December 2021
🚨 Registration Now Open for MAC's Winter Term 2022 🚨
Registration for MAC's Winter Term Session A (activities that begin January 3–February 6) is now open. To view our classes and activities, click here.
Registration for the Multnomah Arts Center's Winter Term Session A is now open for registration. Most offerings for Winter Session A begin the week of January 3. Please review the important details below. If you have any questions, MAC staff are available at (503) 823-2787 or

Registration Dates for Winter Term 2022:
  • Monday, December 6 at 12:30 pm for Session A (activities and classes that begin January 3–February 6)
  • Monday, January 10 at 12:30 pm for Session B (activities and classes that begin February 7–March 25)

Health & Safety:
Portland Parks & Recreation's primary goal is to keep our community healthy and to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. We continue to follow guidance form public health authorities (OHA, Early Learning Division, Multnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management) and elected officials.

All programming, participant capacity limits, and locations are subject to change based on the most current public health guidance. Visit for the most current safety guidelines and practices.

Pay What You Can:
Portland Parks We understand that our activity fees may be a barrier to participation for some members of our community. If you are unable to pay the full fee amount, you may use the discount feature at check-out to pay what you can. Thanks to the Parks Levy, our registered classes can be reduced up to 75% for Portland residents. For non-residents, Multnomah Arts Center Association provides need-based scholarships. Applications are available here.
Christine Colasurdo Retrospective in MAC Gallery
We invite the community to join us in a retrospective show of Christine Colasurdo opening December 9, 2021.
Christine Colasurdo: Poet, Calligrapher, Author
Retrospective - Calligraphy, Poetry, and Writing by Christine Colasurdo

Multnomah Arts Center Gallery
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

Exhibit Dates:
December 9, 2021–February 12, 2022

Mon–Thurs, 9:00 am–9:30 pm
Fri–Sat, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
The Multnomah Arts Center is proud to present a retrospective show of calligrapher, poet, author, and former MAC instructor Christine Colasurdo (December 21, 1961–July 21, 2021). Her calligraphy, books, and writing will be on view in the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery December 9–February 12, 2022. Masks are required. The show may be seen through February 12, 2022.

Some of Christine's works will be available for purchase at the front desk. A portion of all sales goes towards supporting the arts education programming at MAC. This event is sponsored by Multnomah Arts Center Association (MACA).
Director's Box
Dear Friends,

I can’t say “The arts saved my life” but they sure have made it better. As a young child, my family sometimes struggled to make ends meet, but I was always afforded the opportunity to learn visual and performing arts at my public school. Later, when I wanted to delve deeper in the arts, I was fortunate that my parents had worked their way into a position to afford it—summer art camps, my own flute, and eventually private bassoon lessons!

Obviously not everyone is fortunate enough to have the resources to pay the cost of classes or lessons. Now, at MAC and throughout Portland Parks & Recreation, it’s easier than ever for City of Portland residents to access programs, thanks to the Parks Levy that was approved by voters in November 2020. Using PP&R’s Pay What You Can option, registered activities can be reduced up to 75% without an application.

For those that need further discounts or don’t live in the City of Portland, you can still get a scholarship from the Multnomah Arts Center Association. Additional financial assistance is available for MAC programs by completing this scholarship form. If you have any questions, simply reply to this email.

Right now, I’m preparing to send out MACA’s Annual Appeal letter requesting support, so look for a few more emails from us this December. If you can afford it, please consider giving at a level that is comfortable for you. And if you want to beat me to the punch, you can donate now.

Michael Walsh
MAC Director
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.