Artists’ Workshops + Art & Power

RACC is committed to developing resources for artists, creatives, and arts organizations in our communities. Our Artists’ Workshop Series aims to support emerging and established artists in achieving sustainable creative practices. These workshops are led by experienced artists and creatives to provide professional training on skill-building topics such as bookkeeping and taxes, project management, and grant writing. This workshop series is offered throughout the year and in every quadrant of the city. Each 3-hour workshop is $25, and registration is limited to 30 participants. If the cost of registration is a barrier, we are happy to work with you. For more information on discounted registration, contact Jae Yeun Choi at


As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion, in 2018 RACC launched Art & Power, a conversation series that focuses on the experiences of artists who have historically been left out of the dominant narrative. These discussion focus on topics such as cultural appropriation, code-switching, and arts activism. This series engages our creative community in safe and intentional dialogue to address systemic oppression in the arts and the power structures in place. Join us in these critical conversations and learn what you can do to be an active agent of change. All Art & Power events are FREE and open to the public.

Any upcoming workshops or conversations are listed below. Check back with us to see if new events have been added or join our newsletter mailing list for updates here.


2019 Professional Development Artists’ Workshops


The Artist Statement presented by Sara Siestreem

In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn to write an artist statement and how to use it as a valuable tool for growth. An organic document that continually changes, the artist statement works to check what you mean and what you believe against the work you are making. Sometimes through language we can find answers we can’t access through other modes of thinking. Does your work reflect what you write in your statement and vice versa? Do you really believe the things you think you believe? Or are you now trying to say something different? If you are an established artist, what has changed in your work and mind since the last time you wrote an artist statement? As artists we have a responsibility to our work to say exactly what it is we mean, not allowing for the misinterpretation or appropriation of our work for the agenda of another. The work of creating your artist statement is also a way to develop and hone boundaries, an exercise to thoughtfully and privately design what you choose to share and what you choose to protect.

Presenter Bio:

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos) is a master artist from the Umpqua River Valley on the South Coast of Oregon. She comes from a family of professional artists and educators, her training began in the home. Siestreem created and runs a weaving program for the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She is a multidisciplinary artist. Her practice branches into education and institutional reform related to curatorial and educational practices regarding Indigenous Fine Art. She teaches collegiate art at PSU at PNCA. She has been represented by Augen Gallery since 2010. She was the recipient of a Ford Family Gold Spot Residency at Crows Shadow and a Matrix Residency in Missoula, MA. Her work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Northwest Art, Missoula Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, The Whatcom Museum of Arts, The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, among many other galleries. She lives and works exclusively in the arts in Portland, Oregon.

Cost: $25 for 3-hour workshop. If the cost is prohibitive, please contact Jae Yeun Choi at 503.823.5016.

Capacity: 30 participants



Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm



8371 N Interstate Avenue

Portland OR 97217

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2019 Art & Power Conversation Series

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED: Information about the next Art & Power will be posted in May. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with RACC events and opportunities. 


Join us for the first Art & Power of 2019 as we focus on the intersection of art and restorative justice. As a result of systems rooted in white supremacy, people of color and people living in low-income households experience disproportionate levels of discrimination, criminalization and incarceration. How are artists using their practice to interrupt the school to prison pipeline and replace punishment with healing? Come listen to a panel of artists who are using art and their lived experience to engage in restorative justice work throughout Portland.

Please contact Humberto Marquez Mendez at if you have any questions or need accommodations to fully participate in this program.

Art & Power is RACC’s newest conversation series focused on the experiences of historically underserved communities in the arts to engage in safe and intentional dialogue. These conversations are free and open to the public.

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 21st, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA) – Library

4906 NE 6th Ave. Portland, OR 97211