March 2021
Registration Open for Spring Term Virtual Programming
MAC Visual Arts team members (Virginia McKinney, Nicole Rawlins, and Rebecca Melton) instructing and recording virtual arts programs.
MAC staff would like to invite you to view and register for our spring term of virtual arts classes. Please take a moment to review our program offerings here. Due to the financial challenges many of our community members are experiencing during the pandemic, we are continuing to offer programs at reduced prices with a “Pay What You Can” discount option at checkout. In a commitment to meet PP&R’s equity goals, early registration was first offered to past scholarship recipients to make sure that those most in need are able to access our programs.
Most offerings are scheduled to begin the week of April 5 and will be held via the Zoom platform. We encourage our MAC community to check out our class list here and to register for any activities that may be of interest to you. We hope to see you online!
Sculpting for Success
Some of our virtual ceramics students showing off their final projects from this winter term's session of "Bring your Book to Life."
Offering a virtual class for an artform as multi-faceted and complex as clay seemed daunting when MAC folks first started designing the curriculum. But the Visual Arts team persisted, worked hard, and boy was it worth it! Staff prepared student kits, coordinated pick-up's and drop-off's for materials, and scheduled kiln firings. While the logistics were a bit involved, the awesome results more than made up for it. A HUGE shout out to MACA for supporting the cost of the clay and student materials.

The Visual Arts team designed a ceramics program geared for teen/tween students who had intermediate experience with clay, as working with this fun but finicky material can be tricky. Staff decided to combine the love of reading with the love of creating and titled the winter pilot course: “Bring your Book to Life - Clay Sculpture." Students chose their favorite books and were instructed to think about what scenes, characters, and objects would best exemplify their chosen stories. Working from their makeshift home studios, they spent many additional hours outside of class time forming, texturing, and constructing their sculptures - and the finished products showed their hard work.

Harry Potter, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, The Golden Compass, and several other books indeed came to life. The final projects were creative, thoughtful, well-made, and just plain awesome! Kudos to our young artists for a job well done!
Virginia McKinney will be offering two virtual ceramics classes for spring term. Click the links below to learn more and to register.
Instructor Spotlight: Eduardo Fernandez, Drawing & Painting
MAC Visual Arts instructor Eduardo Fernandez joined the virtual programming team this winter term by offering "Beginning Drawing: Learning to See."
Eduardo’s work is inspired by the most interesting of subject matter: people! And a love for painting that brings together the wonderful effects of light, color, and design to create a unique statement about the subject.

Eduardo’s accomplishments include a public commission from the Capitol Foundation to paint the official portrait of Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. Eduardo was also commissioned by the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs to commemorate Medal of Honor Recipient Lt. Cl. Stan Adams and his wife, Jean, for the community center named in their honor at the Dalles Veterans Home. Just as fulfilling for Eduardo are private commissions and paintings of friends and family. He enjoys teaching and, in addition to MAC, has taught at the Portland Art Museum and given private instruction.

"Drawing touches on so many aspects of creativity and making art. It’s enchanting to do and grabs my attention in so many ways. Teaching only deepens the adventure and I really enjoy working with students."
Eduardo will be offering two virtual drawing classes for spring term, one of which is being offered for native Spanish speakers. Click the links below to learn more and to register.
PP&R is Hiring for Summer 2021
MAC staff coordinating outreach programs from a past summer at Stephens Creek Crossing and Holly Farm Park.
Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for enthusiastic applicants to support our in-person summer camps and other programming!

Seasonal Recreation Support Staff are needed to help organize, plan, and lead a variety of youth activities. Available opportunities include: Camp Counselors, Inclusion Assistants, and Summer Camp Instructors.

As MAC prepares for arts-focused summer camp programming, we welcome interested individuals to consider submitting applications to lend their talents.

To find out more on how to apply, please review the job posting link below. And if you know of anyone who might be interested in summer employment with PP&R, please feel free to share the link with them!
Celebrate Black Portlanders
Celebrate Black Portlanders is a brand new video series conceived and created by Black City of Portland employees from PP&R and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) with a goal of highlighting the talents and contributions of Black Portlanders, past and present. The series offers a festive space for Black people to celebrate one another and be their true, authentic selves.

We invite you to view, learn from, and engage with these programs! One video in the series highlights MAC Music and Theatre instructor Emmanuel Henreid (ONRY). Performances were filmed at the historic Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center and made possible by MACA.
ONRY performs "Livin' in the Light" as a part of the Celebrate Black Portlanders video series.
Community Spotlight: SW Hope Community Food Drive Through April 10
Since 2007, Neighborhood House has held the SW HOPE community food drive to combat the sharp decline in food donations that occurs after the new year begins. They partner with local faith communities, businesses, and schools to keep the spirit of generosity flowing in order to fully stock the shelves of the Neighborhood House Food Pantry.
Bringing neighbors together to feed the hungry, the innovative nonprofit operates the largest food pantry on Portland’s west side, providing emergency food boxes to over 1,400 individuals every month.

COVID-19 has impacted this year's food drive. Click the link below to find out how YOU can help.
Neighborhood House has set a goal of collecting $50,000 for this year's food drive in the face of growing food insecurity in our community.
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We hope everyone in our community is staying safe as we look forward to brighter days and our eventual return to the Multnomah Arts Center.

With love,

MAC Staff
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, conditioning, 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.

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