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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

Could You Be Portland’s Next Creative Laureate?

November 1, 2017

The City of Portland is seeking candidates to serve as our next Creative Laureate.

The Creative Laureate, established in 2012 by former Mayor Sam Adams, serves as the official ambassador for the broader creative community in Portland, Oregon.

Photographer Julie Keefe, the City’s first Creative Laureate, has served our community with distinction.

Portland’s Creative Laureate can be from any creative industry. This includes painters; potters; dancers; musicians; authors; poets; filmmakers; artists working in spoken word, mixed media, or digital media; crafters or makers; or anyone who feels they represent the broader creative community and can meet the basic expectations below.

The Laureate will be expected to actively participate in a select number of public events, including public speaking engagements, workshops, and displays or presentations of their own artistic work, as well as regular interactions with the media. The duties of this position call for a balance between advocacy, education, and ceremonial functions. The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, with excellent time management and good professional judgement.

The Creative Laureate is considered a public official, and will be expected to represent the City accordingly, adhering to public records laws and other community expectations. The position is unpaid, but will receive a $5,000 stipend for the two-year commitment to compensate for any direct costs associated with official duties.

The Laureate reports directly to the City’s Arts Commissioner, meeting at regular intervals with the Commissioner or the Commissioner’s staff. The term of service is two years, and the position is not eligible for reappointment.

The Creative Laureate will be expected to participate in the selection process for his or her successor.

Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

   • Record of high quality work.

   • Connection to the broader arts community.

   • Willingness to serve a full term.

   • Commitment to meet the expectations and time requirements of this volunteer position.

   • A personal commitment to equity and expanding access to the arts.

Applications will be accepted starting November 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017.

The Creative Laureate will be selected and announced in mid-January 2018.

Apply Now!

In no more than 1-2 pages, please answer each of the following questions:

   • Why do you want to be the City of Portland’s Creative Laureate?

   • What qualifications do you have that would make you a successful Creative Laureate?

   • What do you hope to accomplish during your time as the Creative Laureate?

Please submit applications to no later than 5:00pm on Friday, December 15, 2017, and attach a resume or CV.

The Weekly Catch

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Mt. Tabor Park Reservoir Preservation Work Set to Begin in November 2017

The Portland Water Blog


Crypto Detected 5 Times in A Month

Amy Frazier and KOIN 6 News


Recent Monitoring Results Found Elevated Levels of Lead in Tests at Some High-Risk Homes

The Portland Water Blog


‘Elevated Levels’ of Lead Found in Portland Water

KOIN 6 News


Lead in Portland Water Exceeded Federal Limits

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian


District Attorney Rod Underhill Rules Uber’s Greyball Technology and Playbook Are a Trade Secret

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In Other News

Art + Beer? Oregon's Beauty Inspires Brewers for Portland Art Museum Anniversary

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Celebrating 5 Years of the Portland Film Festival

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Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Portland Could Get Salty This Winter

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Strengthening Our Volunteer Advisory Bodies

November 8, 2017

Today, Council unanimously adopted new policies and standards designed to increase the transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of our volunteer City advisory bodies.

The package adopted by Council focuses on creating uniform rules and procedures, daylighting conflicts of interest, providing consistency and clarity on the role of advisory bodies, and giving community members greater confidence in their service.

We do our best work in partnership with the community, when the people at the table have clear direction and the resources they need to be successful.

And when Council has good community input, we make better decisions.

Today’s action follows a Council hearing in May and work session in April.

Thanks to Commissioners Eudaly and Fritz for co-sponsoring this important legislation. And thanks to the City Attorney’s Office, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Office of Equity and Human Rights, and the many community members who shared their expertise and perspective as we developed these reforms.

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Nick Fish Blog


Council Approves Conflict Policy for Advisory Committees

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Drag Queens, Former Mayor Remember LGBTQ Icon

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2017 Spirit of Portland Awards

November 15, 2017

Last night, Nick was honored to celebrate outstanding community leaders with 2017 Spirit of Portland Awards.

Every year, Nick selects individuals and/or organizations to receive an award. This year, he honored the Muslim Educational Trust (MET) and the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC).

MET President and Co-Founder Wajdi Said and Public Relations Director Rania Ayoub are helping to lead the fight against discrimination and bigotry. While Wajdi is the public face of MET, Rania is the steady force who often works behind the scenes. Together, they and the rest of the MET team are building bridges of love and understanding in our community.

SMYRC is a drop-in resource center that provides a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ youth. They have been quietly changing lives for 19 years, empowering and supporting sexual and gender minority teens and young adults. They host positive events and activities and provide counseling, education, and skills training. SMYRC serves a diverse population of homeless and queer youth, providing them with a safe place.

Nick also presented Lisha Shrestha and Surya Joshi with the Community Leader of the Year Award, Nestor Campos with the Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year Award, and Cascade AIDS Project with the Access and Disability Justice Award. You can see the complete list of recipients here.

Congratulations to all of last night’s honorees!