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Arts Education | Gallery Exhibits | Concerts | Featured Artists | Community Events | Public Art

HillsboroARTS Winter/Spring 2019

Building a More Creative Community Art, Nature, and Community Come Together to Create New Play Space 15th Annual Latino Cultural Festival Q&A with NeftalĂ­ Rivera & Grupo Borikuas


Weddings | Graduations | Anniversaries | Fundraisers | Luncheons “Our day was amazing and EVERYBODY loved the location. It’s so beautiful it really doesn’t need a lot of decorations. The staff was easy to work with—they were friendly, flexible, and followed through when they said they would do something. I would certainly recommend this venue for your special event.” - Sheila Adams

Let the timeless beauty of the Walters Cultural Arts Center infuse your special gathering with the spirit of creativity and culture. With its classic red-stone architecture, stained glass features, custom woodwork ceiling arches, concertquality sound system, and fine art gallery, the Walters is one of the west side’s most treasured sites for weddings, parties, fundraisers, luncheons and other special events. Located in the heart of Hillsboro’s historic downtown, this former church is a bustling nexus of cultural activity. Our facility is open Monday through Friday, with private rentals available on Saturday & Sunday. The Walters is centrally located with easy access to Portland, Washington County wine country, and the Oregon Coast. Our experienced and friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions and assist you through our rental process. Whether you’re planning for your wedding day, preparing for an upcoming business luncheon, or hosting a nonprofit fundraiser…your cultural arts center is the perfect venue for your special event!


527 East Main Street | Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 503.615.3485 | Photo credit (top to bottom, clockwise): Stephanie Adams-Santos, Mitchelldyer Photography, Rick Paulson Photography, Walters staff and Jon Gottshall.





8 Connect with Us

Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council Phone: 503-615-3497 Facebook: HillsboroArts Hillsboro Public Art Program Phone: 503-615-3489 Address: 527 East Main Street Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 Cultural Arts is a division of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. Digital Version Find a digital version of this magazine at our website at: CulturalArts

On the Cover


18 Building a More Creative

2 Hillsboro’s New Cultural Arts

3 Martin Conley Brings New


Hillsboro’s new Cultural Arts Plan is a roadmap to provide quality art and culture experiences to the community.

12 Art, Nature, & Community Come Together to Create New Play Space

The Inukai Boys & Girls Club gets a face lift that reflects many cultures.

8 15

Annual Latino Cultural Festival th

The popular festival celebrates and showcases Latino culture, including music, dance, art, food and more.

4 Q&A with Neftalí Rivera

& Grupo Borikuas

Promoting Puerto Rican, Cuban, Afro-Caribbean music to the Northwest.

& Events Manager

Life to Downed Trees

5 Walters Concert Series 10 Walters Gallery Exhibits 14 Creative Connections 15 Profile of an Arts Advocate 16 Seven Tips for a Better Grant Application

17 Creative Impact

Workshop Series

20 Instructor Spotlight: Rachel LaMarco

21 Register for Classes 21 Youth Classes 26 Adult Classes

Walters Arts Education

Walters Cultural Arts Center Phone: 503-615-3485 Facebook: WCACHillsboro Twitter: WaltersCAC


A Note From Hillsboro’s New Cultural Arts & Events Senior Manager

I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this city. — Nancy Nye

Meet Nancy Nye

It was 2004 when I first heard about the Walters Cultural Arts Center. I was working for another municipality at the time, but was so intrigued by what I’d heard that I definitely paid attention. And I wasn’t the only one. Many of my colleagues in the field were buzzing about this place called Hillsboro that not only exemplified a dedication to the arts, but had also demonstrated its commitment by establishing something rare―a community arts center. Four years later, Hillsboro’s Public Art Master Plan was developed, and it was official: Hillsboro had something special going on. As an arts administrator for over twenty years, I‘ve always believed the arts are essential to understanding and celebrating the human spirit. Art not only contributes to the vitality and quality of life for residents, it is also a critical driver for the economic sustainability of our communities. I have dedicated my professional life to developing programs, providing diverse artistic opportunities, and continually working to create greater access to the arts for everyone. Today, fourteen years after first hearing about the Walters Cultural Arts Center and the City’s nascent Public Art program, the community of Hillsboro has once again shown itself to be innovative and forward-looking by adopting the 2018 Cultural


Arts Action Plan. I’m extremely honored to lead the Cultural Arts and Events team at such an auspicious time and look forward to accomplishing the goals outlined in this plan. Since coming on board in September, I can say without hesitation that all of the people I have met who work for the City of Hillsboro are some of the finest, most competent, most welcoming professionals I have ever encountered. They set the bar high for me and I wake up every morning excited to meet the challenge. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this city. Dedication not only to the arts, but also to ensuring that the arts represent the city’s remarkable diversity, is critically important to me. To have our residents be fully and equally included and represented in every one of our arts programs is among my very highest priorities. And while I am still a newcomer here, that is what excites me most. It means I have the opportunity to make new friends, forge long-lasting alliances, and serve in my highest capacity as an administrator―to make our community stronger through the transformative power of art. My door is always open. Please feel free to contact me at or by phone at 503-681-5381. Sincerely, Nancy Nye

Local Sculptor Brings New Life to

Downed Trees

What happens when a tree comes down in a fast growing city? Is there a way that the legacy of that tree lives on?

lets his intuition guide him and starts carving. Negative spaces, the parts he carves away, are as important as the positive spaces, the wood that remains. He wants the eye to travel in and out to appreciate the cavities, colors, and textures.

As Hillsboro develops, it is a sad reality that despite best efforts to preserve our tree canopy, there are times when trees are cut. Often, the trees are used by the Parks & Recreation Department for vital habitat restoration, placed in creeks to slow the flow of water and create nooks and crannies where fish can rest. The Hillsboro Parks Maintenance Special Projects crew has also become very creative in fashioning dramatic park benches from fallen trees. In some instances, staff from Hillsboro’s Public Art Program has the opportunity to contact local artists and woodworkers who are interested in salvaging the wood.

This is not Conley’s first rodeo. When an oak tree Oak burl sculpture was removed during the renovation of the Walters Cultural Arts Center, Conley took a section of burl and created a beautiful sculpture that can be seen on the 5th floor of the Hillsboro Civic Center.

