National Emergency Relief Fund Announced

New RACC Grant Opportunity

Make|Learn|Build grants offer funding for artists and arts-based businesses/organizations in three categories:

MAKE: the creation of work in any artistic discipline

LEARN: artistic or administrative learning, skill building, or professional development that improve your art practice or business

BUILD: a transition or pivot for an arts business or operations, including purchase of equipment or staffing costs

Submit only one application at a time for Make|Learn|Build grants.
Choose your category at either the $1,500 or $3,000 funding level. 

Round one applications close: March 17, 5 p.m. PST
Round two applications close: May 19, 5 p.m. PST

Grant awards will be based on funds available, panel rankings, and RACC’s stated values to serve under-represented communities.Applicants must live or have a business in Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas counties.

Read grant guidelines:

Find more about the grant:

Registering with RACC Opportunity Portal is required to apply for the grant. Registration is free.

Calling All Photographers! Artwork for the new Food Cart/BrewHouse site in Oregon City!

Corner 14 is the new Food Cart/Brewhouse opening in 2-3 weeks on the corner of 14th and Washington in Oregon City. They asked TRAG to help with some artwork and decorating inside the brewhouse. It’s a great opportunity, and we are excited to offer TRAG’s artists’ work.

They are looking for black and white photos of both historic and current pictures of Oregon City. These can be both people and landmarks in the City.

What we need from you:  either a link to your websites or a jpg of the artwork you are submitting and your contact information.  TRAG will forward it on to the owner. The owner will then contact you directly for information on price and installation. TRAG is more than willing to help out in any way.

Time is of the essence since Corner 14 is planning on opening by the 3rd week of February. Please consider submitting as soon as you can!

Contact to apply or for more information. 

Capturing the Moment – Call to Portland Artists and Creatives

Submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST.

Capturing the Moment is a new call for artists and designers of all media to submit works created in this moment. ANY work that captures a creative response to the global pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, racial justice protests, and/or the political environment of the moment. Submissions of all media will be considered – murals, paintings, photos, films, essays, poetry, performances captured on film or video, posters, stickers, t-shirt art, etc.

This new call aims to reflect and record this time of change, uncertainty, loss, and hope. It will continue to serve and showcase some of the work emerging from artists and creatives at this moment in our history. Artist submissions selected for Capturing the Moment will be shared via RACC and the City of Portland communication channels including digital formats and social media accounts.

PDXCARES funding is dedicated to Black artists, Indigenous artists, and all artists of color who reside in the City of Portland.

Hampton Rodriguez, Bike, 2019, newspaper on canvas, 12 x7. Recent addition to Visual Chronicle of Portland


  • RACC will purchase actual physical artworks/memorabilia of all media. (Framing will be provided by RACC, as appropriate.)
  • RACC will also purchase written works, digital images of works, digital recordings of performances, etc. to show/use through RACC & the City of Portland’s communication channels.

Only works created since March 2020 will be considered. Selected artists will receive up to $1,500 per individual. The overall budget for this initiative is $38,000.

A panel of RACC staff and BIPOC curators selected by RACC will review and curate artist submissions. RACC reserves the right to select works from artists and creatives who do not directly apply to this call, if appropriate.


This opportunity serves artists who reside in the City of Portland only. Funds may only be awarded for submissions from Black artists, Indigenous artists, and artists of color who meet the eligibility criteria.

Additionally, priority will be given to artists who have not received RACC Support Beam 2020 commissions or a 2020 Project Grant or are not already well represented in Portland’s Portable Works Public Art Collection.

Elijah Hasan, See It Through, 2019, Inkjet print, 11×14. Recent addition to Portland Visual Chronicle.


All artwork for consideration must be submitted through RACC’s Opportunity Portal:

Artists must create an account, or log into their existing account. Instructions in the opportunity portal will guide you through the process. Incomplete submission forms cannot be considered.

Once you have started your Capturing the Moment submission form, you can save after each step and sign out. Your proposal will be saved as a draft you can continue to work on as needed. Complete all the tasks and hit “Submit.” Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions during the process.

Artists must include the following in their proposal:

  • Up to eight (8) works that “Capture the Moment,” including images, writing, or video. File size should be no larger than 5 megabytes. The .jpg format, PDF format, or links to video work online is preferred. Provide no more than two (2) images per artwork/item. For each submission, provide title, media, dimensions/length, date produced, and (if applicable) background or conceptual information.
  • Artist bio: A short paragraph that briefly describes your artistic practice (150-200 words).
  • Applicant demographics
  • Applicant W-9 form


We’re Here to Help! Talk with the Program Staff. Ask questions and seek help early; last minute help can be in short supply.

