaltrexonline.com Archive. The city has grown and expanded far beyond this area, and yet 82nd is still perceived by many as the boundary to East Portland. The artist/team will create work in any media that engages and/or is a result of working with the collections and staff at PARC.

The project budget is $15,000. The application deadline is Monday, September 28, 2015. To download the RFQ, click here. Pre-application tours of the PARC are encouraged and will occur on September 8 & 11; space is limited and reservations are needed. Send reservation request to intersections@racc.org with subject line “Visit Archives”.

Intersections residencies explore the “art of work” and the “work of art.” The program encourages artists in all disciplines to explore new working methods and develop socially engaging, interactive art experiences in community settings.