Arts Empowerment Program

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The Arts Empowerment Program assists artists and arts organization get permits. We focus on assisting Black, Indigenous, people of color and persons with disabilities.
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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

How to Apply

Fill out the intake form now

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

Why the Arts

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​ ​ ​ ​ 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


Arts Empowerment Program

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phone number503-823-7300Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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