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Emergency Ordinance

*Authorize three-year agreement with the Regional Arts & Culture Council to administer arts programs for the City and provide for payment

Amended by Council

The City of Portland ordains:

Section 1. The Council finds:

  1. The City understands the high value in public funding support for arts and culture as central to the City’s efforts in making Portland a place of equal access for creativity, education and a sustainable and prosperous quality of life.
  2. The City, under Ordinance 168387, approved an intergovernmental agreement with Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark Counties and Metro designating the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) as the arts and culture agency for the region.
  3. The City entered into subsequent agreements in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020 with RACC to provide oversight and review of arts and culture matters and other services for the City of Portland as outlined in agreements.
  4. RACC has demonstrated its expertise through these prior Agreements with the City and prior as the Metropolitan Arts Commission.
  5. RACC is a non-profit corporation organized for the primary purpose of the stewardship of public investment in arts and culture.
  6. Under Portland City Code chapter 5.73, RACC has been delegated authority on behalf of the City to provide grants to support nonprofit arts organizations and other arts programs that make arts and culture experiences available to Portland residents.
  7. Under Portland City Code chapter 5.73, RACC has been delegated authority on behalf of the City to coordinate between School Districts and arts organizations to ensure high quality arts education for Portland students.
  8. Under Portland City Code chapter 5.74, RACC has been delegated authority on behalf of the City for the acquisition, fabrication, installation, de-accessioning, management and registration of public art.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. The Chief Administrative Officer is hereby authorized to execute an agreement with RACC substantially in accordance with the form agreement attached as Agreement for Arts Services and Exhibit A to this Ordinance.

Section 2:  The Council declares that an emergency exists because delaying payment to RACC would negatively impact artists and organizations working to support Portland’s economic recovery and emotional healing. Accordingly, the agreement’s effective date in Section (3)(A) is revised from August 23, 2021 to July 1, 2021 and this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by the Council.

An ordinance when passed by the Council shall be signed by the Auditor. It shall be carefully filed and preserved in the custody of the Auditor (City Charter Chapter 2 Article 1 Section 2-122)

Passed as amended by Council

Auditor of the City of Portland
Mary Hull Caballero

Impact Statement

Agenda Items

Passed As Amended

Motion to add an emergency clause to revise agreement effective date to July 1, 2021 because delaying payment would negatively impact artists and organizations working to support Portland's economic recovery and emotional healing : Moved by Rubio and seconded by Hardesty. (Y-5)
  • Former Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

Requested Agenda Type

Time Certain

Date and Time Information

Requested Council Date
Requested Start Time
9:45 am
Time Requested
30 minutes