October 2021
MAC reopened to the public for in person arts programming this month! Staff and instructors have missed the community and are thrilled to be able to create art together once again.
The Multnomah Arts Center reopened its doors to the public on Monday, October 4th for the FIRST TIME since last March! MAC staff have been hard at work getting classes programmed, studios prepared, and safety measures in place for our community.

Despite the long-term changes COVID-19 has forced our communities to come to terms with, we are determined in our commitment to continue serving the Portland community through high-quality arts programming that is created with an equity lens and informed by established COVID safety policies.

As a reminder, here are our building hours for the fall term (through the end of December 2021):

Fall 2021 Office Hours:
  • MondaysThursdays, 9:00 am9:30 pm
  • FridaysSaturdays, 9:00 am5:00 pm
  • Sundays, Closed
  • Building Closures: 11/11 (Veterans Day), 11/25 (Thanksgiving Day), 12/25 (Christmas Day), 1/1 (New Year's Day)

While many of our fall programs started at the beginning of October, you can still view our complete fall class list here. To find out more about our Fall Session B, please read the article below.

We have appreciated your patience during our extended closure, and are so excited to be able to welcome you all back to MAC! Our students and community members are truly what makes the Multnomah Arts Center such a special place.
Registration for Fall Session B is Now Open
Registration for MAC's Fall Session B (activities starting November 8December 30) is now open. To view our classes and activities, click here.
While many of our fall programs began at the beginning of October, registration for Session B (activities starting November 8December 30) is now open. Some of our offerings include: youth ceramics, photography, winter arts camps, and more.

How to Register:
  • ONLINE: Click here to view our Fall Session B offerings.
  • PHONE: MAC staff are monitoring the front desk phone at (503) 823-2787, MondayThursday from 9:00 am9:30 pm and FridaySaturday from 9:00 am5:00 pm. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card can be taken for over the phone registrations.
  • IN PERSON: We are so excited to be open to the public! If you prefer to register in person, please feel welcome to stop by MAC during our office hours listed above.

Health & Safety:
Portland Parks & Recreation's primary goal is to keep our community healthy and to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. We continue to follow guidance from public health authorities (OHA, Early Learning Division, Multnomah County Health Department, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management) and elected officials.

All programming, participant capacity limits, and locations are subject to change based on the most current public health guidance. To view the most current safety guidelines and practices, click here. At this time, masks are required for everyone five or older when inside City facilities, regardless of vaccination status or whether a face shield is also worn. Face coverings are recommended for those under age 5.
Register Now MAC's Virtual Programming
MAC Visual Arts Lead Virginia McKinney will be offering her hugely popular virtual basketry class. Pictured above are previous instructor examples (to the left) and students' works (to the right).
Coiled Fabric Basket Making - Virtual
Ages 10 & up | $15
Instructor: Virginia McKinney

Learn how to make a beautiful and functional coiled basket made from items found in your home. Using yarn or fabric strips, create a small trivet, tray, or basket to hold your precious bobbles. Upcycle your scrap yarns or thrifted fabric ripped into strips and form your basket in this four week long informative class.

This class was be taught virtually on the Zoom platform. Supplies not included. Students will need to supply their own materials listed below:

  • Rope, cordage (like window sash cord), or clothesline - approximately 3-10 yards
  • A metal or plastic yarn needle with a wide eye
  • Fabric strips that are thin enough to fit through a yarn needle.
  • Various yarns
  • Optional: embroidery threads
This virtual program will take place on Tuesdays, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm from November 23–December 14. Click the link below to learn more and to register today!
Join MAC Literary Arts Instructor Meg Currell as she brings budding writers together virtually to meet up, share works, and encourage each other's projects!
National Novel Writing Month Writers Group - Virtual
Ages 13 & up | $15
Instructor: Meg Currell

November is for writing! Join our weekly writing group this year for regular writing time with like-minded writers focused on meeting the challenge of writing a novel in a month. We'll have 90 minutes together each week to silently clickety clack on our keyboards as we chip away at our goals. Working on something you started two years ago? Great! Wanna be starting something? Awesome! Let's word together! Our group will be registered with NaNoWriMo.org, and we'll log hours and win (virtual) prizes. Come on in -- pep talks, encouragement, and adventure await!
This virtual program will take place on Wednesdays, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm from November 3–24. Click the link below to learn more and to register today!
MAC Instructors Showcase Opens November 5
MAC Instructors' artwork. From top left, clockwise: ceramics by Kurtis Piltz, photography by Jenna Gersbach-King, painting by Gage Mace, print by Brian Shannon, and jewelry by Arielle Brackett.
MAC Instructors Showcase
Paintings, prints, drawings, metal arts, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, woodturning, photography, and more!

