August 2023
Fall Term 2023 Registration Information
Registration for Fall Term opens September 6 at 12:30 pm.
Registration for the Multnomah Arts Center's Fall Term 2023 will open starting Wednesday, September 6 at 12:30 pm. Most fall term classes and activities will run the week of October 2 through the week of December 11. Classes will be viewable online starting August 8 here.

Registrations can be processed in a variety of ways!

  • ONLINE: Visit Search for classes by age, category, or keyword and register through your Portland Parks account.
  • PHONE: Call any PP&R site when registration opens. We also highly recommend phoning in your registration to the PP&R Customer Service Center at (503) 823-2525 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm).
  • IN PERSON: Any PP&R facility can process your registration, including the Customer Service Center located on the first floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Ave.
Multnomah Arts Center is Turning 50!
SAVE THE DATE! Please join us on Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm at the Multnomah Arts Center. All Are Welcome. Free.

MAC’s 50th Anniversary Community Celebration will be a celebration providing fun activities for families, beautiful artwork on display, free performances by our accomplished performing arts instructors and alumni, and opportunities to look back at the history of the arts center as it has grown over the decades.

Highlights Include:
  • The 50th Anniversary Instructor Exhibition in MAC Gallery
  • Performing Arts Showcase
  • Family Friendly Dance Party
  • Hands-on Arts Activities & Demonstrations for All
  • Reception with Food, Drinks, Revelry, and a Giant Anniversary Cake

Please SAVE THE DATE and join the MAC Community for this special 50th Anniversary Celebration!
Now Showing in the Gallery: Black History IS History
From top left, clockwise: Zuva by Nyasha Madamombe, Give Him Roses Without Thorns by Alice Price, and Black Liberation by J'reyesha Brannon.
"Black History IS History" is a group exhibition that is on display in the gallery now through September 2. The theme for this exhibition was chosen by Daren Todd and is being curated by him and Steph Littlebird, the guest leaders of MAC Gallery Committee this year. The show features the work of Nyasha Madamombe and over a dozen other regional Black artists, including Mosley Wotta, Melanin Mvskoke, and Tammy Jo Wilson. This show fills the gallery and the lobby exhibition areas.

Related events include:
  • On Saturday, August 26 from 11:00-12:30 pm there will be an artist talk via Zoom with Nyasha Madamombe, Melissa Salazar, Mosley Wotta, and Melanin Mvskoke. Register in advance for this event here.
  • On Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00-3:00 pm Rebel Fayola Rose will lead a Disability Justice Dreaming Circle via Zoom. You can read more about this event and register in advance here.
MACA's Annual Arts & Crafts Summer Sale
MACA's Summer Sale will take place on Saturday, August 19 in conjunction with Multnomah Days.
MACA’s annual Multnomah Days Arts & Crafts Sale is coming up on Saturday, August 19 from 9:00-4:00 pm. Individuals who have taken a class or worked at MAC in the past year are invited to participate!

The deadline to sign up is August 14 or when our available spots are filled, whichever comes first.

A link to the online sign up form can be found below. For those who prefer to sign up in person, there are also paper forms at MAC’s front desk.
Multnomah Days Kids Zone
MACA's Summer Sale will take place on Saturday, August 19 in conjunction with Multnomah Days.
And speaking of Multnomah Days... MAC's Kids Zone will be back again this year! Come join MAC staff in the west parking lot on Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm for FREE arts activities and fun for the whole family. Additional community partners for this year's Kids Zone include the Girl Scouts, Multnomah Playschool, Westside Watershed Resource Center, Southwest Portland Martial Arts, and more! View the complete lineup by clicking the link below.
SW Sunday Parkways
Portland Sunday Parkways takes place September 10 in the SW neighborhood.
Portland Sunday Parkways will be visiting the SW Multnomah neighborhood on September 10 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm! Explore the SW neighborhood while walking, rolling, or playing on the open streets. Make sure to visit each featured stop along the route, including the Multnomah Arts Center, to experience free entertainment and activities, order delicious food and beverages, visit local businesses and community organizations at the vendor marketplace, and much more.
For more event information, visit the link below!
On the Ledge Art Show
Blanchet House's On the Ledge art show will have prints available in MAC's west hallway during the month of August.
On the Ledge is an annual art show sponsored by Blanchet House. It highlights and benefits Portland’s art community and Blanchet House's programs for those experiencing homelessness. The theme of this year’s show is People · Places · Portland. The Multnomah Arts Center is proud to be supporting Blanchet House and this event by exhibiting a collection of prints from the show. This exhibition will be on display at Multnomah Arts Center in the west hallway exhibition cases during the month of August.

The limited-edition prints as well as select original works will be available for purchase at Proceeds will be shared between the artist and Blanchet House 50/50.

Please join us in supporting Blanchet House and all of the On the Ledge artists.
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The Multnomah Arts Center (MAC), a program of Portland Parks & Recreation, provides excellent arts education in the visual and performing arts at an affordable cost to students of all ages. We offer programs in music, movement, dance, theatre, woodshop, literary arts, metal arts, mixed media, printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and more. Programs run year-round, and scholarships are available. Visit to learn more about our programs.

The Multnomah Arts Center Association (MACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which supports the vibrancy and health of the Multnomah Arts Center. Its mission is to advocate for equity and access to arts education.

The MAC Press is a publication of and made possible by the Multnomah Arts Center Association. MACA welcomes your tax-deductible cash contributions and in-kind donations to provide improvements to our facilities and programs. Thank you for your support.