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!
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? Click here to add your name to the Invite to Apply list, and we’l keep you updated with teaser event information and let you know when applications are open.
- If you’re interested in learning more and experiencing a sample Artventure, join us for our Associates Preview at Independent Publishing Resource Center, August 26, 6:00-8:00p.m.
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.
Co Chairs: Oscar Arana, NAYA Native American Youth and Family Center and Walter Robinson, Multnomah County
Co Chairs: S. Renee Mitchell, Artist and Stephen Marc Beaudoin, PHAME Academy
Co Chairs: Carmen Rubio of Latino Network and Kimberly Brown, Portland General Electric
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.
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.
- Give to Work for Art again and get a full year Art Card.
- Join the PACE Facebook group and attend their events.
- Subscribe to a season at a theatre or music group
- Become a volunteer at one of the groups you met
- Set aside funds for Willamette Week’s Give!Guide
- Become a Business Volunteer for the Arts through BCA.
- Take an arts class.
- Attend the BCA Behind the Scenes events.
- Recruit someone else to be a BCA Associate next year.
- Get your business to become a BCA member and get invited to our Behind the Scenes activities.
- Apply to take the BCA Art of Leadership course.
- Make a commitment to one art event every month!
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.