POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish Arts & Culture







Arts & Culture


As a long-time and passionate supporter of the arts, I couldn't be more honored to serve as Council liaison to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland'5, and other arts organizations.

It allows me to build on my prior experience serving on a pro-arts Council and as a Director of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

I look forward to working with the community to achieve our shared goals: implementing the Arts Education & Access Fund, expanding the base of support for Work for Art, stabilizing public funding, promoting the creative economy, and more.

During my free time, I enjoy jazz, painting and sculpture, modern dance, movies, reading, galleries and museums. My family supports many great local organizations like Northwest Dance Project, KMHD, and p:ear. Our 21-year-old daughter is a budding photographer, while my ten-year-old son likes to work in crayon and pastels.

Everyone has their own highlight reel. Here’s mine –

Over the past few years, I saw the incomparable Esperanza Spalding at the PDX Jazz Festival; attended the premiere of American Winter at the Portland International Film Festival, the installation of Memory 99 by Lee Kelly in the North Park Blocks, and the 30th Anniversary celebration for Literary Arts; served as Honorary Chair of the p:ear gala; toured PNCA’s new home at the 511 building; joined thousands at White Bird’s "Le Grand Continental" at Pioneer Courthouse Square; purchased art a Disjecta auction; cheered the choreographers at NW Dance Project’s holiday show In Good Company; and joined Natalie Sept and Israel Bayer at the opening of the Dishwasher Project.

Portland is a special place because of the arts. I am honored to serve as a champion for art and culture in our community.



Arts Education and Access Citizen Oversight Committee (AOC)

The Arts Education and Access Citizen Oversight Committee (AOC) was created by the City to ensure that the Arts Education and Access Fund is implemented as required and intended.  The AOC will be representative of Portland’s diverse community, and will include up to 20 members.


The AOC meets at least twice annually, and interacts regularly with the City of Portland (including the Mayor, Arts Commissioner, and Revenue Bureau), the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Creative Advocacy Network, and our public school districts. All AOC meetings are open to the public.


The AOC will provide an annual report to Portland City Council.


2014 Arts Oversight Committee Annual Report - April 23, 2014


Next meeting: 


Thursday, June 19, 2014

6-7:30 pm

Regional Arts & Culture Council

411 NW Park Ave #101


Previous Meetings


April 1, 2014 Agenda

January 16, 2014 Agenda
January 16, 2014 Meeting Notes 

November 19, 2013 Agenda
November 19, 2013 Meeting Notes

September 10, 2013 Agenda
September 10, 2013 Meeting Notes


June 25, 2013 Agenda

June 25, 2013 Meeting Notes


April 23, 2013 Agenda

April 23, 2013 Meeting Notes


April 5, 2013 Executive Subcommittee Meeting Notes


February 13, 2013 Agenda

February 13, 2013 Meeting Notes


AOC Working Agreement 2013


Committee Roster (July 2013)

July 5, 2013

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