Multnomah County Library and Regional Arts & Culture Council announce community artist as part of diverse work at North Portland Library

Sadé DuBoise will focus on community input as part of artwork for library’s new Black Cultural Center

  • Contact: Liz Sauer, Multnomah County Library Capital Building Projects Communications Manager, 971.350.8733, elizabeths@multco.us
  • Contact: Meech Boakye, Communications Lead, Regional Arts & Culture Council, 503.823.5111, mboakye@racc.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 22, 2024

PORTLAND, OR. — Multnomah County Library (MCL) and Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) are continuing their efforts to bring community-centered artwork to libraries throughout Multnomah County. This work is part of the voter-approved 2020 Library building bond which will build, rebuild or expand nine library buildings. Smaller upgrades to 11 libraries are also underway as part of the Refresh projects. Since the bond passed, Multnomah County Library has undergone major updates, with North Portland Library as one of the first projects.

North Portland Library will be renovated and expanded, adding 1,500 square feet to make the library 10,200 square feet. The renovated building will highlight the diversity and history of the community. The design by LEVER Architecture preserves the historic Carnegie building on Killingsworth Street while providing greater space for community gatherings in the new Black Cultural Center.

North Portland Library has long been the library home to the Black community in Portland. That’s why insights from the Black community have guided the vision and purpose for the new Black Cultural Center. Exciting updates at North Portland include:

  • A Black Cultural Center for connection and a celebration of Blackness
  • Outdoor space for community members to relax and be together
  • Updated technology and internet
  • Art that represents the neighborhood’s diversity

Public art for the North Portland community

As part of these updates, local artists are creating unique installations that represent the North Portland community’s history, culture and diversity.

“The historic North Portland Library has long been a cornerstone of the community, and specifically the Black community,” said Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries. “Through the library’s partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council, North Portland can offer vibrant new artwork that represents the community in a beautiful, inspiring space.”

Portrait of Sadé DuBoise. Photography by Olivia Renee (2020)

At North Portland Library, Sadé DuBoise has been selected to create a site-specific, artist-designed glass wall which will create a backdrop for the west side of the new Black Cultural Center. This permanent glass artwork, measuring 12 ft. high and 16 ft. wide, will be based on an original painting DuBoise will create, grounded in her North Portland upbringing and influenced by North Portland Library community engagement events. Her work is currently featured in the Black Artists of Oregon Exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, curated by Intisar Abioto.

In collaboration with Multnomah County Library and RACC, Sadé DuBoise will host two visioning sessions to welcome the community into the process of developing artwork for the Black Cultural Center. More details are below.

This artwork is developed in coordination with the Regional Arts & Culture Council through the Multnomah County Percent for Art Program, allotting two percent of the construction budget for all county-funded improvement projects toward the investment in public art. Artists are awarded projects as part of a robust public process, which includes selection panels led by local residents, business owners, artists, library staff and project partners.

Valarie Pearce, author, educator, and community panelist for the selection committee, celebrated the announcement, saying:

“As an educator, Portland native, and lifetime library evangelist it has been a great pleasure to be a part of the Multnomah County Library, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and community panel for the inaugural glass art and artist selection for North Portland Library’s Black Cultural Center.

“Art is a universal connector and the historical expression by which the Black Portland community has shared its story across time. North Portland Library’s Black Cultural Center is the legacy and enduring story of resilience, community, and beauty.

“I believe as a city it is important for us to invest in our values. With the focus of centering community voice, steering a broad and diverse artistic selection process, and curating community feedback forums, we have done just that. We have demonstrated our values for collaboration, community-centered voice, and the deliberate celebration of Black artistry in library spaces. Bravo!”

Artists and community working in tandem

Community engagement is at the center of the library’s building projects. The selection panel, made up of residents of the neighborhood, artists, architects, and library staff, prioritized artists with demonstrated experiences and connections to the North and Northeast community around North Portland Library. Most artists selected for these projects are seeking to create and host community engagement opportunities as part of their design phase, including the two events Sadé DuBoise will lead.

Design artwork for the Black Cultural Center at North Portland Library

The first event will be a visioning event where community ideas and perspectives will help shape the artwork for the Black Cultural Center. This gathering is a chance for community members to engage in meaningful dialogue and contribute to the selection of Adinkra symbols that will be featured in the upcoming glass wall art project. Adinkra symbols originated in Ghana and represent concepts or aphorisms. This interactive session will be an inspiring blend of cultural exchange, artistic discussion, and community bonding. Presentations will begin at 10:30 am and there will be handouts and opportunities for engagement for anyone who might come after the presentation begins.

  • Date and Location TBA

The second event will be held in celebration of Black History Month where participants will have the opportunity to create their own symbols, drawing inspiration from traditional Adinkra symbols. This hands-on experience is a chance to explore the symbolism of Adinkra while expressing your personal creativity using ink and paper. Additionally, attendees will get an exclusive sneak peek at the latest developments in Sadè DuBoise’s artwork for North Portland Libary’s new Black Cultural Center. All materials will be provided, and no prior art experience is necessary. Refreshments will be served.

Find more information on Multnomah County Library’s website and follow RACC on social media for updates.


About Multnomah County Library

A treasured community institution since 1864, Multnomah County Library is one of the nation’s busiest public library systems, providing social, educational and cultural programs, resources and services, online and through its 19 public locations. With an eye toward the future of community-centered spaces, the library is working to build, rebuild or expand nine libraries through a voter approved capital bond. In addition to being Oregon’s largest provider of free internet access, the library offers millions of print and digital resources, in multiple languages for people of all ages. From kindergarten readiness to job training, computer-assisted design and 3D printing, the library supports all people in their pursuits to connect, learn and create. Learn more at multcolib.org

About the Regional Arts & Culture Council

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides impactful and transformative funding for artists and nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties; manages an acclaimed public art program; leads an advocacy and arts education program; and offers a wide range of technical and professional development workshops. RACC advocates for equity, inclusion, and access, working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity, and the arts.


Thirty-three Artworks Inspired by the People and Places of Portland Selected for Purchase

Mika Martinez, Portland Catrinas, 2023, Photography and graphic design on aluminum, 20 x 40 x 2 inches.


January 11, 2024

Portland, Oregon — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), in partnership with the City of Portland, announces that 33 artworks by 26 artists have been selected for purchase through a competitive application and review process. Celebrating and taking inspiration from the people and places of Portland, the selected pieces include paintings on canvas, photography, works on paper, mixed media, textiles and beadwork.

The selected artists are: Rebecca Boraz, Sarah Bouwsma, Terrance Burton, May Maylisa Cat, Epiphany Couch, Menka Desai, Michael Espinoza, Emily Fitzgerald, Future Prairie, Terrence Gasca, Josh Gates, Elisa Gusdal, Jo Hamilton, Linda Higgins, Anya Keyes, Latoya Lovely, Marne Lucas, Mika Martinez, Christa Nye, Rory ONeal, M Prull, Rebecca Rodela, Hampton Rodriguez, Mona Superhero, Heléna Dupre Thompson, and Aaron Wessling.

Left: Helena Thompson, One Eighty Compulsion 14, 2020, Archival pigment print (photography), 22 x 17 inches. Right: Menka Desai, New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden, 2023, Gouache and embroidery on handmade paper, 5 x 7 inches.

The artworks will enter RACC’s Public Art Collection of portable works, a rotating collection displayed in accessible municipal spaces throughout the City of Portland and Multnomah County. Fifteen of the works will enter the Visual Chronicle of Portland, a collection consisting of more than 400 works on paper that focuses on artists’ views of the city’s social and urban landscapes as they evolve through time.

Art Selection Process

Facilitated by RACC, an independent panel made up of artists, community representatives, and City employees participated in a three-stage review process to select artworks for purchase. RACC received applications from 155 artists, with up to six artworks submitted per person. The panel participated in thoughtful discussion and collective decision-making to determine which pieces to purchase from the many talented artists who submitted work.

Taking Inspiration from Portland’s New City Map

Funded by the City of Portland, the theme of the artwork purchase project was “Taking Inspiration from Portland’s New City Map.” The theme references Portland’s four new geographic districts, which were created by the City of Portland’s Independent District Commission through extensive community input. Submitted artworks could directly or indirectly relate to the theme, by portraying Portland’s neighborhoods or people; making personal, social, historical, political, or natural connections to the City or districts; and/or exploring broader ideas of borders, maps, place, or community.

Quote from Kristin Calhoun, Director of Public Art: “From celebrating community, to honoring the natural spaces within the City, to reflecting on urban changes, these thirty-three artworks present diverse perspectives on what it means to live, work, and play in Portland now. RACC is grateful to all the artists that submitted work for this opportunity, and we continue to be inspired by the unique viewpoints and creativity of the artists in our region.”

To learn more about the two-dimensional artwork purchase project, the selected artists, or to schedule an interview with RACC or the project team, please contact Eleanor Sandys at esandys@racc.org.

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About the Regional Arts & Culture Council:

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides impactful and transformative funding for artists and nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties; manages an acclaimed public art program; leads an advocacy and arts education program; and offers a wide range of technical and professional development workshops. RACC advocates for equity, inclusion, and access, working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity, and the arts. We remain steadfast in our mission to enrich every neighborhood we serve.

2023-24 RACC Arts3C Grants (Fall 2023 cycle)

The RACC Arts3C Grant Program is for the Creation, Cultivation & Community in the Portland metropolitan tri-county region. Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas County applicants who are creating and sharing arts and culture programming in all disciplines could apply for support for projects or activities in the arts. The following 253 RACC Arts3C Grants were awarded in December 2023 for a total of $978,000.

2023-24 RACC Arts3C Grant awards (Fall 2023 cycle):

