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Multnomah Arts Center Receives $5,000 Unsolicited Gift

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Jan 22, 2013
Portland, OR

This January, the Multnomah Arts Center was the recipient of a $5,000 unsolicited grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund.  These funds have supported the expansion of the Multnomah printmaking and book arts classroom into a new building, doubling the size of the teaching studio.

The grant to Multnomah is part of a $150 million gift from the estate of Fred W. Fields to the Oregon Community Foundation, which will support education and the arts in Oregon. The long-term vision and strategy for the fund are being developed and will be presented in May 2013. In the meantime, more than $1.3 million in unsolicited one-time grants is being awarded this month to 136 nonprofits across Oregon that are doing good work in areas that were meaningful to Fred Fields and his wife, Suzanne.

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About the Multnomah Arts Center
With a commitment to providing affordable arts education for all ages, the Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) has been serving the Portland area since 1973. MAC is a part of Portland Parks and Recreation but also has a non-profit advisory board, the Multnomah Arts Center Association. The Arts Center offers a wide range of arts education: visual arts including painting, drawing, printmaking, book arts, photography, ceramics, glass arts, sculpture and textiles, and performing arts including theatre, music, and dance. Offerings in dance include tap, jazz, hip hop, swing, ballet and Chinese dance. Music lessons include piano, violin, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, banjo, trumpet, voice, bass guitar, and percussion. MAC is one of the tenants in a 1913 building called the Multnomah Center. Average enrollment is 1,500 students per term. The Arts Center has an excellent ceramics studio, a glass kiln, jewelry making equipment, printmaking studio with etching and lithography presses, and a weaving studio with approximately sixty looms. The Multnomah Arts Center has a gallery for emerging and established artists in Oregon and Washington.

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