September 2022
Register for Fall Term
Registration for Session B (November 7 - December 11) classes will begin on October 12 at 12:30pm. A full list of our Fall classes can be viewed online here. Registration can be done online, over the phone at 503-823-2787, or in person.
Off-Campus MAC Program at Rosewood Initiative
We are proud to partner with The Rosewood Initiative and pilot two new MAC classes at their location in SE Portland. This nonprofit community partner works on community building, neighborhood empowerment, and revitalization in a struggling community on the border of East Portland and Gresham with a focus on culturally specific response efforts.

Strengthening community wellbeing calls for creating a safe, vibrant, and healthy community where everyone can thrive and warrants a wholistic/holistic approach that encompasses physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects. It is our intent to help uplift some of these areas in the community through arts education, advocacy, meaningful and culturally specific recreational activities that center the needs of the community.

We are providing a drop-in Zumba class at The Rosewood Initiative that takes place on every Saturday from 8am to 8:45am during fall term until December 10. No registration is required for Zumba. Just show up, sign in, and have fun! This is open to the public. Address is 14127 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233.

We are also piloting a tapestry weaving class at The Rosewood Initiative that will teach folks basic weaving techniques on self-made PVC pipe tapestry looms and help participants to expand their creative skills, provide an opportunity for them to express cultural significances in their own creations, and support their livelihood. Materials for this class will be fully funded by Multnomah Arts Center Association, special thanks to our donors and supporters. Currently, registration for tapestry weaving class is only open to the Rosewood Initiative clientele, but we expect to make it available for everyone in the coming terms after fall program assessment. Registration is required for tapestry class as seats are limited.

City of Portland residents can take advantage of the Access Pass to receive a fee discount of up to 90%. For any questions about these classes, please email Craton Highways.
Instructor Showcase
We are excited to announce the return of the annual Instructor Showcase! Artwork by Multnomah Arts Center adult and youth arts instructors will be on view in the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery October 28 – November 26, 2022. Artwork will include paintings, prints, drawings, metal arts, ceramics, textiles, woodturning, sculpture, photography and more.

There will be a reception on Thursday, November 3 from 5pm-8pm.
Call for Artists: MAC Gallery
The Call for Artists is open! We are accepting applications October 1, 2022 – January 3, 2023 for exhibits that will be scheduled May 2023 – April 2024. For more information and to apply, click here
MACA Instagram
Did you hear?? MACA recently created an Instagram account! We’ll be using this platform to communicate important news and announcements about community arts and all things MAC. From gallery openings, registration dates, and our annual arts sales, following us on Instagram is an excellent way to keep up with what’s going on around MAC and to stay in the know!
Find and follow MACA on Instagram by searching the username “macapdx”. And remember to use the hashtag #MultnomahArtsCenter to post your art or share your MAC stories on Instagram!
Arts Pods End-of-Summer Recap
Arts Pods is a free mobile arts program run by Multnomah Arts Center. One primary goal of the program is to remove cost and distance as barriers for the community in accessing, learning, and experiencing arts. With an equity focus, Arts Pods prioritized historically underserved and underrepresented individuals and groups by providing free arts activities primarily on the east side of Portland and by structuring these engaging activities to meet the needs of people with diverse skills and ability levels requiring minimal language.

These youth-focused arts activities include but are not limited to embroidery, beading, leaf printmaking, spin art, rock painting, watercolor and acrylic painting, air dry clay sculpture, mask making, pop-up books, stamp blocks, bird puppets, marbled paper, cardboard loom tapestry, hand sewn mini cushions, mandalas, basket weaving, fabric collage art, felting wool beads, and fabric painting bandanas, etc. Many individuals and families enjoyed making and taking home their own artwork. Most appreciated the opportunity to engage with one another in a greenspace and learn and make art for free in their neighborhoods – and for some, right by their front door – while enjoying free meals provided by Free Lunch + Play.

A total of three Arts Pods (or vans) visited 26 Free Lunch + Play sites this summer, consisting of 22 parks and 4 apartment complexes. Each Arts Pod stayed at a site from 10:30am to 2:30pm from Tuesday-Friday every week to promote consistency and allow time and space for establishing and maintaining deepened relationship with the community and employed different art forms available allowing people to various art exposures.

Arts Pods helped create nearly 4,500 enriching and inclusive arts experiences over the course of ten weeks. The program served 3,579 kids and 865 adults. In addition to Free Lunch + Play sites, Arts Pods also joined the Kids Zone at the Multnomah Days street fair at Multnomah Arts Center on August 20 and the First Annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival at Ventura Park on July 9 and 10.

A team of one program lead, 4 Specialized Arts Instructors, 3 Counselor II’s, 5 Counselor I’s, and 3 volunteers worked together to help make this program a success this summer. Sixty-nine volunteer hours were contributed to the program. $4,739.62 was spent on purchasing art supplies for the program. Art supplies were fully funded by Multnomah Arts Center Association (MACA) with a significant grant from the Olseth Family Foundation. Thank you!!!
MAC’s 2022 Season of Summer Arts Camps
Last month marked the conclusion of MAC’s 2022 Summer Arts Camps program! Planning an entire season of all-day summer camps is always a busy time of the year for MAC staff, but getting to welcome kids to MAC and facilitate the creation of art together makes the work extremely worthwhile. There were some weeks where staff saw up to 50 new campers arrive at MAC! Camp Coordinators were guided by one core principle throughout the entire season: to thoughtfully design and deliver high-quality arts experiences to youth that were true to the MAC brand.
After 10 weeks of summer camp action, MAC offered 38 summer day camps in the visual and performing arts for Portland youth ages 6-12. Some of our camp programs included: Nature Art, Young Artists Books, Metal Arts, Musical Theatre Camp, and Ukulele Strummers. In total we were able to serve 379 campers this summer season. We want to take a moment and give a thank you to the 11 Arts Instructors and 10 Camp Counselors who made the delivery of our summer programs to kids so successful:
  • Visual Arts Instructors: Arielle Brackett, Eduardo Fernandez, Jenna Gersbach-King, Dawn Grunwald, and Junko Iijima
  • Performing Arts Instructors: Dana Christy, Meg Currell, Jarmila Darby, Yohannes Murphy, Alyson Osborn, and Kelsi Schnitter
  • Camp Counselors: Adam Biggs, Erin Ewings, Audrey Golden, Anja Kennedy, Alex Klinkhammer, Hannah Lasky, Deewa Rahim, Katelyn Rashleigh, Landon Romo, and Maura Romo
An additional thank you to MACA for their steadfast support in helping provide the art supplies and materials needed to make the kids’ experiences with us so enriching – we truly could not do this important work without them.
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.