Individual artists Working Title Primary Artistic Discipline  County Award
 Matthew Abadi [glass work exhibition] Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Stephanie Adams-Santos The Mollusk and Other Weird Tales Literature Washington County  $    5,000
 Ricardo Alvarado MAIZ Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Jonas Angelet A Beat Happening – 7 Year Anniversary Concert Music Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Raphael Arar [solo exhibition at Carnation Contemporary] Media Arts Multnomah County  $    1,000
 Ashlin Aronin The Gift Media Arts Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Mia Arvizu Plant Medicine Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Elizabeth Arzani From Garage to Ceramic Studio Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 carlos baca PopCartPDX gear Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Onyx Baird Amrita Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Hannah Bakken Morris Satur – New Photogravure and Sculpture Works Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Jonathan Barcan Tomorrow May Not Be Like Today Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Claire Barrera future gestures Dance/Movement Multnomah County  $    5,000
 ilish bath Everywhen Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Palani Bearghost Morning Star Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Alexandra Behr Grief Stick Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Maryka Biaggio Awakened From the Dream of Life: A Novel Based on the True Story of the Woman Who Took Down a KKK Grand Dragon Literature Washington County  $    4,000
 RaShaunda Brooks & Here We Are – Proof of Concept Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 James Bullock Growing Pains Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Alex Callenberger Ambient Vol 1 Music Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Kimo Camat Kiki’s Delivery Service of Love Songs and Heartbreak Music Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Joyce Campbell Creative Studio and Community Space Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 May Maylisa Cat [Fok Fok Industries] Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Sabrina Cerquera DJ LAFLOR – Equipment Purchase for Further Artistic Development Music Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Suzanne  Chi Still Moving Dance/Movement Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Megan Chin [Anticapitalism for Artists book club] Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Gabriele Chodosh Finite Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Jax Chow How Portland Artists Work-A Visual Zine Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
Victoria Christen Exhibition : University of Portland: Covert Gallery, Spring 2024 Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Steven Christiansen Everybody Rides, Everybody Reads Literature Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Merideth Clark Siren Songs | Seasons Concert Series – 2024 Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Amaranta  Colindres Murals for Working Women of Color Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Licity Collins One Death in Seven Doorways: A New Spoken-Sung Opera (Composing Phase) Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    5,000
Epiphany Couch Let Your Ancestors Dress You at MASS MoCA Residency Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Jana Crenshaw “The Song You Heard” community performance, livestream, and podcast Music Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Callie Day Tinker Labs Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Lauren Day Tiny’s Mural Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Heldáy de la Cruz Provecho Magazine Issue 02 Literature Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Maria DeHart Bug Seance’s First Full Album Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Francesca DeMusz Oracle Roach Ceramics Studio Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Wyndi Desouza [studio space] Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Meera Duncan Sahira Loves Big Installation Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Hayley Durelle Walla Walla Feature Screenplay Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 kowkie durst “Exhibition: Ceramics Faculty – Past and Present”, Covert Gallery, University of Portland Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Elisabeth Ellison Doe Records Music Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Joseph Erikson Class Wars Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Izzy Fawson [Workshops on the history of struggle of the Filipino people] Socially-Engaged Art Washington County  $    5,000
 Devin Jane Febbroriello Color Theories film finishing and distro funds Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Andrew Fort HOCUS Fifth Anniversary Event and Publication Literature Multnomah County  $    1,000
 Joanie Fox Beatlore Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 J$Fur [album and zine] Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Jonathan Garcia [short film about suicide prevention focused on the Latinx community] Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Lonnie Garcia The Mall Rats Cartoonist Collective Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Julia Gaskill The Bigfoot Poetry Festival 2024 Literature Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Julie Gebron Audio Description Access for Live Events Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Anaïs  Genevieve Nonbinary Girlfriend Music Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Alessandra Genovese Bableton- Ableton for Babes! Music Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Bean Gilsdorf Wassaic Project Residency 2024 Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Joeanally Gonzalez Vidas Extraordinarias: Tapices de Historias de Inmigrantes a través del Arte (“Extraordinary Lives: Tapestries of Immigrant Stories through Art”) Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Pablo Gonzalez Hot Winter Collection Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Miranda Gorski Crystal Canopy premier album and live release show Music Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Elizabeth Haidle Existential Mushroom Comics Literature Multnomah County  $    2,000
 MJ Halberstadt The Usual Unusual reading Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Jacque Hammond In My Own Image Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Dylan Hankins REM Cycle Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Rachael Harms Mahlandt PDX Sidewalk Joy Art, Outreach, and Programming Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Thorn Hartspring Debut album recording and distribution Music Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Courtney Hermann Outliers and Outlaws Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Molly Herro Lovejoy Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Maryanna Hollomon Mid-Career exploration & advancement Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Anthony Hudson 2nd Annual Portland Drag Theatre Workshop Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Carlyn Hudson Women Choreographers of the Pacific Northwest Dance/Movement Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Joshua Huff Joshua Josue – Chicano/Americana Heritage Music Project Music Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Yiillus Youki Iimori Career Development through Mentorship Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    1,000
 Diane Jacobs Ceramic Art Residency at Township 10 in North Carolina Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Tallon Jakson Yamatala Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Katie Janovec Portland Popping Project Dance/Movement Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Linda K Johnson Portland Dance History and Lineage Podcast Dance/Movement Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Emma Josephson Sew into You Film/Video Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Andee Joyce Rhythm and Autism Theatre/Musical Theatre Washington County  $    1,000
 Emily Kepulis Falling Water and Other Landscapes Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Lara Kim Portland Furry Artist Residency Folk Arts/Cultural Arts Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Janna Kimel Chronic Pain Project Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Eleanor Klock Executive Amateur Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    1,000
 S Alexandra  Kudroff Creature Party EP Music Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Erin LaCerra Fostering Artistic Empowerment and Community Connection Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Limei Lai Life We Made, Letter We Wrote Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 kim lakin PDX Red Wall Project Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Ayana Lance Risograph purchase and photography zine Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Michael  Larson Humanizing Portland Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Matthew Laurents Solo exhibition of ceramic works Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Horatio Law Serenading the Departed Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Joshua Le About Face – Album from Letjoux Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Jenna Lechner Insects of the Pacific Northwest  – an ABC guide Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Catherine Lee To work with Substrate Arts Consulting Music Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Fritz Liedtke Embodying Chronic Illness Multi-Discipline Washington County  $    4,000
 Erik M.G. Fox In Glances Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Kelly Madden Spring 2024 Fashion Collection Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Brenda Mallory Career legacy and studio archiving Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Bon Malten Explorations in Printmaking Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Nay Mapalo Providing Low Cost Studio Recording, Mixing, and Workshops Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Rebecca Marrall Comics Cottage Literature Multnomah County  $    1,000
 rubén garcía marrufo Heaven’s Proxy Media Arts Multnomah County  $    5,000
 M. Martinez Soy Yo Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Faustina Masigat Home, Like a Wide Open Heart Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Corrine Matlak A Transcendental Experience Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Cambria Matlow Why Dig When You Can Pluck Film/Video Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Cameron McCafferty Baptism in the Mud Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Ivan McClellan Eight Seconds Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 aiyana monae mcclinton studio support Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Bri-Skye McKizzie Stay Litt’s Obsidian Stars: A Variety Show and Dance Party Multi-Discipline Washington County  $    2,000
 Alejandro Mercado Siegert Piña Mal Pelada Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Katherine Mergens Sensing / Gorge Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Jacob Miller LP3 – Jacob Miller Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 serena milne Dye studio Folk Arts/Cultural Arts Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Nicholas Moler-Gallardo Career development project Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    1,000
 Todd Molinari after / time collective gallery – Exhibitions and Programming Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Bebe Montoya CTRL C/V: a queer femme-centered EP Music Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Mazey Moon The New Critique School Media Arts Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Caroline Moore Artist talks Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Elise Morris JamBallah NW 2024 Dance/Movement Washington County  $    5,000
 Jeanette Muibi Empowered By Jeanette Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Russ Musser Summer Solstice at Dreamfields Farm Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Gaylord Ndungu Studio Time – A community arts project Film/Video Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Sol Neelman Weird Sports Exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Jenny Ng The Withdrawal – a short film Film/Video Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Aja Ngo Mosaic apprenteship with  Fernando Bekir, Argentina Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Celeste Noche Every Morning You Greet Me Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Christian Orellana Bauer ¿Imataq Sutiy? // What Is My Name? Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Matthew Packwood Oregon Origins Project IV: Convergence Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Andrew Paiko Moving Glass Towards a Sustainable Future Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Brian Parker The Things We Miss_Anthology of Magic in the Everyday Literature Washington County  $    5,000
 marvin parra A Small Prayer Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Anthony Parrish Time Travel 444 Collective Development Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Eduardo Perez Emerging Art Residency Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Krystal Pérez Nostalgia: A Safe Space Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Jennifer Perrine Beautiful Outlaw Literature Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Nicholas Peterson Rose City Park Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Kerry Politzer The Driveway Jazz Series – Summer 2024 Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Emilly Prado “Outlines on View,” a multimedia art project Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Nathaniel Praska Blinking Stupidly Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    1,000
 Katie Prentiss Wake Up Maggie Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Alyson Provax I’m worried that I’m alone in this feeling (working title) Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Ines Paulina Ramirez  Valdiviezo BRIGHT TEMPO Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Ari Rapkin Transatlantacism: A Circus Tribute Dance/Movement Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Jesse Rawlins LUME FEST Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Agata Rek Expansion of practice through equipment acquisition Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Daniela Repas [multimedia drawing installation] Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Michael Roberson Torpor Film/Video Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Anthony Roberto Object/Model, Figure/Form Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Lilith Rockett Kazegama Kiln Build and Firing Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Anna Rogers Physical disability equipment purchase for mural projects Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Morgan Rosskopf Stillness is the Move Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Zeinab Saab Framework for Framing Work Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Asia Safriwe Umi’s house Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Jonathan Salimes Real People Film/Video Multnomah County  $    1,000
 Maile Sand Leveling Up for Future Art Festivals Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Houshang  Sedighi Kurdish Dance teaching and performing Folk Arts/Cultural Arts Washington County  $    5,000
 Michael Shymanski Frontera volume 4: Phantoms // Fantasmas Literature Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Xara Silva Mestiza Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Marjorie Skinner Portland Fashion in the ’00s Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Eloise Smith Perennial Dance/Movement Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Rory Sparks Food Art Practice Residency Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Victoria Spelman Intimacy Director Certification Program Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Christopher Spivery [graphic novel and ‘The great shame reframe experiment’] Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Stephanie Starnes Ambient Healing Album Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Brett Stern Better Setter tile setter Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Teddy Stjarne Whatsits Goods + Sundries Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Hank Stowers Maritime Air 3: a Queer Ski Film Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Adam Sweeney Plums For Months: Memories of a Wonder-Filled Neurodivergent Childhood Film/Video Multnomah County  $    2,000
 Pace Taylor Custom framing opportunity Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Paige Thomas Individual with Instructions Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Mia Truman Sam’s 21st Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Mike Truong All The Homies Magazine Film/Video Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Orquidia Velasquez Near and Far Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Audrey Voon Heartsong: A Galentine’s Soul Sing Music Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Mike Vos MASS MoCA Artist Residency and Book Launch Exhibition Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    4,000
 RIOA wa RIOE [multimedia project featuring work by at-risk and unhoused youth] Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Kiara Walls Kitchen Screening and Exhibition Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    3,000
 Ezra Weiss The Golem’s Gift Theatre/Musical Theatre Washington County  $    2,000
 Sarah Wentz Time after Time Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    1,000
 Isla-June Whitaker Something Good Will Find Us Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Amy Wike [operations and development support for design and illustration practice] Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000
 kelly williams Ireland residency Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Nicole Williford Vermont Studio Center residency Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Jennifer Wright Break to Build 2 Multi-Discipline Multnomah County  $    4,000
 Lynn Yarne Grandma Skillshare Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County  $    5,000
 Phyllis Yes At Home – early 70’s Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    1,000
 kate zipse Children’s Illustration – Professional development & portfolio showcase Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County  $    2,000


