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Raising money and singing Sam’s praises: A look back at RACC’s "pARTy in the name of Art"

Above: Mayor Sam Adams and Peter Zuckerman enjoy the festivities.
Homepage: Eloise Damrosch greeted 400 patrons before a tribute performance for outgoing mayor Sam Adams.
(Photos: Dodge & Burns Studio)



On December 7th, RACC produced its first-ever large-scale special event – a celebration of arts and culture in Portland and a tribute to outgoing Mayor Sam Adams, who showed extraordinary vision and arts leadership during his time in office, culminating in the passage of ballot measure 26-146 and a new Arts Education and Access Fund for the city of Portland. More than 750 people attended “pARTy in the name of Art” and helped us raise money for The Right Brain Initiative and Work for Art.

The early part of the evening included a festive display of seven searchlights over the skies of Portland, tasty appetizers, locally crafted cocktails and a signature Sam Adams Hopworks Urban Brew. KGW was on hand to interview the mayor and Eloise while Grupo Condor played festive music on the first floor of the YU Contemporary Art Center in SE Portland.

At 8:00, our patrons were seated on the second floor for “Sammania: A Mayoral Performance Review” starring (and surprising) the mayor himself. The Sammania City Band (James Beaton, Matt Brown and Scott Weddle), Storm Large, Bodyvox, The Circus Project, Scott Poole, Fred Armisen, Cheryl Strayed and Julianne Johnson were among the local artists who helped Phil Incorvia and company pay homage to the mayor. The tribute show ended with a rousing sing-along chorus of “Float On” by Modest Mouse, featuring PHAME Academy and the Portland Flash Choir, and even some members of Modest Mouse themselves in attendance. Check out the pARTy summary video below and the full length video of the main stage performance below that.




Following the tribute show, guests enjoyed treats from Cupcake Jones and Salt & Straw while DJ Prashant got the dance party underway on the first floor. As hundreds more guests streamed into the venue, The 503 Portland Sliders, Sabor Latino and the Jai Ho Dance Troupe taught the crowd several dances, while upstairs DJ Evan Alexander played lounge music with pop-up performances that included the Boombots, Isaac Trimble, Axe Dide Samba and The Sexbots. Work for Art staffed an Art Apothecary, where guests received artistic prescriptions from retro futuristic pharmacists Nicolas Kessler and Sean McGrath, and The Right Brain Initiative engaged the crowd in a stop-motion animation exercise with teaching artist Ben Popp. Kinetic sculpture artist Clay Hoffman and caricature portraitmaker S. P. Burke were also on hand to entertain.

In the end, pARTygoers raised more than $18,000 for The Right Brain Initiative (to help fund arts integration in elementary schools throughout the region) and Work for Art (which will distribute these funds and workplace giving proceeds to more than 100+ arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties).

We are grateful to everyone who came and otherwise supported RACC’s big celebration. From our leading sponsors – The Harold & Arlene Schntizer CARE Foundation, the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and Falcon Art Community – to our co-sponsors and corporate packages; our hard-working committee and dozens of other volunteers; several inkind donors and hundreds who purchased tickets… THANK YOU for making pARTY in the name of Art a fantastic success. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Read the souvenir program
See photos of the Patron Reception and Tribute Cabaret
Read Eloise’s blog entry