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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

RACC Announces the Final Winners of their General Operating Support Grant for the Year!

July 6, 2016

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded its final round of General Operating Support grants to 22 local arts organizations and non-profits in Portland.

The General Operating Support grants, funded by the City of Portland General Fund and the Arts Education & Access Fund, is awarded to arts organizations and non-profits demonstrating artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility in Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington County.

As council Liaison to RACC, funding and access to the arts is a top priority for Nick.

Grant winners include: Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film Center, Oregon Symphony Association, Artist Repertory Theatre, Northwest Children's Theatre, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and many others.

Along with these 22 organizations, RACC has awarded this grant to 48 different arts organizations and non-profits in the 2015-2016 fiscal year – a total of $2,933,855.

Check out RACC’s website for a full list of awardees and information.

Photo courtesy of Bodyvox Chamber Music.

The World of Visual Sound is brought to the Portland Building

July 8, 2016

The Portland Building’s July art installation, Visual Sound, takes a multimedia approach, representing sound visually through ceramic sculpture.

Artist Yelena Roslaya used her unique experience with hearing-motion synthesia to create large-scale ceramic sculptures that draw on Udu drum forms.

Hearing-motion synthesia is when one sense triggers another — in her case, she experiences implied motion or sound as a visual image. Her work is inspired by the way people perceive and understand sound.

Roslaya’s process began by recording everyday sounds throughout the Portland Building. She then used FL Studio software to translate the recordings into graphic wave images, which she attached to the walls of the installation space. Underneath these prints are her “sound wave sculptures,” whose glaze colors were determined by the color that corresponded to the sound on the “color-noise” spectrum. To complete this sensory experience, Yelena included mp3 devices that play back the original sounds for visitors to hear. 

Each year, the Regional Arts & Culture Council reserves several exhibition opportunities, like this one, for university-level students pursuing the arts. Selected through a jury process, each installation brings something unique and thought-provoking to the art space.

Roslaya’s sensorial and distinctive exhibition is available to view in the Portland Building lobby July 5 through August 5, 2016.

Visit the RACC’s website for more information on the installation space and exhibit.

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

Saturday Roundup

July 13, 2016

Nick had a great time at community events this past Saturday.

He started the day at the 2016 Annual Mississippi Avenue Street Fair, where he was honored to present the “Mayor of Mississippi Avenue” award to Justin Pabalate, Executive Co-Chair of the Portland Q Center. Founded in 2005, Portland’s Q Center provides a safe space and support for our LGBTQ community, celebrates diversity, and advocates for equality and love every day!

Later in the afternoon, Nick attended a garden party at the Hardiman-Beadell residence to celebrate Jeana Frazzini, longtime Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon (BRO). Nick was honored to toast Jeana’s leadership and to mark the tremendous progress we have made during her tenure at BRO.

Finally, he attended the opening night of Disjecta’s Portland 2016 Biennial. The Biennial showcases 34 artists at 25 partner venues in 13 different arts communities across the state.

Stay tuned this summer for more from Nick!

Nick Featured on Portland’s KMHD Jazz Radio!

 July 14, 2016

On Tuesday, Nick was honored to join Jessica Rand on KMHD, Portland’s premier jazz station.

He was part of KMHD’s story-telling series, “A Jazz Life,” where local people share their personal stories about jazz.

Nick shared his story of traveling abroad in Scotland, as a recent college graduate. He attended a concert in Edinburgh, headlined by the great Oscar Peterson. It sparked a life-long passion for jazz.

Visit KMHD’s website to listen to the full story!