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Jenna Reineking’s “Temporal Ecologies,” March 21 – April 15, heads up a new season of installations at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – Artist Jenna Reineking’s upcoming installation in the lobby of the Portland Building, Temporal Ecologies, is designed to transform the architecture of the exhibition space into an activated environment; her choice of materials to accomplish this—the humble brown paper lunch bag: “I recently have become interested in creating systems using forms repeated in incremental units that can range from finite to infinite based on the constraints of the space.”

The choice to use inexpensive, readily accessible materials allows the artist to create environments that ask the viewer to revalue the mundane. Reineking’s process includes carefully manipulating or “sculpting” each bag and adhering them one by one to fit and transform the geometry of the Installation Space. She expects to use over 300 individual bags, “They will grow from the corners and utilize the walls, ceiling, and floor…and will be recycled upon completion of the exhibition.” In the process the artist hopes to transcend the “thing-ness” of these simple, overlooked manufactured goods and create a new set of biomorphic forms—design elements that are reminiscent of nature and living organisms but do not aim to directly reproduce them.

The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Temporal Ecologies opens March 21st and runs through April 15th.


A New Season at the Installation Space:
  Jenna Reineking’s installation kicks off a new season of exhibitions at the Portland Building. Over the course of the next year, nine artists will present installation based and experimental media installations in the small gallery space adjacent to the building’s lobby. Each four week long installation has been chosen by the program selection panel to present challenging and diverse work that encourages visitors to reexamine their expectations of what art is and can be.

New Season Schedule and Project Descriptions:

Jenna Reineking  March 21 – April 15, 2016

Temporal Ecologies – Description above

Larry Yes  April 25 – May 20, 2016

Radical Positivity – Picked for its punch of color and upbeat message, the selection panel said “yes” to Larry, an artist who’s work focuses on love and human connection and can be described as a meditation on color and joy. The installation will cover the walls of the space from floor to ceiling with positive words and symbols rendered in every color of the rainbow.

Hannah Hertrich  May 31 – June 24, 2016

Delicate Home – Many of us think of home as our foundation, an extension of self that is a base of stability, but is that perception based on reality? Hertrich’s Delicate Home explores the “fragility of self” by focusing on our notion of home. The installation stages a series of model houses constructed out of mirrors perilously set below gathering clouds of stone.

Yalena Roslaya  July 5 – August 5, 2016

Visual Sound – Roslaya will record sounds that occur within the Portland Building and translate them into sound waves sketched visually on the wall and rendered aurally via ceramic sound wave sculptures. Five of these sculptures will fill the space, each with a mp3 driver enclosed in the heart of the vessel. “The idea of visually displaying sound is inspired by my experience with hearing-motion synesthesia…I would like to share this experience with viewers through my installation and hear their response.”

Bukola Koiki  August 15 – September 9, 2016

JJC (Journey Just Come) – Koiki highlights the challenges immigrants face by spotlighting the linguistic slang and vernacular that people often need to learn and employ when navigating the spaces between and within disparate cultures. “As a Nigerian-American immigrant myself, I am particularly interested in pidgin, which is a grammatically simplified means of communication that develops between two or more groups that do not have a language in common…In Nigeria, a country of over 500 known languages, communication can be truly daunting at times.” To explore this idea of communication and miscommunication, the artist will fill the Installation Space with a profusion of brightly colored flags that showcase Pidgin English sayings extracted from the local language in Lagos, Nigeria.

Benz and Chang  September 19 – October 14, 2016

The Bridge, 1910 – Based on an archival photo of the Hawthorne Bridge under construction, Benz and Change offer a thoughtful and dynamic homage to the crews that built Portland’s oldest existing Willamette River crossing. The Bridge, a set of four, 8 foot by 6 foot, hand cut silhouettes crafted in wood, will extend from the back wall of the exhibition space to render a life-sized composite image of the historic photo.

Alex Luboff  November 14 – December 9, 2016

Pipeline Obstruction Pathway – Takes the form of large (one foot diameter), hand-build pipelines installed to purposefully obstruct and obscure entry into the exhibition space—a project that will get viewers thinking about all the energy infrastructure in our lives. Are the pipes, deftly assembled from plywood, a network of interlaced craft objects? Or are they elements of a dystopian “extractive energy landscape” we may be headed for?

Emily Myers  January 17 – February 10, 2017

Mechanical Rituals – A comment on just how industrial our food production cycle has become. Myers will install a set of computer controlled mutoscopes—mechanized flipbooks mounted on rotating cylinders—on a prominently positioned dining room table. The mutoscopes, which show scenes of the food we eat as it travels from farm to table, are animated automatically as viewers approach. “My proposal for Mechanical Rituals brings the process of industrialized agriculture, which is so far removed from society’s consciousness, into the modern dining room.”

Stephanie Simek  February 21 – March 17, 2017

Following on her work with optical illusions, holograms and science themes, Simek will create a custom built “table of holograms.” Optics hidden within her table will reflect images of common minerals upwards and cause them to appear to hover above the table surface. Simek sees her structure as a vitrine or a container for a kind of t​able of elements. ​“The choice of content is based on my previous work and interest in basic, elemental materials and their inherent potential. This often includes unusual and interesting physical properties like magnetic, electrical, and optical capabilities.  For example, I have built sculptural objects that are also simple radios, an invisibility cloak, a compass, and a levitating sculpture, all reliant on the special properties of familiar minerals.”

Location and Hours: The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue and is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday.

A preliminary mock-up of Emily Myers’ Mechanical Rituals. This installation, along with eight others, is part of the new season of exhibitions at the Portland Building.

A preliminary mock-up of Emily Myers’ Mechanical Rituals. This installation, along with eight others, is part of the new season of exhibitions at the Portland Building.

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


Elected Officials

Find contact information below for all elected officials in RACC’s jurisdiction.

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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, OR 97204
Chloe@PortlandOregon.gov
503.823.4682

Commissioner Amanda Fritz
City of Portland- City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220
Portland, OR 97204
amanda@portlandoregon.gov
503.823.3008

Commissioner Nick Fish
City of Portland- City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 240
Portland, OR 97204
nick@portlandoregon.gov
503.823.3589

Commissioner Dan Saltzman
City of Portland- City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 230
Portland, OR 97204
dan@portlandoregon.gov
503.823.4151

Clackamas County

Chair Jim Bernard
Clackamas County
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
jbernard@co.clackamas.or.us
503.655.8581

Commissioner Ken Humberston
Clackamas County
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
bcc@clackamas.or.us
503.655.8581

Commissioner Paul Savas
Clackamas County
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
psavas@co.clackamas.or.us
503.655.8581

Commissioner Martha Schrader
Clackamas County
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
MSchrader@co.clackamas.or.us
503.655.8581

Commissioner Sonya Fischer
Clackamas County
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
SonyaFischer@co.clackamas.or.us
503.655.8581

Multnomah County

Chair Deborah Kafoury
Multnomah County
501 SE Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
mult.chair@multco.us
503.988.3308

Commissioner Sharon Meieran
Multnomah County
501 SE Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
district1@multco.us

Commissioner Loretta Smith
Multnomah County
501 SE Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
district2@multco.us

Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson
Multnomah County
501 SE Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
district3@multco.us

Commissioner Lori Stegmann
Multnomah County
501 SE Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
district4@multco.us

 

Washington County

Chair Andy Duyck
Washington County
155 North First Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
cao@co.washington.or.us
503.846.8681

Commissioner Greg Malinowski
Washington County
155 North First Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
cao@co.washington.or.us
503.846.8681

Comm. Roy Rogers
Washington County
155 North First Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
cao@co.washington.or.us
503.846.8681

Comm. Dick Schouten
Washington County
155 North First Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
dick_schouten@co.washington.or.us
503.846.8681

Commissioner Bob Terry
Washington County
155 North First Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
cao@co.washington.or.us
503.846.8681

Metro

Council President Tom Hughes
Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
tom.hughes@oregonmetro.gov
503.797.1540

Councilor Sam Chase
Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
sam.chase@oregonmetro.gov
503-797-1546

Councilor Shirley Craddick
Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
shirley.craddick@oregonmetro.gov
503.797.1547

Councilor Craig Dirksen
Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
craig.dirksen@oregonmetro.gov
503.797.1549

Councilor Kathryn Harrington
Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
kathryn.harrington@oregonmetro.gov
503.797.1553

Councilor Bob Stacey
Metro, 600 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
bob.stacey@oregonmetro.gov
503.797.1552

Note: Metro Councilor Carlotta Collettee has retired, and the position is currenty vacant.


RACC Focus Groups

RACC is seeking participants for three focus groups conducted this spring in partnership with Resolutions NW. The goal is to help RACC learn how we can be as approachable and welcoming as possible.

Two of the groups will be made up of past applicants, from underrepresented populations* and communities of color. RACC is specifically interested in hearing from applicants that have applied for opportunities through RACC’s Grants, Public Art and Right Brain Initiative programs and have not received the opportunity they sought.

The third group will be comprised of community members from organizations working with immigrants, refugees and English language learners that have had little to no interaction with RACC’s services.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please respond to Tonisha Toler at ttoler@racc.org or 503-823-5866.

*Underrepresented communities include LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and residents of East Portland and East County.

 


RACC launches new website

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has launched a new website at www.racc.org.  With an average of 452 unique visits per day, RACC’s website has been redesigned and reprogrammed to help constituents access RACC’s abundant resources more easily. The new website is also fully responsive for tablets and mobile devices, which now account for 30% of all visits.

