Support for artists in under-represented communities
A new city program is providing support for artists and creative workers who identify as under-served or under-represented, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and People of Color; LGBTQIA+ artists; and artists with disabilities.
To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that they have lost income or opportunities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Funding comes from Federal grant funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) and RACC is administering the process. Application materials are available in five languages, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 1 at 5 p.m.
Arts council set to deliver annual report to city leaders
On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) will present its annual report to Portland City Council, including a summary of the organization's activities and accomplishments. We invite you to learn more about how RACC is investing taxpayer dollars to support arts and culture in our communities; tune in live at 2:00 p.m. on the City's YouTube Channel, the Open Signal website, or cable access Xfinity Channels 30 and 330.
Did you know? Community members can provide testimony on City Council agenda items, sign up for a Communication spot on the agenda, or provide feedback to Council members.
City Council pledges to restore Thompson Elk Fountain
On May 6, 2022, Portland City Council unanimously approved a resolution to fully restore the Thompson Elk Fountain and return it to its original location in the middle of Southwest Main Street. This resolution builds on the work of the City Arts Program to explore all options for restoring one of Portland's most beloved landmarks, and the next step is for the Portland Parks Foundation to complete a feasibility study and estimate the cost.
Yearlong study will measure economic impact of the arts
The Regional Arts & Culture Council is partnering with Americans for the Arts to launch "Arts & Economic Prosperity 6" (AEP6) this month. The study, scheduled to be published in September, 2023, will help demonstrate the many ways that arts and culture are recharging the economy in our communities -- even in the wake of COVID-19 and the resulting economic recession. RACC is seeking volunteers to help collect data.
Please share this newsletter with other folks who may be interested in learning more about how the City of Portland supports culture, creativity and the arts. Thank you!
Arts Program Manager
City of Portland, Office of Management and Finance
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