When a large white oak was cut for the construction of housing at Orenco Station in 2013, local artist Martin Conley met the contractor and selected a forked branch for a sculpture project. Conley allowed the wood to dry in his studio for five years until it was ready to be shaped and carved into something new. Conley, a third generation Oregonian, has worked in many art forms, from painting and photography to wood sculpture. He studied sculpture at the University of Oregon, and has pursued many art forms while working as a contractor. As a member and officer of Sequoia Gallery + Studios he worked to support the work of local artists. When contemplating a new piece of natural wood, Conley Photo of tree before it was cut down.

In the same way he looks at a downed tree and sees the potential for a sculpture, Conley looks for inspiration all around him. A recent trip to Ireland included a visit to a renowned carver of ancient bogwood and to a woodworker that inspired him to develop a line of modern wood vases. Conley’s current project is developing a new artists’ studio group. Look for their work at Golden Road Studios. Are you an artist or woodworker who would like to be informed when salvage wood is available? Please contact LeAnn Alsop ( to be placed on the list.

Martin Conley starts carving

Finished sculpture


Neftalí Rivera & Grupo Borikuas:

Promoting Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Afro Caribbean Music “[The concert at the Walters] will include a compilation of the most popular songs from Puerto Rico and Cuba that people have requested throughout the years.” — Neftalí Rivera

Neftalí Rivera & Grupo Borikuas capture the essence of Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Bright and charismatic performers, they bring their passion for their heritage, music, and culture to the stage. Celebrating 50 years in the music business, Rivera shared his backstory and what inspires him as an artist with Walters’ staff member, Cindy Morales-Lee.

What are the main themes or messages for most of your songs?

What inspired you to get into music? How and when did you form your group?

What famous musicians do you admire? Why? There was a Puerto Rican musician, Rafael Hernandez, who wrote more than 3,000 songs, many of them very well known all over the world. He was one of the most famous Puerto Rican composers. He was the creator of the musical piece Dos Gardenias. This song was made popular by the group Buena Vista Social Club, and for this reason most people think it is a Cuban song. Rafael Hernández was also the creator of El Cumbanchero, very popular all over the world.

Since I was born, everything around the house was full of music! I come from a very large family, most of them musicians, including my father and grandfather. My cousins, aunts, and uncles all played a musical instrument. Being the guitar [was] the most affordable instrument at the time, that’s what they mostly played! Very often we had family gatherings where everyone would play their instruments and show their progress in doing so. Neftalí Rivera and Grupo Borikuas was born in 1996, The original, founding members were Gerardo Vargas (Puerto Rican cuatro; Victor Pizarro and José Padin (percussion), and myself. Grupo Borikuas came to be with the goal of promoting Puerto Rican-Cuban/Afro Caribbean Music in the Northwest. Little was known about the origin of our music, how it started, where it came from, our musical instruments, our people, and our culture at that time. 4

My songs are mostly dedicated to my island Puerto Rico. They tell about its beauty, our culture, about people’s way of living, their customs. My children and wife have also been my inspiration for some of my music. It tells about our daily life experiences and feelings.

For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words: Rich; melodious; lively; joyful; soothing; stimulating. Neftalí Rivera & Grupo Borikuas will perform on Friday, April 19 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, with new songs and musical arrangements. For more information and tickets, visit

Upcoming Walters 2019 Concerts Aaron Nigel Smith

Saturday, January 26 | 2 pm matinee $5 advance | $8 day of show Children’s Reggae, Family-friendly 55 minute production Come sing and dance to uplifting reggae beats by this award winning performer, educator, and celebrated musician. Bringing beauty, harmony, and messages of peace to every performance, Aaron Nigel Smith has inspired youth and families around the world through his music and the Emmy Award Winning PBS Kids show, Between the Lions. From original music to collaborations with Ziggy Marley, Smith has received numerous awards, including a Parents’ Choice Award and recognition in People Magazine. Get ready for an entertaining and empowering afternoon of joyful music. Recommended for ages 2-8.

“A joyful beat and multicultural, pop-funk vibe. . .” — Parents’ Choice Awards (on Aaron Nigel Smith) Craig Carothers

Friday, February 8 | 7:30 pm $18 advance | $22 day of show Acoustic Singer + Songwriter A Walters’ favorite with a loyal Northwest following, this talented singer-songwriter began his career in Portland before relocating to Nashville where he performs his own music at famous stages like the Bluebird Cafe, and writes for artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, and Peter, Paul & Mary. His music is heartbreakingly beautiful and scathingly funny, delivered with a lively deadpan smile and a voice that’s downright swoony. Discover why his performances over the years have been described as “truly magical,” and experience the moving compositions of this homegrown talent with national appeal.


Friday, February 22 | 7:30 pm $18 advance | $22 day of show Spanish Flamenco, Arabic, Andalusian, Persian, Jazz Placing in top charts for World Music, Seffarine’s international blend of sounds features soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their music embraces and extends Naki’s rich heritage, which spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara, mixing Arabic Andalusi music with the grooves of acclaimed bassist Damian Erskine, the phenomenal chops of Persian master multiinstrumentalist Bobak Salehi, and virtuoso percussionist, Manavihare Fiaindratovo. Seffarine delivers an original and intoxicating sound that Bass Player Magazine describes as a “gorgeous intersection” of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern genres and culture.

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Upcoming Walters Concerts continued Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company Saturday, March 9 | 2 pm matinee $5 advance | $8 day of show Native American Dance, All Ages, Family Friendly 50 minute production

Painted Sky Northstar Dancers celebrate the richly layered traditions of Native American dance with powerful and life-affirming performances full of “energy and talent [that light] up the stage” (OPB). Their dynamic repertoire includes traditional dance forms and blended contemporary styles. Painted Sky is an Intertribal organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education.

“The Northstar Dancers were absolutely fantastic! Their energy and talent lit up the stage. I could have watched them all night.” — Oregon Public Broadcasting Robbie Fulks

Friday, March 22 | 7:30 pm $18 advance | $22 day of show Folk, Bluegrass, Vintage Country Hailed as “one of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades” (Rolling Stone), Robbie Fulks’ new album, Upland Stories, is garnering some of the most effusive reviews of his impressive career—along with two Grammy nominations for “Best American Roots Song” and “Best Folk Album.” Fulks’s rich, emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and stirring vocals. As a musician whose picking is as sharp as his wit, take it from Tina Fey: “Fulks is an alt-country genius.”

Portland Taiko — Just added!

Friday, April 5 | 7:30 pm $5 advance | $8 day of show Taiko Drumming, Family Friendly, All Ages, 50 minute production

Photo by Rich Iwasaki


Celebrate Portland Taiko’s 25th Anniversary with a special, all-ages, interactive performance at the Walters this spring! Taiko drumming fuses music and movement in electric, unforgettable performances that appeal to the young and young-at-heart alike. Founded on principals of innovation, respect, and cooperation, this celebration of ancient music approached with a modern spirit affirms Asian American pride, builds community, and inspires and educates audiences about Japanese heritage and culture. Experience the unique impact of this dynamic, exciting, and continually evolving art form by one of the Northwest’s most celebrated performance groups. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Box Office: 503-615-3485 | Purchase Tickets Online:

Neftalí Rivera & Grupo Borikuas Friday, April 19 | 7:30 pm $12 advance | $16 day of show Puerto Rican, Cuban, Afro-Caribbean

Neftalí Rivera & Grupo Borikuas capture the essence of Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Bright and charismatic performers, they bring their passion for their heritage, music, and culture to the stage. Conveying a rich poetic lineage in their songs and beats, they move fluidly between love, loss, and joy—covering an impressive repertoire that includes genres from a variety of Latin American cultures. A Northwest treasure, they are sure to fill your heart and move your feet.

Acoustic Guitar Summit Friday, May 3 | 7:30 pm $18 advance | $22 day of show Fingerstyle Guitar

Grammy Award winner Mark Hanson, Oregon Music Hall of Fame member Terry Robb, and special guest Jeff Peterson come together for an evening with Acoustic Guitar Summit. These three virtuosos and bring a diverse musical journey to the stage with their impressive fingerstyle guitar and unique versions of classic favorites, Blues, Jazz, and Hawaiian slack key. Their wideranging, genre crossing repertoire rejoices in the rhythm and power of the instrument. Jeff Peterson is a Grammy nominated, rising star based in Hawaii who was featured on the soundtrack for the film the Descendants, starring George Clooney.

“These are guitarists at the top of their form.” — The Dalles Chronicle on Acoustic Guitar Summit Portland Youth Philharmonic

Saturday, May 18 | 2 pm matinee $5 advance | $8 day of show Classical 90 minute production (with intermission) With a stunning repertoire that rivals that of major professional orchestras, Portland Youth Philharmonic brings together some of the country’s finest emerging musicians known for excellent and adventurous performances throughout the region, based in Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. “America’s first youth symphony is a boon to our young community” (Portland Monthly), and classical music lovers of all ages will be stirred, delighted, and impressed by the offerings of this accomplished orchestra. This all new performance has been specifically created for the Walters Concert Series by PYP, bringing together a diverse group of composers to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Hillsboro and Washington County.

Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee & Tea With thanks to our season sponsor Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton

For full details about our 2018 - 19 concert series, visit


“The most important part to me is that the event is for the whole community—everyone feels welcome and wants to participate.” – Jaime Miranda, M&M Marketplace


The Latino Cultural Festival Celebrates its 15th Anniversary Celebrate the culture and traditions of Hillsboro’s Latinx community on Sunday, May 19 at the 15th Annual Latino Cultural Festival from 12 – 5 pm! This free community event will feature music and dance performances, an arts village, food vendors, a competitive futsal (soccer) tournament, and booths featuring local artisans, businesses, and organizations. It’s a great day for the whole family and fun for all ages. Designed to connect, embrace, and engage Hillsboro’s vibrant Latinx community, the festival has grown each year in both attendees and in its scope. The festival quickly overflowed and outgrew its space at Tuality Healthcare its very first year and moved to the Hillsboro Civic Center the next year. By its third year, it landed at its current home on the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza and the streets of Downtown Hillsboro. The festival has become an annual tradition for many families from a broad range of backgrounds and cultures. Initially focused on social service groups, it has expanded to showcase all aspects of Latinx culture, including sports, food, art, performances, and local Latinx businesses. It now hosts more than 10,000 attendees. Jaime Miranda, owner of the local M&M Marketplace, has coordinated the annual futsal tournaments since the festival moved outdoors and has seen the changes first-hand. He says, “I’m happy to see the growth of the [Latino Cultural Festival] with the community coming together and more organizations participating in this welcoming and inclusive event....The most important part to me is that the event is for the whole community—everyone feels welcome and wants to participate.” A treasured highlight of the festival is the opening performance by The Aztec Dancers, presented by ABCD Enterprises, LLC. Though the other performances by Latinx musicians and dance groups rotate each year, The Aztec Dancers, with spectacular feathered headdresses and an earth-pounding presence, are an annual feature of the festival. In collaboration with the local schools, a parade celebrates the diversity of Latinx culture by highlighting each Latin American country. Each school that participates researches a different country and students walk in the parade with handmade signs and banners representing the cultures and traditions of that

country. In celebration of the festival’s 15th anniversary, the Chamber will also sponsor one Hillsboro student’s quinceañera (15th birthday) celebration this year. Finalists from the 2nd Annual M&M Marketplace singing contest are set to perform on the youth stage at the corner of Main Street and 2nd Avenue, with this year’s winner selected and announced that day. This year’s festival also includes increased support from local Latinx businesses, with El Chino Taqueria and Mariscos/Molina Insurance Group titling the event. The 15th Annual Latino Cultural Festival is set to be the largest yet, jam-packed with events for everyone to enjoy. This is just the type of growth that Jaime Miranda wants to see continue every year. Miranda says, “I’m looking forward to the Latino Cultural Festival continuing to embrace the community as a whole. It’s where we come together and celebrate.” For more details about the Latino Cultural Festival, visit or If you are interested in participating in the Latino Cultural Festival as a sponsor or as a vendor or exhibitor, please contact or


Walters Gallery Exhibits Gallery exhibit hours: Monday – Thusday: 9 am – 9 pm | Friday: 9 am – 5 pm The Walters showcases a diverse selection of artwork by both established and emerging local artists year round. A call for new artists is held each October; for more information about the artist call, visit:

P.A.N. Portfolio

The Viewpoint Critique Group

Secret Rainbow

Carol Barnett, Kathleen Buck, Patrice Cameron, Sue Parman, Carmen Sonnes, Print Arts Northwest Airi Foote, Evelyn Fritz, Anji Grainger, Chris Lynne Taylor December 4 – January 25 Helton, Janice Holmes, Kat McCullough, Britt April 2— May 24 This exhibition exemplifies the astonishing McNamee, Phyllis Meyer, Sunny Smith Mystery abides in the colorful range of creative inventiveness among February 5 – March 22 works of these three artists Pacific Northwest printmaking artists. The Viewpoint Critique Group is a collective whose work pushes beyond the The Portfolio brings together 42 artists of women artists who support each other surface of the everyday. With with distinct styles and techniques into in the creation of new work across a wide prismatic colors and touches of a collection that is remarkably cohesive. range of media. Rooted in the philosophy surrealism, the paintings in this The visual themes, color, form, line, and that the sharing of ideas inspires new forms collection tell stories about the shape transcend similarities and differences and expanded artistic expressions, this group hidden dimensions that unfold across a variety of printmaking methods. fosters collaboration and the continual all around or within us. Viewers As a result, the collection is reminiscent sharing of ideas, techniques, and feedback. are invited to a transcendent of the Pacific Northwest itself, which is This collection of work, curated by Kathleen experience. so dramatically diverse in geography and Buck and Phyllis Meyer, represents the culture and yet an indivisible whole. interconnected and cumulative power of the First Tuesday Art Walk group’s philosophy in action. Receptions April 2 & May 7 | 5 – 8 pm

First Tuesday Art Walk Receptions February 5 & March 5 | 5 – 8 pm

Featured Artists at the Hillsboro Civic Center

The following exhibits will be on display in the Hillsboro Civic Center’s Shirley Huffman Auditorium and adjacent gallery wall.

Picture Hillsboro

Sheila Baumgartner

A presentation of finalists from the “Picture Hillsboro” competition— works that represent the people, landscapes, and cityscapes of Hillsboro through a range of mediums.

These whimsical acrylic landscape scenes invite viewers to engage with the joyful colors and sights of the everyday scenery that surrounds us.

January —February 2019


March —April 2019


every month | 5 – 8 pm | free

ART EXHIBITS February 5 & March 5 Viewpoint Critique Group April 2 & May 7 Secret Rainbow LOCAL ARTISAN POP UP SHOP ARTIST TALKS & DEMOS LIVE MUSIC BY LOCAL PERFORMERS SPECIAL PERFORMANCES & LECTURES ART ACTIVITIES FAMILY FRIENDLY - ALL AGES Walters Cultural Arts Center 527 East Main Street. Hillsboro (503) 615-3485

Interested in Volunteering with Cultural Arts?

There are many opportunities to volunteer with the Cultural Arts Division of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, including: • Volunteering for the Walters Cultural Arts Center events and programs, • Helping the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council at special events such as Celebrate Hillsboro and the Latino Cultural Festival, and • Volunteering with the Hillsboro Public Art Program at special events and outreach opportunities.

Current Volunteer Openings Family Art Night Assistant

Assist with set up, clean up, art supply distribution and help participants with projects.

16 years – Adult Thu

6:15 – 8:45 pm

First Tuesday Art Walk & Gallery Assistant

Assist staff with art activities at the First Tuesday Art Walk and Gallery Openings. Should enjoy working with youth and families. Adult

First Tue

6:15 – 8:45 pm

Want to Volunteer?

Visit or contact Sarah Delepine, Volunteer Services Coordinator at 503-615-3479 or

CALL FOR ARTISTS AND ARTISANS Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro is seeking artists and artisans interested in selling their wares during First Tuesday Art Walk. For details, or to submit work for consideration, email Include your contact info, website, 3-4 images, and a brief description of your work. 11

Art, Nature, & Community Come Together to Create New Play Space A drab play space will glow with color thanks to a new mural at the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club. The City of Hillsboro Community Arts Program and the Public Art Program sponsored local artist Arturo Villaseñor to involve youth in a mural covering the entire 96’ wall. He gathered ideas from the young people, including everything from “we are all a family” to “show flags from all over the world,” and has covered the wall with colorful images that communicate America’s welcome to people from all nations. The teen club in particular participated in design and painting, and now calls it “our wall.” Villaseñor’s artwork has had high visibility recently with his murals for The Frida Project and at the Green Community Plaza at the M&M Marketplace. After receiving a fine arts education in Mexico, Villaseñor did the meticulous work of historical restoration of significant buildings in Mexico City. His paintings have been displayed at Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium, the Portland Art Center, Concordia University, and Multnomah Art Center, as well as the Forest Grove and Brookwood Public Libraries. Every day, 200 youth ages 6 -18 stream into the Inukai Club, tucked away on a quiet street in Hillsboro. They can use computers, get help with homework, do art, play in the gym, and get snacks, with low-income and people of color making up 80 percent of the population served. Parents 12

pay a nominal fee and know that their kids are safe, and supported by caring staff. A former parking lot and dumpster storage area is an outdoor activity space. The bland space needed an upgrade. Rachel Schutz, Senior Director of Youth, Family, and Trauma Informed Services at the Club declares that, “having a more suitable play space was high on everyone’s wish list.” To transform the space, the Club partnered with Depave, a non-profit that recruits volunteers “to change their surroundings from pavement to thriving landscapes that bring people together, foster stewardship, increase safety, augment play and learning spaces, provide places to grow food, capture storm water, and add to the urban tree canopy.” Depave’s designer created a plan for the space drawing on the input of youth at the Club. “Nature play” was the overwhelming first choice. “Nature play” is a growing movement in park design with less structured outdoor spaces that encourage children to use their imagination, connect to their natural environment, and interact with others in creative, active play. Climbing over logs, building a shelter out of branches, or digging a hole in the dirt are the old-fashioned joys of outdoor play that are rare in today’s world of screens. Advocates say that, “Nature play significantly improves all aspects of child development – physical, cognitive, social, and emotional.”