If you have questions about the RACC application portal or if using the application portal presents a barrier to applying, contact Ingrid Carlson:


Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST.



In partnership with the Oregon City Rotary Club

OC Rotary Club has asked TRAG’s help in raising funds through the first annual Festival of the Wreaths. Rotary is asking for artists to partner with their members to create wreaths, or even just to hire one of TRAG’s artists to make a wreath. All materials will be paid for, and even the potential to pay an artist for their time in making the wreath.

Rotary International is an international service organization. The club’s stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all. Their principal motto is “Service Above Self”. This motto is personified in the Rotary Club of Oregon City’s contributions to our community. They include volunteerism and contributions to the Cub Scouts, meals to Father’s Heart Ministries, the Homeless Resource Fair offering services to disadvantaged, annual distribution of dictionaries to Oregon City’s third graders, and supporter and supplier to Oregon City Head Start. All these contributions are supported by fundraisers throughout the year by the OC Rotary Club. However, COVID restrictions have circumvented these efforts for 2021, and Rotary is in dire need of unique and creative ideas of raising funds for these worthy projects.

If you would like to participate in this fun and meaningful event, please contact for more information. We will be matching artists with Rotary members and their ideas to support our community and those in need.

Halloween-themed poster contest to convey youth drug prevention messages


Please join with the Oregon City Chamber, Downtown Oregon City Association,  Three Rivers Art Guild and Oregon City Optimists to support youth

WHAT: Poster art with Halloween or fall themes and messages about the risks of drugs to youth will be submitted into drawing for prizes. Some posters will be enlarged and displayed in the windows of businesses who want youth-created, no-cost Halloween decorations.

WHO: Youth ages 11 to 18 years of age living in the Oregon City School District will be encouraged to enter. The contest is developed by Oregon City

Together (OCT) a Drug-Free Community Coalition.

WHEN: Contest kicks off early October. The posters for the windows will be ready to install Friday, October 23, 2020.

WHY: The biggest reason to get involved is because youth need to know their community supports them and their drug-free healthy futures.

Additionally, secondary research, conducted before the fires occurred, showed families were looking forward to making Halloween a big deal this year. Once the smoke clears (literally) and most folks are recovering, we are optimistic the majority of local parents and youth will welcome a fun and safe Halloween diversion.

A national poll conducted by The Harris Poll showed 74% of millennial moms and young parents say that Halloween is more important than ever this year.

A poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the National Confectioners Association found that 63% of adults believe people will find creative, fun and safe ways to celebrate the Halloween season this year.

“Our consumer insights indicate families will be looking to organize Halloween celebrations for their children while also trying to keep them safe,” said Iryna Shandarivska, senior category director for US Confections at Mondelez International. “This may mean that Halloween gatherings and celebrations that would have otherwise taken place in person shift virtually and that in-person activities happen in more ‘social bubbles,’ which people have created for themselves in a COVID-19 world.”

PARTNER:     There are several ways to support this effort.

  • Reach out to a youth to participate in this important event
  • Donate an item or gift card to the prize drawing.
  • Contribute art supplies for youth who may need them to participate.
  • Display poster art in your window.


Please contact Pam Wilson with donations, questions or suggestions.
Pam Wilson, Oregon City Together, 503-708-6929 (cell)



The Oregon City Community Education Dept. is under the umbrella of the Oregon City School
District. OC Com Ed contacted TRAG for artists that would be willing to teach online zoom art
classes for grades K-12. Artists can choose what grades they would like to teach – K-2, 3-5 and
so on. Due to the fires OC Com Ed has extended the date for classes into the winter. Also, OC
Community Ed is flexible with start and finish, how many lessons per week, and how many
lessons per course. This is a paying job, and OC Com Ed is accommodating artists as much as
possible so please consider this opportunity.

Interested artists should submit:
What grades they would like to teach
Schedule of Classes – how many weeks, how many times per week, how long for the class
Art subject and medium
Supply list
Cost of class

Dependent on Artist’s status, whether they are a Vendor or an Individual, Artist can submit cost
in two different ways. For detailed information go to

Please contact Suz Figini, Education Coordinator from Community Education, for application or
any questions.

Suz can be reached at 503-785-8520 ext: 7316, or

Call for Artists: One-Day-Only Open Show

A non-juried art show in Lake Oswego, OR

Exhibit date: 11am – 5pm on September 26, 2020

Register online only September 15 – 22, 2020

This one-day exhibition hosted by Lakewood Center for the Arts is one of several new programs resulting from the transition of the 2020 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts to smaller events in the wake of COVID-19. This exhibition will only be up for a single day and will support up to 150 artists! Inspired by our annual Open Show, the One-Day-Only Open Show will display work from emerging and established artists, and everyone is welcome to show their artworks without a jury process. This exhibit will be entirely outside and art will be hung from large construction fencing. Artists will be assigned a 3.5’ wide x 6’ tall fencing portion upon which to hang a maximum of 5 works per artist. A limited number of cash and non-cash awards will be presented to visual artworks, which are sponsored by area businesses, organizations, and individuals. Different arts professionals are selected as jurors each year. 

