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Portland's public art receives national recognition

 

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) recognized 37 incredible artworks for this year’s Public Art Network Year in Review, a national honor in public art. Of those selected, two are right here in Portland!

 

Funded by the City of Portland’s Percent for Art program, and managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), the two artworks are paradoxical. One highlights Portland’s future, with a focus on transit, while the other is a ghost of Portland’s past.

 

The Streetcar Stop for Portland, by talented artist Jorge Pardo, is located just north of the Rose Quarter at the NE Broadway and Weidler Streetcar stop. Inspired by an evening photograph, the eclectic, sunshine-colored structure consists of over 300 individual panels. Promoting our public transit, the artistic shelter is intended to be a momentary escape from Portland’s rain. The warm hues of orange and yellow makes for a feeling of walking into a sunny day. 


Inversion +/-, by Lead Pencil Studio, is a tall, three-part structure near the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges, in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District. A nod to the past, the weathered steel structures represent buildings that were demolished in the 1950’s for highway construction, including a foundry, warehouse, and apartment building.  

 

RACC manages more than 2,000 community-owned artworks throughout Portland and Multnomah County.  Visit their website to view the entire collection, and don’t forget to check out Streetcar Stop for Portland and Inversion +/- in person!


July 28, 2014

Building Community

The best part of my job is working with trusted partners to build a stronger community.

 

Here is a snapshot from the past few weeks:

 

1. I attended the opening of Venture Portland’s new office in Southeast Portland. Executive Director Heather Hoelle and her team work with our 50 neighborhood business districts to promote local jobs.

 

2. I joined Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick at the groundbreaking for Daimler’s new headquarters on Swan Island. Daimler is investing $150 million and creating over 400 new jobs.

 

3. I celebrated the re-dedication of Dawson Park in North Portland. Portland Parks and Recreation, PDC, the Parks Foundation and community partners worked to revitalize this historic park. And Legacy Emmanuel Hospital donated the funds for a new children’s fountain.

 

4. I attended the groundbreaking of the Urban Grange at Zenger Farm in East Portland. The Grange will serve low-income and immigrant families, expanding Zenger’s work in sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and hunger relief.

 

5. I spoke at the dedication of LifeWorks Northwest’s new Beech Street Apartments in Northeast Portland. The Portland Housing Bureau invested $3.2 million of urban renewal funds (the 30% set-aside) in the development. It is the new home for Project Network, a culturally-focused residential treatment program for people recovering from substance abuse.

 

Working with local employers – big and small – to create good jobs; investing in great parks and a sustainable future; helping people in need.

 

These are the cornerstones of a stronger community.


July 25, 2014

Friday Roundup


July 25, 2014

Giving families a second chance

 

This morning, Nick was pleased to attend the grand opening of LifeWorks Northwest’s Beech Street Apartments in Northeast Portland.

 

As former housing Commissioner, Nick believes in building not just homes – but a stronger community. 

 

The City was proud to partner with LifeWorks Northwest and Home Forward to build the homes, and help improve the quality of life for some of Portland’s most vulnerable families.

 

The Beech Apartments provide a unique service. In addition to providing safe, affordable homes, the building also houses Project Network, a culturally-focused residential treatment program for women recovering from substance abuse problems. In addition to 32 permanent apartments, 29 apartments will serve as temporary homes for women in treatment.

 

The building would not have been possible without our strong community partners. In addition to Home Forward and Lifeworks Northwest, Holst Architecture stepped in with their beautiful design. Fresh of their award-winning Bud Clark Commons, Holst’s work at the Beech Apartments is expected to earn LEED Platinum certification, thanks to energy- and cost-saving materials. It’s a shining example of why Portland is a leader in green building and infrastructure. 

 

Learn more about Beech Street Apartments on Home Forward’s website, and check out all the services that LifeWorks NW provides on their website.

 

Photos courtesy of Andie Petkus Photography


July 24, 2014

Out & about on a Sunday afternoon

Though we have had some rain, the warmth and sun return this weekend!  Here are some great ways to enjoy a sunny Sunday in our community:  

 

The Big Float

 

Join Portlanders of all ages for a leisurely float on the Willamette River – yes – that Willamette.    Thanks to Portland’s investment in the Bureau of Environmental Services’ “Big Pipe” projects, which prevents sewer and stormwater from overflowing into our waterways, the river’s water quality is safe for swimming in the summer!

 

With live music, a parade, and an after party, the Big Float is a great way to beat the heat and have fun. 

 

Register on the Big Float’s website.

 

The Big Float

Waterfront Park

1 – 5 pm

 

Sunday Parkways

 

Grab your friends or family, and your bike, blades, or walking shoes, and head over to the beautiful Northeast Neighborhood Greenways for July’s Sunday Parkways event. Stop by Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Parks for fun activities, festive music, and food!

