Peg Butler’s “People Blind/Prospect & Refuge” installation opens at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – Artist Peg Butler’s latest project,People Blind/Prospect & Refuge, will be staged in the exhibition space adjacent to the lobby of the Portland Building. With this installation comes an opportunity for Portland Building visitors to observe and consider their fellow humans from multiple physical and intellectual perspectives, subjectively and objectively. The installation is designed to elicit questions and ideas about humans as a culture, as a species, as individuals, and also draws on the theory of “prospect and refuge.” As defined by Butler, “it is a theory that people have instinctual preferences for places that have a clear view of the surroundings and that allow for concealment and escape.”

The main element of Butler’s installation is a “people blind,” something akin to a bird blind that would be used as cover for wildlife observers. Behind the blind there is refuge and prospect—visitors feel hidden and protected, yet can look through ‘blind spots’ to observe human nature, even as those in the lobby can look in on them.  From the lobby perspective there is also a sense of prospect and refuge as passers-by are hidden in the anonymity of busyness and are caught up in the prospects of the day.

“Ideas of prospect and refuge bring in aspects of our social and physical natures and that which makes us feel safe, comfortable and hopeful. The blind gives us windows to observe ourselves as megafauna, connected to nature and each other.” – Peg Butler.

The installation will include a weekly program series called Human-Nature Field Notes to include writing, sketching, and discussion oriented events. Please check the People Blind blog for more details:www.peopleblind.wordpress.comPeg Butler will also be on-site on Thursday, February 19th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm to answer questions, greet visitors and discuss her installation.

About the Artist: Peg Butler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often involves integrating elements of culture, ecology and placemaking. She has a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and has been collaborating on public art installations since 2006.  Peg is currently eco-director of Black Dog Art Ensemble in Portland, Oregon.

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. People Blind/Prospect & Refuge runs through March 20th.

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.

Portland-based arts organizations receive public funding increases

PORTLAND, ORE – On January 28, the RACC Board of Directors approved $1,471,626 in disbursements to 16 General Operating Support (“GOS”) member organizations that have submitted their FY2014 financial statements and other final reports to RACC. These grants are made possible thanks to $1.28 million in revenues from the city’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund, plus $600,000 in gap funding from the city’s fall 2014 Budget Monitoring Process, or Fall BuMP.

The grants listed below are in addition to RACC funding that each organization received last fall, and their combined allocations bring all GOS organizations to at least 3.8% public funding of their eligible annual revenues – many steps closer to the AEAF goal of providing 5% public funding. RACC directed most of the funding to five “major” arts organizations that have experienced the largest funding discrepancies in the past. Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Art Museum, Portland Center Stage and the Portland Opera had averaged 1% public funding; now they all stand at 3.8%. Specific allocation amounts include:

Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Inc., $2,030

Friends of Chamber Music, $7,966

Literary Arts, Inc., $23,553

Miracle Theatre Group, $5,127

Oregon Ballet Theatre, $120,089

Oregon Symphony Association, $398,300

Pendulum Aerial Arts, $1,468

PHAME, $3,327

PlayWrite, Inc., $1,000

Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film Center, $468,538

Portland Center Stage, $207,486

Portland Opera Association, Inc., $193,506

Portland Youth Philharmonic, $8,061

The Portland Ballet, $15,994

Third Angle New Music, $1,000

White Bird, $14,181

“It is tremendously gratifying to begin seeing the impact that the Arts Education & Access Fund can have in our community,” said RACC’s executive director, Eloise Damrosch. “We remain grateful to Portland City Council for referring this measure to the ballot in 2012, and to the voters who clearly understand the many ways that strong and vibrant arts organizations enhance our quality of life, generate cultural tourism and other economic benefits, and improve our children’s education.”

RACC is retaining $410,022 to invest in up to 29 more General Operating Support member organizations that will file their FY2014 reports in the months ahead. Because most of the larger organizations have already been funded, fewer resources will be required to fund the smaller remaining groups, which include:

Artist Repertory Theatre


Cappella Romana, Inc.

Chamber Music Northwest

Children’s Healing Art Project

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

Echo Theatre Company

Ethos Music Center

Hollywood Theatre

Imago Theatre

Independent Publishing Resource Center

Live Wire! Radio

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Northwest Children’s Theatre

Northwest Dance Project

NW Documentary Arts & Media

Oregon Children’s Theatre

Portland Baroque Orchestra

Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra

Portland Gay Men’s Chorus

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

Portland Jazz Festival

Portland Piano International

Portland Taiko

Profile Theatre Project

Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Tears of Joy Theatre

Write Around Portland

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

PSU’s Robert Bucker and KeyBank’s David R. Lofland, Jr. join the RACC board of directors

PORTLAND, ORE – Two community leaders were recently elected to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) board of directors:

Robert Bucker is Dean of the College of the Arts at Portland State University.  From 2007 – 2013 he was Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at California State University, Northridge, where he also served as the Executive Director of the new, state-of-the-art Valley Performing Arts Center.  He began his career as a middle school and high school vocal music teacher and choral director in Missouri. He served as the director of education for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the voice chairman and choral conductor for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program.

David R. Lofland, Jr. serves as President for Key’s Oregon and Southwest Washington market, and as such is the senior representative and spokesperson, and leads the organization’s economic and community development efforts. He also oversees the full range of Key Private Bank financial services in the Oregon and Alaska markets. An Ohio native, Dave joined Key Bank in early 2011 with 20 plus years of experience in banking, investment and trust industries, including senior leadership positions with two other major financial institutions.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is a local arts agency that provides grants and services for artists, schools and nonprofit organizations in for Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. RACC also conducts a workplace giving campaign for arts and culture (“Work for Art”); manages one of the oldest public art programs in the country; and helps K-8 teachers integrate the arts into other academic subjects through The Right Brain Initiative. Online at racc.org.  

The RACC Board is chaired by Jan Robertson, CEO of Norris Beggs Simpson Companies. Max M. Miller, Jr. of Tonkon Torp, LLP is the vice chair; Jennifer C. Cies is treasurer; and Eric Hormel of Perkins & Company is the secretary. All board and staff profiles are available online at http://www.racc.org/about/staff-board