Artists’ Workshops + Art & Power

RACC is committed to supporting and developing resources for artists, creatives, and arts organizations in our community. Our Professional Development Artists’ Workshops aim to support emerging and established artists in achieving a sustainable creative practice through professional training and other resources. These workshops are led by experienced artists from our communities and provide foundational, practical instruction on professional development topics, such as grant writing and artist’s websites. Artists workshops are 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 you are interested and 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

Additionally, as part of our organizational efforts to be an active agent of change, we have launched a new pilot program. The 2018 Art & Power Conversation Series focuses on the experiences of artists from historically marginalized communities, navigating topics such as cultural appropriation, code-switching, and arts activism. This event 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 that affect our communities. 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.


2018 Professional Development Artists’ Workshops

¡Rompe las dudas de como aplicar a un grant! Grant Writing for Artists (Bilingual: Spanish and English)                  presented by Pepe Moscoso and Joaquin Lopez

¡Haz tus proyectos a realidad! Este taller se enfoca en cómo escribir para conseguir una beca y en saber cómo llenar una aplicación para conseguir fondos para tu(s) proyectos. También aprenderás a consolidar tus ideas como artista al crear y planear proyectos – es muy importante tener un concepto más claro de tus ideas para lograr un mayor impacto en la comunidad. Este taller te dará herramientas y conceptos para el planeamiento estratégico y producción de tus proyectos. Además te ayudará a desarrollar las metas que buscas conseguir y te enseñará cómo delegar responsabilidades efectivamente en proyectos colaborativos. En este taller, presentadores y participantes trabajarán con ejemplos de cómo llenar una aplicación paso a paso. Participantes hispanohablantes no necesitan poder hablar inglés para asistir a este taller.

Turn your creative projects into reality! This hands-on grant writing workshop is focused on demystifying the grant writing process and empowering individual artists to create meaningful, organized projects that make a positive impact in the community, and get funded. The workshop presents tools and concepts that include strategic planning, project production, and goal setting for accomplishing tasks and delegating responsibilities. As a group, the workshop presenters and participants will complete a sample grant application working step-by-step covering all tools and concepts presented. Spanish-speaking participants do not need to be able to speak English to attend this workshop.


Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Regional Arts & Culture Council, 411 NW Park Ave, Suite 101, Portland, Oregon  97209

Haga clic aquí para registrarse. Con gusto brindaremos servicios de traducción para los participantes que desean recibir información en español. Comuníquese o a (503)823-2928.

Click here to register for this workshop. We are happy to provide translation services for participants who wish to receive information in Spanish. Contact us at (503)823-2928.




Grant Writing for Artists (in English) presented by Leila Haile

Saturday, October 13th, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration is not yet open for this workshop.




The Artist’s Website: Essentials & Marketing presented by Noelle Stiles

Saturday, November 10th, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration is not yet open for this workshop.



2018 Art & Power Conversation Series


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Artistic expression holds the power to build and heal community, increase awareness, and change minds, in ways that can be limited using traditional forms of communication. Communities of color and other historically marginalized groups have continuously used art to convey messages of resistance and resiliency to challenge power structures, systemic inequities and dominant narratives. From the civil rights “era” to the #AbolishIce movement, art has and will continue to be a creative tool for political revolution.

In the fourth iteration of the Art & Power series, Activating Social Change, we will learn from Tazha Williams, Helday de la Cruz, and Donovan Smith about the relationship between their art and their activism. How are these three Portland-based artists using their creative practice to respond to local and national issues? Come listen, learn and reflect on the power of art as a catalyst for social change.

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

Cost: Free.