Among the services available on racc.org:

  • Artists can apply for RACC grants, discover public art opportunities, find workshops and networking events, and tap into a wide variety of other online resources.
  • Arts organizations can learn more about RACC funding opportunities, find technical assistance programs and download research to help them be strong advocates.
  • Arts educators can learn more about The Right Brain Initiative and other opportunities for teaching artists in our community.
  • The public at large can browse the public art collection, find arts-related jobs, connect with organizations who offer $5 tickets through the Arts for All program, and learn more about how the Arts Education & Access fund, or arts tax, is making a difference in our community.

RACC’s online resource database is one of the most comprehensive in the region, and web visitors can now search and sort a myriad of opportunities including calls for artists, residency opportunities, arts-related jobs, live-work space, workshops, lectures and more. The new racc.org allows community members to submit additional opportunities online for RACC to share with its constituents.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through Work for Art, a workplace giving program; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools through “The Right Brain Initiative.” RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and is working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts.


Night Lights presents: “You Must Work in the Garden of Eden” by Jackie Davis

Night Lights returns this month on Thursday, March 3, as a part of Feminist March programming with a live, avant-garde dance/Super-8 film performance presented by Portland-based artist Jackie Davis. You Must Work in the Garden of Eden displays the beauty of everyday routine and the necessity of interpersonal support as two foundations for building the lives we dream of living. 

A visual and auditory pattern of stylized actions, the film investigates daily habits and the profound effects these often subconscious choices have on shaping individual and community cultures. With this site-specific performance, Davis explores conversations and questions pertaining to our collective work and existence – With life as art, how can people look at their habits as repeatedly chosen and reaffirming acts? Who are we, as individuals, standing, breathing and moving around day-to-day? And what upkeep supports our communities/who is doing it? 

About the Artist

Jackie Davis loves to explore performance dynamics and destroy the myth that artists and audiences are distinct. She believes that art production is a deeply collaborative and reciprocal act. A fighter of the cult of the autonomous/exceptional individual, her work highlights regularity, the beauty of the ordinary and the necessity of cooperation. Additionally (and importantly), she views media construction as an act of self-creation.

Night Lights Presents: You Must Work in the Garden of Eden by Jackie Davis
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Dusk (6:30) -8:30
North side of RACC offices, 411 NW Park Avenue

About Night Lights
Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) and The Hollywood Theatre have collaborated to present Night Lights, a series of public art projections displayed monthly in Portland, OR. Join us each First Thursday in the Pearl District for a different projection on the North Wall of the RACC offices (411 NW Park Ave.).


Artwork by Northwest Artist Mary Henry donated to the City collection

Known for her geometric abstract paintings, American artist Mary Henry (1913-2009) was one of the movement’s steadfast champions. Henry studied under Bauhaus instructor Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in Chicago at the Institute of Design in the 1940s. She worked many years as an interior designer and muralist—while raising a family—before moving to Seattle in the 1970s and producing her largest body of work. Although Henry’s work received critical praise and has been collected in a number of museums, she has largely remained a regional cult figure the art world is still learning about. Remarking on the goal of her art, Henry said “I’ve always wanted to create that feeling in my work, of getting down to the nitty-gritty and getting rid of all the things that aren’t important, to get to the essence of life. What do I hope people get from my work? Honesty. Simplicity. I wanted it to be uncomplicated and direct.”

Baba’s Birthday (Diptych) acrylic on canvas (2 panels), 48” H x 72” W x 2.5” (overall), 1993 (pictured) is true to her style, the diptych is comprised of two panels of geometric shapes of black, blue, white, red and her signature yellow. RACC has also acquired a study drawing for this painting. Baba’s Birthday is a gift Suzanne and John Rahn, Henry’s daughter and her husband. Gifts such as this are reviewed by RACC’s Public Art Advisory Committee for their appropriateness to the public collection.

Currently: Mary Henry: The Fabric of Space at Jeffery Thomas Fine Art from March 9-April 30, 2016.


Ray Trayle Print Prize exhibit and opening, March 31 at RACC

As part of the SGCI Flux Print Conference, RACC is hosting an exhibition of the Ray Trayle Print Prize winners with a reception on Thursday, March 31 from 6 –8 pm. The 2016 prize will be awarded at 6:30. RACC offices are at 411 NW Park Avenue, #Suite 101.

The Ray Trayle Print Prize is an annual award given to a remarkable Northwest printmaker in appreciation of Ray Trayle’s contribution to the art of printmaking. Because of his generosity in the design and fabrication of their hand-tailored printing presses, press owners and regional printmakers came together to create THE RAY TRAYLE PRINT PRIZE. Each year, an outstanding regional printmaker will receive recognition of merit and a cash award in Ray Trayle’s name. Initiated with contributions from grateful printmakers who own Ray Trayle presses, this endowed fund is established under the auspices of the Regional Arts and Culture Council. This is the fifteenth year of the prize. The exhibit will run through May 13, 2016.

 


A GREAT DAY

Eloise’s Blog:

Wednesday, February 24th began early for me, but what a great day it turned out to be! We started at 7:30 a.m. with The Arts Breakfast of Champions – the first for RACC after “adopting” the event when NWBCA closed late last summer. Our goal was to make the breakfast feel familiar for long time fans of which there are hundreds and yet to give it our own flavor. We wanted to celebrate not only the generosity of businesses who support the arts but also the vital role arts and artists play in making Portland a wonderful place to do business, visit, give voice to our diversity, educate our young people and live in a thriving creative environment.

At the risk of sounding like an Oscar winner by thanking the entire world, I will extend a broad and profound thank you to everyone who supported the event with planning, sponsorships, table hosting, ticket purchases, testimonials, emceeing, brilliant performances, creation of the awards themselves, organizational wizardry, volunteering and anything I missed, which contributed to what appears to have been a well received Breakfast of Champions. There was also a great deal of social media chatter using the hashtag #artcreates, and some great photos from Andie Petkus are available on our Facebook page. Thank you all!

My next stop was the Schntizer concert hall where I joined thousands of Portland school children and their teachers and chaperones for a concert by Black Violin. The entire hall was filled with cheering, clapping, singing, texting, and dancing kids inspired and energized by the music and the magnetism of the performers. Black Violin was founded by two black men who met in a Miami high school where they studied classical violin and viola. After perfecting their classical offerings they transitioned to infusing that music with hip hop rhythms wanting to debunk stereotypes and inspire people – especially young people – to  try whatever they are passionate about and do it in ways all their own. And those kids were definitely into them – loudly and enthusiastically.

Kudos are due to Portland’5 and Robyn Williams who presented the  concert, provided all the buses, paid the bills and made sure that the hall was filled with kids from Title 1 schools. And praise also goes to Carole Smith and all the participating schools who arranged to make this experience happen for so many kids. I expect many will be changed and encouraged and will not forget that magical day in that fancy place and of course the music that made them feel so good.


Portland Building Installation Space: Jenna Reineking’s Installation March 21 – April 15

Artist Jenna Reineking’s upcoming installation in the lobby of the Portland Building is designed to transform the architecture immediately surrounding it into an “activated” environment; her choice of materials to accomplish this—the humble brown paper lunch bag. “I recently have become interested in creating systems using forms repeated in incremental units that can range from finite to infinite based on the constraints of the space. The choice to use inexpensive, readily accessible materials allows me to create environments that ask the viewer to revalue the mundane. The bags will each be carefully sculpted and adhered one by one in a format that best fits the space. They will “grow” from the corners and utilize the walls, ceiling, and floor.”

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. Jenna Reineking’s Installation runs from March 21 – April 15.

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


RACC launches new website

Welcome to our new website! With an average of 452 unique visits per day, we have redesigned and reprogrammed racc.org to help constituents access RACC’s abundant resources more easily. The new website is also fully responsive for tablets and mobile devices, which now account for 30% of all visits.

In addition to the new navigation menus on our homepage, a new superfooter at the bottom of every page helps constituents access the most popular content on racc.org with one click. For example:

  • Artists can apply for RACC grants, discover public art opportunities, find workshops and networking events, and tap into a wide variety of other online resources.
  • Arts organizations can learn more about RACC funding opportunities, find technical assistance programs and download research to help them be strong advocates.
  • Arts educators can learn more about The Right Brain Initiative and other opportunities for teaching artists in our community.
  • The public at large can browse the public art collection, find arts-related jobs, connect with organizations who offer $5 tickets through the Arts for All program, and learn more about how the Arts Education & Access fund, or arts tax, is making a difference in our community.

The new racc.org allows visitors to customize many of RACC’s resource lists by searching and sorting the results. For example, check out RACC’s list of residency opportunities, arts-related jobs, live-work spaces, workshops, and lectures. We have also created a new form where you can submit additional opportunities for RACC to share with others online.

We invite you to explore the new website and send your feedback to Mary Bauer, mbauer@racc.org. We are eager to hear what you think of the new site – good, bad or indifferent – and we will be happy to assist you if you’re having trouble finding something in particular. 


RACC extends the John C. Hampton Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts to The Standard’s Greg Ness

PORTLAND, ORE — On February 24th the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will host the annual Arts Breakfast of Champions where it will award The Standard’s Greg Ness with The John C. Hampton Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts. The award has only been given out three times and will be presented to Ness by Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.

Ness is the Chairman, President and CEO of The Standard, where he started in 1979. He is a strong advocate for The Standard’s giving in the arts sector. He has personally given 16 years of service to Portland Center Stage, six of which he served as Board Chair. Ness has also chaired the Armory Theater Fund Board and was instrumental in securing funds for the acquisition, development and maintenance of the Bob and Diana Gerding Theatre.

