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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.

Jules Bailey responds

Commissioner Jules Bailey (Candidate for Mayor) responded on April 6, 2016: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland?    I grew up acting and writing plays with Young Actors Forum, I took lessons at Echo Theater, and I played violin with Metropolitan Youth Symphony.  Arts in many ways made […]

Portland candidates share views on arts and culture

On January 26, RACC collaborated with several partners to host a candidates forum on arts and culture. Since that time, several other people have filed for the May, 2016 primary election. In March, RACC distributed a questionnaire to all official candidates for Portland Mayor and City Council. The questions were: (1) In what specific ways have you […]

Stuart Emmons responds

Stuart Emmons (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 4) responded April 5, 2016: 1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland? I go to arts and cultural events frequently – especially the Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society and art galleries Co-chair Portland Design Festival 2004 Co-chair Portland Design Festival 2005 Portland […]

Amanda Fritz responds

Commissioner Amanda Fritz (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 1) responded April 4, 2016: 1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland? The environment that nurtures Portland’s vaunted arts and culture scene reaches across many aspects of our city and its government, and I have worked hard to foster livability in multiple […]

David Morrison responds

David Morrison (Candidate for Portland Commissioner, Position 1) responded March 23, 2016: (1) In what specific ways have you supported arts and culture in Portland? I subsidized partial rent for the Portland Playhouse for 5 years until they bought the building.  I hosted Cygnet Productions Plays in my book store when it was located on […]

Every Portland elementary school now has an arts teacher, thanks to the arts tax

Find stories about the impact of the tax online in April at #pdxlovesart PORTLAND, ORE —In November 2012, 63% of Portland voters overwhelmingly passed Ballot Measure 26-146 to create the Arts Education & Access Fund, now known as the “arts tax.” The tax directly funds 72 K-5, music, dance and visual art teachers in the […]

RACC will deliver its “State of the Arts” report on April 21

On Thursday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m., arts advocates will gather at Portland City Hall for RACC’s annual “State of the Arts” presentation to Portland City Council. The event is designed to demonstrate the impacts of the city’s investments in arts and culture through RACC. The event is free and open to the public, and […]

Eight company bands head to Battle on May 12

Preparations are underway for our first annual Battle of the Bands, a celebration of employee creativity and a benefit for Work for Art! The event takes place Thursday, May 12 at the Crystal Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the competition begins at 7:00. Eight employee bands, sponsored by their companies, are currently […]

First Thursday Night Lights

Thirteen multidisciplinary artists enrolled in the University of Oregon’s BFA Digital Arts program in Portland, Oregon who call themselves Sunny Side Up, will project their work for the April 7, 2016, First Thursday Night Lights. Their work spans several medias, including graphic design, illustration, programming, animation, interactive design, photography, drawing, installation and beyond. They say, […]

It’s Advocacy Season!

Eloise’s Blog: Clearly spring is here and with its glorious arrival come our annual rounds of budget advocacy. Over the past five months a highly convincing group of arts leaders and advocates from the private sector, ably led by Chris Coleman, has visited with Mayor Hales, Commissioners Fish, Novick, Fritz and Saltzman as well as […]

A tax you can feel good about

Now in its third year, the Arts Education and Access Fund has put an arts teacher back in every Portland elementary school and is transforming the way arts organizations serve our community.  by Claire Willett At right: Sitton Elementary in St. Johns didn’t have a full-time arts specialist before the arts tax. Now students receive […]

New “Arts Equity” grants available

After a three-year pilot program to expand access to arts and culture in the city of Portland, RACC is launching a new Arts Equity Grant program, funded by Multnomah County and the City of Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund or “arts tax.” “This new program is similar to the ‘Expanding Cultural Access’ grants […]

Jenna Reineking’s “Temporal Ecologies,” March 21 – April 15, heads up a new season of installations at the Portland Building

PORTLAND, ORE – Artist Jenna Reineking’s upcoming installation in the lobby of the Portland Building, Temporal Ecologies, is designed to transform the architecture of the exhibition space into an activated environment; her choice of materials to accomplish this—the humble brown paper lunch bag: “I recently have become interested in creating systems using forms repeated in incremental […]

Elected Officials

Find contact information below for all elected officials in RACC’s jurisdiction. Skip to: City of Portland Clackamas County Multnomah County Washington County Metro   City of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler City of Portland 1221 SW 4th Avenue Portland, OR 97204 503.823.4120 Commissioner Chloe Eudaly City of Portland- City Hall 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 210 Portland, […]

RACC Focus Groups

RACC is seeking participants for three focus groups conducted this spring in partnership with Resolutions NW. The goal is to help RACC learn how we can be as approachable and welcoming as possible. Two of the groups will be made up of past applicants, from underrepresented populations* and communities of color. RACC is specifically interested […]

RACC Public Art Opportunity: 136th Avenue Retaining Wall Murals

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 136th Avenue Retaining Wall MuralsPortland, OregonDeadline:  March 30, 2016 The Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon, invites artists living in Oregon and Washington to submit qualifications for related murals on two City-owned retaining walls on opposite sides of SE 136th & Mitchell in Portland’s Powellhurst Neighborhood.  One artist/team will be […]

RACC launches new website

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has launched a new website at  With an average of 452 unique visits per day, RACC’s website has been redesigned and reprogrammed to help constituents access RACC’s abundant resources more easily. The new website is also fully responsive for tablets and mobile devices, which […]

Night Lights presents: “You Must Work in the Garden of Eden” by Jackie Davis

Night Lights returns this month on Thursday, March 3, as a part of Feminist March programming with a live, avant-garde dance/Super-8 film performance presented by Portland-based artist Jackie Davis. You Must Work in the Garden of Eden displays the beauty of everyday routine and the necessity of interpersonal support as two foundations for building the lives […]

Artwork by Northwest Artist Mary Henry donated to the City collection

Known for her geometric abstract paintings, American artist Mary Henry (1913-2009) was one of the movement’s steadfast champions. Henry studied under Bauhaus instructor Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in Chicago at the Institute of Design in the 1940s. She worked many years as an interior designer and muralist—while raising a family—before moving to Seattle in the 1970s and […]