Most City offices closed Wednesday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth

The City of Portland recognizes Juneteenth as a formal day of remembrance to honor Black American history and the end of slavery in the United States. Learn about Juneteenth.

Arts & Culture Empowerment Program

Print by Avantika Bawa entitled "Coliseum Build B"
The Arts & Culture Empowerment Program assists Black, Indigenous, people of color and persons with disabilities with the permit process. The program aims to help preserve the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of our clients.
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How we will support you

  • Answering questions about the permit processes
  • Researching your potential site before you sign a lease or contract 
  • Finding solutions and problem solving for projects in process
  • Keeping you updated on the progress of your project
  • Connecting you with other potential community resources

Fill out the intake form to apply now

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We will review your request and contact you within 2 business days. 

Why Arts & Culture

multi media image of black woman raising hand with house
​ ​ ​ ​ Image courtesy of Sharita Towne ​ ​

Arts and culture are the expression of community and make Portland a vibrant city.  “For centuries, low-income communities and communities of color have used arts and culture to navigate and survive systemic racism and oppression. These strategies are essential to retaining collective memory, promoting healing, and liberating the potential within all of us…arts and culture is not only a strategy to achieve but also a core component of an equitable society.” -policylink

We define culture as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.  It is all the ways of life including arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation.