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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

Preserving Portland's history

Join us to celebrate Portland's unique architectural history!

May 1, 2014

Join us to celebrate Portland’s unique architectural history!

May is National Historic Preservation Month. This year’s theme is The New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.

The Architectural Heritage Center (AHC) and the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) have partnered on an exhibit that highlights Portland’s architectural history – from the old Portland Hotel to some of our original neighborhood storefronts. Normally displayed in City of Portland and Multnomah County buildings, the art works are part of The Visual Chronicle of Portland and the Portable Works Collections

AHC and RACC invite you to join them on May 2 at 6pm for First Friday, a free opening reception for the month-long exhibit!

Engage with fellow art and history buffs and see inspiring art work by local artists!  The exhibit runs through May 31.

First Friday

Friday, May 2, 6 – 8 pm

Exhibit through May 31

Architectural Heritage Center

701 SE Grand Avenue

Photo courtesy of RACC

Portland Hotel, SW 6th & Yamhill/OrHi 36781

by Gregory Haun

New art installation in the Portland Building

The Portland Building's new art installation is now up!

May 2, 2014

The Portland Building's new art installation is now up! 

Talented local artist Wendy Given, MFA, presents ‘In Truth,’ a three piece sculpture series. Inspired by magic, myth, folklore, and philosophy, In Truth takes viewers on a journey to reexamine personal aspirations and wishes.  The artwork includes a mirror, an unreachable wishing well, and a scrying stone (similar to a crystal ball, to look into the future).

Sponsored by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), the Installation Art Series features interactive art in the Portland Building’s lobby.  Each installation is selected through a juried process, and encourages the public to re-think their understanding of art.  It’s also a great way for local artists to share their work with the Portland community.

In Truth will be up in the Portland Building’s lobby until May 23. For more information about the Installation Art Series, check out RACC’s website.

Portland Building Installation Space

1120 SW 5th Avenue

7 am – 6 pm

Visiting the set of The Librarians

The Portland area is becoming a go-to location for TV shows!

May 5, 2014

The Portland area is becoming a go-to location for TV shows!

From Grimm to Leverage, and Portlandia to yes, even The Real World, production companies are quickly learning the benefits of bringing their shows to the Pacific Northwest.  

On Friday, Nick was pleased to visit the set of The Librarians, the latest TV show filmed in the Portland area. The show, starring Noah Wyle and Rebecca Romijn, started as a series of made-for-TV movies on TNT – the network is now launching a 10-episode TV season.

As Council Liaison to the arts and small business, Nick supports creative jobs that contribute to our local economy.  Since 2007, the Portland metropolitan area has seen a 24% increase in film and TV production jobs. 

Electric Entertainment (the production company behind The Librarians) co-founder Rachel Olschan, and Business Development Manager Jose Behar, gave Nick a tour of the set and discussed opportunities for further boosting the creative economy in Portland.

Although Electric Entertainment is based in Los Angeles, CEO Dean Devlin has brought several pilots and two TV shows to Portland (the other is Leverage), and looks forward to bringing more productions to Oregon!

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Sunday Parkways

This Sunday is Mother’s Day – celebrate with the moms in your life at the Sunday Parkways event in East Portland!

May 6, 2014

This Sunday is Mother’s Day – celebrate with the moms in your life at the Sunday Parkways event in East Portland!

Sunday’s route features a special stop along the Foster Floodplain Natural Area. Restoration of the Foster Floodplain transformed a flood-prone neighborhood into a beautiful 63-acre natural area. Completed in 2012, the natural area reduced flooding and restored salmon and other wildlife habitats.

Portland’s Sunday Parkways encourage healthy, active living through a series of free events that open the city's largest public space - our streets - to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community. Get outside, get active, and meet your neighbors.

Great for the whole family, Sunday’s event includes the Audubon Society’s "Birds of Prey" program, fish hats, nature-based games and tours of the Floodplain – all for free.

Portlanders can enjoy Sunday Parkways one Sunday each month through September. Learn more about the program, including a Parkways schedule on the Bureau of Transportation's website.