RACC is giving this George Washington statue a long-overdue de-schmutzing. What else is new?

Cascadia Art Conservation Center will partner with RACC to give three local monuments a good cleaning. George Washington, Sacajawea, and the Lady Liberty-reminiscent, trident-toting Portlandia  have been deemed dirty birds and scheduled for a spruce-up by next spring.

Oregon Symphony seeks a new president upon the departure of Elaine Calder. In the interim, GM Mary Crist and VP/CFO Janet Plummer will sit in. Read full announcement...

Portland Art Museum brought on Dawson W. Carr, Ph.D. as its new curator of European art. Read announcement...

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) continued its $15 million crusade to convert the former Federal Building at 5th and Broadway into the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art & Design; meanwhile 2009 alum Brenna Murphy won a $4800 Rhizome grant to further develop her web-based hypno-scapes.

Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) finished assessing its 2011 iteration of Arts Build Communities, finding a 5-to-1 average return on their initial 24 arts investments and looking forward to receiving 2013 submissions by October 1. The Commission also welcomed a new governor-endorsed appointee: poet Crystal Ann Williams.

Portland Center Stage promoted Darius Pierce from “Ralphie” narrator in Christmas Story to grouchy elf elect "Crumpet" in holiday snarkfest The Santaland Diaries. Raise a brow for the newest Sedaris stand-in; he's got big curly-toed shoes to fill.

Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) tacked on two new board members: Vizwerks/PNCA's Randy Higgins and OHSU's Dr. Joseph Bloom. Read more...

Northwest Film Center tapped animator and CalArts Experimental Animation prof Maureen Selwood to judge its 39th annual Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, where she'll evaluate entries for special recognition and prizes and also present some of her own work.

Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) heralded six new mural projects in varying stages of completion, hosting unveilings in Rosewood and at the Keller and noting Chris Haberman's progress on Hawthorne and a proposed Lents tryptich by Mike Lawrence next spring. See all 6...

The Old Church got a new air conditioning system thanks to Kinsman and Collins Foundation funds, as well as Portland Cello Project and Michael Allen Harrison donations. The Church also made good on a Wedding Giveaway Contest for glowing grooms Cory Murphy and Matthew Helmkamp in a ceremony officiated by Mayor Sam Adams. More about the Old Church...

Vanessa Veselka won the 2012 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize—along with $25 grand—for her novel Zazen, having parlayed a storied resumé of everything from union organizing to sex work into an uncannily wise and moving debut. More about the PEN prize...

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