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.



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February 26, 2015

Portland's State of the Arts

This morning, Nick was proud to host the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s 2014 State of the Arts report at City Hall.

We wish every Council meeting was as inspiring! Members of the Portland Opera performed an aria from Carmen, students from Northeast Portland's King School sang "Oh Freedom," and poetry slam winner Bella Trent read a moving poem.

2014 was a big year for the arts:

• The Right Brain Initiative is making a huge difference in our schools.


• RACC awarded $2 million in grants to more than 250 diverse nonprofits, individual artists, and schools across Portland.


• Thanks to the voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund, about 70 certified art teachers were restored in our public elementary schools.


• We welcomed new works of public art, including a natural play installation at Westmoreland Park and whimsical sculptures along Southeast Division.


• Portland hosted a premiere of the Academy Award nominated film, Wild, and the production had a positive impact on our local economy.

This year, we’ll celebrate a number of important milestones:

Work for Art, our workplace giving program, turns 10.


RACC celebrates 20 years as our regional arts champion.


Portlandia, our copper goddess, turns 30.


• The Percent for Art program turns 35.

From film and theater to the visual arts, music, dance, and more, Portland is a special place to live and work thanks to the arts!

Regional Arts & Culture Council Council Presentation

Portland Opera performs at City Hall 
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

King School students perform "Oh Freedom" 
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

Portland arts funding: City Council celebrates money for Regional Arts & Culture Council
Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

February 25, 2015

Portland Jazz Festival

The Portland Jazz Festival is in full swing!


The festival is dedicated to preserving America’s indigenous art by presenting an array of talented local and international jazz musicians – and it’s a great way to celebrate Black History Month.


Along with its swinging beats, the Jazz Festival also provides education and outreach programs for Portland’s schools and neighborhoods. 


PDX Jazz, a local non-profit cultural arts organization, partners with Travel Portland each year to produce the festival. The Regional Arts & Culture Council is also proud to provide funding for the event.   


2015’s festival runs through March 1.  Check out the Portland Jazz Festival’s website for a schedule and locations. 

February 24, 2015

People Blind/Prospect & Refuge

Local artist and landscape architect Peg Butler provides an artistic opportunity for visitors to observe their fellow humans in the Portland Building’s latest art installation, People Blind/Prospect & Refuge


The installation provides a hidden, forest-like setting to watch people as they walk through their natural habitat: work.  The objective is to perceive ourselves as though we are animals, connected to nature and one another.


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series.  Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.


People Blind/Prospect & Refuge is now up through March 20 in the Portland Building’s lobby.


Check out RACC’s website for more information.


Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC. 

February 23, 2015

Fix-It Fair

Tomorrow, check out the latest Fix-It Fair at David Douglas High School!


Fit-It Fairs are great, free events that teach you easy ways to save money and keep your family healthy.


The fair features a diverse array of workshops and exhibits from community partners.  Experts will be on hand to discuss recycling, health, community resources, and more!


While you are there, visit staffers at the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services’ booths to learn about water conservation and watershed health. 


Free, professional childcare and lunch are provided. 


Fix-It Fair ¡Clases en español!

Saturday, February 21, 9:30 am – 3 pm

David Douglas High School

1001 SE 135th Ave.


Visit Fix-It Fair’s website for more information. 

February 20, 2015

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