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The region’s public art enlivens urban and rural landscapes and promotes dialogue among people of all ages and backgrounds. Through a variety of public-private partnerships, RACC helps acquire and maintain community-owned artworks in public places. A Public Art Advisory Committee oversees RACC’s public art program, which is among the oldest and most highly regarded public art programs in the country.

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

MEDIA ALERT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WHO: RACC, the City of Portland WHAT: Portlandia’s 30th Birthday WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Remarks and singing at 12:30pm. WHERE: The Standard Insurance Plaza, across from the Portland Building on SW 5th between SW Madison and Main NOTES: Portlandia, the sculptural icon at the Portland Building, is […]

Portlandia turns 30 on October 8; community celebration scheduled

PORTLAND, ORE — The public is invited to attend a free party in celebration of Portlandia’s 30th birthday onThursday, October 8th from noon-1:30pm at The Standard Insurance Plaza across from the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue. Portlandia, designed and constructed by Raymond Kaskey, is made of hammered copper sheeting about the thickness of a […]

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

PORTLAND, ORE – The Anthropocene: a term increasingly used to describe a new epoch in which human activity exerts significant influence on global environmental conditions. This allegorical apothecary installation by artist Deanna Pindell presents a summons to reconsider our heretofore casual relationship with our mortal existence on the planet. Can the looming climate and environmental crisis we […]

New murals coming to Portland this summer

PORTLAND, ORE — On July 15, the RACC board of directors approved funding for two new Public Art Mural projects: $13,500 for seven murals in partnership with Forest for the Trees Northwest, and $14,250 for a mural in partnership with the Wattles Boys & Girls Club in SE Portland. Forest for the Trees Northwest Murals:  […]

Three local public art projects receive national awards

PORTLAND, ORE — Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, recently honored 31 of the most outstanding public art projects in the country last year, including three projects from Portland administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).  The awards were announced in Chicago, Illinois […]

Alanna Risse presents her “Lub Dub” installation at the Portland Building Installation Space June 8 – July 10

PORTLAND, ORE – Inspired by the 1966 sci-fi movie Fantastic Voyage, in which miniaturized scientists enter a living human body on a medical rescue mission, artist Alanna Risse has created an installation that invites viewers to make believe they are inside a whimsical reconstruction of the human heart. While still remaining roughly anatomically correct, the […]

RACC shares tips and techniques for painting murals in two workshops, May 3 and 9

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will present “Painting BIG,” two hands-on mural painting workshops on Sunday, May 3 and Saturday, May 9. The May 3rd workshop will focus on using brushes, grids and projectors, while the May 9th workshop will cover spray paint, stencils and projection. Both workshops are from […]

“In Celebration of Pigpens” kicks off a new season of installations at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – Artists Lou Watson and Michele McCall Wallace are taking over the Portland Building Installation Space with an exhibition called In Celebration of Pigpens; The “Sties” the Limit? The installation is in response to the oft reprinted quote by Portland Building architect Michael Graves. When Graves was asked recently what changes he’d like […]

RACC to host public art murals information session on March 14

PORTLAND, ORE – On Saturday, March 14, 2015, RACC will host a free information session to help local artists and other community members learn how to organize, fund and navigate two different approaches to creating murals in the City of Portland. Presenters include Gage Hamilton, an organizer of Forest for the Trees Northwest—a public art mural […]

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 […]

RACC announces new grant opportunities for expanding Portlanders’ access to arts and culture

PORTLAND, ORE – With funding from the City of Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) plans to invest approximately $50,000 in nonprofit organizations that are making arts and culture more accessible for communities of color, immigrants, refugees, underserved neighborhoods such as East Portland, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ  communities, […]

“Parts of No Sum,” an installation by Noah Greene, opens at the Portland Building November 10th

PORTLAND, ORE. – In response to Michael Graves, the architect who designed the Portland Building, the installation Parts of No Sum by Noah Greene seeks to invert the architect’s emphasis on the union of symbol and structure by examining the symbolic function of dislocated architectural material. The foundation of Greene’s conceptual exploration focuses on three […]

Portland artists create installations for Division Streetscape

PORTLAND, Ore.— Portland based artists Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis have completed a public art installation as part of the recent streetscape improvements for SE Division. The project was funded through the City of Portland’s 2% for Art ordinance. The works will be celebrated on Friday, October 24th, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at […]