Under Ness’ leadership, The Standard consistently ranks in the top five for arts giving, and each year runs an unsurpassed employee giving campaign during which the company matches employee giving dollar-for-dollar. In 2015 alone, The Standard’s employee campaign raised more than $2.2 million for the arts, schools and other nonprofits. They are leaders in the Work for Art program, and Ness’ personal commitment to supporting art is clearly infused throughout his company.

Ness believes that arts and cultural organizations play a major role in vibrant communities and that they have the potential to change the way we look at things. The Hampton Award honors and celebrates his commitment to supporting the arts in the Portland metropolitan region.

John C. Hampton was head of Oregon’s largest lumber manufacturer, Hampton Affiliates. In the early 1980s he took the idea to provide long-term funding for three of Portland’s major arts institutions—Portland Opera, Portland Art Museum and Oregon Symphony—and helped establish permanent, restricted endowments for each.

Hampton has said to business leaders, “The arts are not a frill. The arts are not a luxury. The arts are vital to our existence. Without art, without literature, without theatre, without music, without culture, we are a barren society that will atrophy and die. The arts are essential components of the fabric of our society. The arts stimulate the part of our being that is central to progress. The arts are not peripheral to our existence. They are fundamental to our core values.”

The award is for a business leader who not only gives, but inspires others to give; shares his passion for the arts; encourages his employees to participate in the arts and has chaired arts boards or major fundraising campaigns.

The Arts Breakfast of Champions was started in 1995 by Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts as an annual celebration of corporate philanthropy. As NWBCA closed its doors in the summer of 2015, RACC adopted this important event and established a new Business Committee for the Arts that is continuing this breakfast.

In addition to the John C. Hampton Award, the event will honor Business Champions for the Arts,  Work for Arts Champions, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a Small Business Champion and an Inspirational Creative Partnership.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council serves artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. RACC values a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences and works to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts.

Event details:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
8AM event, with pre-event coffee and networking starting at 7:30AM

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

Tickets are $125 at www.regonline.com/2016ABOC.  

Issued by RACC on 2/17/16


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 music on the side) will perform in front of friends, family, co-workers and a panel of celebrity judges as they vie for the title of Best Company Band. Several other prizes will be awarded as well, including Audience Favorite.

Each band will have 10 minutes to perform any genre of music they choose, with a five minute break between each band. Six of the eight available spots have been filled; confirmed bands include NW Natural, Portland General Electric, KeyBank, The Standard, Tonkon Torp and ZGF Architects.

Work for Art, celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, is on a mission to raise $1 Million for local nonprofit arts organizations by June 30th, primarily through workplace giving and other partnerships with local businesses. The 2015-16 campaign co-chairs are Mike Golub, President of Business Operations for the Portland Timbers, and David Lofland, President of KeyBank Oregon and SW Washington. All proceeds from Work for Art and Battle of the Bands will be granted to approximately 100 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

Sponsorship and underwriting support for Battle of the Bands is provided by Alpha Media/KINK 101.9, Burgerville, NW Natural, Portland General Electric, Portland Timbers, KeyBank, Oregon Cultural Trust, The Standard, Willamette Week and ZGF Architects.

Tickets are $10 each, available at The Crystal Ballroom box office at 1332 West Burnside Street in Portland; by phone at 1-855-CAS-TIXX; or online at http://bit.ly/WFABattleOfTheBands. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100 each, including complimentary food and beverage plus reserved seating. For sponsorship opportunities and other information, contact Jeff Hawthorne at 503-823-5258 or visit http://workforart.org/bob.


“FMRL,” an installation by Tyler Corbett & Erinn Kathryn at the Portland Building, 2/16—3/11

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to present FMRL, a new installation by Tyler Corbett and Erinn Kathryn on exhibit February 16 through March 11, 2016 at the Installation Space in the Portland Building. Viewing hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, or by special appointment.

FMRL is constructed from thousands of ephemeral bits of refuse collected from the streets of Portland’s inner city. Throughout 2015 the artists systematically scoured the sidewalks, bridges and gutters of the downtown and eastside industrial neighborhoods gathering tiny pieces of plastic, paper and metal. The amorphous, fractured fragments are arranged across the walls, floor and ceiling of the Installation Space to form a radiating network of colorful pathways and meandering trails. With careful study individual objects emerge from the sea of trash. The once unrecognizable forms become familiar, yielding an intimate examination of the ubiquitous products and materials that are consumed and discarded in our town.

About the Artists: Interdisciplinary artists Tyler Corbett and Erinn Kathryn are a collaborative team working in Portland, Oregon. Through painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video, they address geography, space and scale. They spend extensive time studying topographical maps, aerial photography and satellite data, and traversing landscapes that are eventually interpreted in their work. Corbett and Kathryn were 2014 RACC Project Grant recipients and as collaborators have had featured exhibitions at the Multnomah Arts Center and Lightbox Kulturhaus in Portland, Lovell Showroom in Astoria, Oregon, and at the Alaska House Gallery in Fairbanks, Alaska. They have participated in group exhibitions at the Peoples Art of Portland Gallery and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Their work based on Denali National Park has become part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the North in Fairbanks. For more information please visit http://tylercorbett.com and  http://www.erinnkathryn.com

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. FMRL runs from February 16 through March 11, 2016.

