Total economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties
Source: Americans for the Arts.
Individuals directly served by RACC last year—including artists, arts administrators, teachers, students and other residents
Arts-centric businesses in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties—including arts organizations, design firms, media companies and photography businesses
Source: Americans for the Arts, Dunn and Bradstreet.
Welcome to the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s 2013 Annual Report—designed for the first time as an online experience. We hope you will let us know what you think of this new format for sharing the highlights of another action-packed year.
In 2012 we focused much of our time and energy around advocacy and campaigning for the Arts Education and Access Fund, and then celebrating its ringing endorsement by voters. In 2013 Mayor Charlie Hales, Arts Commissioner Nick Fish and the Creative Advocacy Network fine-tuned the measure and settled several legal challenges, all of which allows this groundbreaking effort to move forward.
Meanwhile, we have refocused our attentions on the core values behind all of RACC’s programs and activities. Inside this report you will see how we have leveraged funds through Work for Art and The Right Brain Initiative and all of our public and private partnerships. We have also been honing our program delivery for maximum efficiency and value. As we head into 2014 we pledge to remain fair and transparent stewards of both public and private funds, investing in artists, nonprofit organizations and schools that make our community stronger.
RACC continues to build on past efforts around equity and inclusion to ensure we reach all residents in our region with arts and culture funding, education, support, access and information. This report highlights some of the important steps we are taking, including further diversifying our board and staff and providing various resources to the many arts organizations we fund. We firmly believe that this is work all of us must commit to and measure individually and collectively.
On behalf of the RACC Board and staff, thank you to everyone who contributed to the creativity, vitality and livability of the Portland region in 2013. Together we will make 2014 another banner year for arts and culture.
Gracias a todos,
Lina Garcia Seabold Board Chair Eloise Damrosch Executive Director