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Night Lights to appear over NW Glisan Street on First Thursdays

An image from one of  last year’s Night Lights presentation by Jackie Davis titled "You Must Work in the Garden of Eden." Presented Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Local artists will project large-scale media works outdoors each month through April PORTLAND, ORE – Night Lights, a monthly public art event, begins its second year of urban intervention on Thursday, October 6. Every First Thursday through April 2017, local artists and art students will claim public space at NW Park Avenue at Glisan Street, broadcasting […]

RACC celebrates National Arts in Education Week

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt principal Kevin Bacon and students share their excitement for STEAM learning with Senator Ron Wyden.
(Photo by Richard Martin of Portland Public Schools)

PORTLAND, ORE —The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) joins colleagues across the country to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 11-17, 2016. Throughout the week, RACC and The Right Brain Initiative will share stories on social media about how arts education has impacted our community, including perspectives from staff, as well as the […]

Benz and Chang highlight the Hawthorne Bridge with an installation at the Portland Building, September 19 – October 14

PORTLAND, ORE – Beginning September 19th the artists known as Benz and Chang will present a site-specific art installation in the Portland Building lobby. The project, titled The Bridge, 1910, is a visual homage to the work crews that built the Hawthorne Bridge, Portland’s oldest existing river crossing. Inspired by a historical photo (above) Benz […]

RACC announces final round of General Operating Support grants

The Akropolis Reed Quintet and BodyVox collaborating for a Chamber Music Northwest concert last summer. BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest both receive General Operating Support from RACC. (Photo by Jonathan Lange.

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council has awarded its final round of General Operating Support grants for the fiscal year ending June 30. RACC distributes these funds three times per year, after organizations submit comprehensive annual reports to RACC. To qualify for General Operating Support, nonprofit arts organizations must demonstrate artistic excellence and […]

Yelena Roslaya brings “Visual Sound” to the Portland Building, July 5 – August 5

Yelena Roslaya’s "Visual Sound" installation at the Portland Building will draw on her past work with large ceramic drum forms and her interest in hearing-motion synesthesia.

PORTLAND, ORE – Multimedia artist Yelena Roslaya works to represent sound visually. “The idea of visually displaying sound is inspired by my experience with hearing-motion synesthesia, which occurs when one sense triggers another…personally it happens whenever I see implied motion or energy. I want to share this experience with viewers through my installation at the Portland […]

Regional Arts & Culture Council elects new board members and officers

Mike Golub, RACC board chair for 2016-17

PORTLAND, ORE – The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) board of directors has elected Mike Golub board chair for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016. Mike is the President of Business for the Portland Timbers and has more than 25 years of experience in professional sports marketing and management, including leadership positions with […]

RACC seeks submissions for the “Visual Chronicle of Portland”

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is seeking works on paper—prints, drawings, paintings on paper and photographs—to purchase for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. Deadline for submissions is Monday, July 25, 2016. The Visual Chronicle of Portland is a city-owned collection of original works on paper that portray artists’ perceptions of […]

RACC seeks proposals for artistic projects in 2017

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites nonprofit organizations and individual artists in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties to submit proposals for artistic projects and events planned for the calendar year 2017. The first step in applying for a RACC Project Grant is to submit an Intent to Apply form online […]

RACC awards inaugural Arts Equity Grants

Wisdom of the Elders,Inc. was awarded an Arts Equity Grant to produce a documentary and radio series.  Esther Stutzman (Komemma Kalapuya,Coos) (pictured) participated in one of their storytelling festivals last year, funded in part by RACC.

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded $119,380 in Arts Equity Grants to 21 organizations for activities that advance RACC’s goals for equity in Portland and Multnomah County. These grants are funded by City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund, along with support from Multnomah County. The Arts Equity […]

Media artists invited to apply for RACC’s 2016 fellowship award

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications from media artists (including film, video and audio) for RACC’s annual artist fellowship award. Applications are now available through the RACC GrantsOnline system at http://racc.culturegrants.org. Since 1999, the RACC fellowship award has honored and supported uniquely talented local artists who contribute […]

Work for Art announces line-up for Battle of the Bands competition on May 12

PORTLAND, ORE — Bankers, lawyers, surgeons and engineers will be among the unlikely musicians competing in Work for Art’s first annual Battle of the Bands on Thursday, May 12 at the Crystal Ballroom. Tickets are only $10, on sale now at the Crystal Ballroom box office and online. A limited number of VIP tickets are […]

Every Portland elementary school now has an arts teacher, thanks to the arts tax

Before the arts tax, Sitton Elementary in St. Johns didn't have a full-time arts specialist. Now, students receive weekly instruction from art teacher Carlos Baca.

Find stories about the impact of the tax online in April at #pdxlovesart PORTLAND, ORE —In November 2012, 63% of Portland voters overwhelmingly passed Ballot Measure 26-146 to create the Arts Education & Access Fund, now known as the “arts tax.” The tax directly funds 72 K-5, music, dance and visual art teachers in the […]

Jenna Reineking’s “Temporal Ecologies,” March 21 – April 15, heads up a new season of installations at the Portland Building

Jenna Reineking’s “Temporal Ecologies,” at the Portland Building Installation Space through April 15.

PORTLAND, ORE – Artist Jenna Reineking’s upcoming installation in the lobby of the Portland Building, Temporal Ecologies, is designed to transform the architecture of the exhibition space into an activated environment; her choice of materials to accomplish this—the humble brown paper lunch bag: “I recently have become interested in creating systems using forms repeated in incremental […]

RACC launches new website

new RACC site

PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has launched a new website at www.racc.org.  With an average of 452 unique visits per day, RACC’s website has been redesigned and reprogrammed to help constituents access RACC’s abundant resources more easily. The new website is also fully responsive for tablets and mobile devices, which […]

Battle of the Bands scheduled for May 12 at the Crystal Ballroom

PORTLAND, ORE — Tickets are now on sale for Work for Art’s first annual Battle of the Bands competition, a celebration of employee creativity at the Crystal Ballroom on May 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit Work for Art, a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Eight company bands (employees who play […]

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