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The RACC Announcement page consists of all entries which RACC posts on its website on a daily basis – including all artist opportunities like grants, jobs, calls to artists, etc. Other entries might include important media stories on the arts, advocacy alerts, or general news from the art community.

To submit an opportunity or other notice, use our submission form.

Entries below are listed in date posted order, starting with the most recent.

Koya Leadership Partners meet with stakeholders

(Posted October 2, 2017) In September, RACC retained Koya Leadership Partners as its exclusive search firm for RACC’s executive director position. The first step in Koya’s search process includes meeting with a wide range of stakeholders relevant to the position to help inform the job profile. On Sept. 27 – 29th, Koya search consultants Michelle […]

SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design was an evening for the books!

It was more than a runway show. It was a community celebration. It was the start of a new tradition. On Thursday, September 21, 2017 SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design brought together some of the region’s most innovative design thinkers to celebrate equitable education and sustainable fashion and benefit our arts integration program The […]

RACC awards Literature Fellowships to Samiya Bashir and Rene Denfeld

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce its 2017 Fellows in Literature – Portland writers Samiya Bashir and Rene Denfeld. RACC’s fellowship program honors local artists of high merit. Recipients receive a cash award of $20,000 to sustain or enhance their creative process. Samiya Bashir is a collaborative […]

Art Spark is on October 19

October’s installment will take place at Toffee Club, 1006 SE Hawthorne Blvd, on October 19th from 6-8 PM. For this event we will pair with RACC’s Arts Education Department, including The Right Brain Initiative, to focus on resources for artists engaged in youth mentorship and passing on knowledge for the future success of our community. […]

Next muralist for “Fresh Paint” is Alex Chiu

Alex Chiu is the next artist to be featured in Fresh Paint, our temporary mural program in partnership with Open Signal. The mural is on an area of Open Signal’s west-wall facing Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Chiu is the second artist to be showcased in the pilot program and will also be teaching a […]

Search Committee announces new search firm; timeline of activities to date

(Posted on September 22, 2017) RACC is pleased to announce that it has retained Koya Leadership Partners as search firm for our Executive Director search. After conducting our recent search firm RFP, Koya was the unanimous selection of our search committee for multiple reasons including: Track record in placing leaders in mission-driven organizations Experience conducting searches […]

A statement from RACC regarding the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision on the arts tax

PORTLAND, ORE – This morning, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals in Wittemyer v. City of Portland (Supreme Court Case No. S064205) and held that the Arts Income Tax is not a prohibited “poll or head tax” under the Oregon constitution. “We are grateful to the Oregon Supreme Court […]

9/23 SPACE@RACC hosts Tender Table event

We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting Tender Table: Ratnanjali Adhar & Rachelle Dixon as our inaugural SPACE@RACC event!  Join us on the 23rd!! SPACE@RACC: Setting Purposeful Access & Community Engagement, is a new program designed to create cultural equity through an investment of space for under-served artists and communities. Tender Table is a […]

Celebrating fashion and arts education at SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design

A unique new event showcases garments created from uncommon materials to help raise money for The Right Brain Initiative PORTLAND, ORE — On September 21, 2017, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and Arlene Schnitzer present SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design at 6:00 p.m. at the Leftbank Annex. This first annual runway show […]

RACC teams up with the The Standard to keep the Portland Building’s public art on display

As City Bureaus begin relocating their offices in advance of the Portland Building renovation RACC has also been working to find temporary storage for the many public art works that will be displaced during construction. Portlandia will stay put on the building’s west façade, but the iconic 35 foot high sculpture will be screened off […]

Search Committee update for August 31

RACC’s Search Committee continues to meet weekly. RFPs for executive search services were due to RACC on August 16, and we have narrowed those RFPs down to three finalists. We expect to announce our search firm shortly. As always, you are invited to email with your questions and other feedback. We are grateful for […]

Night Lights presents site-specific outdoor media monthly through April

Regional Arts & Culture Council and Open Signal to host projections from local artists PORTLAND, ORE — Night Lights, a monthly public art event, continues into its third year of urban intervention. A special launch party will be held at Open Signal on Wednesday, September 20 before the First Thursday series begins on October 5, […]

As the Portland Building renovation approaches RACC looks back at 23 years of the Installation Space, August 14 – September 1

PORTLAND, ORE – As the three year long renovation of the Portland Building approaches RACC will take an opportunity to present A Look Back: 23 Years at the Portland Building Installation Space. This “venue retrospective” will celebrate the rich and varied history of art installations in the modest gallery space that adjoins the Portland Building […]

Search Committee update for August 1

RACC’s Search Committee has spent the past two weeks researching executive search firms and creating a new RFP describing our search needs. Today, we issued an RFP to a short-list of 6 executive search firms. Proposals are due August 16th, and we expect to have a firm hired by end of the month. We expect […]

FY2016-17 General Operating Support Awards

Please note: This post (8/1/17) was updated on October 20, 2017, to correct some award amounts that were originally misreported. A total of $2,430,900 in general operating support was distributed to 51 organizations in fiscal year 2016-17. Additional information about this program is available on the General Operating Support page. The arts organizations which received general […]

RACC’s evolution continues

By Jeff Hawthorne, Interim Executive Director The Regional Arts & Culture Council is an ever-changing organization, leading initiatives that help artists and arts organizations thrive in the Portland metro area, and using arts and culture as powerful tools to respond to a wide variety of community needs. Once a city bureau, RACC became an independent […]

8/8 RACC co-sponsors “Race Talks”

RACC is co-sponsoring the next RACE TALKS, Tuesday, August 8, 2017; “Williams Avenue Black History Corridor”; at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue; Portland, OR 97211; Doors open at 6 pm; Newcomers Intro 6:45 pm; Food and drink available for purchase. About Williams Avenue’s Black History Corridor N Williams is changing. A lot. What many now living, […]

2017-18 RACC Professional Development Grants (Cycle 1)

The Professional Development Grant Program assists artists or arts administrators with opportunities that specifically improve their business management development skills and/or brings the artist or the arts organization to another level artistically. The RACC Board approved these awards on May 24, 2017. (*First time grant recipients) Here are the 2017-18 Professional Development grant awards (cycle […]

2017-18 Arts Equity Grants

Arts Equity Grants provide financial support to organizations that are conducting arts and culture projects and programming for communities of color, immigrants, refugees, underserved neighborhoods, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ communities, people experiencing homelessness and houselessness, and other communities that have historically been marginalized. The RACC Board of Directors approved the final 24 grant awards on […]