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

Issued by RACC on 2/2/16


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 was established in 1995 by Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts (NWBCA) as an annual celebration of corporate philanthropy. RACC has established a new Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) that is continuing the breakfast event to recognize top corporate donors to the arts, and to provide motivating examples of how businesses are using the arts to inspire employees, stimulate innovation and foster creative collaboration.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Top corporate donors to the arts, including Portland General Electric, US Bank, Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo, Vulcan Inc., The Standard, The Boeing Company and KeyBank.
     
  • The John C. Hampton Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts: Greg Ness, CEO, The Standard
     
  • Inspirational creative partnership: Umpqua Bank and Portland Center Stage
     
  • Small business champion: Bill Dickey, Owner, Morel Ink
     
  • Work for Art champions: Portland General Electric, Burgerville and the Oregon Cultural Trust

In addition, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici from Oregon’s 1st Congressional District will receive special recognition for her work on arts education. As part of congressional committee to reform public education in late 2015, Representative Bonamici won unanimous approval for her amendment to integrate the arts into science, technology, engineering and math education. Her “STEM to STEAM” provision was included in the Every Student Succeeds Act, which President Obama signed into law on December 10, effectively restoring arts education for millions of students and our nation’s future workforce.

The 2016 Arts Breakfast of Champions is presented by The Regional Arts & Culture Council and sponsored byPortland General Electric. Supporting sponsors include Columbia Bank, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, The Standard, US Bank and Vibrant Table.

Tickets for the Arts Breakfast of Champions are $125 each, or $75 for employees of local nonprofit arts organizations. Tables and sponsorships are available at http://bit.ly/1RUiQUV.


RACC celebrates Portland Winter Light Festival on First Thursday with Night Lights: Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest

WHO: Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Hollywood Theatre, Portland Winter Light Festival

WHAT: Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest, part of the Night Lights video projection series

WHEN: Thursday February 4 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

WHERE: RACC, 411 NW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97209. Video projected on the North wall, facing NW Glisan Street

Since September of 2015 RACC and Hollywood Theatre have been collaborating on a First Thursday projection series in the Pearl District called Night Lights. February’s projection is a special collaboration with the Portland Winter Light Festival. Portland artist Fernanda D’Agostino has curated seven Oregon video artists to explore “bodies in motion and bodies at rest” from a wide range of sensibilities.

  • Fernanda D’Agostino investigates both the psychology and science of movement.
  • Penda Diakite analyzes the body as a source of cultural identity and expression.
  • Dancer/Artist Kelly Rauer creates a landscape of movement with her own body as the subject.
  • Julie Perini and Stephen Slappe study the strangeness of everyday experience and how the mundane details of life can take on a sense of mystery.
  • Mack McFarland investigates in his videos the visceral aesthetics and engages viewers in an examination of the nature of perception.
  • Ying Tan’s bodies in motion are sometimes bodies of water or the bodies of other creatures and invite reflection and contemplation.

Their large-scale video projections will be displayed on the large outside wall at RACC and can be viewed from the parking lot.


2015-16 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 2)

The RACC Professional Development Grant Program individual artists and arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties with activities that improve their business management development skills and/or brings to them to another level artistically. 28 Professional Development Grants were awarded for Individual Artists and 7 for Organizations. A total of $39,142 was awarded. These grants were approved by the RACC Board on December 16, 2015.

Grantees from Clackamas and Washington Counties are specifically noted below. All other grantees are from Multnomah County,

*indicates first-time Professional Development grantees

INDIVIDUALS

Wendy Allegaert*, Attend five week class with Master Teacher in Toronto, $2,000

Carolyn Anderson*, One-on-one photography mentorship at Newspace, $850

Jodie Cavalier*, Wassaic Artist Residency in New York, $1,200

Lisa Chang, Travel to Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hawaii, $1,500 (Washington County)

Erin Charpentier*, Attend opening of show at the Brooklyn Museum, $500

Annamieka Davidson*, Creation of 12 online painting instructional videos, $1,500

Nikki Depriest*, Art marketing and management courses with two instructors, $1,200

Nancy Ellis*, Participation in one week of MELT Intensive workshops in NY, $1,400

Jay Flewelling*, Two week residency at the Hideout Theater in Austin, TX, $1,500

Ashleigh Flynn, Perform at 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rose Beach, FL, $1,100

Julie Forbes*, Creation of a new website and photography of work, $800

Jonah Geil-Neufeld*, Attend the ASCAP I Create Music Expo in LA, $633

Cj Hurley, Participate in a solo show at gallery in East Aurora, NY, $1,400

Darby Jones-Harrington*, Six month photography mentorship at Newspace, $800

Katrina Katzenbach*, Six week fiction workshop at Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop in NY, $1,100