 

Sunday Parkways encourages healthy, active living through a series of free events that opens the city’s largest public space – our streets – to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community.  Get outside, get active, and meet your fellow Portlanders.

 

Learn more about the program, including a map of the event, on the Bureau of Transportation’s website.

 

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways

11 am – 4 pm

 

Lents Street Fair

 

Venture to the Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland for a day of international music and food!

 

The Lents Street Fair kicks-off with the “Founder’s Day” parade at 12:15 pm, to honor the historical and cultural diversity of the neighborhood.  

 

After the parade, enjoy international and local rock music, taste an array of culinary delights and refreshments, shop local vendors, and view Portland’s animal celebrities, the Belmont Goats. 

 

Street Fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses. 

 

Lents Street Fair

91st and Foster

12:15 – 8 pm

 

Have a great weekend!


July 24, 2014

Rediscovering Portland’s locally-owned businesses

Shopping locally is easier than ever!

 

Just in time for National Indie Retailers Week, Neighborhood Notes is launching its new Smartphone app, PDX Localist.

 

A great way to see Portland’s unique and vibrant culture, this free and easy-to-use app is the ultimate guide to our city’s diverse, locally-owned business community.

 

Use the app to discover where to shop in Portland’s colorful Business Districts – like charming Beaumont Village or trendy Nob Hill.  Learn fun things to do around the city, and keep up on the latest indie business news. 

 

Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods – and of Portland’s economy.  For every dollar spent, 70 cents stays in the community.

 

Download the app and shop locally! And bookmark Neighborhood Notes’ website to keep updated on the best new businesses and restaurants in town.


Photo courtesy of Neighborhood Notes.


July 23, 2014

A farm in the middle of the city

 

Yesterday, Nick joined East Portland neighbors and community partners for the groundbreaking of Zenger Farm’s Urban Grange.

 

For 15 years, Zenger Farm’s programs have helped fight hunger and poverty, expand community building, educate youth, and promote healthy eating.

 

The City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Development Commission (PDC) were proud to partner with Zenger Farm to make the Urban Grange a reality. PDC awarded Zenger a Community Livability Grant. Grants were awarded to organizations that foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods in the Interstate, Lents, and Gateway Urban Renewal Areas. Zenger Farm was one of the largest recipients. 

 

The $2.3 million Grange will allow Zenger Farm to double their capacity to deliver strong educational programs to our community.  Local students will continue to learn about the importance of healthy food, farming, and environmental stewardship. 

 

Zenger Farm also offers a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which allows Portland families to bring home portions of the farm’s harvest each year. In 2013, Zenger helped push local farms to start accepting food stamps, so low-income families could buy healthy, local produce. Zenger also supports the Lents International Farmers Market – the only internationally-focused market in Portland. 

 

Learn more about the Urban Grange on Zenger Farm’s website.

 

East Portland getting new Urban Grange

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Construction begins on urban farm's $2.3 million development

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal


July 22, 2014

Hollywood comes to the Northwest

Oregon’s creative economy is growing – thanks, in part, to Hollywood. 

 

Nestled right outside of Portland, in a large production studio, is the set of the new TNT TV-series, The Librarians.  In Sunday’s Oregonian A&E Section, Jeff Baker shared more about the new series, which airs this December.

 

Starring Rebecca Romijn and Noah Wyle, the 10-episode season is filmed entirely in the Portland Area.  The show, about the adventures of librarian Flynn Carsen (Wyle), protector of historical and mythological artifacts, is set to air in over 100 countries. 

 

Nick was pleased to visit the set of The Librarians in May, where he toured and watched filming.  As Council Liaison to the arts and small businesses, Nick supports creative industries that contribute to our local economy.

 

“Grimm,” “Portlandia,” “Leverage,” and now “The Librarians” are making rubbing elbows with actors in Portland more likely than ever – and it’s having a big impact on our economy.

 

Oregon offers many incentives to film companies.  Portland, with its mixture of modern and historical architecture, had doubled for diverse locations, including London and Dubai.  Oregon also boasts no sales tax, strong unions, great locations, and a talented pool of actors and behind-the-scenes people.

 

Executive producer and show-runner John Rogers says, “This Portland crew, pound for pound, is the best crew I’ve worked with in 20 years.  Full stop. None better.  We’re able to get incredible value out of them.”

 

Noah Wyle, Rebecca Romijn, and Christian Kane film new TV series, ‘The Librarians,’ in Oregon

Jeff Baker in The Oregonian


Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.


July 21, 2014

Governor Atiyeh, 1923-2014

My family, colleagues, and I join with all Oregonians today in mourning the death of former Governor Vic Atiyeh. 
 
I last saw Governor Atiyeh at a fundraiser for Camp Rosenbaum. He was seated next to former Governors Roberts and Kulongoski at the head table. He spent the evening sharing stories with us, and offering advice on current issues.
 
Governor Atiyeh was a gentle and kind man, modest and humble in his dealings with others. It was an honor to know this statesman, to learn from him, and to call him a friend.
 
We extend our deepest condolences to his family.
 
Jeff Mapes in The Oregonian
 
Photo courtesy of The Oregonian.

July 21, 2014

Jazz in Cathedral Park

Join the Jazz Society of Oregon this weekend at the 34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival!

 

Cathedral Park’s natural amphitheater sits in the shadow of the St. Johns Bridge in North Portland. It’s the perfect location to amplify sound, and is sure to be a hit for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

 

At 5 pm today, the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band kicks-off the festival, followed by the festival’s “Blues Night.” The event features a wide range of musical talents from all genres of Jazz – like Bobby Torres Latin All Stars on Saturday, and the all-female saxophonist group, the Quadraphonnes, on Sunday.

 

The Jazz Festival is the oldest continuous free jazz festival this side of the Mississippi.

 

Check out the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival’s website for more information.

 

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

Cathedral Park

N Edison & Pittsburg Ave

July 18 - 20


July 18, 2014

Friday Roundup


July 18, 2014

North Portland celebrates Dawson Park re-opening


Last night, Nick was proud to join hundreds of North Portland neighbors to celebrate the grand re-opening of Dawson Park

 

The park has been a longtime gathering place for children, families, and the African-American community.

 

Named after child welfare and civic improvements advocate Reverend John Dawson, Dawson Park has a rich history in our community. From the 1940s – 1970s, it was the center of many important for many social and political movements – including Civil Rights marches and a memorable speech by Robert F. Kennedy.

 

With strong partnerships, Dawson Park has now been re-designed into a beautiful community space with play structures accessible to children of all abilities. Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Development Commission, Portland Parks Foundation, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Harper’s Playground family all worked together to ensure that Dawson Park will continue to honor its history, and serve the community for generations to come.

 

As former Parks Commissioner, Nick appreciates the significance of Dawson Park to Portland’s history, and looks forward to seeing it become a neighborhood gathering place once more. 

 

Visit Dawson Park! It’s located on N Stanton and Williams Ave.


Dawson Park, historical hub of African-American culture, reopens with $2.7 million in upgrades

Casey Parks in The Oregonian


Dawson Park Reopens With a Concert from Ocean 503

Helen Silvis in the Skanner


July 17, 2014

Transformational art

Talented artist Emily Nachison takes viewers on a journey of mythological transformation with her art installation, The Realm of Quantifiable Truths.   

 

Mythology, scientific history, and New-age idealism are Emily’s sources of inspiration. Created out of cast glass and porcelain sculptures, her artistic story is represented through shapes of lead, gold, plants, rocks, fungi and small animals.

 

Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Project Grants, the installation explores stages of growth, decay, and transformation.

 

RACC’s Project Grants funds provide financial support to non-profits and individual artists throughout the tri-county region.

 

The Realm of Quantifiable Truths will be up in the Bullseye Gallery until August 30.  Check out RACC’s website for more information.

 

Bullseye Gallery

300 NW 13th Ave.

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

 

Photo courtesy of RACC.


July 16, 2014

Walking in sunshine

Enjoy this beautiful summer weather with a garden stroll. 

 

Join Elders in Action on Tuesday morning for the 2014 Senior Walks Garden Tour & Neighborhood Nature Walks.

 

Held monthly, the walk begins at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center’s award winning Stenzel Healing Garden.

 

The 20-minute guided tour is followed by an hour-long stroll in the local neighborhood.  It’s a great way to see lovely flowers and appreciate Portland’s heritage trees. 

 

The walk is free and no registration is required.  Check out Elder’s in Action’s website for more information. 


July 14, 2014

Mississippi Street Fair this Saturday

The Historic Mississippi Avenue Business District invites you to join them this Saturday for the 13th Annual Mississippi Street Fair!

 

It’s going to be a scorcher tomorrow, so pack up your water, a summer hat, and some sunscreen, and head down to North Mississippi Avenue. The fair is free and fun for the whole family – with dunk tanks, a Grandfather’s “rib-off” competition, over 40 musical acts, and more! Browse the nearly 200 local vendors.  Taste delicious delights from food carts and restaurants.  For those 21 and older, there are beer and wine gardens.   

 

Street Fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses.

 

Portland has many interesting street fairs and events during the warm summer months. Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, an organization dedicated to growing Portland’s unique neighborhood business districts. “Venture Out” this summer and check out upcoming summer street fairs and events.

 

Mississippi Street Fair

Saturday, July 12, 10 am – 9 pm

N Mississippi Ave., from N Fremont to N Skidmore


July 11, 2014

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