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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

RACC grants help communities access the arts

February 11, 2014

The Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Expanding Cultural Access program is offering grants ranging from $1,000 - $10,000.  

RACC's Expanding Cultural Access program focuses on bringing art projects to communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, LGBTQ groups, and other underserved communities. 

We want Portland to be a place where everyone can access and enjoy arts and culture -- and RACC looks forward to supporting projects that will do just that!

Nonprofit arts organizations are invited to apply for this cultural access funding. Applications are due by 5 pm on March 14. 

For more information, please visit RACC’s Request for Proposals webpage. 

To make it better

Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.

 

~ Oregon Governor Tom McCall

 

February 12, 2014

This weekend's winter storm brought out the very best of Portland. Two of the heroes on the streets were Portland Fire & Rescue Lieutenants Matthew and Michael Silva.

The Silva brothers spent the weekend saving lives -- ensuring that everyone had shelter from the storm.

Oregonian writer Steve Duin spoke with the brothers, and was inspired to tell their story. Read it in today's Oregonian.

The Silva brothers, Portland firefighters at the heart of the storm

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

Show Small Businesses the Love this Valentine's Day

February 12, 2014

While Portlanders stayed safe and warm at home during last weekend’s winter storm, our local small business community took a hit.

This Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to help our neighborhood shops recover from the storm by shopping local for all your gifts and romantic dinners.

Check out local Valentine’s Day small business promotions online – and share your own business specials! – with #pdxLOVESsmallbiz on Twitter.

Let’s show our neighborhood small businesses some love by buying local this Valentine’s Day!

Post-storm campaign aims to put bounce back in Portland small businesses' step

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

Photo: Union Rose storefront - Joel Preston Smith photography

Portland Building welcomes The Tenacity to Change

February 13, 2014

Artist Joseph Kucinski will present his art installation, The Tenacity of Change, in the Portland Building beginning February 18. 

Kucinski’s art exudes wonder and curiosity from simple circumstances.  His inspiration comes from a quote from his childhood: “The world was alive and everything in it could be a new adventure, even the mundane garage had infinite possibilities.”  His artwork references the excitement and mystery the future holds. 

Use your imagination and be inspired! The installation, situated in the lobby of the Portland Building, runs Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm, through March 14.

The installation is part of an ongoing Art Series managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). Through a juried process, RACC selects challenging and diverse works that encourage interest and public dialogue about the role of artwork in public spaces. Learn more about RACC’s public art programs online.

Friday Roundup

Post-storm campaign aims to put bounce back in Portland small businesses' step

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

The Silva brothers, Portland firefighters at the heart of the storm

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

City of Portland: 'Stay home'

Jim Redden in The Portland Tribune

Storm of 2014: Ice Storm Warning issued

Sally Showman and Koin 6 News Staff

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish applauds residents for heeding warnings, staying inside as city says 'stay home'

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

Officials hold 'State of the City' amid wintry blast

Evan Sernoffsky in KGW

Portland officials urge residents to stay off the road as crews work to clear main arteries

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian