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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.

RACC & Right Brain Opportunity: Call for Designers for SHIFT ~ An experiment in fashion design

Right Brain is seeking designers for our new special event! Please join us at SHIFT: An experiment in fashion design, our first annual celebration of equitable education, creativity in the classroom, and sustainable fashion benefiting The Right Brain Initiative. Whether participants are novice creators or seasoned taste-makers, in our first annual runway show we invite […]

This Time in Portland

ELOISE BLOG: A week ago it seemed completely appropriate for me to write a sincere last Arts Notes post prior to my June 30th retirement. The idea was to talk about all the wonderful experiences I have had over 30 years with MAC/RACC and to thank the thousands of wonderful people I have had the […]

Summer events celebrate Eloise’s legacy

We invite the community to join us for two events honoring Eloise Damrosch, who will retire as RACC’s executive director on June 30. A free community event will take place on June 29, and a fundraising event to support local artists is scheduled for July 30. On Thursday, June 29, join us for an open […]

RACC announces new structure for project grants

RACC has long offered project grant support to individual artists and organizations in the region, helping to support the creation and presentation of artmaking of all kinds. More than 140 artistic projects were funded last year, ranging from solo dance performances to an audio documentary series exploring gentrification to afterschool Taiko ensemble classes for youth. […]

Jeff Hawthorne to serve as interim executive director

POSTED ON May 31, 2017. The RACC board has announced that Jeff Hawthorne will serve as the organization’s interim executive director, effective July 1. Hawthorne is currently the organization’s director of community engagement. Read the full press release here.  

RACC board taps Jeff Hawthorne to serve as Interim Executive Director

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has announced that Jeff Hawthorne will fill the position of Executive Director on an interim basis, effective July 1 until the new Executive Director is hired. RACC’s current Executive Director, Eloise Damrosch, retires on June 30. “We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff […]

RACC Public Art Opportunity: Humboldt Neighborhood Artist-in-Residence (Portland)

The Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon, invites artists/teams currently living in the Portland metropolitan area and who are producing work in visual, performing, literary and/or media to submit qualifications for a one-year artist-in-residence opportunity in the Humboldt Neighborhood in North Portland.  This will be the first in a series of 3 residencies […]

RACC awards Arts Equity Grants to 24 organizations

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $126,540 in Arts Equity Grants to 24 organizations that are advancing RACC’s goals for equity and inclusion. These grants are funded by City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund, or arts tax, along with support from Multnomah County. Arts Equity Grants provide […]

Williams Avenue Artwork Community Celebration

Williams Ave. was once the vibrant heart of Portland’s Black community. Formerly known as the “Black Broadway,” the corridor included a concentration of Black churches, businesses, social service organizations and nightclubs that were thriving and active community institutions. Although the landscape has changed, there is much to remember, celebrate and build upon. In 2012, the […]

Oregon Arts Funding Update

Issued by Christine Drazan, Executive Director at Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition and Craig Campbell, Lobbyist, on May 26, 2017. As we move into this Memorial Day weekend, we only have five weeks remaining in the Oregon Legislative Session. The process has narrowed the policy and spending bills that still have the opportunity to move. This narrowing of […]

Survey results

POSTED ON May 25, 2017. In April, the Search Committee launched an online survey to solicit community input regarding RACC’s next Executive Director. In all, 249 community members completed the survey, and we thank you for your input! Here’s who we heard from: 54% identified as individual artists 60% work at a nonprofit organization When […]

Artist Crystal Schenk presents “I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy” at the Portland Building Installation Space, June 5 – June 30

PORTLAND, ORE – RACC is pleased to present a new work by sculptor and installation artist Crystal Schenk in the Installation Space located adjacent to the Portland Building lobby. I’m Not a Barnacle, I’m Just a Boy, opens June 5 and features an arresting sculpture that asks the viewer to look beyond their common understanding […]

RACC Opportunity: Call for Artists for Night Lights’ 2017-2018 Season

Night Lights is a monthly public art event that promotes digital media, urban intervention, and technological innovation through site-specific outdoor art experiences. This is a call for five artists for the $1,000 honorarium and for a residency for one artist who will receive a $5,000 honorarium. On the First Thursdays of October through April, juried […]

Oregon Arts Funding Alert

Issued by the Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition (5/15/17) Last week 138 messages went out to legislators in support of funding for arts and culture in the Oregon Legislature. But we still have work to do, because at last check, 33 legislators did not receive any messages from their constituents. This includes the Speaker of the […]

Community input continues

POSTED ON May 12, 2017. Lead recruiter Anne Johnson of Aspen Leadership Group was in Portland recently to meet separately with the Board-appointed search committee, with RACC staff, and with community representatives including: Kristen Brayson, Portland Public Schools Eva Calcagno, Washington County Libraries Ronault Catalani, City of Portland New Portlanders Program Erik Ferguson, dance artist […]

Help Stop Cuts to the Arts in Oregon

Issued by the Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition on May 4, 2017 We need your help. While legislators work to address budget and revenue challenges, the relatively small budget for the Oregon Arts Commission faces substantial cuts. Current proposed cuts to the commission’s budget of 12% could result in reduced funding in grants for arts organizations of […]

Congress Gives the Arts a Funding Boost

Issued by Americans for the Art on May 1, 2017 Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the nation’s federal agencies and programs for the remaining balance of the current FY2017 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2017.  None of the nation’s arts and cultural agencies nor programs incurred a […]