Organizations Working Title Primary Artistic Discipline  County Award
45th Parallel Sound Investment Music Multnomah County $5,000
Alberta Rose Theatre 2nd Annual International Booklover’s Burlesque Festival Dance/Movement Multnomah County $5,000
All Saints Episcopal Church Neighbors Helping Neighbors Mural Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $5,000
Ambiguous Animals, LLC Death’s Door Film/Video Multnomah County $5,000
AUGURY HOUSE Heavy Light: A Hei Tu Story Film/Video Washington County $5,000
Bedrock Theatre Hibernate [Working Title] Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County $5,000
Berm BERM Magazine Issue #5 – Joy Literature Multnomah County $5,000
Brave Atlas Brave Atlas Etching Studio Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $4,000
Bridging Voices LGBTQ+ and allied youth chorus operating support Music Multnomah County $3,000
Building Five The Ground Beneath Us Multi-Discipline Multnomah County $5,000
Carnation Contemporary LLC Carnation Contemporary and SOIL Collaboration Exchange Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $5,000
Cascadia Arts Association Troutdale Arts Festival Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $5,000
Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective CPPAC Intergenerational Program Multi-Discipline Multnomah County $5,000
Classical Up Close 2024 Spring Music Festival Music Washington County $5,000
congruency dance collective congruency dance collective presents : spectra Dance/Movement Multnomah County $5,000
Crave Theatre Company Accessible Arts Education Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County $5,000
Dance United All-Ages Holi Celebration Folk Arts/Cultural Arts Multnomah County $5,000
East Portland Collective Historic Lents Placemaking Mural by East Portland Collective & Alex Chiu Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $5,000
Eastside Jewish Commons Indie Lens Pop Up Film/Video Multnomah County $2,000
Flight 64 Studio Studio improvements Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $2,000
Forest Grove High School Band Program Music Washington County $1,000
Friends of Saturday Academy Experiential art residencies for K-12 students Multi-Discipline Multnomah County $5,000
Gresham Japanese Garden Illuminating Gresham Japanese Garden Folk Arts/Cultural Arts Multnomah County $5,000
Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre Lighting Upgrades 2024 Theatre/Musical Theatre Washington County $2,000
In Medio Sing, My Child Music Multnomah County $5,000
India Cultural Association India Festival Multi-Discipline Washington County $5,000
LineStorm Playwrights LineStorm Playwrights Bi-Monthly Reading Series and LineStorm Playwrights Fertile Ground Lunchtime Reading Series Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County $5,000
Lovegood Performing Arts Company Neurodivergent Training Theatre/Musical Theatre Washington County $1,000
Make Music Day PDX, Inc. Make Music Day PDX Music Multnomah County $2,000
Marcescence Magazine LLC Marcescence Magazine First Issue Production Literature Multnomah County $3,000
Medicine Bear Native American Spiritual Encampment Latino Network Art of the Ancestors Multi-Discipline Multnomah County $5,000
Municipal Eco Resiliency Project Food Sovereignty Media Series – Music Video Music Multnomah County $5,000
On the Inside On the Inside: Building Community and Breaking Down Walls Through Storytelling Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County $5,000
Oregon Arts Watch Expanded Stage & Studio Podcast Media Arts Multnomah County $5,000
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education The Burned Piano Project: Finding Music In the Deafening Noise of Hatred Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County $5,000
Performance Works NorthWest Alembic Artist Residency and Performance Dance/Movement Multnomah County $3,000
Peruvian Cultural Festival And Events ReinventArte Folk Arts/Cultural Arts Washington County $5,000
Play It Forward Cultivate Creative Children Music Washington County $5,000
Portland Child Art Studio [free classes for Vibrant! Building residents] Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $5,000
Portland Community College Foundation Refractions: A Time-Based Art Screening Series Multi-Discipline Multnomah County $5,000
Portland in Color Annual Operations Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County $5,000
Portland Lesbian Choir Love Who You Love June 2024 Music Multnomah County $5,000
Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival POWGirls Workshops & Screening – 2024 Film/Video Multnomah County $5,000
Prismagic LLC Heaven’s Kitchen Dance/Movement Multnomah County $5,000
QDoc: Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival QDoc Film Fest / Portland’s LGBTQ+ Documentary Film Festival 2023 Film/Video Multnomah County $5,000
Renegade Opera Renegade Opera’s 2024 Artists in Conversation Festival Music Multnomah County $5,000
Risk/Reward 2024 General Operating Support Multi-Discipline Multnomah County $5,000
NitAl Consulting Service, Inc Art for happiness Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Washington County $2,000
Secret Room Press Secret Room Press Pop-Up Gallery & Shop Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $4,000
Stage Fright Stage Fright Festival 2024 Theatre/Musical Theatre Multnomah County $5,000
STAGES Youth Academy Support for new Artistic Director of STAGES Youth Academy Theatre/Musical Theatre Washington County $5,000
Studio Metropolis Inc [Queer-coded Graphic Novel- Alice in Wonderland retelling] Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County $4,000
Sweetbriar Elementary Drums Alive for Elementary Students Music Multnomah County $4,000
The Arc Portland Metro Club Mosaic, an Art Pilot Project for Adults Who Experience IDD Socially-Engaged Art Multnomah County $5,000
The Rockwood Center Sound and Lights for Community Event Spaces Folk Arts/Cultural Arts Multnomah County $5,000
Transformative Living Community, International BIPOC Family Camping & Arts Retreat, 2024 Visual Arts (2D and 3D) Multnomah County $5,000
Unlock the Arts Inc [expressive writing workshop at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility] Literature Multnomah County $5,000
Portland Winter Light Festival Light Festival Artistic Leadership Team Multi-Discipline Multnomah County $5,000
Willowbrook Center for the Development of Human Potential Willowbrook All Year – Expanding Creativity Multi-Discipline Washington County $5,000
Wonderfolk Unity Through Arts – Portland Youth Video Yearbook Film/Video Multnomah County $5,000
Woodland Sung Productions Beaver State Film/Video Multnomah County $5,000
XRAY.FM Securing Permanent Broadcast Access for Local, Underrepresented Voices Media Arts Multnomah County $5,000
Young People’s Theatre Project, Inc Summer Performing Arts Camp Theatre/Musical Theatre Washington County $5,000
ZENA ZEZZA sidony o’neal and Derek Franklin exhibition and events Multi-Discipline Multnomah County $3,000

Free Mosaic Workshops with Artist Crystal Meneses & Activate Arts

Join artist Crystal Meneses and Activate Arts in creating artwork for the Exterior Site Enclosure at Holgate Library

Crystal is inviting the community to create mosaic tiles as part of a community-centered, community-inspired artwork for the library. These workshops are free for all ages and open to everyone. No prior art or mosaic experience is necessary. Just bring your enthusiasm and creative spirit!