Bukola Koiki*, Metalworking Classes at ADX and PNCA, $900

Christine Martell*, Creation of new unified website, $1,500 (Washington County)

Yuki Martin*, Attend Origami/USA Annual Convention in New York, $1,000

Sam Naiman*, Steadycam Workshop in Long Beach, CA, $1,400

Travis Neel*, Attend opening of show at the Brooklyn Museum, $500

Eleanor O’Brien, Strategic Planning and Management Mentorship with Jen Mitas, $1,200

Brian Parham*, Six months of private study with Tim Ellis, $1,000

Judith Pulman*, Six sessions of artists marketing coaching with Gigi Rosenberg, $600

Christopher Rose*, Attend Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, DC, $1,000 (Washington County)

Allyson Ross*, Residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson Vermont, $1,500 (Clackamas County)

Sharita Towne*, Attend opening of show at the Brooklyn Museum, $500

Takahiro Yamamoto*, One week voice training with Fitzmaurice Voicework coach in LA, $1,500

ORGANIZATIONS

Living Stages, Editing of video work samples to show unique their unique process, $350

One World Chorus*, 5 month facilitation training from Partners for Youth Empowerment, $1,000(Clackamas County)

One Flaming Arrow*, Attend Native Arts film festival networking event, $623

Oregon Repertory Singers, Attend 2016 Chorus America Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, $1,200

Wave Elements Global Music Organization*, Online Course in music business marketing at Berklee Online, $1,250 (Washington County)

New Expressive Works*, Redesign of website and creation of a logo, $1,500

Willamette Writers Inc.*, Delegates to Assc. Of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in LA, $1,500 (Clackamas County)

Polaris Dance Theatre*, Website redesign, $1,636


2015-16 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 1)

The RACC Professional Development Grant Program individual artists and arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties with activities that improve their business management development skills and/or brings to them to another level artistically. 33 Professional Development Grants were awarded for Individual Artists and 3 for Organizations. A total of $45,676 was awarded. These grants were approved by the RACC Board on May 27, 2015:

** From Washington County. The remainder are Multnomah County.
***First-time Professional Development Grantee

Individuals

Danny Bell***, Conversation on Plays program at OSF in Ashland, $750

Jin Camou, Two week choreography intensive at Ponderosa in Germany, $1800

Meshi Chavez***, Two week butoh training at eX…it! festival in Germany, $1500

Eliott Cherry***, Professional promotional video for performance, $1400

Samantha Estrella-Boyland***, Photography workshop at Anderson Ranch in Colorado, $1000

Emily García***, Two week traditional bookbinding workshop in Idaho, $1000

keyon gaskin***, One month Impulstanz International Dance Festival in Austria, $2000

Leanne Grabel***, Book arts classes at IPRC and OCAC, $430

Alison Gradischer, Work preparation and shipping for show in Colorado, $1300

Allie Hankins***, Two week Tanzland Festival at Ponderosa in Germany, $850

Lori Henriques(***) **, Computerized musical score training, $1400

Sara Himmelman***, One week MELT intensive dance workshop in NYC, $400

Linda K Johnson***, Alexander Technique teachers convention in Ireland, $1316

Leah Kohlenberg***, Self-publish creativity teaching book for marketing tool, $1750

Stephanie Lanckton***, Two week butoh training at eX…it! festival in Germany, $1145

Margaret Malone, Website upgrade in preparation for debut book, $1500

Lara Messersmith-Glavin***, One week at Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers, $833

Linda Olson-Osterlund***, Learn to frame own artwork from local artist and framer, $1200

Frank Omier***, Four day plein air painting workshop in Idaho, $1750

Eugenia Pardue, One month artist residency in New York, $1400

Cora Pearl***, Nine days master calligraphy classes in Pennsylvania, $1800

Vanessa Renwick, Website upgrade in preparation for PAM show, $1500

Alex Riedlinger***, Photophaphy archive plan and consultation, $1500

Johanna Robinson***, Four months of Turps Banana correspondence course, $650

Kaia Sand, Two month artist residency in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, $1500

Joe Sneed, International exhibition and symposium in Uraguay, $1750

Antonio Sonera, One month at Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, $1750

Jack StockLynn***, New promotional performance photos and video, $1652

Ted Vogel***, Website development, $1400

Lisa Ward, One month artist residency in Utah, $600

Mel Wells***, Two week writing residency in Belgium, $1800

Libby Werbel, Attend the Printed Matter Book Fair in New York, $1400

Lucy Yim, One week dance festival in Mexico, $650

Organizations

Portland ‘Pataphysical Society***, Hand-in-Glove alternative space conference in Minneapolis, $1000

