July 2022
Coming Soon: Fall Registration
Fall programs and activities will be viewable online here on August 22.

Fall programs will open for general enrollment on the following dates:

  • Session A (October 3 - November 6) September 7 at 12:30pm
  • Session B (November 7 - December 11) October 12 at 12:30pm
  • Winter Break (December 19 - 30) October 12 at 12:30pm

Registration can be made online, in person, or by phone at 503-823-2787.
Call for Kids Zone Participants
Multnomah Days, one of Portland's oldest community street fairs, is back! Multnomah Arts Center is once again hosting the Kids Zone at its outdoor basketball court on Saturday, August 20 from 9am to 4pm. We are seeking partner participants who can provide free, family-friendly activities. Chairs and tables will be provided with assigned locations at the basketball court. Interested individuals and groups may inquire or submit statement of interest by contacting Craton Highways at craton.highways@portlandoregon.gov no later than Friday, August 5.
What's Coming to the Gallery
The Paradox of Curiosity: New work by David Cohen

An opening reception will be held Thursday, August 11 from 5pm-8pm. There will also be an artist talk on Saturday, September 10 at 1pm. Mark your calendar!

This solo exhibit of watercolor paintings by Portland artist David Cohen evolved from his interests in collecting, history, and science. “My goal was to explore not only the beauty inherent in nature’s bounty and humans’ ability to translate that into aesthetic objects, but also the paradoxes that these activities might engender,” says Cohen. “On the one hand is our innate curiosity and thirst for knowledge. On the other hand, there is potential dislocation and destruction when objects are removed from their context or vital ecosystems.”
The body of work in this exhibit was created during the last two years of the pandemic. Cohen graduated from the Museum Art School/Pacific Northwest College of Art. He worked for a range of institutions over his career including Portland Center of the Visual Arts, the Salem Art Association, the Portland Children’s Museum and Contemporary Crafts Gallery (formerly the Museum of Contemporary Craft). After 25 years supporting the work of other artists, he rededicated himself solely to painting.

On display August 12 – September 10
Arts & Crafts Sale on August 20
The Multnomah Days Arts and Crafts sale is back! MAC students, instructors, volunteers, board members, and staff of the past 3 years are invited to sell their work at this vibrant, outdoor community event. The application and more information can be found online here or at MAC’s front desk. The deadline for artists to sign up is Monday, August 15 at noon, or when available spots are all filled. The sale takes place on Saturday, August 20 from 9am-4pm.
MAC in the Community: Arts Pods
MAC celebrated with the community the first annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival (EPSAF) at Ventura Park on July 9 and 10. MAC's Arts Pods engaged with 300 community members and provided free drop-in arts activities for everyone. It was a wonderful weekend filled with joyful vibrant energy. Five-time Grammy award-winning bassist, singer, songwriter, and composer esperanza spalding headlined the event who is an alumna of PP&R’s Community Music Center. Aaron Nigel Smith & 1 World Chorus + Sora Shodo (reggae fusion and live painting performance) were also featured at the festival. MAC's Arts Pods were highlighted in an article on The Oregonian. Multnomah Arts Center Association is proud to be a major sponsor of this event as well as the Arts Pods program.
Call to Artists: IFCC Grant and Residency Program
Portland Parks & Recreation invites artists and arts organizations to apply for the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) Grant and Residency Program. This program is part of the City of Portland's Relief and Recovery for Artists of Color initiative, funded by the American Rescue Plan.
There are two types of residencies with different grant amounts and supports:
  • Artist in Residence (AIR): One nine-week residency and $12,000 grant award
  • Artist and Facilitator in Residence (AFR): Two consecutive nine-week residencies (18 weeks total) and $16,000 grant award per nine-week residency ($32,000 total grant award)
Each nine-week residency consists of a cohort of two Artists in Residence (AIR) and one Artist and Facilitator in Residence (AFR) who occupy three spaces at IFCC. 
Applications are due Friday, August 26 at 5pm. Learn more here.
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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