We look forward to making art with you!


  • 1/6 Sellwood Library | 12:30-2:30pm
  • 1/13 Rockwood Library 12:30-2:30pm
  • 1/25 Woodstock Library | 3-5pm


  • 12/7 Taborspace | 4-6pm
  • 12/9 Montavilla Community Center | 12-2pm


Arts and Culture Drive the Economy

Thoughts by Laura Strieb, AEP6 Coordinator

On Monday, November 6th, local arts leaders, and city and county officials gathered for a fabulous night where we were joined by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts along with representatives from the Oregon Arts Commission to learn and hear the results of a year’s long study and survey regarding the impacts of the Arts on the Economy.

Randy Cohen addressing the AEP6 crowd at Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego.

Every five years, Americans for the Arts galvanizes local arts service organizations to go out and see what audiences at arts and culture events are spending around attending an arts and/or culture experience. We also survey arts and culture nonprofit organizations on their spending, hiring, employment and community engagement to get an accurate picture of how the arts drive the economy.

Even in the wake of COVID-19 and the resulting economic recession, the arts continue to provide a significant boost to recharging the economy in America’s local communities. The arts draws people out of their homes and back into community life—spending time with each other and spending their money within the local communities.

As we know the arts and nonprofit sectors were hit extremely hard by the pandemic shut down. So we definitely need to celebrate all the organizations that survived and were able to still be here today! The Arts show resilience!

Raziah Roushan, Executive Director of Tualatin Valley Creates (TVC) introducing guest speakers.

We excitedly were able to share with the arts community and county/city leaders that the data collected throughout all three counties clearly shows that the arts are a phenomenal Return on Investment (ROI). This data also shows the reason why we need to continue to advocate for deep investments of our arts and culture organizations. They are the change makers and action drivers in our communities.

The numbers back that up.


For those who want to see the tax revenue generated and jobs created – that data is also hard to refute! In the tri-county area, almost 7,000 jobs are generated in the arts and culture sector. This is most certainly an undercount as we are basing these numbers on the arts organizations that responded to our survey and we know there are many many more orgs out there.

Also from our survey results we see how this plays out in the lives people living in our communities as well as how we provide funding back to federal, state and local governments.

Personal Income generated by arts funding by county looks like:

  • Clackamas County : $17.5 Million
  • Multnomah County : $286.1 Million
  • Washington County : $18.8 Million

Government Revenue (Local, State and Federal) by county :

  • Clackamas County : $4.5 Million
  • Multnomah County : $72.1 Million
  • Washington County : $4.9 Million

Bottom line – the Arts are big business and we need to shout it to the rooftops that our policy makers need to continue to invest and work to make bigger investments in the arts and culture sectors throughout our region and state – because not only is it good for our economy, driving jobs, revenue, tax revenue. It builds community.

The arts get people together, get them talking, get them creating. Community is the catalyst to building a brighter future for all of us. The Arts are that driving force.

Raziah Roushan, Executive Director of TVC and Liora Sponko, Senior Program Manager

Oregon Arts Commission

This is our call to action – tell your neighbors, your community, state and federal leaders – that investment in the arts is the key to the communities we all want for our families.


Due to technical difficulty much of the video was lost but the audio remains.


AEP6 Local Org Slides

AEP6 3-County Slides

Request for Qualifications: Albina Library Sculpture Series

Rendering of the art site, exterior southeast view, facing NE Russell Street

Rendering of the art site, exterior southeast view, facing NE Russell Street 

If you would prefer these materials in another language please contact the RACC project team for translation services.

Interpretation services are available, please email info@racc.org.

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Important Dates

  • November 20, 2023 – RFQ launch
  • December 4, 2023 at 6:00pm PDT – Zoom Info Session, watch the recording here
  • January 15, 2024 – Applications due Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11:59pm PDT
  • December 2023-February 2024 – Panel review and artist selection including interviews
  • Spring 2024 – Community Engagement and Participatory Design
  • Summer/Fall 2024 – Fabrication
  • Spring 2025 – Artwork complete and installed

In partnership with Multnomah County Library (MCL), the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites artists/artist teams living in Oregon and Washington to submit qualifications for a series of site-specific exterior artworks located along the new south side entry path and within the new interior courtyard at the soon-to-be renovated Albina Library. One artist/artist team will be selected to create a sequence of mid-scale 3-dimensional sculptural works which will greet library patrons, staff, and visitors as they approach and enter the new building. As part of the Library Capital Building Projects, MCL is renovating and expanding Albina Library which will include a 30,000 sq.ft. addition to the existing Carnegie structure. New features such as large community and meeting rooms, expanded study areas and a dedicated teen space will fill this highly anticipated community hub. Other upgrades include updated technology and internet as well as a new outdoor courtyard which will allow community members to relax and connect. Albina Library, along with the communities it serves, specifically Portland’s African American, Black and Indigenous communities, has a long history of displacement. Returning the library to its historic location on Knott Street is part of the MCL’s larger effort to provide relevant services to people who are experiencing disenfranchisement. The newly renovated and expanded library is in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood and sits just off of the west side of NE Martin Luther King Boulevard between NE Knott Street and NE Russell Street in inner northeast Portland in Oregon. Nearby are other beloved community landmarks including the Matt Dishman Community Center and Wonder Ballroom. The budget available for the commission comes from Multnomah County’s Percent for Art Program and is $125,000, all inclusive. Submissions are due by Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11:59pm PDT.

Art Opportunity

We are seeking an artist or artist team to create a series of site-specific exterior sculptural artworks for Albina Library. The sequence of mid-size sculptures will lead people along the new south side entry pathway, beginning at the newly developed library parking lot and initially ending at the main library entrance. The sculptures installed along the exterior of the building, of which we anticipate a minimum of three, will be prominently located. Greeting patrons and staff, the artworks will create a sense of arrival well before entering through the building doors. In addition, these sculptural works will be visible to pedestrian traffic along NE Russell Street contributing to the renewed streetscape of this revitalized and beloved community resource.

