Winter 2024
Spring Term 2024 Registration Information
Registration for Multnomah Arts Center's Spring Term 2024 will open March 7 at 9:30 am. Most spring term classes and activities will run the week of April 1 through the week of June 3. We have a variety of classes and activities in the visual, performing, and literary arts slated for this upcoming quarter. Classes are NOW viewable! Click the button below to view our spring programs.

Registrations can be processed in a variety of ways!

  • ONLINE: View MAC's activities online. Search for classes by age, category, or keyword and register through your Portland Parks account.
  • PHONE: Call any PP&R site when registration opens. We also highly recommend phoning in your registration to the PP&R Customer Service Center at (503) 823-2525 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm).
  • IN PERSON: Any PP&R facility can process your registration, including the Customer Service Center located on the first floor of the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Ave. 
SAVE THE DATE: MACA's March First Friday Arts for All
It has officially been a year since MACA launched its First Friday Arts for All series, which focuses on providing free drop-in arts activities to the Portland community. Activities have ranged from watercolor painting to performances by guest concert bassists. Hundreds of Portlanders have participated, and we are excited to be continuing with this successful community engagement series! Which brings us to next month's event...

SAVE THE DATE! Our next First Fridays Arts for All event will be taking place Friday, March 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the MAC Auditorium. Next month's arts activity theme will be nature art, led by MAC Arts Instructor Dawn Grunwald. Fun for all ages, free food and refreshments will be provided!
Coming Soon to the Gallery: Mariane Zenker and Jenn DeMonte
"Adrift" by Jenn DeMonte and "Floodplain Ten" by Marina Zenker.
From altered ecosystems to forced global migration, the upcoming exhibit by Mariane Zenker and Jenn DeMonte at the MAC Gallery invites viewers to see how our world is changing. It will be on display February 16 through March 23, 2024.

Mariane Zenker creates gorgeously colored paintings on paper. Their richness is an invitation to consider how our appreciation of nature’s beauty means that we may not always recognize the destruction that is also occurring. Zenker states that she “has always been drawn to the intersection of culture and ecology.” Her work is informed by experiences as varied as making mudpies as a child, backpacking in the Shenandoah National Park, studying languages and art, and the way that birdsong in her backyard is slowly diminishing. She uses art-making to help make sense of the world, and her paintings are portals through which viewers may expand their own understanding as well.

Jenn DeMonte’s globe-shaped ceramic sculptures are vessels that carry the figures of women and children in flight, and their stories. “Being a daughter of immigrants as well as a mother to children adopted internationally and through foster care, my clay narratives delve into themes of identity and belonging,” says DeMonte. Her work is also shaped by her extensive background in photojournalism and the years she’s spent volunteering in refugee communities. She approaches this subject matter with deep respect, and an equal desire to increase awareness of immigrant experiences.

There will be a reception on Thursday, February 22 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet both artists.
Currently on Display in Our Lobby: Print Arts Northwest
"Owed to the Mountain" by Diane Jacobs.
A group exhibition by members of Print Arts Northwest is on display in the lobby exhibition area through March 16, 2024. Print Arts Northwest (PAN) is a nonprofit educational organization that was founded in 1980. Printmaking is an art form that is centuries old and has been utilized in different ways by different cultures all over the world. PAN’s diverse members include many professional artists who work in a wide range of techniques. This exhibit includes work by many of them, including Gene Flores, Yuji Hiratsuka, Kin Fink, Hector Marquez, Bon Malten, Isabel Deaver, Tallmadge Doyle, Heather Halpern, Jessica Hartman, Gail Owen, David Kessler, Janet Markavage, Jane Pagliarulo, Erik Sandgren and Diane Jacobs. Viewers will be able to see woodcut, copper plate etching, linoleum, screen printing, letterpress, and collagraph prints as well as many of the tools that are used to create these different types of prints.
MAC Staff Spotlight: Patrick Browne, Performing Arts Coordinator
Patrick joined the MAC team in 2017 as an arts lead and recently became their newest coordinator, overseeing the performing arts programs (music, theatre arts, dance, and literary arts). His favorite part about working at MAC is getting to share his love for the performing arts with the Portland community through program design and special events/performances. He has also taught a variety of theatre classes here at MAC, including youth acting, musical theatre, and adult readers theatre.

In his free time, he enjoys listening to political podcasts and playing fantasy football. He also directs musical theatre in the community, his most recent production being The Addams Family musical.
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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, 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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