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.



Community Watershed Stewardship grants

Do you have a "green" idea for your neighborhood? The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is accepting grant applications through the Community Watershed Stewardship Program


The program gives Portlanders an opportunity to enhance their neighborhoods and communities, while improving the health of our watersheds.  Grants are up to $10,000!


The program is a partnership between BES and Portland State University.  Since it began in 1995, it has granted more than $1 million for watershed projects!


Across the city, people are getting involved in their neighborhoods, and making a lasting difference in their communities.   And you can too!  Need help developing project ideas or filling out your application?  Join BES staff at one of these three grant workshops:


Saturday, December 6

1 – 2:30 pm

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue


Tuesday, January 6

6 – 7: 30 pm

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Boulevard


Saturday, January 17

4 – 5:30 pm

St. Johns Library, 7510 N Charleston Ave.


Check out BES’ website for more information. 

December 16, 2014

Are you looking for a muralist?

The first issue of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Muralist Roster is now available!  The on-line resource is a great guide for those in the greater Portland area seeking artists for a mural project. 


The Roster features talented local artists who were selected by RACC’s Public Art Murals Program Committee.  Read the artists’ bio, view details on their past projects, and more! They have great skills and experience in painting murals and/or large scale artworks. 


Public art murals are wonderful expressions of art and community engagement.  They beautify our streets and deter graffiti.   


Check out RACC’s Public Art Murals Program page for more details, or contact Peggy Kendellen at pkendellen@racc.org


Photo courtesy of RACC.

December 15, 2014

Friday Roundup

December 12, 2014

Celebrating human rights


Today, Nick was honored to speak at the Emily G. Gottfried Award Ceremony, presented by the Portland Human Rights Commission


The event celebrated human rights leaders in our community.  Former Senator Avel Gordly received the lifetime achievement award.  Senator Gordly was the first African American women elected to the Oregon State Senate.  The Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA), Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, received the award for outstanding organization. Corey L. Murphy, director of operations with Pride Northwest, was recognized as an emerging leader.   


The event also honored the memory and legacy of Emily G. Gottfried.  Emily was a champion of human rights, and organized the first annual Human Rights Award Luncheon last year.  She passed away in 2013.   


The Human Rights Commission is dedicated to ending discrimination, and to build greater justice and inclusion for all those who live and spend time in Portland.  It is guided by the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 


Congratulations to all the awardees!  We appreciate your dedication to furthering human rights in Portland.


Learn more about the Portland Human Rights Commission on their website

December 11, 2014

All the art that fits

The Portland Building’s art installation space has a wonderful new collection of art from a unique source – public employees. 

City of Portland and Multnomah County employees submitted their original artworks for the installation, called all the art that fits.  The salon-style show features a delightful mix of charming, amateur works.

Check out the installation, and vote for your favorite! This year’s winner receives a membership to the Hollywood Theater.

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


All the art that fits is up until January 6th.  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.

December 10, 2014

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