Clockwise from far left: Arturo Villaseñor working on the mural, Arturo Villaseñor with paint cans in front of the wall he will paint, Portrait of Rachel Schutz (first three photos by Rick Paulson), Teen club member painting on the mural, Parking lot before the renovation. Below: Sketch of the play space design At an October work party, Depave volunteers were joined by parents, youth, staff, and former staff. Over 100 volunteers devoted a day of hard but satisfying labor to remove the asphalt paving. Depave brought on Miguel Villanueva of New Village Masonry and Construction for excavation, installation of new permeable pavers, and creation of the play space. Miguel attended Inukai Club as a youth, understands the community value of its program, and is giving a discounted rate on his services.




The work ahead includes: importing new soil, installing 600 native plants, and building the rain garden and nature play elements. A stage, seating, and bike racks will complete the remake of this 4500 square foot parking lot into a safe, accessible outdoor play area. The brilliantly colored mural will complete the transformation. In addition to the transformation of the space, there is the impact on lives. Depave board member Carlos Nuñez Quinard, a translator for the court system, has helped coordinate the program. He says, “This project hits home with me because I spend so much of my time at the juvenile courthouse and working with the Department of Human Services. One of the main factors in kids getting involved with the judicial system is a lack of support, mentors, or safe spaces, I think our prevention efforts go a long way with projects like this.” When the new play space is inaugurated in the spring, it will be the result of many hands and hearts working together to support our next generation. Rachel Schultz surveys the work in progress with satisfaction. “We at Inukai have been trying to get something done with this space for years, and it means the world to me that so many members of the community have joined in to make it happen!”










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Creative Connections First Tuesday Art Walk

In the Walters lobby and galleries First Tuesday of the month | 5 – 8 pm First Tuesday gallery receptions at the Walters feature art, live music and special activities. Explore art and creativity on all three floors of the Walters.

Open Poetry Night

In the Walters Upstairs Gallery Second Tuesday of the month | 7 – 8 pm Poets and lovers of poetry gather for a casual evening of shared inspiration and poetic camaraderie. All are invited to sign up for the open mic, though respectful listeners are equally welcome and appreciated.

Creative Connections Speaker Series Dates and times listed below.

Spark your creativity with engaging talks and performances— free! This series features creative speakers and topics from all across Photo by Rick Iwasaki the creative spectrum: live storytelling, artist talks, lectures, readings, discussions, and more.

Grimm Love

with Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke Tuesday, February 19 | 7 pm | Walters Theatre

The course of true love never did run smooth. Gather round for a night of silly and twisted tales of love gone wrong. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, performed by storytelling duo Anne & Norm, these tales will have you grimmacing with joy. After the main event, willing audience members will have the opportunity to share their own stories of Grimm Love at an open mic. Stories should be true and under 5 minutes. Or else. Recommended for ages 13+

What is Cultural Appropriation?

A Conversation Project with Surabhi Mahajan Tuesday, April 16 | 7 pm | Walters Theatre

Issues of cultural appropriation and identity are complicated. Power dynamics influence who benefits from certain cultural experience, and—given the global nature of our world—parts of our individual and cultural identities are shaped by cultures other than our own. How do we make sense of this and what effect does it have on us as individuals and Oregonians? Join the conversation, led by longtime Salem resident and community activist Surabhi Mahajan. As an educated woman of color from an immigrant family, Surabhi has a nuanced understanding of how cultural experiences have informed her place in the world. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Art of the Story Festival:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Howard

Presented by Washington County Cooperative Library Services Tuesday, April 30 | 7 pm | Walters Theatre Recommended for Adult Audiences


Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater performs The Adventures of Huckleberry Howard, a program of interconnected coming-of-age tales about bullies and brothers and breaking away. This program includes four of Lawrence's most popular stories: In the Belly of the Beast, Drink Your Chocolate Milk, Night Blues, and Into the West, with a little harmonica music and a bit of narrative poetry mixed in for good measure. For more information and a full schedule of events, including family-friendly performances, visit:

Profile of an Arts Advocate: Barbara Mason Local artist and printmaker, Barbara Mason, is a long-time advocate for the arts in Hillsboro and throughout the region. Barbara recently shared a bit about her background and philosophy, as well as her vision for the local arts community with Cultural Arts staff… Barbara is part owner of Waterstone Gallery in the Pearl District of Portland where she has exhibited her art for 26 years. “I am an artist and printmaker working in my own printmaking studio on Golden Road in Hillsboro. I am an arts advocate and active in the community,” says Barbara. To support the arts, she served eight years on the board of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, and was a founding board member of Art in the Pearl in Portland and Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She is the past president of Print Arts Northwest and has been on the board of the Cultural Coalition of Washington County, the Washington County Museum, and the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council. Barbara is currently on the City of Hillsboro Arts and Culture Endowment Committee and the board of Sequoia Gallery. “I have served on the Endowment Committee for several years and will continue to do so. The growth of the Endowment is critical to art and culture in our community,” states Barbara. “I believe we should support what we care about with our time and our money and I care about art and culture. Supporting the Hillsboro Art & Culture Endowment is enormously important because the gift of $1,000 goes into a fund and the interest on that fund allows approximately $50 to be returned to the community to support art and culture forever. The Endowment will never spend the principal as it grows, so more and more interest is returned to the community each year. Last year we distributed $5,000.”

Photo by Bryan Welsh

By the Community, For the Community

The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment is funded by the community, for the community, in partnership with the City of Hillsboro. Contributions to this fund are invested by the Hillsboro Community Foundation (a 501c3 charitable foundation) Barbara has shown her work nationally and internationally for the past 35 years, with in partnership with the Oregon works in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, Intel Corporation, Crow’s Shadow Community Foundation to optimize fund returns. Art Institute, the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, the New York Public Library Collection, the National Museum of Kampala, Uganda, Applied Science Museum Since 2015, the HACE has provided of Amman, Jordan, The Corcoran at Yale University, and the Halle Ford Museum in funding for non-profit arts Salem Oregon, to name a few, along with numerous private individuals and corporate organizations, as well as for individual collections. artists, to encourage the creative This past year the Sequoia Gallery board expanded their annual Hip to Be Square event by showing the work of 262 high school students during the month of April. As a nonprofit they received a grant to help with expenses so students paid no fees. “There is no shortage of need and it is true that it is easier to raise money for food than for art. But, I think art feeds the soul and is critically important to the health of a community,” notes Barbara

expression of diverse sections of the Barbara Mason invites you to visit her at Sequoia Gallery at 136 SE 3rd Ave and her Golden Road Art Studios at 5459 SE Golden Rd. “Art is alive in Hillsboro!” she says; and community. we agree! At the Thomas Lauderdale Benefit Concert in November, the Endowment raised nearly $35,000 for arts and Mason culture in Hillsboro. Contributions working with ensure that annual financial support youth from for arts in our community will Home Plate Youth Services. grow. To make a donation to the Endowment, visit Hillsboro-Oregon. Photo by Rick gov/ArtsEndowment. You can create a Paulson legacy of culture!


