August 2022
Registration for Fall Term 2022
Mark your calendars! Registration for fall term 2022 will be Wednesday, September 7 at 12:30 pm. Our classes will be viewable online here on Monday, August 22. Registrations can be done online, over the phone at 503-823-2787, or in person. In addition to continuing to offer past activities, MAC staff are looking forward to expanding our visual and performing arts offerings!
NEW! Access Pass
With resources from the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy), we can offer new payment options for City of Portland residents that allow you to choose payment levels based on your needs. 

Sign up for an Access Pass to receive reduced pricing up to 90% based on your total income. Discounts may be applied to all passes, drop-in fees, and personal training packages. No income verification is required.

Access Passes are available through September 4, 2022. Sign up for free online, in-person, or by calling your local community center or PP&R customer service center at 503-823-2525.

If your income falls within the following suggested ranges, you are eligible for an Access Pass of 25%, 50%, 75%, or 90% based on your budget. Those with a lower income or higher number of individuals in their family may consider selecting a greater discount.
  • Single adults: up to $49,000 per year
  • Family of two-three: up to $58,000 per year
  • Family of four: up to $66,000 per year
  • Family of five: up to $74,000 per year
  • Family of six or more: up to $83,000 per year

  • An Adult 20-Visit community center pass costs $106 for Portland residents.
  • Register for a 25% Access Discount and apply it to this pass to reduce the cost to $79.50.
  • Register for a 50% Access Discount and apply it to this pass to reduce the cost to $53.00.
  • Register for a 75% Access Discount and apply it to this pass to reduce the cost to $26.50.
  • Register for a 90% Access Discount and apply it to this pass to reduce the cost to $10.60.

Additional members of the family may need to register for an Access Pass so that it will also apply to their purchases.

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Kids Zone Participants & Activities
We are excited to host the Kids Zone again this year at the Multnomah Days event on Saturday, August 20 from 9am to 4pm. Kids Zone will be located at MAC's outdoor basketball court, as well as on the west side of the main building facing SW Capitol Highway. Address: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
Multnomah Days is one of Portland's oldest street fairs that takes place in the Multnomah Village on every third Saturday of August.

The Kids Zone will include free arts-focused activities, giveaways, and a variety of information and resources provided by Multnomah Arts Center, as well as our partner organizations. There is fun for everyone! Join us and tag us on social media #MultnomahVillagePDX!
Below is a list of participating organizations and services that will be available (THANK YOU, partners!):

  • Multnomah Arts Center - Free arts and crafts activities.
  • The Guild of Oregon Woodworks - Birdhouse assembly.
  • Portland Police - Explosive Disposal Unit, Neighborhood Response Team, Special Emergency reaction Team, Cadets, Forensic Evidence Division, K9 Unit, Bike Theft Task Force.
  • Talk About Trees - Exploring tree-seed carriers of all kinds
  • Multnomah County Library - Library swag, giveaway books, applications for new cards.
  • Oregon Children’s Theatre - Art activity themed with Dogman the musical! Program information on upcoming season and classes, prize wheel, book and art supply giveaways.
  • Cedarwood Waldorf School - Create a natural and unique souvenir to take with you to remember the day.
  • PP&R Community Engagement Team - “A” Park renaming outreach, collect name ideas from public, and swag giveaways.
  • A-WOL Dance Collective (AND) Aerial Dance PDX - Program info, free stickers, fun photo books to browse, and aerial rig display.
  • Southwest Community Center - Make wood cookies 
Coming to the Gallery September 16
The Visitor-Walking 1,000 Miles through Mexico: a retrospective by Larry Cwik

This solo exhibit of photography by Portland multidisciplinary artist Larry Cwik focuses on work that was made from 1983-2022 while visiting Mexico. During this time, he visited one major Mexican city a year. “I walked with no preconceived notion of what or where to photograph,” says Cwik. “The work reveals the wondrous beauty, color, and vibrancy of Mexico. There is also mystery. I do not always understand why things are the way they are there, as I remain a cultural outsider.” Completed over the course of 40 years, this is Cwik’s longest standing project.

While Cwik has studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland Community College, he is primarily a self-taught artist. Inspired by his father, an avid amateur photographer who had participated in a camera club during World War II, Cwik began learning photography in high school. Among his many accomplishments over the years since, he has exhibited in galleries worldwide and his work is widely collected. His first book, “Images from the Eighties,” was released in 2016 by Blue Sky Books, a publishing initiative of Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR. His short films are represented by the NY-based New American Cinema Group/The Filmmakers’ Cooperative.

An opening reception for this exhibit will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 1-3pm. There will be a poetry reading by local author Walt Curtis during this event.

