About RACC

The Art Spark Event Fair at Portland Center for Performing Arts (2010). RACC sponsors this bi-monthly networking event, Art Spark, for the Portland arts community. 

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

RACC provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through workplace giving; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools throughout the region through “The Right Brain Initiative.”

 

Vision

To enrich community life by working with partners to create an environment in which the arts and culture of the region flourish and prosper.

Mission

Through vision, leadership and service the Regional Arts & Culture Council works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life.

Core Values

We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right.

We value a diversity of artistic and cultural experiences.

We value a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture.

We value a community that celebrates and supports its artists, and its arts and cultural organizations.

We value arts and culture as key elements in creating desirable places to live, work and visit.

Programs and Services

RACC provides service in five key areas:

  • Through advocacy, RACC helps build support for a strong arts and culture community.
  • RACC grants provide artists and arts organizations with financial support.
  • Our nationally-acclaimed public art program integrates a wide range of art in public places. RACC manages Percent for Art programs for the City of Portland and Multnomah county.
  • RACC provides other community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources.
  • RACC supports arts education by directly funding artists residencies in schools and is working on a comprehensive solution to provide integrated Arts Education learning for every student in the region.