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Artists Rep lays off its artistic director

The company, beset by financial problems in the midst of a major construction project and a suspended season, parts ways with Jeanette Harrison, its artistic director of only a year.

News & Notes: Dell’Arte on the ropes

The noted school for physical theater announces an emergency fund drive to keep its doors open. Plus: new Oregon Arts Commission grants, Dan Ryan’s quartet of city Art Talks.

RACC puts its top leader on leave

The arts and culture funding group, in the midst of a fierce battle over funding with the City of Portland, puts Executive Director Carol Tatch on paid leave pending investigation of unspecified issues.

Remembering Yaki Bergman, 1945-2023

“He led with his heart, and what a huge, open heart it was!”: The leader of Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Siletz Bay Music Festival leaves a giant gap among musicians and friends.

Bringing women into the center of the art world

News & Notes: A new series of lectures on prominent women artists of the 20th century; The Immigrant Story goes live at The Armory; The –Ism Youth Files kicks off a podcast series.

News & Notes: Party in the Pearl

The 27th annual Art in the Pearl festival highlights Portland’s Labor Day Weekend. Plus, art around Oregon in Astoria, Eugene, and The Dalles.

Artists Rep suspends its ’23-24 season

Financial problems stemming in part from the pandemic, an expensive construction project, lack of expected state funding and a national slump in theater attendance force a drastic step.

U.S. chooses Jeffrey Gibson for Venice Biennale

Portland Art Museum and curator Kathleen Ash-Milby play key roles in spotlighting the first solo Indigenous artist at the U.S. Pavilion in the international art showcase’s 129-year history.

The big arts breakup: RACC and PDX

The City of Portland tells the Regional Arts & Culture Council it’s going to go it alone on arts policy and funding – and it’s taking its money with it.

News & Notes: A new large Portland performance hall?

Keller Auditorium, which is susceptible to earthquake damage, must be upgraded — or maybe replaced. Also: The elk is finally close to a return, but Abe and Teddy still wait while the city talks.

Arts funding bottoms out in Legislature

As Oregon lawmakers stumble through a long Senate walkout and then rush to finish business, a cultural sector still hurting from Covid shutdowns loses on several fronts.

Music critics elect Allen, Bash

The Music Critics Association of North America chooses ArtsWatch writers Angela Allen as secretary and James Bash as treasurer.

Maryhill Museum names a new leader

The museum names Amy Behrens, executive director of a Southern California cultural center and botanical gardens, to lead it into the future.

News & Notes: Vanport Flood at 75

The eighth annual Vanport Mosaic Festival, remembering the flood and its legacy, begins. Also: Schnitzer Hall gets too hot to handle; Carlos Kalmar is investigated.

Nataki Garrett and OSF part ways

The artistic director of the embattled Oregon Shakespeare Festival departs as the company is in the midst of an emergency fund drive to keep its season going.

All Classical On the Move

Portland’s ambitious, forward-looking classical music radio station is expanding its scope, creating space for live performances, and relocating to downtown Portland.

Portland tri-county looks to the arts future

“Our Creative Future,” a two-year, broad-based planning effort, seeks to set the tone for the growth and stability of the region’s arts culture over the next 10 years.

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