POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish

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Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.  He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Calling artists and art teams

Every autumn, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites artists living in Oregon or Washington to submit proposals for the Installation Art Series in the City’s Portland Building.    


A great opportunity for people of all art backgrounds - from professionals to art students - the Installation Art Series invites artists to question common perspectives through art.


The expressive, creative installations reach broad, diverse audiences on a daily basis.  Over 160 installations have graced that space during the last 20 years.


The Series is sponsored by RACC, and each installation is selected through a juried process.


The next season runs from March 2015 – February 2016, and will include eight installations.  The submission deadline for artwork is Wednesday, November 5, 2014.


A general orientation and information help-session is scheduled for October 15, from 5:30 – 6:30 at RACC’s offices at 411 NW Park Ave, Suite 101.  Contact Keith Lachowicz (klachowicz@racc.org) to reserve your space. Learn more about the Series on RACC’s website


Photo courtesy of RACC.

September 29, 2014

Sunday vigil for Dr. Steven Fritz

September 29, 2014

Celebrating Portland's multiculturalism

Last night, Nick joined friends and colleagues for a great evening at the Center for Intercultural Organizing’s (CIO) Annual Event.


Held in Oak’s Park’s Historic Dance Pavilion, the event celebrated and supported the grassroots, community-based organization. 


CIO is dedicated to protecting and expanding immigrant and refugee rights in the greater Portland area.  With education programs, policy advocacy, leadership development programs, and more, CIO makes positive contributions to Portland’s multicultural community.


Visit CIO’s website for more information. 


Photo courtesy of Jules Garza.

September 26, 2014

Celebrating the life of Dr. Steven Fritz

Join Nick and the Portland community on Sunday to celebrate the life of Commissioner Amanda Fritz's husband, Dr. Steven Fritz.


Beginning Sunday at 5pm at Terry Schrunk Plaza, we will honor his life in quirky Portland style -- to match his wondeful life and his beloved Zebra car.


Commissioner Fritz shared more information about Sunday's event:


Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has announced plans for events to celebrate the life of her husband, Dr. Steven Fritz, who died suddenly in an automobile accident in Salem, OR on September 24, 2014, while on his way to work at Oregon State Hospital.  He was killed instantly by a pickup crossing the median on I-5 in wet weather, hitting his beloved zebra-painted car.  He had often loaned it to his wife for community parades.  Commissioner Fritz first heard about the crash because passers-by recognized the car and contacted her.


One of Steve’s friends wrote on hearing the news, “If you've ever thought your car was boring, and you'd like to paint it up, say, turn it into a zebra car? Well DO IT, people! And when you die, people will not sit around wondering, "Did she do the things she wanted? Did he express his inner self? Did she tragically ignore her inner weirdness?" They will be horrifically sad, but they will smile every time they think of you, your car, those stripes.” 


“That comment illustrates why people loved and were inspired by Steve,” said Commissioner Fritz.  “He made the most of every day, finding entertainment even in mundane chores like the daily commute.  Our children and I are greatly comforted by the outpouring of support we’ve received.  He touched so many lives, in great and small ways.  We appreciate seeing the recognition that he made a difference in our community – while at the same time having fun.”


Everyone is welcome to attend the public Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 28 at 5p.m. in Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Jefferson.  Participants are encouraged to bring a candle, and to have fun dressing in whatever you feel is appropriate to honor him and/or amuse yourself and others. 


The family suggests donations to honor Dr. Fritz in lieu of flowers and cards be made to:


Doctors beyond Borders


Little Kids Rock


New Oregon Arts & Letters

Send check to New Oregon Arts & Letters, PO Box 2863, Portland, OR 97208

The Salvation Army, Portland Tabernacle Corps or West Women’s Shelter

September 26, 2014

Art party in St. Johns

This Saturday, enjoy the charm of downtown St. Johns while walking among talented woodworkers, sculptors, painters and more!


A great opportunity to snag beautiful, unique artwork, The Constitutional Art Party introduces many new and upcoming local artists to the Portland community. 


Watch live tutorials, and even try out a new art medium.  With live music, interactive art, and even a photo booth, there’s something fun for people of all ages. 


For more information, visit The Constitutional’s website


The Constitutional Art Party

Saturday, September 27

Downtown St. Johns, between N. Lombard St. and N. Kellogg St.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

September 25, 2014

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