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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.

    

     


Friday Roundup


September 19, 2014

Noche Bella


Last Friday, Nick was honored to join colleagues, community leaders, and friends at Noche Bella, Latino Network’s annual dinner and auction.

 

Latino Network provides transformative opportunities and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of Latino youth and families in our community. The evening celebrated the hard work that Executive Director Carmen Rubio and her team at Latino Network do for our community.

 

Noche Bella brought together people who share the vision of Latino Network, along with spectacular music, delicious food, and a night filled with culture and festivity!

 

To learn more about Latino Network check out their website.

 

Congratulations to Carmen and her team for hosting a wonderful event!


September 17, 2014

Engaging local youth

Every summer for the past six years, youth and mentors from Straightway Services have volunteered with Portland Water Bureau staff at Powell Butte and local HydroParks.   

 

The volunteer program offers youth an opportunity to positively contribute to our community.  And Portland Water Bureau really appreciates all of their hard work!  In turn, the youth gain work ethic and experience, as well as a sense of accomplishment and community pride. 

 

Since 2007, Pastor Dwight Minnieweather has directed Straightway Services, and helped develop the partnership with the Portland Water Bureau. 


Straightway Services provides pivotal life and employment skills, resources, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities to youth in our community. 

 

Check out Straightway Services’ website for more information about their great organization. 


September 16, 2014

STRATAscape

The Portland Building’s art installation space has turned into an archaeological excavation site - for modern art.

 

Talented artist and Portland resident Yoonhee Choi peels back the layers of art installations long since passed.

 

Like an archaeologist equipped with carving tools, Choi’s art installation, STRATAscape, involved excavating the walls of the art installation space. 

 

Intrigued by the hundreds of layers of paint and art under the surface of the walls, she cut into them to reveal the colorful, historical art strata concealed within.

 

Choi’s wordless, science-inspired homage to former installations may be inspired from her diverse academic background.  She received her Bachelor of Engineering in City Planning in Seoul, Korea, a Master of Architecture from Yale, and most recently studied at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. 

 

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

 

STRATAscape begins today!  Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series. 

 

Portland Building Installation Space

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm

 

Photo courtesy of RACC.


September 15, 2014

Arts Season in “Fall” Swing

 

Portland’s arts scene is in full swing as we head into Fall! 

 

This week, Nick attended some great arts events that highlight Portland’s thriving arts and culture community. 


T:BA Festival

 

Last night, Nick was pleased to join in the kick-off dinner for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s (PICA) Time-Based Arts (T:BA) Festival

 

Celebrating its twelfth year, the 10-day festival draws artists of all mediums from around the United States and the world.  Through September 21, enjoy eclectic, artistic energy throughout the city – in galleries, live performances, and more!

 

Check out PICA’s website for a schedule of events. 


Literary Arts

 

On Monday, Nick attended the 30th Anniversary of Literary Arts Celebration, with authors Calvin Trillin and Elizabeth Gilbert.

 

Formed in 1984, Literary Arts is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to those who love literature and the arts.  Offering the largest literary lecture series in the United States, as well as workshops, seminars and high school programs, Literary Arts provides literary inspiration to thousands in our community.

 

Visit Literary Arts’ website for more information. 


The Right Brain Initiative

 

Also on Monday, Nick celebrated with The Right Brain Initiative, as they kicked off a new school year and shared  great news linking the arts and student achievement.  

 

A program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), Right Brain engages youth by integrating arts in school curriculums. 

 

New data demonstrates that students greatly benefit from Right Brain.  Their math and reading scores increase by at least 2.5 times more than the average annual rate of increase!  And, English Language Learners’ scores increase 10 times more than before learning with Right Brain


Right Brain reaches 20,000 students this year, at 59 K-8 schools in the greater Portland area.

 

Go on The Right Brain Initiative’s website to learn more.


A Matter of Time, The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie

Rebecca Jacobson in the Willamette Week


Art Invasion, The Time-Based Art Festival Achieves Liftoff

Alison Hallett in the Portland Mercury


September 12, 2014

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