Apply online between Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11:59pm.

Exhibit Notes

Please join us in creating a memorable and unique art experience for Lake Oswego residents and surrounding communities. Each artist will be given a space in which to display their art, allowing visitors to engage with and celebrate each artist’s unique vision. All artists will install their own work on the fences using ‘s’ hooks provided by the Festival. 3D work placed directly in front of assigned fence panel is allowed, but pedestals will not be provided by the Festival. Please also understand that 3D work that could tip over from wind or bumping should NOT be entered into this exhibition. All artworks must be for sale during this exhibition, and each artwork can be priced no higher than $1500. In response to COVID 19 and governmental safety regulations, a limited number of visitors will be allowed into the large, outdoor exhibition area at any time. The exhibition area will be monitored, and due to a limited number of people allowed in the exhibition area, artists cannot stay with their work during the exhibition hours. Masks will be required at all times during setup and take down, and during the open hours of the event. Thank you!

Works Eligible

  • Only original artwork created within the last two (2) years and not previously entered in past Open Shows will be accepted.
  • Diptychs, triptychs, and/or sets may be entered as one of your five works and sold with one price. Some examples:
    • Single pieces in any media are eligible.
    • A set of hand-thrown wine glasses may be entered as one piece with one price.
    • A collection of ceramic fruit may be entered and sold as a set.
    • Two paintings that depict a garden, which are to be hung together as a diptych, may be entered as one piece with one price.
  • Each artist may include up to 5 individual artworks.
  • You will hang your own artworks on your assigned chain panel using ‘s’ hooks provided by the event. No other hanging mechanism can be used.
  • Not accepted: artwork requiring electrical outlets from the venue, mechanical prints, giclées, or copies of other artists’ works.


  • All 2D entries must be dry, framed, matted (or wrapped canvas), mounted, and hung with PICTURE HANGING WIRE. All glass must be properly secured. (No Uniframes, zigger type or rings, chains, garden or jewelry wire, or string). Artists will be hanging their own work using ‘s’ hooks, and are responsible for any damage to the artwork due to faulty hanging equipment on their artworks. 


  • Online Registration (NO on-site registration!): 
    • Begins Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Ends Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11:59pm. Register HERE starting September 15.
    • Don’t delay registering! Only the first 150 registered artists may participate.
  • Artist Check-in and Artwork Setup:
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 7am-10am (install times will be assigned to each artist), at Lakewood Center for the Arts
    • Artists must wear masks and respect social distancing requirements in place at the time of installation.
  • One-Day-Only Open Show hours: 
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 11am – 5pm
  • Pick up unsold art:
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


All artwork must be for sale and priced no higher than $1500. A 20% commission from all sales will be retained by the Festival, so prices assigned by the artist must include the Festival commission. For example: Upon the sale of an artwork priced at $200, $40 would go to the Festival, and $160 would go to the artist. All proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, an arts education event that remains free to the public and is an event of the nonprofit organization, Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Registration Requirements

Artists are required to register in advance and hang their own artwork in the One-Day-Only Open Show on September 26, 2020 between 7am-10am. 

  • Each artist will be assigned a 3.5’ wide x 6’ tall fencing portion upon which to hang their art.
  • A maximum of 5 pieces of artwork per artist can be displayed.
  • Each artwork must be for sale, and priced no higher than $1,500.
  • There are NO registration fees to participate in this event.
  • Due to COVID-19 and necessary safety protocol, each artist must be able to carry and hang all their artworks without assistance from the event staff. There will be NO art holding areas or common spaces available to artists while they check in or during this event.
  • Artists must wear masks and respect social distancing requirements in place at the time of installation.

Rules of Participation

Cick here to view the Rules of Participation for the Open Show – all the facts about entering the One-Day-Only Open Show.


Sue Smith, Coordinator of the One-Day-Only Open Show, or Selena Jones, Festival Coordinator
Phone: 503.636.1060
Street address: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Mailing address: Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Call for Art – Call for Artist Nominations – Black Matter

Exhibition: Black Matter
Dates: April-May, 2021(Hopefully in person)
Location: The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon

The exhibition Black Matter showcases contemporary Oregon artists in an effort to address an imbalance in representation.  Their voices should be heard, not because they are black, because they are human beings with unique life experiences.  It is essential to lift up the contributions of black artists above systematic oppression in life and in art.  Black artists should be recognized as individuals, without the filter of what the Western art canon tells us black art is or should be.  The artists in this exhibition are all important black and African artists living and working here in Oregon.  The artwork in this exhibition expresses more than their experience of living in a state and country rooted in systematic racism; their work speaks to the experience of being human.

