Welcome to Art Spark!

A free quarterly networking event meant to connect local artists,
organizations, and creators in the Portland Community.

What’s Happening:

Join us for our next Art Spark event in May 30th at Produce Row Cafe! 


Art Spark is back for spring! Join us for another evening of education and celebration for a conversation on Affordable Art Space in Portland.

On February 28, Portland City Council adopted a set of recommendations to protect and expand affordable arts spaces. You can read the resolution and the adopted plan here: A Plan for Preserving and Expanding Affordable Arts Space in Portland.

The plan articulates 24 ideas for city bureaus, RACC, and the broader arts community to address the problem of affordability. The May 30th installment of Art Spark will include a community conversation led by Portland’s Creative Laureate, Subashini Ganesan featuring local artists, including Janessa Narciso of DUGmentor and advocate Ka’ila Farrel- Smith, and executive director of Morpheus Youth ProjectCarlos Chavez

*We will discuss the current state of art space affordability, provide an introduction to the city’s plan through a one page “Road Map” and provide opportunity for feedback, community input, as well as local resources.

Art Spark is free and all ages.


Produce Row Cafe,  204 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214


The May 30th installment of Art Spark will include a community conversation led by Portland’s Creative Laureate, Subashini Ganesan featuring local artists, mentors, and advocates including Janessa Narcisco of DUG and Ka’ila Farrel- Smith.

Past Events

Art Spark is now going on its 9th year connecting creatives in the city of Portland. Check out our most recent events.

Photos by Miss Lopez Media

Ways to Connect with Us

Attend an event

Art Spark is a quarterly event hosted in rotating locations throughout the city of Portland. Our mission is to connect local artists, organizations, and creators to exchange resources and hold space for creative community. Art Sparks falls within the last 2 weeks of January, April, July, and October. Join our mailing list to stay up to date on upcoming Art Spark events. 

Featured Artist

We aim to feature 2-4 artists per event. Artists have the opportunity to share their writing, spoken word, dance, or other performance, although we remain open to sharing a range of art forms contingent on the venue. If you are interested in becoming a featured artist please email emarra-ketelaar@racc.org.


Community Partner and Featured Organizations

Community Partners and Featured Organizations are an important aspect of Art Spark programming. Each event features 3-4 Community Partners and 2-3 Featured Organizations. Community Partners and Featured Organizations act as a conductor to networking and may be reliant on the theme of the event. Community Partners are asked to provide a brief speaking component as well as the opportunity to table and provide information to the public. Featured Organizations are not required to provide a speaking component. 


We are always looking for new venues for Art Spark. You must have sufficient space to host 100-150 people comfortably and welcome all ages during the time of the event, usually before 8 PM. Please contact emarra-ketelaar@racc.org if you are interested in providing a venue for an upcoming Art Spark


Join Art Spark to recieve information on partners and event announcements!

411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97209-3356