February 2022
Spring Registation
Registration Dates for Spring Term 2022:

  • Monday, February 28 at 12:30 pm for Session A (activities and classes that run March 3 – May 1) and for Session A/B Combo (activities and classes that run March 3 – June 5)
  • Monday, April 4 at 12:30 pm for Session B (activities and classes that run May 2 – June 5)

Spring 2022 Activities Guide is now available for viewing online. Registration can be made online, in person, or by phone at 503-823-2787.
African Dance for Everyone
Take an introductory African dance class at MAC! Students will learn the basic vocabulary and movements of this form with an emphasis on body and spatial awareness, alignment, locomotor skills, and creativeness. Students will also learn about the history of African dance as a performing art and have an opportunity to showcase and share their moves on the last day of class. Karibu (Welcome)! Students have the option to perform in the Spring Dance Recital, Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 pm.

Click on the preferred class below to add to your favorite list (wish list) for quicker registration process on registration date.

Ages 13 and Up

Ages 7-12
Call To Artists: Latinx PDX
“Las raíces no están en el paisaje, ni en un país, ni en un pueblo, están dentro de ti.”

“Roots are not in landscape or a country, or a people, they are inside you.”

— Isabel Allende Chilean-American Author

Multnomah Arts Center is pleased to host a juried exhibition celebrating LATINX artists.

Show Dates: May 13 - June 25, 2022
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2022

Gene Flores — Visual Artist
Chariti Montez — Performing Artist
Ivonne Saed — Literary Artist

Details on application and submission requirements are available online in both English and Spanish.
Now Hiring Arts Gallery Specialist
Join our creative team! Multnomah Arts Center is looking to hire a Gallery & Display Specialist.
Arts Gallery Specialist (Recreation Aide - Specialized Arts Instructor)
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Portland, OR 97219
Application Deadline: ASAP – Open until filled
Target hire date: April 2022
Job info and application link: MAC Call for Gallery and Display Specialist - 2022
Introducing MAC's Newest Customer Service Lead
Terrie Bernier officially joined the MAC team last month as our newest Customer Service Lead! She brings with her decades of experience working with Portland Parks & Recreation. She started her career in community building within PP&R as the indoor park supervisor at East Portland Community Center, eventually adding teaching classes to her EPCC portfolio (Baby Music, Sing Along, and Trampoline classes to name a few!).

She was then asked to run a drop-in art class at Montavilla Community Center and an Art Park at Matt Dishman Community Center. From there she transitioned in 2011 to working the front desk at EPCC and Montavilla Community Center.

In 2019, she was reassigned to Summer Free For All as their Recreation Leader. When COVID-19 hit the world in early 2020, Terrie continued her practice of wearing many different hats around PP&R. She helped out wherever the community and bureau needed her, serving as Golf Greeter, Parks Greeter, and Summer Free For All Lunch + Play Lead, while also working at the Portland Tennis Center and Gateway Urban Park before FINALLY landing at her permanent home here at the Multnomah Arts Center. Be sure to stop by the front desk at MAC to say hi to her!
Current Gallery Show Extended through February 26
Christine Colasurdo: Poet, Calligrapher, Author
Retrospective Show of Calligraphy, Poetry, and Writings

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

Exhibit Dates:
December 9, 2021 - February 26, 2022

Mon–Thurs, 9:00 am–9:30 pm
Fri–Sat, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
There is still time to catch this beautiful show! In addition to what is on display in the gallery, Calligrapher friends have created Weathergrams to adorn some of MAC's trees and shrubs at the front of the building. Weathergrams were developed from renowned Northwest Calligrapher, Lloyd Reynolds, a respected professor and calligrapher at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Reynolds describes Weathergrams as short poems written on craft paper in italic script that are hung on boughs of trees. This was a tradition carried forward by Christine Colasurdo with her students at MAC. Come see these bits of ephemeral magic as you visit this must-see show.
Farewell to the Soul Box Project
We were fortunate to have housed the Soul Box Project at MAC for nearly three years since March 2019. We will miss their arts presence and dedicated staff.

In addition to two major Soul Box Project exhibits at MAC, we worked with them through the pandemic shut-down to enable the completion of their exhibit This Loss We Carry that went to the National Mall in October.
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 MultnomahArtsCenter.org 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.

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