The Hillsboro Community Arts & Culture Grants open on January 2 and close on February 22, 2019. Application drafts may be submitted for Review and Revision before February 4, 2019. Guidelines and applications are available at Hillsboro-Oregon. gov/HACC. For additional information, contact Melissa Moore, Community Art Program Supervisor at Melissa.Moore@ or 503-615-3497.

Photo of Bag&Baggage Productions, by Casey Campbell.

Seven Tips for a Better Grant Application If you volunteer or work for a community-based non-profit, you may find yourself volunteering, or reluctantly drafted, to write a grant application. Grant funding makes up an important piece of the funding pie for most non-profits, along with private donations and earned income (like ticket sales or membership fees). Even if your organization can’t afford to work with a professional grant writer, you can find grant success with a few basic tips: 1. Read the guidelines. Understanding what is eligible for funding will ultimately save you time, as you can filter out grants that aren’t a good fit. Even when your overall project is eligible, if you include ineligible expenses (because you were cutting and pasting from another application) you risk sinking your request.

5. Make your case with data. Use relevant statistics or study data to show why your project is important. For example, reference a study about the impact of music on graduation rates or math scores for a music project serving school-aged children, or include demographic data to explain how your project targets your intended audience.

2. Imagine your audience. Assume the person reading your application doesn’t know anything about your organization or project. Write with that imaginary person in mind.

6. Ask an outsider. Ask a friend or family member who isn’t involved with the project to read your draft. Even if they aren’t a grammatical proof reader, they may be able to point out where they have questions, or anything that doesn’t make sense. If there is something they don’t understand, assume a review panel won’t understand it either.

3. Answer the question. All grants ask applicants a series of questions. Remember, as you are telling the story of your project, to double check that you are answering the question that is asked. If a question has three parts, answer all three, or explain why it isn’t relevant to your project.


4. Check your numbers. Double-check that what you include in your budget reflects what you state in your narrative. Including an expense in one area of your application and not the other raises a red flag—and don’t forget to make sure the numbers add up.

7. Beat the Rush. Plan to turn your final application in at least a day before the deadline. You never know what surprises might come up—or when the dog is going to eat your homework. You’ll be grateful that you have given yourself that extra time. For additional tips, to meet arts and cultural funders, and to get more of your questions answered, plan to attend the Washington County Arts & Culture Grant Panel on January 16, listed on page 17.

creative impact For Washington County Artists and Cultural Organizations workshop series Arts & Culture Grants Panel

Join representatives from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Miller Foundation, and Precipice Fund for this free panel discussion to learn about local grant opportunities for arts and culture. Determine which opportunities fit best with your organization, and get the chance to talk face-to-face with grant makers that can answer all of your questions. Wednesday, January 16, 4 – 6 pm Brookwood Library, Hillsboro Free, but RSVP requested

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for Artists

In this hands-on workshop, Gigi Rosenberg demonstrates how to play the matchmaking game with potential funders, enlist a team to help craft a proposal, follow-up with a funder, and create a budget that makes your application irresistible. You will leave the workshop ready to write a rough draft of your next grant application and a copy of Rosenberg’s book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, in hand. Materials required: Please bring a personal laptop or tablet that is WiFi enabled. Saturday, January 26 and February 9, 10 am – noon Beaverton Building $45 for both sessions

Using Data To Tell Your Story:

Research for the Creative Industry

You may have compelling anecdotes that illustrate the impact of your work, but do you have the data to back it up? At this interactive workshop, review current research on the arts and discover tips and tricks to infuse data into your story. Use hard numbers and facts to show why your work is necessary and valuable. The strategies discussed will help you find greater success with grant writing, appeal letters, and more. Saturday, March 16, 1 – 4 pm Tualatin Hills Nature Center, Beaverton $20

Welcoming Diverse Audiences: Moving From Invitation to Engagement

We all start from a place of wanting to share our creative work with a broader audience, but does inviting diverse audiences truly make everyone feel welcome? In this session you’ll hear first-hand accounts of what has made people of color feel truly welcome— or unwelcome—at arts events. Following the panel, Sharifa Johka of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will share concrete examples of how the Shakespeare Festival is addressing equity to become a more inclusive cultural organization. Sponsored by the Regional Arts & Culture Council Tuesday, April 2, 5 – 7 pm Brookwood Library, Hillsboro $10

Kickstart Your Community Mural!

This 3-hour instructional workshop led by Public Art Administrators Laura Elizabeth Becker and Valerie Otani will share tools and insights for how to plan and pay for a mural, find an artist, and engage the community. This workshop will include a walking tour of community-based murals in the Old Town Beaverton. If you have ever wanted to create a mural in your neighborhood, this will empower you to do just that! Saturday, May 4, 10 am – 1 pm Beaverton Library $10

Arts Advice: A Day of Pro-Bono Consulting

A one-stop-shop for the professional services an artist or cultural nonprofit organization needs to thrive. Get free access to services including, financial and legal advice, translation services, photography and video tips, and more. Leave with a professional headshot, 30-second elevator speech video, professional advice, and the confidence to go forth and make art. Space is limited, so applications are required and are available online at on March 1 and due by April 1. Sunday, June 2, All Day Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro Free, but application required

The Creative Impact Workshop Series is a partnership of Hillsboro Cultural Arts, the City of Beaverton Arts Program, and Tualatin Valley Creates. To register for any of these workshops, go to


Building a More Creative Community Hillsboro Adopts Cultural Arts Action Plan In Hillsboro, the City Council appreciates and values arts and culture and is dedicated to providing high-quality arts experiences to everyone in our community. On October 16, 2019, the City Council adopted the Cultural Arts Action Plan in an effort to facilitate, coordinate, and capitalize on the many creative assets in our community.

