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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Portland Jazz Festival

February 24, 2015

The Portland Jazz Festival is in full swing!

The festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art by presenting an array of talented local and international jazz musicians – and it’s a great way to celebrate Black History Month.

Along with its swinging beats, the Jazz Festival also provides education and outreach programs for Portland’s schools and neighborhoods. 

PDX Jazz, a local non-profit cultural arts organization, partners with Travel Portland each year to produce the festival. The Regional Arts & Culture Council is also proud to provide funding for the event.   

2015’s festival runs through March 1.  Check out the Portland Jazz Festival’s website for a schedule and locations. 

Portland's State of the Arts

February 25, 2015

This morning, Nick was proud to host the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s 2014 State of the Arts report at City Hall.

We wish every Council meeting was as inspiring! Members of the Portland Opera performed an aria from Carmen, students from Northeast Portland's King School sang "Oh Freedom," and poetry slam winner Bella Trent read a moving poem.

2014 was a big year for the arts:

 • The Right Brain Initiative is making a huge difference in our schools.

 • RACC awarded $2 million in grants to more than 250 diverse nonprofits, individual artists, and schools across Portland.

 • Thanks to the voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund, about 70 certified art teachers were restored in our public elementary schools.

 • We welcomed new works of public art, including a natural play installation at Westmoreland Park and whimsical sculptures along Southeast Division.

 • Portland hosted a premiere of the Academy Award nominated film, Wild, and the production had a positive impact on our local economy.

This year, we’ll celebrate a number of important milestones:

 • Work for Art, our workplace giving program, turns 10.

 • RACC celebrates 20 years as our regional arts champion.

 • Portlandia, our copper goddess, turns 30.

 • The Percent for Art program turns 35.

From film and theater to the visual arts, music, dance, and more, Portland is a special place to live and work thanks to the arts!

Regional Arts & Culture Council Council Presentation

Portland Opera performs at City Hall 
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

King School students perform "Oh Freedom" 
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

Portland arts funding: City Council celebrates money for Regional Arts & Culture Council
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

The Water Bureau's news stream

Are you interested in receiving news updates and alerts from the Portland Water Bureau?

February 26, 2015

Are you interested in receiving news updates and alerts from the Portland Water Bureau?

Stay up-to-date with the Water Bureau by subscribing to their email alerts.  Alerts include the latest emergency alerts, news announcements, press releases, traffic advisories, water efficiency tips, and more!

Follow these simple steps to register:

  1. Visit FlashAlert.
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Click both boxes for Emergency Alerts and News Releases.
  4. Click Subscribe.
  5. Confirm your e-mail address and make a password.

Check out the Water Bureau’s website for more information. 

Friday Roundup

Portland arts funding: City Council celebrates money for Regional Arts & Culture Council

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Portland Opera performs at City Council meeting

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


King School students perform before Portland City Council on arts funding

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


Regional Arts & Culture Council State of the Arts PowerPoint Presentation


For Sale: surplus property

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


BES and Water Bureau Surplus Property Policy


Police: Man claims to be Water Bureau employee, steals from Portland home

Max Barr and KGW News Staff


Utility discount program excludes Portland's poorest -- because they rent

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Throwback Thursday: Old Portland reservoir helped make city we know today
John Killen in The Oregonian


Dr. Know: With our snowpack dangerously low, shouldn't the city be asking us to conserve water?
Marty Smith in the Willamette Week


Hall Monitor: For Hales, Earnestness Pays off

Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury


City Council Says 'Yes' to Terrorism Task Force

Donovan M. Smith in the Skanner

A Cleaner Johnson Creek

March 2, 2015

While the Northeast is still buried in snow, Portland has had one of its warmest winters on record. Take advantage of the sunshine this Saturday, and help clean up the Johnson Creek Watershed in southeast Portland!

Johnson Creek flows from Boring, Oregon through Portland to the Willamette River. It passes through forests, farms, neighborhoods, and more. About 170,000 people live within its 52 square mile watershed, and it’s one of our most important environmental resources.

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is a local volunteer group dedicated to protecting, restoring, and enhancing the watershed. The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with the Council on Saturday, March 7, for its annual Watershed Wide event. Join hundreds of fellow volunteers to plant native trees and shrubs, eliminate invasive plants like ivy and blackberry, and learn why this work is so important to keep the watershed healthy!

For more information and to sign up for a volunteer spot, visit the Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s website.

Watershed Wide

Johnson Creek Watershed

Saturday, March 7, 2015

9 am - 12 pm