We are seeking talented black and African artists currently living and making artwork in Oregon. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.  We are looking for 2D and 3D artists with exceptional mastery of their chosen  medium. All subject matter and ideas are welcome. There is no size limit on the artwork that will be considered. Installation art must be suitable for display in an open floor plan gallery space next to other artwork.  Due to the current covid crisis, all artwork must be suitable to view in person or in a virtual exhibit. Artists selected to exhibit will receive a $500 stipend from the Art Center. Artists will be required to provide high quality images of all artwork accepted into the show.  To apply for or to nominate an artist for this exhibition send an email with a link to your/their artist website.  Artists may also send up to 5 images of your artwork with a brief artist statement about your current artwork. Artists can choose to include an artist CV and/or biography statement, but it is not required.

To apply or nominate send an email with the subject line: Black Matter


Quote: “It’s almost as if, in order to be a successful black artist, they must perpetually create art that speaks on black culture and racism. It’s not important for an artist’s race to be apparent just by looking at their work but, knowing that there are an increasing number of black artists being featured in museums and galleries is important. True progress will be achieved when work by black artists are collected based on the same criteria as their mainstream white counterparts instead of being judged as having an inherent racial bias. It is up to modern day art collectors, curators, and art historians to change the perspective.”   ~Tania Inniss

About the curator:
Tammy Jo Wilson is a black artist and curator residing just south of Portland, Oregon in historic Oregon City. She creates artwork using a broad variety of media including encaustic, ink, ceramics, fabric, and oil paint. She received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and her MFA from San Jose State University.  She has exhibited her work nationally and was awarded the Leland Ironworks Golden Spot Artist Residency in 2017, performed in the SALT: Above a Whisper at Shaking the Tree Theatre in 2018, and was featured in the two women exhibit Biological Dissonance at the Parrish Gallery in Newberg, Oregon in 2019. Wilson is co-founder and President of the arts organization Art in Oregon (AiO). A statewide non-profit working to foster culturally rich regional communities through partnerships, advocacy and investment in artists, businesses, educational spaces and community spaces. Wilson has taught college photography and 2D Foundations art classes. She co-curated the exhibit An Artistic Heritage in 2019, Art Makes History and You are Not a Robot in 2020. She currently works in the art department at Lewis & Clark College as the Visual Arts & Technology Program Manager.


Call for Artists: Night of the Moon Market

You are invited to participate in the first Night of the Moon Market sponsored by the Chahalem Cultural Center and the Newberg Downtown Coalition. The market will take place on September 12, two weeks before the annual Night of the Moon fundraiser. The Art Market will be outdoors, in front of the Cultural Center from 3-7pm. Mark you calendars for an afternoon full of shopping! If you are interested in being a vendor you can email 

More information can be found on the Newberg Downtown website.

Call to Artists: Outdoor Community Art Jam on September 5

Creative Spirits Gallery at WLLC Presents
Outdoor Community Art Jam
Saturday, September 5th, 1-3pm

What’s an art jam?
A freestyle artistic “jam session” on the beautiful grounds at West Linn Lutheran Church. A loose gathering (6 feet+ apart!) where we make art of our choice, at our own pace, in company with friends and neighbors.

How does it work?
You choose what you make and where you make it. You can wander the labyrinth, breathe in the roses, or contemplate the oak grove. We’ll circle up at the end to share our creations and admire our neighbors’ talent. Restrooms will be available, but otherwise we will stay outside to stay safe.

What kind of art?
Painting. Poetry. Photography. Calligraphy. Charcoal. Collage. Cross-stitch. iPad drawing. If
you love to make it, and you can do it outside, you can bring it to Art Jam.

What else should I bring?
● Your art, and whatever you need to work on it comfortably. (An easel? A card table?)
● Maybe a hat? The point is: dress for the weather. We’ll be outside the whole time!
● A stadium seat, camp chair, or folding chair, if sitting in the grass is not your thing.
● A face mask. For community safety, we will ask that everyone wears their mask
while we are together.
● A friend. (see RSVP request below)

I want to come! Can I just show up?
Please RSVP by emailing the WLLC office: Include the number of
individuals attending. We would love to say you can just show up, but for safety, Art Jam is
limited to 25 people. It’s open to anybody, so please feel free to ask your neighbor who
writes poems and your best friend who paints. Just make sure they RSVP—or you include
them in yours.

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