“Together, we will nurture a creative, vibrant, culturally-authentic, and sustainable Hillsboro. By interweaving creative expression and cultural experiences into the daily life of every neighborhood, we will make quality arts and culture available to all.” — Cultural Arts Action Plan Vision Statement The Cultural Arts Action Plan is rooted in community voices. To develop the Plan, the City gathered responses from a broad spectrum of citizens in our community. These voices are the heart of the Plan, capturing the current state of the arts within Hillsboro and pointing us to ways of making Hillsboro a more creative and welcoming community.

Recognizing arts and culture within the overall vision for Hillsboro’s growth and development, the Cultural Arts Action Plan springs from the foundation built by the City of Hillsboro’s 2020 Vision and Action Plan, the City’s Strategic Plan, and the 2035 Community Plan.

Developing the Plan

Beginning with the City Council’s goal to bring both individuals and organizations together to shape a Plan for Hillsboro, a steering committee of 21 local community members was formed to guide the process from start to finish. Members included representatives from the City of Hillsboro and community partners, balanced with artists, educators, business owners, and other local arts and culture leaders. Arts Consulting Group (ACG) was brought onboard to help with the planning process and to “look in from the outside” at the spirit and character unique to Hillsboro and gauge current arts and culture activity. Many assets were revealed including Hillsboro’s welcoming spirit, can-do attitude, and collaborative nature, as well as a City leadership that values arts and culture, a growing creative community, and a wide-spread optimism about the future of the city and the opportunities available through arts and culture to create a more integrated, connected Hillsboro. The City’s next step was to talk with the broader community and gather their input and ideas. Public meetings were held at each of Hillsboro’s four local high-schools. One meeting was held for members of the creative sector at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Also, the City conducted a survey in both English and Spanish to capture a broader range of public input.

“Support and showcase the diverse artists and art traditions that add to the cultural richness of the city. Increase appreciation in the broader community and make those communities feel valued.” — Community survey response

“Let all the people of Hillsboro and neighboring cities such as Portland and Beaverton, be aware of the great art programs and activities that Hillsboro provides, which in turn, will issue great success.� — Community survey response Initiatives and Action Steps

Based off of these community conversations and research, the Cultural Arts Action Plan was developed around five arts and culture focus areas identified by the community. Each area has a vision statement looking towards our future, a set of defined goals, actions to accomplish these goals, and both City and potential community partners to make it happen. 1. Increase awareness of arts and culture in Hillsboro to showcase that our one city is filled with many creative and unique voices. Key goals include: 1) generating greater awareness of citywide arts and culture activities, 2) creating a centralized source of information for arts and culture events and activities, and 3) expanding arts and culture information through frequent and authentic outreach to our non-English speaking community. 2. Encourage diversity, equity and inclusion and embrace our multi-faceted communities, rich history, and growing and changing neighborhoods. Key goals include: 1) advancing and modeling a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through arts and culture in Hillsboro, 2) breaking down barriers to arts and culture experiences, and 3) expanding inclusion and engagement of underserved populations. 3. Support, integrate, and showcase creative expression in the community, providing versatile creative indoor spaces, full-service outdoor venues, and financial and infrastructure support to encourage the collaborative endeavors of artists, organizations, and businesses

sharing of arts and culture throughout the community. Key goals include: 1) expanding the number of arts and culture venues in the community and 2) increasing and showcasing the number of arts and culture opportunities in the broader community. 4. Interweave public art throughout Hillsboro, promoting the unique identity of this place and creating a memorable map of connections within the distinct areas of the city. Key goals include: 1) installing a landmark public art project and 2) increasing access to public art. 5. Improve economic strength in the creative sector with a dynamic array of art on display, culinary innovations, high-quality work by local artisans, and a broad spectrum of entertainment for all generations. Key goals include: 1) positioning the arts as an economic driver, 2) acquiring economic impact information about creative sector activities in Hillsboro, 3) increasing funding for arts and culture and expanding economic development support for arts and culture.

The Cultural Arts Action Plan provides Hillsboro with a clear direction and distinct goals for enhancing arts and culture in our community. Fully supported by the City Council, it is a Plan that, like others before, will guide us as we grow and better serve our community. City staff will look to it as they examine both current and future arts and cultural programming, as well as looking for new ways to implement the plan throughout the city. The full Cultural Arts Action Plan is available to review and download at 19

Instructor Spotlight: Meet Rachel LaMarco Reflecting on her path as an artist, Walters instructor Rachel LaMarco recalls a memory from childhood: “I always go back to this moment in preschool…I was sitting at my desk, coloring, and my teacher came up to me.” Rachel’s teacher proceeded to tell her what an amazing job she was doing. As Rachel talks, her face lights up, reliving the encounter. “[My teacher] showed so much excitement for what I was doing…I still remember how good it felt. I just wanted to keep going.” The affirmation she received that day gave her permission to embrace her creative expression with confidence and joy. A moment that might have otherwise been fleeting and long forgotten instead became pivotal in Rachel’s development. As she sees it, it was the beginning of her life as an artist. “Having access to arts education as a child was beyond integral to my life,” Rachel says. “Art was always a safe space to explore and be myself. And there’s a hugely important emotional component…In art, all students can express themselves and succeed, regardless of mental or physical ability, or even language skills. Art is for everybody.” Moved by her own empowering experiences with art and determined to share them with others, Rachel went on to earn a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Elementary Education. She became not only an art teacher but a true advocate for the arts. “One dream I have,” she says, “is to see arts education available to every single public elementary student…It’s incredibly important. I consider it a basic need.” Rachel’s teaching philosophy stems from a deep understanding of the emotional core at stake in creative expression. “There’s this tremendous power in a teacher to either destroy or uplift. I want to be the voice that uplifts,” she says. In the classroom, she champions her students’ innate potential. “Whether it’s a preschooler, a senior citizen, or anyone in-between, the goal is to give the student a sense of personal accomplishment and self-expression...The older people are, the more set they become in what they think they can’t be or can’t do. They insist they can’t draw beyond a stick figure. But that’s not true. It’s just not true.” She adds, “I pay close attention to the atmosphere in the classroom. I stay emotionally attuned and use verbal and nonverbal cues to figure out what’s going to make everybody most comfortable. And I adapt. I try to find the best position for each person to learn and succeed in their own way.” Rachel makes a strong case for the joy and power of creativity. “Whether it’s a career or a hobby,” Rachel says, “find a place for art in your life.” Outside of teaching, Rachel is an avid cake-artist. She baked her first cake in college for her then-boyfriend (now husband), and has baked ever since, including the wedding cakes of two sisters. Recently, she designed an ice cream themed cake for her daughter’s cake-smash ceremony—a growing international trend that celebrates a baby’s first year by letting them destroy a cake in adorable ways. “People ask how I can put so much work into something just to watch it get eaten, but that’s the joy in it. People just love cake. They get to enjoy its beauty and then they get to eat it. And I just have so much fun doing it. Instant gratification.” There’s a generous and joyful equivalence between Rachel’s cake artistry and her work as a teacher—be it cake or classroom, she serves to delight and inspire.