There is potential for the sculpture series to extend and/or culminate in the building’s newly constructed courtyard, an outdoor community space which is easily accessible from inside the library. We anticipate one additional artwork from the series being installed within the courtyard. Patrons, staff, guests and visitors will meander through the central body of the library to reach the courtyard via the main entrance, located on the south side of the site. The courtyard is positioned on the central east side of the library, acting as a connection point between several publicly accessible amenities. The relationship and creative dialogue between these spaces and the artwork should be considered. It is intended for this intimate outdoor oasis to be a place of calm, reflection and respite for patrons and staff alike.

The series of original sculptural artworks will be integrated with the landscape design of both the entry path and outdoor courtyard, evoking themes of growth, diversity and community. Due to the notable installation sites for the sequence of sculptures, views of the artworks from all angles should be considered. Similarly, pedestrian traffic from the parking lot and along the street will benefit from close interaction with the sculptures located on the exterior and interior of the building. We expect aspects of the exterior artwork to translate to scale so that the sculptures can also be enjoyed from a distance as people travel by car and public transportation along NE Russell Street.

Exact locations for the free-standing artworks are to be determined in conjunction with RACC and the project team depending on the final size, scale and material of the sculptures. In collaboration, the building project/construction team, selected artist(s) and RACC will work to provide foundations and a stub out for power for each sculpture, which can be used for lighting the artworks, if necessary and required. All other materials and construction are the responsibility of the artist with RACC’s support. The artist(s) will be responsible for delivering a series of completed artworks installed on site as a final deliverable. The artist(s) and RACC will coordinate installation with the project team, construction contractor and any third party vendors, where necessary.

The design team has stewarded an extensive series of engagement sessions with the local community over the last year or so and it is expected for the selected artist(s) to build upon that foundation. There is a deep desire for the diverse range of populations whom the library serves to be reflected and represented within the artwork. The sculpture series may represent multiple stories or weave together threads of a single narrative. The intention is to ignite imaginations and encourage contemplation. Both art installation sites include outdoor seating, meaning guests may wish to linger in these spaces. As the exterior sculptures will be the first pieces of public art visible as people arrive at the library, it is vital for these artworks to generate a sense of place, welcome and belonging that the surrounding communities, neighbors, MCL staff and visitors can feel aligned with and proud of.

MCL and RACC believe this project could be a professional development opportunity for an artist or artist team who are eager to expand their portfolio and practice, specifically in terms of fabrication and use/range of mediums, due to the support and technical assistance available from RACC and other project partners. Established artists, artists with experience working in sculpture at smaller scales and/or those who are exploring this medium are encouraged to apply.

Information Session

  • Monday December 4, 2023 at 6.00pm PDT on Zoom with Sophie from RACC joined by members of the Albina Library project team. Watch the recording here

We strongly encourage you to attend the info session, especially if you are a first-time applicant. The project team will share information about this opportunity and outline how to submit application materials. If you have questions about the Zoom
info session or need any accommodations in order to attend, please email project manager, Sophie, at shook@racc.org.

Artwork Goals and Qualities

The goal is for the many works of art at the library to be representative of, and informed by, the myriad of communities that live, work and play in Eliot/Boise, and other surrounding neighborhoods of north and northeast Portland, in particular under-represented and marginalized communities. Communities served by Albina Library should be reflected in the new works of art through innovative and original visioning, artistic expression and creative storytelling. There is a deep desire for the Sculpture Series to instill a sense of place and belonging, creating a warm, inviting and welcoming environment where imagination, interests and engagement can be inspired.

Through conversations during the community engagement process, led by LEVER Architecture and Noll & Tam Architects in collaboration with MCL, one important aspiration that was shared for the artwork at Albina Library was that it have a tangible sense of permanence. Given the history of displacement for Black and Indigenous community members in the neighborhood, and beyond, it was suggested that the selected artist(s) consider, in their creative process, the diverse local histories and experiences of those marginalized communities, acknowledging their richness and multiplicity. The community is desiring spaces which reflect their spirit and stories, where their cultures, values and histories can be expressed and celebrated.

In discussion with the community and MCL team members, we are anticipating artwork that invokes a sense of whimsy, wonder, magic and joy. Artwork that can honor the past while also creating space to explore greater possibilities for the future. It is also important to consider the longevity of the sculptures. How the artwork will evolve over time as the neighborhood shifts, ensuring that the artwork and community grow alongside one another, maintaining a bond, deepening their connection and continuing to be in dialogue together. Further collective visioning, through engagement with the community, will likely inspire even more creative suggestions. The Sculpture Series should take these design directives into consideration, complementing the overall building architecture, exterior and interior design palette and aligning with the overall goals to represent and reflect the local community in the space.

Literal interpretations or representations of these concepts, goals and qualities in the artwork is not expected. These ideas are shared as considerations, not limitations, and to offer context of the community feedback received so far.


The selected artist/artist team will receive $125,000 for this opportunity to create a series of mid-size, 3-dimensional, site-specific, exterior sculptural artworks. This fee is inclusive of all project expenses including artist fees, design development, materials, fabrication, installation, community engagement and communication/coordination with the design team, construction team and third-party contractors who may help to fabricate and install the artwork.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is a central component within all of the RACC and MCL Library Capital Building Projects, guided by these aligned project principles. As such, we are seeking an artist/artist team who welcomes and reflects the diverse communities that are served by Albina Library within their process and work. Genuine understanding and demonstration of community engagement practices in existing artistic practice, past work and/or other key areas of experience where skillsets may be transferable, such as teaching, mentorship, community organizing, care work and other non-typical/non-traditional examples of embedding community into process and practice, are highly desirable.

The broader community that will be served by the library have been invited to participate in the design process so far by contributing their experiences and ideas through open houses, tabling events, virtual meetings, leave-behind boards, and community conversations. An array of design priorities emerged during these engagements with community members and key stakeholders which should be considered by the artist(s) and more details can be found in the supplemental materials. Beyond that, feedback and other results from the community engagement process so far, including demographics, can be shared with the selected artist/artist team to ensure authentic understanding and representation of the local communities.

While there is no requirement for the artist/artist team to conduct community engagement sessions as part of this commission, if the artist(s) has a current practice around this work and would like to embed that into their process for the project it can be supported and would be encouraged. For example, prior to finalizing a design, the selected artist/artist team could plan and facilitate engagement sessions to meet with community stakeholders to gather further information and insight into the library, community and area. During that time, the artist(s) could welcome and encourage community participation within the design phase, seeking feedback, input and inspiration from key stakeholders to ensure the final artwork meets the intended goals as outlined above, specifically community representation. RACC and the project team is able to work with neighboring community partners to provide venues to host such community engagement events. Interpretation, translation and other access services can be made available, if needed, and coordinated through MCL and/or RACC, if enough time is
given in advance.

The artist(s) should expect that working or in-progress design materials and narratives may be requested for wider community communication updates and will be coordinated in conjunction with the project team.

About the Library Capital Building Project

As part of the Library Capital Building Projects, MCL is expanding Albina Library to provide additional space and an enjoyable experience for all through upgrades to the existing building. Located between NE Rodney Avenue and NE Martin
Luther King Boulevard on NE Knott Street in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood of north/northeast Portland, Oregon, the existing 3,500 square foot historic Carnegie library will be updated and expanded to 30,000 square feet. The revised site will include
an outdoor courtyard and new main entrance, on the south side of the building facing NE Russell Street, which creates the opportunity for a series of site-specific sculptural artworks. Click here to learn more and view the Albina Library fly-through.

The renovation and expansion of Albina Library is part of the first phase of the Library Capital Building Projects and will be one of the first to reopen, currently scheduled for Spring 2025.


This opportunity is open to artists/artist teams based in Oregon and Washington. If applying as a team, at least one member must meet the residence eligibility requirement. Those with significant current or past connections, or those with interest and ability to create meaningful connections, to Albina Library, the Boise-Eliot neighborhood and other surrounding neighborhoods and communities served by the library in north/northeast are preferred. Applicants who have an interest in and/or experience with community engagement processes, including social practice, which inform their approach and art practice are strongly encouraged to apply. Significant consideration will be given to artists who have experience working intergenerationally and with residents from historically marginalized and displaced communities to develop their artwork, in particular Black and Indigenous communities. Artists who have demonstrable lived experience and alignment with communities of color as well as immigrant and refugee communities will be prioritized.

MCL and RACC are committed to reflecting the cultural richness of our city by promoting opportunities for emerging and historically underrepresented artists. Artists/artist teams representing communities of color are strongly encouraged to apply. RACC is committed to engaging new communities of artists and expanding the range of artistic and cultural expression represented in the County’s public art collection.

The selected artist/artist team must be able to create, complete and deliver their artwork by Spring 2025.

Selection Process

At this time, the selection process will be entirely virtual. A selection panel composed of Multnomah County Library representatives, local artists, community members and north/northeast County residents, Library Building Project team members and Albina Library design team members will review artists’ submissions and choose more than one finalist to invite to interview for the commission. Overall, the purpose of the interview is to allow the artist(s) and panel to meet each other and engage in a mutually beneficial and informative conversation. It’s an opportunity for the artist(s) to better understand the context of the project and the intentions the selection panel has for the final art piece. Both parties are given the chance to ask questions and determine best alignment and artist selection for the project. After the interviews are completed, the selection panel will choose a final artist/artist team to award the public art opportunity to. The selected artist(s) will then be issued a Design Phase contract during which they may meet with the community and will create a proposal that includes a design for the Sculpture Series, a budget and a timeline. Following approval of the final design by the artist selection panel, the artist(s) will then enter into a Fabrication Contract with RACC.

Criteria for selecting semifinalists for interviews are (1) quality of past work as demonstrated in submitted images; (2) ability and interest in creating site-specific artwork; (3) how past artwork has fit one or more of the general goals described above, specifically community engagement and designing with stakeholder communities, through demonstrated processes and/or final design; (4) existing, interest in and/or ability to create connections to Albina Library, Boise-Eliot, other surrounding neighborhoods and communities served by the library.

Please note the selection panel reserves the right to select an artist who does not directly apply to this call, if appropriate. Likewise, the panel maintains the option to make no selection from submitted applications and to reopen the selection process or propose other methods of selection if no applicant is accepted.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted through the RACC Opportunity Portal, an online application system. Applicants
will need to create an account, or log into their existing account at https://racc.org/apply. If you are applying as a team,
please assign one person to apply and be the point of contact on behalf of the team.
Submissions due Monday, January 15, 2024 at 11.59pm PDT.

Application Materials

  • Artist bio/resume: Upload a PDF, no more than two pages, that outlines your creative activities, artistic accomplishments and experience with community engagement. If applying as a team, submit one PDF that includes a bio/resume for all team members.
  • Statement of interest:Applicants are invited to submit their responses to the prompts below either in a written statement* or in an audio or video statement**. Please outline the following:
    • Your interest in this project
      • Why this project, its focus, and themes are of interest to you
      • Why you would be a good match for the project
      • How do you foresee your work connecting to the mission and values of the project
    • Describe your capacity and/or experience to complete the scope of work
    • Explain why you value community engagement in your artistic process and share past examples of successfully incorporating community visions, values and voices into a project
      • What isyour approach to community engagement
      • How has community engagement impacted your process
      • How has community engagement informed your art-making practice and the end results of your work
    • If you are applying as a team, describe your individual roles on the team and how you anticipate working together
  • Up to 8 past work samples. These work samples are the primary way the quality of your work will be judged. Provide up to two images, no larger than 5MB each, for each work sample. For each image, please provide title, artist name, media, dimensions, year completed, budget and location. Conceptual information is desirable but not required.

*Written statement: 3000 characters or less
**Audio or video statement: Upload an audio/voice or video recording no longer than 2 minutes

Once you have started your application, you can save after each step and sign out. Your application will be saved as a draft that you can continue to work on, as needed. Please note that after you click “Submit,” your application is final and no further edits can be made.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us throughout the process.


We are here to support and assist you! If you have questions about the overall opportunity or the RACC application portal, would like to set up a time for a phone/video call or have any other needs for assistance please email project manager Sophie at shook@racc.org.

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity and don’t have a computer or online access, please feel free to contact RACC for support. Also, if you prefer these materials in another language you can contact the RACC project team for translation services.

We strongly encourage you to submit your application with enough time for any questions to be answered prior to when submissions are due as enquiries received towards the end of that period may not be responded to. We appreciate your understanding and consideration of our capacity.

Supplemental Materials

Albina Library RFQ Supplemental Materials

Regional Arts & Culture Council and Port of Portland Announce Selection of PDX Phase 1 Terminal Redevelopment Artists

Left: Sanford Biggers, photography by Matthew Morrocco. Right: Yoonhee Choi, photography by Samuel Gehrke.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 16, 2023

Portland, OR – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in collaboration with the Port of Portland (Port) is pleased to announce the selection of two artists, Yoonhee Choi and Sanford Biggers. Both artists will be creating a unique artwork to be permanently installed in the new main terminal facility at Portland International Airport (PDX). Choi and Biggers’s artworks will both be a part of the first phase of the terminal core (TCORE) redevelopment project for PDX — the keystone project in an overall $2 billion renovation. Choi and Biggers’ projects will be on display with the opening of the new terminal in May 2024. These are the first of many artworks to be commissioned for TCORE.

Yoonhee Choi (Portland, OR) will be composing an artwork design for two glass walls located in the pre-security queuing area for both North and South TSA security checkpoints. Her first commissioned public artwork, Choi’s two 56-foot long, 11-foot high glass walls will be visible from both the concourse connector passageway and from the security queuing area. These large scale works will be  site-specific compositions developed from Choi’s mixed media collages, which are both whimsical and structured in their design. View images of Choi’s work and full artist bio.

