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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

            

                                   


Welcoming Immigrant Youth and Unveiling New Art

March 29, 2018

Today, Nick unveiled a new mural in the City Hall atrium, “Mesopotamians on the Banks of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.”

Since 2016, a group of Iraqi immigrant youth have been learning about their new home by taking part in environmental service projects with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. They paddled local waterways, learned about the unique features of our local environment, and helped with important habitat restoration projects.

The mural, designed by Faisal Ajeel, celebrates their project and the immigrants with images from both Portland and Iraq. The group was excited to visit City Hall and have their art publicly displayed, and Nick proudly welcomed them to our community.

Special thanks to the Bureau of Environmental Services’ Community Watershed Stewardship Program, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, and the Iraqi Society of Oregon for their partnership.

Come visit City Hall and take a look at the beautiful art!



Keeping Portland's Creative Economy Strong

February 28, 2018

This afternoon, City Council adopted a set of recommendations to protect and expand affordable art spaces. You can read the plan here.

Portland has long been a creative hub, with artists and makers of every type calling Portland home. But, as we all know, Portland is experiencing rapid growth and a housing crisis. This in turn threatens to displace artists and arts organizations.

Unless we are intentional about preserving our local creative economy, we risk losing what makes Portland special.

The plan lays out a road map for the arts in our community. It encourages collaborative, proactive action by the City, private and non-profit partners, community groups, and artists.

Today’s action follows a work session Council held in January. Throughout the process, we’ve received positive feedback from community stakeholders.

Special thanks to the community leaders who testified today, and everyone who helped shape our work.

A Plan for Preserving and Expanding Affordable Arts Space in Portland

Commissioner Fish with Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Eudaly

Media

Portland City Council Adopts Arts Affordability Plan

Regional Arts & Culture Council

 

Portland Agrees To Work Harder At Preserving Space For Artists

April Baer in OPB News

Announcing Portland's Next Creative Laureate

January 16, 2018

This morning, Commissioner Fish introduced Subashini “Suba” Ganesan as the City’s next Creative Laureate.

Suba is a leader in the regional arts community, an educator, a performer, and a non-profit founder. An immigrant from Singapore, one of Suba’s goals as Creative Laureate is to celebrate diverse artists and art styles.

The Creative Laureate, established in 2012, serves as the official ambassador for the broader creative community in Portland. The Laureate participates in community education, advocacy, and public events including speaking engagements, workshops, and ceremonial functions.

Creative Laureate Press Release

Commissioner Fish, January 16, 2018

 

Keeping Portland’s Creative Economy Strong

January 9, 2018

This morning, City Council held a work session to discuss a set of recommendations by Commissioner Fish to protect and expand affordable arts spaces. You can read the proposal here.

For the past two years, Nick and his team have been convening meetings with key community stakeholders and studying best practices from sister cities like Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, and Austin.

As we know, Portland is experiencing rapid growth and a housing crisis. This in turn threatens to displace artists and arts organizations.

Portland has long been a creative hub, with artists and makers of every type finding a niche here. But unless we are intentional about preserving our creative economy, we risk losing what makes Portland special.

Thanks to the many community leaders, local artists and arts organizations, neighborhood groups, property owners and developers who gave us feedback and helped to shape these recommendations.

A Plan for Preserving and Expanding Affordable Arts Space in Portland

Commissioner Fish with Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Eudaly

Media

As Rents Rise, City Seeks Ways to Save Arts Scene

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Can City Council Help Save Portland’s Endangered Arts Spaces?

Fiona McCann in Portland Monthly

 

City Council Considers How to Keep Artists in Portland

Claire Duffy in the Portland Business Journal

 

Portland City Council to Consider Preserving Space for Art

April Baer in OPB News

Could You Be Portland’s Next Creative Laureate?

November 1, 2017

The City of Portland is seeking candidates to serve as our next Creative Laureate.

The Creative Laureate, established in 2012 by former Mayor Sam Adams, serves as the official ambassador for the broader creative community in Portland, Oregon.

Photographer Julie Keefe, the City’s first Creative Laureate, has served our community with distinction.

Portland’s Creative Laureate can be from any creative industry. This includes painters; potters; dancers; musicians; authors; poets; filmmakers; artists working in spoken word, mixed media, or digital media; crafters or makers; or anyone who feels they represent the broader creative community and can meet the basic expectations below.

The Laureate will be expected to actively participate in a select number of public events, including public speaking engagements, workshops, and displays or presentations of their own artistic work, as well as regular interactions with the media. The duties of this position call for a balance between advocacy, education, and ceremonial functions. The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, with excellent time management and good professional judgement.

The Creative Laureate is considered a public official, and will be expected to represent the City accordingly, adhering to public records laws and other community expectations. The position is unpaid, but will receive a $5,000 stipend for the two-year commitment to compensate for any direct costs associated with official duties.

The Laureate reports directly to the City’s Arts Commissioner, meeting at regular intervals with the Commissioner or the Commissioner’s staff. The term of service is two years, and the position is not eligible for reappointment.

The Creative Laureate will be expected to participate in the selection process for his or her successor.

Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

   • Record of high quality work.

   • Connection to the broader arts community.

   • Willingness to serve a full term.

   • Commitment to meet the expectations and time requirements of this volunteer position.

   • A personal commitment to equity and expanding access to the arts.

Applications will be accepted starting November 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017.

The Creative Laureate will be selected and announced in mid-January 2018.

Apply Now!

In no more than 1-2 pages, please answer each of the following questions:

   • Why do you want to be the City of Portland’s Creative Laureate?

   • What qualifications do you have that would make you a successful Creative Laureate?

   • What do you hope to accomplish during your time as the Creative Laureate?

Please submit applications to Amira.Streeter@portlandoregon.gov no later than 5:00pm on Friday, December 15, 2017, and attach a resume or CV.