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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

The Installation Art Series

November 2, 2015

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites artists to submit proposals for the Installation Art Series in the City’s Portland Building.

The Installation Art Series showcases art in a small gallery space in the building’s lobby. From interactive displays to traditional shows, the Series encourages artists to question common perspectives through art. It’s a great opportunity for people of all backgrounds – from professionals to art students – to create expressive, unique installations.

The Series reaches broad and diverse audiences on a daily basis. Nearly 200 installations have graced the space since 1994. 

The next season runs from May 2016 – March 2017. Artists from Oregon and Washington are eligible to apply, and works are selected through a juried process with RACC. The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Check out the RACC’s website for more information. Contact Project Manager Keith Lachowicz at (503) 823-5404 with questions.

Photo courtesy of RACC.

Grants for our neighborhood business districts

November 3, 2015

This week, Venture Portland awarded $36,000 to our neighborhood business districts for 12 fall and winter grant projects.

The projects include hosting holiday events, building dynamic new websites, creating track and field-themed events during the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in March, and more!

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, which is focused on investing in the smart, strategic growth of our neighborhood small business districts.

Our neighborhood small businesses are the backbone of our community. They bring character and strength to our neighborhoods, create jobs, and encourage economic growth. For every dollar spent at a local small business, nearly 70 cents stays in Portland’s local economy.

Check out Venture Portland’s website to learn more about Portland’s great business districts, and for the list of grant awardees.

Portland business nurturer gives out thousands in neighborhood grants

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

Celebrating Public Art Month

November 4, 2015 

As Arts Commissioner, Nick was proud to present a proclamation this morning, recognizing November as Public Art Month in Portland.

2015 has been a big year for public art in Portland! It’s the 35th anniversary of the Percent for Art Program, the 30th birthday of our beloved Portlandia, the 20th anniversary of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), and the 10th anniversary of the Public Murals Program.


KATU News let us share some great archival footage of Portlandia’s arrival in 1985, with Mayor Bud Clark, sculptor Raymond Kaskey, and Portland Building Architect Michael Graves.

RACC manages our abundant public art collection, which includes over 1,400 public artworks – and about 1,000 are outdoor pieces. The art enriches our community by highlighting Portland’s diversity of cultures, artistic disciplines, and points of view in public spaces throughout the city.

To celebrate Public Art Month, RACC is presenting Celebrate Public Art, an exhibition in City Hall. All four floors will be decked with colorful banners showcasing the City’s public art collection from November 12 through December 4. Join us for a free reception with entertainment by local musicians on Thursday, November 19, starting at 5pm.

Interested in exploring Portland’s public art first hand? RACC partnered up with Travel Portland to update the free publication, A Guide Portland Public Art. For the tech-savvy, there’s a free smart phone app, Public Art PDX.

Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Public Art Program and the Celebrate Public Art exhibition.  

Celebrate Public Art

Portland City Hall

1221 SW 4th Ave., on the first floor

Reception: Thursday, November 19, 5 pm – 7 pm

Regular hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Public Art Month


KATU News’ historic coverage of Portlandia’s arrival in 1985

A healthier future

November 5, 2015

Yesterday, after a lengthy public hearing, Nick voted to support Commissioner Fritz’s Resolution to oppose crude oil shipments traveling by train through our community.

Over the last five years, the number of oil train shipments in the U.S. has increased dramatically. Oil shipments by rail have significant, adverse impacts on the health and safety of our community.

The Fritz Resolution was supported by a broad-based coalition, including Oregon Tribes, the city of Vancouver, The Columbia River Gorge Commission, First Responders, neighborhood leaders, environmentalists, and many others.

While this action is largely symbolic because federal laws prevent us from regulating railroads, it sends a clear message about our core values:  clean energy, public health and safety, and support of our regional partners.

Portland City Council Votes to Oppose Oil Trains

Cassandra Profita in OPB

Portland City Council adopts position against expanded oil shipments by train, delays fossil fuel export ban

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Portland Says No to Oil Trains and Delays Vote on Resolution to Oppose Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Expansion

Shelby R. King in the Portland Mercury

The survey says...

November 5, 2015

Today, the City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero released Portland’s 2015 Community Survey

Each year, the Auditor’s office gathers Portlanders’ feedback about the quality of City services, from parks and streets to our public utilities.

And, 2015’s survey says our utility bureaus are doing well!

The Auditor highlights that, “sewers and storm drainage showed significant improvement in positive ratings.” Since 2011, the Bureau of Environmental Services’ ratings have increased by 10%! And more than half of the residents said BES is doing a good or very good job of protecting water quality in our local streams and rivers.

For the Water Bureau, 72% of residents rated water services as “good” or “very good” – a slight increase from 2011, but a big jump from last year’s 62%.

The Water Bureau is one of the top five highest-rated city services, and Portlanders continue to love our high-quality, safe, and reliable Bull Run tap water. 87% gave it high marks!

Thanks to the many Portlanders who participated in the survey – and to the hardworking women and men at our City bureaus.

2015 Community Survey

Office of the City Auditor