Philanthropy

We are the Land, artist Josué Rivas- on the RACC Building at NW Park, Portland, OR- Nov. 2022

Beginning in 2020, RACC embarked on a transformative journey of community engagement and connection. Two years into this journey, organizational development continues to focus on transforming our culture, making solid internal infrastructure investments, and creating meaningful opportunity for professional development.

As we expand community advocacy by increasing capacity, policy advocacy, and uplifting voices of those with marginalized identities, RACC has been able to devote more organizational resources to framing and championing issues. Growing community support for the organization due to increased access and engagement has resulted in greater volumes of available resources, expanded access to arts and culture programming, and deeper connections.

The strengthening of RACC’s own foundation has been successful at identifying and securing new funding, expanding overall investment in regional creative sector, and practicing innovative and novel resource development.

Your steadfast support helps us keep artists and creatives thriving all around our community today, and dreaming big for a resplendent tomorrow.

RACC launches new Fresh Paint Mural in partnership with Open Signal

Artist Jerome Sloan Comes Full Circle with New Mural, Growth Now on view at Open Signal on NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd as part of Fresh Paint, a partnership with the Regional Arts & Culture Council Jerome Sloan spent his youth in Portland’s Irvington neighborhood, starting his creative journey as a spray painter in […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council endorses the CREATIVE Act (Capital, Repairs, and Employment for Art Talent to Improve Visibility Everywhere) Introduced by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR1)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31 2022 Regional Arts & Culture Council endorses the CREATIVE Act (Capital, Repairs, and Employment for Art Talent to Improve Visibility Everywhere) Introduced by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR1) Portland, Oregon — We join arts and culture organizations and businesses across the nation, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Americans […]

Artist Zeinab Saab, Pays Homage to Childhood Memories in Fresh Paint Mural

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2022 Catch the artist at work at Open Signal’s building on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Artist Zeinab Saab pays homage to the intimacy of porch conversations with their mural Benni wa bennek, now in progress at Open Signal’s building on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at Graham […]

The Regional Arts & Culture Council supports an Equitable Arts Education for All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 23, 2022 A Response to School Districts across our Region Portland, Ore. – The impacts of the global pandemic have had profound effects on our entire society. As families and communities look to recover, heal, and move forward, we also must confront the barriers that existed prior to the pandemic lockdown of […]

RACC Endorses Oregon House Bill 4040 sponsored by Representative Rob Nosse (District 42) and Senator Akasha Lawrence-Spence (District 18)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2022  Portland, OR –  The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) joins fellow arts and cultural organizations, City Councils, the City of Portland, Counties, Legislators, and individuals across Oregon in support of HB4040 during this Short Legislative Session which commenced on February 1, 2022. HB4040 will “appropriate money to the […]

National Endowment for the Arts awards $500,000 grant to Regional Arts & Culture Council

Funding will enhance RACC grantmaking for Clackamas, Washington county artists, and art organizations The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will receive a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the American Rescue Plan Grants to Local Art Agencies for Subgranting. The funds will deepen RACC’s commitment to equitable funding in […]

Portland Artist Jose Ruiz Valentine Selected for Fresh Paint Mural

See his design come to life on Open Signal’s building on MLK Blvd. Every day thousands of people pass by Open Signal’s building on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at Graham Street. Pass by the building today, and you’ll get to see work-in-progress on the latest temporary mural being created by Jose Ruiz Valentine, a […]