Sanford Biggers (NYC, NY) will be creating two large scale, signature artworks that will be suspended from the ceiling in an area between both entries of the concourse connector passageway and situated around the concession’s pavilions. These post-security artworks will greet travelers once they pass through the TSA checkpoints. This work is Biggers’s first commissioned public artwork in the Pacific Northwest and these sculptures will be in dialogue with his quilt-based works which he has engaged with since 2009 titled the Codex series. View images of Biggers’s work and a full artist bio.

“When we opened the request for proposals last year, in partnership with the RACC, our goal was to create opportunities for historically underrepresented artists and to elevate the visibility of unique perspectives at PDX,” said Wendy Given, Port of Portland Art Program Manager. “With the selection of Yoonhee Choi and Sanford Biggers, I believe we’re meeting those goals. They are both world-class artists, and it will be a privilege to have their stellar work integrated into the fabric of PDX for thousands of travelers to experience every day.”

Yoonhee Choi – “As an immigrant and Portland-based artist, I am especially excited to have this opportunity to create such a significant artwork that will help represent our city to the world. A focus of my practice is creating site-specific artwork that responds to its individual situation and surroundings. I am inspired by the soaring and sensitive design of the PDX redevelopment and captivated by how an airport is the portal at the beginning and end of so many meaningful and memorable journeys.”

Sanford Biggers – “I’m thrilled to showcase a large-scale permanent installation as part of the PDX Terminal Redevelopment Project and for the occasion to be in dialogue with the rich artistic heritage in the Northwest. The unique opportunity of this project and the architecture designed by ZGF Architects inspires me to consider how I can create an artwork that responds directly to the context of a space that embodies transition, energy, interaction, movement, and potential.”

“RACC is simply elated with these selections and our opportunity to continue our partnership with the Port of Portland, and the Arts Selection team there,” said Kristin Calhoun Director of Public Art. “The choice of these artists through an art panel managed by RACC is emblematic of the work we strive to do every day. With Yoonhee Choi, it’s working with the amazing artists in our region by assisting them in the process of developing and transitioning their studio art practice into their first public art commission. Working with Sanford Biggers and his team has been a joy and we at RACC are very proud to be a part of bringing his first Pacific Northwest public artwork to the PDX Airport.”

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About the Regional Arts & Culture Council

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides impactful and transformative funding for artists and nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties; manages an acclaimed public art program; leads an advocacy and arts education program; and offers a wide range of technical and professional development workshops. RACC advocates for equity, inclusion, and access, working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity, and the arts. We remain steadfast in our mission to enrich every neighborhood we serve. For more information, please visit racc.org.

About Port of Portland

With three airports, four marine terminals, and five business parks, the Port of Portland is an economic engine for transforming the region into a place where everyone is welcome, empowered, and connected to the opportunity to find a good job or grow their business. The Port works to pull down barriers and provide access to people and local businesses who have been left out of the region’s economic growth—including people of color, low-income workers, and people with disabilities. Collectively, the Port leads big projects in the region, including expanding PDX airport and making it more accessible and efficient; transforming a former marine terminal into a site for innovation in the housing construction and mass timber industries; and providing more options for Pacific Northwest businesses to send their products around the world. For more information, visit www.PortofPortland.com

Artists Chosen for Mural Project at Arbor Lodge Shelter Lead with a Community-Centric Approach


November 14, 2023

Meech Boakye, Communications Lead, RACC, mboakye@racc.org

Sophie May Hook, Public Art Project Manager, RACC, shook@racc.org

Portland, OR – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), in partnership with Multnomah County, the Joint Office of Homeless Services and Do Good Multnomah, proudly announces the selection of artists Lillyanne Pham (LP/she/they) and Paola De La Cruz (she/her) for the creation of a new exterior mural at the Arbor Lodge Shelter, anticipated to be unveiled in the spring of 2024. The mural will be a visual cornerstone of the shelter’s renovation, aimed at providing a range of support and services to North Portland’s houseless community.

Lillyanne Pham, a second-generation Vietnamese artist and cultural organizer, creates through a systemic consciousness framework, focusing on place-based justice and racial equity. LP’s collaborative partner, Paola De La Cruz, of Dominican heritage, weaves digital and analog media into narratives exploring cultural identity and interpersonal growth. Together, they’ve created a collaborative artistic practice, Qué Lo Gì, known for conceiving socially engaged projects that bridge individual stories with communal experiences which resonate with diverse local communities.

Qué Lo Gì, Website, @que_lo_gi

Lillyanne Pham, Website, @lillyannepham

Paola De La Cruz, Website, @happynappystudio

About the Arbor Lodge Shelter Mural Project 

The artwork is developed in coordination with RACC through the Multnomah County Percent for Art Program. The project seeks to add vibrancy to the shelter’s north and west exterior walls, invoking a powerful visual statement at the busy intersection of N Lombard St and N Denver Ave. The artist team of Qué Lo Gì will create an original artwork in collaboration with the local community, instilling a sense of welcome, belonging and joy for the shelter guests and neighborhood alike.

About the Shelter

The Arbor Lodge Shelter, a former pharmacy purchased using federal COVID-19 funding, was first used in February 2021 as a severe weather shelter before going on to serve as a year-round emergency shelter that combined an indoor sleeping space with sleeping pods in its parking lot. Now, as part of an ongoing shelter expansion by the Joint Office of Homeless Services, funded by the Supportive Housing Services Measure, the Arbor Lodge Shelter is being renovated into a long-term, purpose-built 24/7 shelter through reservation/referral only, focused on serving up to 106 people in the community and North PDX area.

The Joint Office of Homeless Services oversees the delivery of services to people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County. The office represents a shared commitment between Multnomah County and the City of Portland to address homelessness by providing housing assistance, shelter, outreach, case management and other services.

Community-Centric Approach

The approach to this project is deeply rooted in community engagement and trauma-informed design. Pham and De La Cruz will work closely with shelter guests, local community members, and other key stakeholders to ensure that the mural is informed by their collective voice and the cultural richness of North Portland.

“RACC is thrilled to steward this project in collaboration with our partners at Multnomah County, the Joint Office of Homeless Services and Do Good Multnomah. We recognize the immense value this facility will add to the North Portland area and understand that having meaningful art experiences at the site is instrumental in healing and supporting people through life’s challenges. In addition to making fabulous artworks for the public realm, Lillyanne and Paola bring a depth and care in their creation process that we are grateful to have as part of this project. We look forward to the mural becoming a joyous and impactful sight for all those in the neighborhood” Salvador Mayoral IV, Senior Public Art Manager of the Regional Arts & Culture Council

To learn more about the Arbor Lodge Shelter mural project, the artists, or to schedule an interview with RACC or the project team, please contact Sophie May Hook at shook@racc.org.

About the Regional Arts & Culture Council

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides impactful and transformative funding for artists and nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties; manages an acclaimed public art program; leads an advocacy and arts education program; and offers a wide range of technical and professional development workshops. RACC advocates for equity, inclusion, and access, working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity, and the arts. We remain steadfast in our mission to enrich every neighborhood we serve.