Multnomah Arts Center Gallery
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

Exhibit Dates:
November 5–November 29, 2021

Mon–Thurs, 9:00 am–9:30 pm
Fri–Sat, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Come and see a showcase of current and recent Multnomah Arts Center instructors - celebrating our reopening and return to in-person arts instruction. All artwork created by Multnomah Arts Center adult and youth visual arts instructors will be on view in the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery beginning November 5. The work will include paintings, prints, drawings, metal arts, ceramics, textiles, woodturning, sculpture, photography, and more.

This event is sponsored by the nonprofit support organization, Multnomah Arts Center Association (MACA). The show may be seen through November 29 and closes at 9:30 pm on that day.
Scheduling Ongoing for Private Music Lessons
MAC Music Instructors Mitch Iimori, Ronnie Robins, and Steve Skolnik teaching private music lessons. To review our private lessons policies and to sign up today, click here.
Private music lessons are a great way to build discipline and take your playing to the next level! MAC's music faculty is comprised of professional teaching artists who are dedicated to music education in a community setting. We have instructors offering lessons in: piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, drums/percussion, and more.

Students are enrolled for 30-minute lessons that are held weekly throughout the school year (breaks between terms vary by instructor, dates are confirmed upon enrollment).

Lessons began at the beginning of October for most instructors, but registration is ongoing. Join anytime!

How to Register:
  • Electronically submit the MAC Private Music Lessons Application.
  • Please wait patiently to be contacted by the office confirming a lesson time. If we cannot place a student, we will notify you.
  • Once we have found a match with a time and an instructor, you can complete your registration with our office staff by making initial payment and setting up a payment plan.
Winter Arts Camps Now Open for Registration
Kids can join us for a fun visual or performing arts camp to kick off an awesome winter break! Check out these camps and get all the details you need through the links below.

We understand that our activity fees may be a barrier to participation for some members of our community. Thanks to support from the Parks Local Option Levy, if Portland residents are unable to pay the full fee amount, they may use the discount feature at check-out to pay what you can.
Winter Break Camp - Nutcracker
Ages 4-7
Instructor: Alyson Osborn

Float like a snowflake! Fence like the Mouse King! Explore the magical world of the Nutcracker through creative movement and theatre. Use your imagination to create simple props and costumes. There will be a performance for family and friends on the last day of class.
This performing arts camp will take place December 20–23 from 10:00 am–1:00 pm. Click the link below to learn more and to register today!
Winter Break Camp - Winter Wonderland
Ages 6-9
Instructor: Dawn Grunwald

Silly snowmen, sparkly snowflakes, and many other winter wonders are brought to life using a variety of mixed media. Foster creative thinking and self-expression. Enjoy, encourage, and excite your child through art.
This visual arts camp will take place December 20–23 from 10:00 am–1:00 pm. Click the link below to learn more and to register today!
MAC Arts Studios Receive Much-Needed Attention!
While MAC was closed to the public, staff took the opportunity to reorganize and renovate some of our studio spaces. Pictured above are Trayle Studio, the Ceramics Studio, and the Textiles Room.
MAC staff were hard at work giving the arts center some long overdue TLC while it was closed to the public. Many of our studios and spaces received a deep cleaning and major reorganization to allow for adequate physical distancing and to better serve our communities!

The ceramics studio was the first space on the list. The Visual Arts team repainted shelves, added a new locker space, reorganized the kiln yard, and revamped the clay storage area.

Our printmaking space, also known as Trayle Studio, received new cabinets donated by the ReBuilding Center and new task lighting. The studio's inks, papers, supplies, and even presses were also moved around to allow for accessibility and convenience for students.

Other studios not pictured above also received some much-needed attention, including the theatre's greenroom area, music practice rooms, and more. Thanks to support from MACA, we were also able to install new blinds in the visual arts classrooms (38 and 39)! Spaces were tidied and studios were cleaned, all to get ready for our October reopening to the public! Plenty of hard work took place, and staff hope the freshened spaces serve our students well.
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 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.

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.