On display at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery September 16 – October 22, 2022

This exhibit is supported by funds that the artist received from the Oregon Arts Commission. This exhibit is also supported by funds that the artist received from the Ford Family Foundation.
Native Plants in Bloom at MAC Cottages
Spend some time in the MAC cottage area and you’re likely to see a splash of color and hear the buzz of many happy native insects. The cottage landscape has undergone quite a transformation since 2019, when much of the asphalt and concrete around the buildings was depaved, and a more accessible space, with many new planting areas, was created. Since that time, over 400 native plants (including 40 different native plant species) have gone into the ground around the cottages! These native plants create wildlife habitat, filter pollution, and can someday provide a natural source of materials that can be used during classes, particularly for practices like dying and weaving.
Support for the project has been provided by a number of groups including, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Eena Festival creator and organizer Laura Campos, Friends of Fanno Creek Headwaters, Portland Parks & Recreation Ecologically Sustainable Landscapes program, Portland Parks & Recreation No Ivy Day volunteers, students from the Neighborhood House Connect program, Stormwater Stars, SWNI equity and inclusion committee and SWNI watershed committee volunteers, and the Westside Watershed Resource Center. A big thanks to all the volunteers that played a huge part in transforming this space! 
Be sure to check out this area next time you visit MAC! For more information about the project, email
Photo Courtesy:
Bug hotel – A “bug hotel” provides habitat for mason bees and other native insects.
Volunteers planting – Volunteers planted over 200 native plants at the cottages during No Ivy Day in fall of 2020 (photo credit: Corey Shelton).
Plant with ID sign – Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum), a plant for dry, sunny areas.
New MAC Instructors
Sandra Oberdorfer runs Carrot Flower Creative, a craft studio specializing in limited edition handcrafted objects with a focus in ceramics and painting. With an abiding interest in history and learning from our ancestral connections, much of her art works with archetypal imagery, symbolism, and our collective ancient stories. She most recently exhibited two paintings in Nordic Northwest's exhibit entitled, Nordic Folktales Reimagined, which invited artists to interpret three different popular Norwegian folktales.

Oberdorfer has exhibited artwork regionally and nationally, and is half of the collaborative artist duo that is the Bunny Sandwich Collective along with Boston based artist Cori Champagne. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Abbey Foundation in NE Portland as well as on the Advisory Council for PSU's Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio and Critical Theory from Maine College of Art & Design and a BFA with a focus in Painting from Oregon College of Art and Craft.

This fall Sandra Oberdorfer will be teaching Drawing Studio for ages 4-6 and 6-8, Drawing Techniques for ages 9-12 as well as an Art Adventures class for young children with their parents. She worked with MAC this summer as an arts instructor with the mobile Art Pods, which offered free art activities at different sites around the city. 
Brittany Stanton began her basket weaving, textile, and fiber arts journey at age ten and has been trekking that road ever since. Brittany is on a mission to make basket weaving and fiber arts accessible and easy to dive into. From weaving baskets in the bathroom next to the bathtub as a teenager, hand cleaning pounds of wool in the backyard, spinning thousands of yards of yarn just to move on to a new project, and traveling around with an ever-growing assortment of tools and materials in tow, living as a fiber fanatic is her way of life. She strives to teach in a way that empowers each student to feel confident and enthusiastic about the object they are creating. She runs a textile arts website and YouTube channel called Textile Indie where she encourages others to explore basket weaving and other fiber arts. Brittany will be teaching adult basket weaving and fiber arts potpourri at MAC this fall. See more of her work at
My name is Anna Van Rooy. I graduated with a BFA from California College of Arts in 2007 with a major in printmaking and a minor In Art Education. Teaching people the joy of color theory and fundamental art skills brings me tremendous joy. I enjoy making mail art, printmaking and textiles. In the fall I will be teaching drawing, painting and mixed media in MAC's youth arts program.
Loo Bain was born into a family of artists in upstate New York. Her grandparents; musicians, her aunts and uncle; musicians, quilters, weavers and knitters and her mother; an artist/educator. (How lucky is she…) She grew up in the mountains of North Carolina before moving to Chicago to pursue her BFA.

Upon receiving her BFA from the Art institute of Chicago, Loo spent nine years in Chicago living as an artist/preparitor/framer working at various galleries including The Renaissance Society and Intuit: Institute for outsider art.

In 2009 She moved to Philadelphia to pursue an MFA from Tyler School of Art. Upon graduation, she stayed in Philadelphia where she continued to make work and show in galleries. She worked as the Fiber and Material Studies Studio Technician and taught at Tyler School of Art.
In 2016 she, her mother, and her brother (fellow artists) decided to move to Portland to live close to one another and continue to pursue working in the arts. She managed the Fibers studio at Oregon College of Art and Craft and was a mentor for the graduate program until it closed.

Loo is a multimedia artist investigating ideas of history, material, earth science, and self. She has received artist grants, most recently the Oregon Arts Commission, shown nationally in galleries, acquired private commissions, and participated in artist residencies including Arrowmont, Pine Meadow Ranch, Playa, the Icelandic Textile Center and most recently Portland State University. She has assisted and collaborated with many artists, including Michael Rackowitz, Lead Pencil Projects, Pepone Osario, Lisa Yuskavage and Ebony Patterson. She loves living in Portland where she continues to make and show work.
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