Signal Fire***, Website update, $1000

triangle productions, Visual Arts marketing materials and branding, $1000


2014-15 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 2)

The RACC Professional Development Grant Program supports individual artists and arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties with activities that improve their business management development skills and/or brings to them to another level artistically. 22 Professional Development Grants were awarded for Individual Artists and 5 for Organizations. A total of $33,310 was awarded. These grants were approved by the RACC Board on December 17, 2014:

Individuals

Christopher Bennett, Attend Photolucida portfolio review in Portland, $1,200

Jennifer Camp, Study Franklin Methon in Toronto, $1,200

Carolyn  Campbell, Consulting in Adobe Lightroom with C. Bennett and online marketing with C.J. Hayden,$1,200

Mark Allen Cunningham, Attend AWP conference in Minneapolis, $1,200

Colin Cushman, Attend Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference in NYC, $1,200

Kaila Farrell-Smith, Caldera artist residency, $1,200

Anne Greenwood, Attend CODEX Book Fair and Symposium in San Francisco, $1,143

Leah Hugon, Learn specialized skill in plexiglass cutting, $900

Aaron Flint Jamison, Show at Zentrum gallery of ETH University in Zurich, Switzerland, $1,200

Kathie Kerler, Professionally designed website, $1,100

Beth Kerschen, Learn Direct to Plate platemaking technique, $1,615

Joanne Kollman, Attend the 2015 National Portrait Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, $900

Dave Mowry, Take classes in improve and comedy writing at Brody Comedy Theater, $900

Karen Munro, Attend the 2015 Vortext Institute at Hedgebrook, on Whidbey Island WA, $1,280

David Oates, Vermont Studio Center artist residency, $974

Grace Peters, Haukijärvi, Finland based artist residency, $1,200

Claudia Savage, Design logo for new duo Thrum, $750

Crystal Schenk, Develop public art portfolio website for collaboration with S. Davis, $1,500

Marie Sivak, Speak at Momentum: Women/Art/Technology show at Rutgers U. in New Jersey, $750

Amanda Sledz, Attend AWP conference in Minneapolis, $900

Alexis Smith, Professionally designed website, $1,648

Joan Szymko, Booth at the American Choral Director’s Association conference in Salt Lake City, $2,000

 

Organizations

Age and Gender Equity (A.G.E.) in the Arts, Professionally designed website, $1,500

Creative Music Guild, Consultant George Thorn, $1,500

Cymaspace, Professionally designed website, $1,750

Dance Wire, Attend Dance USA conference in Miami, FL, $1,750

Hand2Mouth, Logo, website design, and marketing for Shout House venue, $850


2014-15 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 1)

The RACC Professional Development Grant Program individual artists and arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties with activities that improve their business management development skills and/or brings to them to another level artistically. 21 Professional Development Grants were awarded for Individual Artists and 6 for Organizations. A total of $32,187 was awarded. These grants were approved by the RACC Board on May 28, 2014:

Individual

James Allen, Website,  $800
Paul Clay, Attend SIGGRAPH 2014 IN Vancouver BC, $1,000
Kathy Coleman, DIY Documentary class at NW Documentary, $750
Tia Factor, Marketing booklet creation and distribution, $1,400
Joe Futschik, Consult with Strategic Marketing firm, $1,500
Subashini Ganesan, Consultation in Rasa with Dr. Douglas Brooks, $1,400
Nicole J. Georges, Attend Small Press Expo in Baltimore, $800
Erik Geschke, Exhibit in BAM Biennial 2014, $725
Alice Hill, Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators Conference, $1,000
Joshua Hydeman, Attend Int’l Workshop on Ice Caves, $1,070
Chuck Israels, Perform at Western Arts Alliance Conference, $1,500
Ethan Jackson, Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, $1,400
Diane Jacobs, Install at Suho Memorial Paper Museum in Taiwan, $2,000
Alain LeTourneau, Photographic Process Workshops with Mark Eifert, $1,400
Dana Lynn Louis, Residency at Franz Meyer of Munich glass factory, $1,500
Adrian March, Website, $1,200
Jason Savage, Market “I Love Oregon” Postcards, $743
Graham Smith-White, Perform at Ecomusicologies 2014 in Asheville NC, $700
Mariana Tres, Consult with marketing expert and create website, $1,500
Leslie Vigeant, Residency at Artspace in North Carolina, $800
Lisa Ward, Website, $1,000
 
 Organizations
Boom Arts, Attend Panorama Sur 2014 Festival in Argentina, $1,372
Oregon Arts Watch, Devise marketing plan with Carrie Hoops, $1,500
Pendulum Aerial Arts, Attend American Youth Circus Educator’s Conference in Montreal, $1,777
Pride of Portland Chorus, Attend A Cappella Harmony Academy workshop in Tulsa, $900
Risk/Reward, Craft development plan with Lena Munday, $1,250
SoulPatch Music Productions, Redesign website, $1,200