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December  2016  
Commissioner Nick Fish at a Metropolitan Youth Symphony Bon Voyage concert in Director's Park speaking with William White, Interim Music Director, before the group went to China earlier this summer.
The soul of a city: the arts in Portland
By Nick Fish, Portland City Commissioner
Imagine Portland with no art. No paintings or murals. No Lee Kelly sculptures. No Grimm or Wild or Live Wire. No Jefferson Dancers, symphony and opera in our parks, or production of Our Town. No Mel Brown Quartet. Would you still choose to live here?
Fortunately, art, culture and heritage are woven into the fabric of our city. And this year, we have much to celebrate: a proud history of public and private support for the arts; strong leadership from organizations like the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission; and an Arts Tax delivering on its promise of enriching the lives of 36,000 elementary school children in six local school districts. READ MORE
Eloise's Blog
"What do we value, and where are we going?"
I suspect people in our country — whatever their political beliefs — will be grappling with the enormity of our recent election for years to come. Clearly it will be a while before new leadership is solidified and even longer to understand what they seriously intend to do. And then come the blows and counterblows (hopefully metaphorical). Maybe there will be some compromise, but that feels way beyond reach for now.  READ MORE
Eloise Damrosch
For the fifth straight year, PGE and its employees raised the most money for Work for Art. (Photo by Erica Ann Photography & Fine Art)
Work for Art annual report reviews 10th anniversary campaign 
Work for Art, RACC’s annual fundraising campaign for local arts organizations, has released its 2015-16 report of accomplishments and financial summaries. The report acknowledges more than 1,800 donors and 75 companies who contributed to the program’s most successful campaign yet. A record $912,213 was raised from employee and individual giving, company match, local governments, and special events — including Work for Art’s first annual Battle of the Bands. READ MORE
Kimberly Howard (left) presents Grant Writing for Individuals in 2014 
Professional development workshop series set for expansion in 2017
RACC is pleased to be expanding the many ways we support artists, creatives, makers, and arts organizations in our community. Throughout calendar year 2017 we will be repeating some of our most popular professional development workshops, and adding several new topics as well. Based on community feedback, some of next year’s offerings will focus on serving underrepresented communities — working with new presenters and promotional partners to deliver learning experiences that are designed to help every artist succeed. Registration is now open for workshops in Janaury and February. READ MORE
Night Lights presents The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller, on December 1.
Night Lights on December 1
Every First Thursday through April 2017, local artists and art students will project their work on RACC's north wall at NW Park Avenue at Glisan Street. On December 1st, the Portland Community College Painting Team will be presenting a visual adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s short story, The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller, a retelling of the medieval folk tale about self-transformation and personal redemption. Night Lights is a unique collaboration between RACC’s public art program and Portland Community Media (PCM). READ MORE
Invest in imagination through the Give!Guide by December 31
Once again, RACC’s arts education program, The Right Brain Initiative, is featured in the Education category of the Willamette Week Give!Guide, an online campaign that facilitates year-end giving for over 140 local nonprofit causes. Every Right Brain donor will be entered into a raffle for two Club Level seats to the January 29, 2017 Portland Trail Blazers game vs. Golden State Warriors, along with a team autographed ball. You’ll earn one raffle ticket for every $10 you contribute between now and December 31st—it’s a win-win!  READ MORE
Please donate to the Oregon Cultural Trust through December 31  
Oregonians fund the Cultural Trust. The Trust in turn, funds the artists, potters, rappers, acrobats and dreamers who make Oregon, Oregon. Every year they disperse funds via the state’s 1,400+ cultural nonprofits, 45 county/tribal coalitions and five statewide partners. So donate to your favorite Oregon arts and culture organization, and double your donations by giving to the Trust for free. READ MORE
all the art that fits exhibit runs from December 15- January 9.
Portland Building Installation Space: 20th Annual City and County employee art exhibit

RACC will host the 20th annual City of Portland and Multnomah County employee art exhibitall the art that fits, opening on Thursday, December 15. The exhibit will be held in the Portland Building lobby Installation Space and is a yearly favorite for both the artists and regular visitors. The exhibition will run through Monday, January 9. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday at The Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue. READ MORE
Portland Mercado Mural 
In 2014, Hacienda CDC selected the team of Rachel Oleson and Pablo Solares to create a mural for the new building that anchors the Portland Mercado at SE 72nd & Foster Road. The project subsequently was awarded a grant from RACC’s Public Art Mural Program to create a mural that celebrated the food, music and dance of Latin America and its diaspora. The golden flowers in the background represent the national flowers of Mercado vendors. After two years of work on the project, it was completed in the summer 2016 and now serves as a welcoming symbol of unity to vendors and visitors alike. Video courtesy of THRU Media

Public Art
    Residency Performance New Expressive Works 12/2-4
    Spectacular Daydream CD Release Show 
    Musician Mo Phillips

    La Belle
    Imago Theatre

    See the full cultural calendar 
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