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


Grant Writing for Artists presented by Leila Haile

This 3-hour workshop is geared toward emerging and established artists who want to learn more about grant writing. How do you get your dreams the funding they deserve? Learn to tell your story in a dynamic and engaging way! Along with the basics of creating and writing grant narratives, developing budgets & organizing supporting materials, we will also demystify the process of applying for and maintaining grants in accessible language. Together we will explore how to properly research grants, keep your materials organized, develop systems to streamline your efforts and be the change you want to see in the world.

Presenter Bio:

As a Pacific Northwest resident, activist and community organizer for the past ten years, Leila Haile considers social justice work to be both their calling and their duty. They specialize in issues of race, gender, disability, class, organizational culture shift & intersectionality. With an approach to training and education rooted in empathy, inclusivity, and innovative & creative problem-solving, they work in public and private sectors for profit and non-profit entities. Leila has a wide range of skills and knowledge of where “the rubber meets the road” when it comes to social justice concepts and their application to how an organization functions. As a person with a disability who is also Black, Queer and Transgender, their work is grounded in both lived experience as well as traditional education and years of community engagement work.

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

Capacity: 30 participants



Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


June Key Delta Community Center

5940 N Albina Avenue

Portland OR 97217

To register on Eventbrite, click here!!

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2019 Art & Power Conversation Series

ART & POWER: Beyond Gender & Sexuality

Queer and trans people of color are resilient and have been dismantling barriers and reimagining new futures. In the arts, queer and trans folks are challenging power dynamics, shifting conversations, increasing visibility, and activating social change. Join us for Art & Power: Beyond Gender & Sexuality as local artists Ahsante Sankofa Foree, garima thakur and maximiliano share their perspectives on the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and the politics of the art world.

This event is free but RSVPs are encouraged. 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 that centers the experiences of artists historically left out of the dominant narrative to engage in safe and intentional dialogue. These conversations are free and open to the public.

Date & Time:

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) – Annex

15 Northeast Hancock St. Portland, OR 97212

Learn more about the artists and register on Eventbrite here!

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