May 2021
Registration for MAC's 2021 Outdoor Summer Arts Camps
Registration is now open for MAC Summer Arts Camps that take place from July 6 to July 25. In-person programs are being thoughtfully designed to meet public health guidance. To view our offerings and to register, click here.
Registration for MAC's outdoor Summer Arts Camps is now open. It is thanks in large part to resources from the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy) that MAC staff are able to restore some in-person programming for Portland youth this upcoming summer season. After a year of socially distanced learning, staff and instructors are excited to have the opportunity to get kids back to creating art together!
How to Register:

Registration opened today at 12:30 pm for programs that take place from July 6 to July 25.

Registration will open June 28 at 12:30 pm for programs that take place from July 26 to August 28.
Space is very limited. If you cannot get into a camp, it is highly recommended that you place yourself on the waitlist.

´╗┐If you need assistance, please call the PP&R Customer Service Center at (503) 823-2525.
Student artwork from a previous summer's Young da Vincis camp.
Camp Details:

  • Our all-day summer camps run weekly, Monday through Thursday from 9:00-5:00 pm
  • Sites will offer a flexible drop-off from 8:30-9:00 am and flexible pick-up from 5:00-5:30 pm
  • All MAC camps will take place outdoors on the MAC campus
  • We are programming a wide variety of offerings in both the visual and performing arts for grades 1-3 and 3-5

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)'s primary goal is to keep the community healthy and to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. All in-person summer programming is being designed to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change. Visit PP&R's COVID-19 Safety Practices for Youth Participants to learn more about what protocols are being put in place.

To learn more about PP&R's summer programming (including information on pricing, new health and safety protocols, and Inclusion Services), please visit the PP&R Summer Camps link below.
Register Now for MAC's Summer Session of Virtual Programming
MAC instructors will be offering summer virtual programming in a variety of disciplines, including: drawing, painting, textiles, dance, music, and more!
MAC staff are excited to announce our offerings for virtual programming this upcoming summer term! Please take a moment to review our summer class list here. We are committed to providing accessible, high-quality courses in both the visual and performing arts, and are looking forward to continuing to connect with students via our live virtual classes.

Due to the financial challenges many of our community members are still currently experiencing during the pandemic, we are continuing to offer virtual programs at reduced prices with a "Pay What You Can" discount option at checkout.

Most offerings for Session A are scheduled to begin the week of June 21 and will be held via the Zoom platform. We encourage the MAC community to check out our class list and to register for any activities that may be of interest to you. We hope to see you online!
MACA Board Monthly Update
MACA's mission is to advocate for equity and access to arts education. To this end, the Board is taking steps to diversify its membership to better reflect the greater Portland community.
By Kathleen Madden, MACA President

Dear Friends,

Last month we shared our exciting summer plans, including the support of four mobile Art Pods teaching visual and performing arts throughout the city and outdoor youth arts camps at MAC. Over the next few months, we'd like to share what we've learned this year, and a change in direction we are charting for our future.

First, we learned that our community extends much further than our building, the nucleus of our MAC community. Last summer, with donor support, staff designed and distributed over 17,500 art kits to children across the city. With funds for equipment supplied by donors to help staff develop virtual classes, we supported high-quality arts education in homes throughout Portland and beyond. While in-person classes are limited to youth camps this summer, we are supporting the mobile Art Pods as part of our commitment to reach more community members.

Perhaps most importantly, during pandemic times, we've taken stock of our board and realized that a very limited part of our community is represented in our membership. How can we meet the needs of our full community without diverse voices? We cannot.

Stay tuned for more information on our planned board transformations and summer projects.

Until we meet again, stay creative and healthy.
Instructor Spotlight: Meg Currell, Music & Literary Arts
Meg Currell has been teaching virtual music classes with PP&R's Community Music Center for the past year. MAC is excited to announce she will be joining our virtual programming team this summer term to instruct group piano and creative writing.
Meg has returned to teaching after finishing her eight year "welcome to Portland!" self-guided tour. She studied writing and piano at Southern Illinois University, then went to work in publishing and marketing, teaching piano on the side.

Raising three kids taught Meg the patience and persistence she brings to every class and helped her stay technologically current. When quarantine turned the world's focus to virtual programming, Meg began teaching piano in earnest, this time focusing on adults in online classes. Working with these eager learners has been a revelation, she says, and offers the chance to build deeper musical connections through a more mature mindset.

Tapping into expressiveness through the study of piano and writing creates new neural pathways, according to studies Meg quotes frequently. She has a profound belief in the power of growth in all areas of life by challenging yourself to learn something new and brings joy and enthusiasm to her work with lifelong learners.
Meg will be offering three virtual classes for summer term through MAC starting June 24. She will be teaching two virtual piano groups and one creative writing class. Click the links below to learn more and to register.
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.

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.

The MAC Press is a publication of and made possible by the Multnomah Arts Center Association. MACA welcomes your tax-deductible cash contributions and in-kind donations to provide improvements to our facilities and programs. Thank you for your support.