February 2023
Spring Schedule Out Now!
Spring term offerings can be viewed online now. Registration for spring will begin on Wednesday, March 8 at 12:30pm. Registration can be done online, in person, or by phone at 503-823-2787.
Emerging Artists: The 2023 MAC Youth Art Exhibit
March 31 – April 29, 2023
Reception: Friday, April 7 from 6pm-8pm

This event will be a part of MAC’s new First Friday Art for All programming, which includes hands-on arts-making activities that are fun for all ages.

Are you a youth who’s taken a MAC arts class in the past 5 years? Do you want to see your work in the MAC Gallery? We do! The submission deadline is March 13. Just bring your work to MAC’s front desk and fill out a submission form. We can only guarantee one piece of art per student will be exhibited; however, we welcome additional submissions and will do our best to show them all!
New Work by Arturo Villaseñor and Rachel Young 
February 17 – March 25, 2023 
Reception: Saturday, February 25 from 1pm-3pm 
Arturo Villaseñor will be showing a selection of new paintings through which he aims to “open a window to the beauty and diversity of my culture.” Born in Mexico City, Villaseñor has worked for years in adult education, computer literacy and business training for Latino entrepreneurs. Parallel to these successful endeavors, his creative work is a beautifully skilled exploration of place and purpose. “As a visual artist and immigrant,” says Villaseñor, “my work is a tribute to my cultural heritage and an echo of my identity as a Latino. My art is a personal tribute to my ancestors and a way for me to connect with my roots.”
Rachel Young creates mosaics that look like paintings, utilizing indigenous Huichol (wē-chōl) beading techniques to form intricate patterns out of the thousands of tiny glass beads that go into each piece. Her work speaks of healing and resilience and is inspired by her years as a Registered Nurse, her own journey, and her work as a creative coach. "I have experienced profound healing through my artwork,” says Young. “Every bead serves a purpose, but it also works in harmony with thousands of other beads. On a larger scale, this has helped me to understand how all my experiences, from my most challenging traumas to my most rewarding ones, have contributed to my journey.”
MAC Ukulele Lessons in the East Community
We are excited to announce that MAC's first mobile group ukulele lessons for youth and adults will be offered in the spring at The Rosewood Initiative in SE Portland, our long-term community partner. Lessons will be taught by MAC music instructor, Anson Brown. Ukuleles will be provided in class, made possible by the Multnomah Arts Center Association (MACA) Thank you to our generous donors!
A little bit about Anson:

Anson Brown started his musical career at Fresno City College where he studied with David Schramm and Dr. Kevin Cooper where he started to develop a fondness for historical music. At the University of California, Irvine, he earned both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Fine Arts degrees. He earned his Master's in the Art of Teaching degree in 2022 at Oregon State University. Anson has taught Guitar, Lute, and Ukulele in California, Missouri, and Oregon in schools, and in private for over 10 years. As a new citizen of Portland, he is excited to become part of the thriving musical community.
RACC Arts Grant
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is pleased to announce the Second Round of Arts3C – Creation, Cultivation, & Community – Grants for the tri-county region of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. Applications are due by 5pm on March 22, 2023. Earlier this year, RACC awarded 193 grantees in our first round of Arts3C.
This grant program is designed to be fully responsive to what artists and art makers in the community need funding to support. Funds are available for artistic output, such as projects, programming, presentations, internal capacity, operations, personal/professional development, or business investment. Applicants will select their request level ($1,000, $2,000, $3,2000, $4,000 or $5,000) and the application questions will increase with the requested amount. Applicants who are creating and sharing arts and culture programming in all disciplines are welcome to apply.
For Arts3C, RACC will accept applications from individual artists, arts organizations, businesses, nonprofit organizations, or schools who are working on art projects. While the grantees must legally reside or be headquartered in our tri-county service area, they can hire or work with artists, vendors, or other contributors from anywhere.
For more information about the Arts3C Program, how to apply, please visit click here. All applicants are welcome to contact us at [email protected] – the Grants Team is available to support applicants and grant recipients at every stage of the grant process. Applications are due by 5pm on March 22, 2023.
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