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BCA Associates is a program for young professionals to participate in a 6-month introduction to Greater Portland’s arts and culture scene while making friends and meeting new people. Associates attend Artventures — arts and cultural events and experiences — together, explore skills in the arts and civic engagement, and enjoy a friendly competition among colleagues that results in new opportunities for community leadership in the arts. This is an opportunity to experience the arts and find your passions and pathways!

Apply for BCA Associates 2014-2015 here. Or learn more in person:


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What it’s about:

  • Attend arts and culture events
  • Learn skills of civic engagement
  • Explore your creative side
  • Visit Portland’s known and hidden arts venues and backrooms
  • Meet the people who make the art
  • Go behind the scenes to see how art is produced
  • Create a team project that advances an arts and culture group or genre
  • Special prizes for teams and individuals with the most points at the end of the year!

What you get:

  • Get more connected to area arts and culture
  • Get discount tickets and special invitations to events in the arts
  • Flex your muscles for civic engagement and creative expression
  • Build a network of people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Get on a path to help shape tomorrow
  • Become an arts enthusiast, patron, philanthropist, activist and/or arts leader

Who it’s for:

  • Young professionals employed in Greater Portland
  • Ability to and interest in participating for 5-9 hours/month for activities and events
  • 21 years of age and older

How to be a candidate:

  • Interested in applying for the 2014-2015 program?  Apply here!
  • Deadline extended! Applications are due October 10 September 29. Notifications will be made in mid early October.

Cost: $85. Some activities may have additional fees. Includes a $30 contribution to Work for Art (which provides a 6-month “Arts Card” for 2-for-1 tickets provided by 70 arts & culture groups in the region).
*Fee can be paid over time. Some partial program scholarships available.


BCA Associates Leadership Team

Steering Committee
Co Chairs: Oscar Arana, NAYA Native American Youth and Family Center and Walter Robinson, Multnomah County

Creativity Connector
Co Chairs: S. Renee Mitchell, Artist and Stephen Marc Beaudoin, PHAME Academy

Community Connectors
Co Chairs: Carmen Rubio of Latino Network and Kimberly Brown, Portland General Electric

BCA Staff
Program Director: Toni Tabora-Roberts

Project Coordinator: Simone Coker Kamna

Thanks to our members and our corporate sponsor:





Grateful thanks to the Oregon Community Foundation, the Collins Foundation and the BCA Impact Fund for initial support.


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Special thanks to Portland Emerging Arts Leaders  and to Work for Art for being a program partner.



 It’s been a great year!  Thank you BCA Associates 2013-2014.


Press play to view a slideshow of the Associates!

Created with flickr slideshow.


12 Ideas for Ongoing Arts Engagement After Associates


Read the poem written by S. Renee Mitchell, consolidating the experiences of the Associates throughout the program.

Access the Associates points worksheet here.

Meet our 2013-2014 BCA Associates!

The team list is here!


Special thanks to Portland Emerging Arts Leaders for providing knowledgeable guides to connect Associates teams to resources and programs of interest. We’d also like to thank Work for Art for being a program partner.

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