Artists’ Workshops + Art & Power

RACC is committed to developing resources for artists, arts professionals, and arts organizations in our communities. The RACC Artists’ Workshop Series supports artists at any stage of their practice with professional training and resources. These workshops are led by experienced artists and creatives to provide skills essential to achieving a sustainable creative practice, such as instruction on grant writing, taxes and bookkeeping, artist statements, and other topics. This workshop series is offered annually and in every quadrant of the city. Each 3-hour workshop is $25, and registration is limited to 30 participants. We are happy to work with anyone who finds the cost of registration a barrier.

We thank all of the wonderful community members who shared their time and expertise in the 2018-2019 Artists’ Workshop Series, including Joaquin Lopez, Pepe Moscoso, Leila Haile, Noelle Stiles, Jenna Goldin, Karena Salmond, Sara Siestreem, and Horatio Hung-Yan Law. Information about next year’s workshops and presenters will be published in the fall.

As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion, 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 Art & Power Conversation Series

ART & POWER: Disability and Accessibility 

What would it look like for art to be more accessible? What do disabled artists of color need, both structurally and from community members, to be free to focus more on their work?

Disability and chronic illness have long been part of art, even as history has erased those identities from the narrative. Whether or not their work goes recognized, disabled artists of color are here, bringing projects to life across different mediums and envisioning accessible futures. Join us for Art & Power: Disability and Accessibility as local artists Bemnia Lathan, Luann V. Tan, and Leila Haile discuss creativity, productivity, oppression, and liberation through the intersections of race, disability, and art, with moderation from Elea Chang.

We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to fully engage. The front row of this event will be reserved for ADA seating and we will provide ASL interpretation and automated captioning. Multi-stall, all-gender restrooms will be available with one ADA stall in each. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Humberto Marquez Mendez at

Art & Power is RACC’s newest conversation series focused on 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:

Wednesday, Sept. 25 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


New Expressive Works (N.E.W.)

810 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Learn more about the artists and register on Eventbrite here!

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