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Candidates take on arts and culture

Posted January 27, 2016 - 4:39pm by Eloise Damrosch

First of all, thanks to the many hundreds of people who just about filled the Gerding Theater at the Armory for our candidates forum. Your numbers underscored for the candidates on stage how important this topic is for our city. Thanks also to the five candidates who came prepared and spoke with eloquence, passion and ideas about how as elected officials they can work with all of us to continue strengthening this vital sector.

Huge Victories for Arts Education

Posted December 29, 2015 - 1:39pm by Eloise Damrosch

I love it that we can collectively celebrate the close of 2015 with two milestones in arts education for the USA. Our Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was key to the first big win in early November with the unanimous passage of her amendment to integrate the arts into “STEM” education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) thus creating “STEAM” and officially promoting a “well-rounded education” including Arts for all k-12 students. This history making legislation will impact 100,000 schools, 3 million teachers and 50 million students.

It's a wrap

Posted November 30, 2015 - 10:14am by Eloise Damrosch

2015 has been a big year for public art. In case you missed it the Percent for Art program turned 35, Portlandia and the Visual Chronicle Collection 30, and RACC marked 20 years of life as a tri-county  non-profit council. The always hard-working public art staff spent the year facilitating growth of the public collections and caring for 2000+ artworks, but then also masterminded a series of successful and entertaining events to celebrate these milestones. Hats off to these dedicated staffers all!


Posted October 29, 2015 - 8:35am by Eloise Damrosch

As some of you know late this summer Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA), a 30 year old organization designed to boost and celebrate connections between businesses and the arts community, closed its doors. After exploring many options to relocate some of its best programs, the Regional Arts & Culture Council was selected as the new home of the Art of Leadership and the annual Arts Breakfast of Champions. RACC accepted and created a new Business Committee for the Arts as a standing advisory group. Membership includes former BCA Board members and RACC Board representatives.

A Turnaround Tale

Posted September 30, 2015 - 2:30pm by Eloise Damrosch

Two days ago my husband and I were in North Adams, Massachusetts to visit MASS MoCA, one of the most  remarkable “museums” of contemporary art in this country. From the outside you have no clue that remarkable artworks await discovery inside. The 27 building complex was built between 1872 and 1900 to be the nation’s largest cotton cloth finisher.  Despite that claim the factory had to close in 1942 when Sprague Electric took over the cavernous spaces to produce electrical components. At its peak Sprague employed 4,000 workers in a town of 18,000.

Welcome to RACC

Posted August 27, 2015 - 10:28am by Eloise Damrosch

I am delighted to welcome four new staffers to RACC. All but one are stepping in to fill some vital positions that have been empty for a while.  Helen is working diligently to make sure our accounts are in optimal order, while Rainen is doing the same for our huge collection of public artworks. And heading into our 10th anniversary year for Work for Art, Matt and Sara join the team to do their best (with huge help from our Board, veteran staff and volunteers) to reach our stretch goal of raising $1 million this campaign year.

Goodbye dear friends

Posted July 30, 2015 - 12:00pm by Eloise Damrosch

While we won’t let them get too far away, we at RACC are bidding farewell to six stellar Board members terming off after 6 years of dedicated service. Each one brought unique skills, passions and life experiences resulting in diverse points of view around our table.

Cultural Engagement for Everyone

Posted June 30, 2015 - 2:39pm by Eloise Damrosch

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s premier organization for arts advocacy, held its annual convention a couple of weeks ago in downtown Chicago. The three-day convening drew over 1500 people, mostly local arts administrators, arts educators, artists, leaders of arts organizations, and elected officials.

Staff Updates

Posted May 27, 2015 - 10:56am by Eloise Damrosch


In the news

Posted April 30, 2015 - 11:50am by Eloise Damrosch

I imagine many of us have been following the news about the unexplained reasons for Freddie Gray’s death and the ensuing violence in Baltimore’s streets. I was inspired to comment here by a news clip announcing that the Baltimore Symphony was about to play a free public concert on the steps of the Symphony Hall, hoping to bring some calm, solace and hope to people.

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