Whether it’s a career or a hobby, find a place for art in your life. — Rachel LaMarco 20

Check Out Rachel’s Upcoming Classes at the Walters Toddler & Me: Creative Canvas 12 – 24 months | Page 22

Let’s Draw

5 – 8 years | Page 23

Beginning Drawing 9 – 12 years | Page 23

Beginning Drawing Adult | Page 29

Drawing Portraits Adult | Page 29

Youth Classes – Clay Beginners welcome in all youth classes at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Returning students are encouraged to build on previously learned skills.

Youth Wheel

Have you ever wanted to try the potter’s wheel? Have a blast as you get your hands muddy and create beautiful ceramic pieces to use and share at home. Learn how to throw and glaze a variety of forms: from cups and bowls to vases and more. Develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as you take your creativity for a spin! 9 – 13 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Shannon Johnson 6279 Wed 2/13 – 3/13 6280 Wed 4/10 – 5/8 $68 Resident, $82 Non-Resident

3:45 – 5:15 pm 3:45 – 5:15 pm

Why pick just one art form when you can explore ceramics, drawing, and painting all in one class? Dive into art in all its colorful forms and discover what inspires you. There are absolutely no limits to where your creativity, curiosity, and artistic imagination can take you! 9 – 12 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Alice Hill 6278 Wed 4/17 – 5/15 $62 Resident, $76 Non-Resident

4 – 5:30 pm

Express your creativity through clay! In this dynamic, handson class, discover easy techniques to make fun and functional sculptures. Have a blast experimenting with exciting effects, colors, textures, and more, as you gain foundational ceramics skills. Create and glaze multiple pieces to bring home and treasure. 9 – 13 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Randi Hering-Soot 6281 Thu 2/7 – 3/7 $78 Resident, $94 Non-Resident

1 – 3 pm

Play, explore, and make art you can actually use every day! Discover the joy of clay in this exciting new class. Bring home your ceramic creations to enjoy and share. A fantastic launching pad for young ceramic artists.

Beginning & Intermediate Wheel for Homeschoolers

Discover the joy of clay in this all new class designed for homeschool students. Explore the potter’s wheel, handbuilding, and much more! Make cups, plates, small sculptures, and other creative projects to glaze and enjoy. Play, create, experiment, and follow your clay-tivity! Great for hand-eye coordination, creativity, concentration—and fun! 9 – 13 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Randi Hering-Soot 6282 Thu 4/11 – 5/9 $78 Resident, $94 Non-Resident

Clay Kids: Bowls, Plates & Mugs

1 – 3 pm

5 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Alice Hill 6277 Thu 2/7 – 3/7 $62 Resident, $76 Non-Resident

Walters Arts Education

New! Beginning Sculpture for Homeschoolers

Creative Kids: Clay, Painting, & Drawing

4 – 5:30 pm

All pieces from Walters Ceramics classes are fired and ready to pick up 2 weeks after class ends. Clay pieces can be picked up at the Walters on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Phone registration: 503-615-3485


Youth Classes – Clay & Painting Clay Kids Camp

Clay Kids

Dive into the wonders of all things clay! Engage your creativity with hands-on activities, including bowls, small sculptures, and more. Create fun and memorable minimasterpieces and have a blast discovering the basics of clay. Each student creates and glazes several projects. A fantastic launching pad for young ceramic artists.

Walters Arts Education

5 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Alice Hill 6148 Thu 4/18 – 5/16 $62 Resident, $76 Non-Resident

4 – 5:30 pm

All pieces from Walters Ceramics classes are fired and ready to pick up 2 weeks after class ends. Clay pieces can be picked up at the Walters on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

Toddler & Me: Creative Canvas You and your toddler experience the joy of making art with taperesist painting. Have fun with tactile exploration and creative play. A joyful, hands-on activity that is instantly gratifying. Laugh, bond, explore, and leave with a colorful painting to hang at home—and remember your fun art outing! Supplies provided. Parent participation required.

12 – 24 months with participating parent/guardian Walters Cultural Arts Center Rachel LaMarco 6285 Wed 4/10 10 – 11:30 am $18 Resident, $24 Non-Resident


Dive into the wonders of all things clay this Spring Break! Engage your creativity with hands–on activities, including bowls, small sculptures, and more. Create fun and memorable mini-masterpieces and have a blast discovering the basics of clay. Each student creates several projects to bring home and enjoy. A fantastic launching pad for young ceramic artists. 5 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Alice Hill 6283 Mon – Thu 3/25 – 3/28 $58 Resident, $72 Non-Resident

10 – 11:30 am

Creative Camp

Why pick just one art form when you can explore ceramics, drawing, and painting all in one camp? Dive into art in all its colorful forms and discover what inspires you. There are absolutely no limits to where your creativity, curiosity, and artistic imagination can take you! 9 – 12 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Alice Hill 6284 Mon – Thu 3/25 – 3/28 $58 Resident, $72 Non-Resident

1 – 3 pm

Let’s Paint

Discover the fun and freedom of painting! Experiment, explore, imagine, and create exciting results. Gain new skills for making images come to life using the power of color, line, shape, texture, brushwork, and more. A joyful, empowering way for young artists to dive into painting and creative expression. 5 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Elizabeth Higgins 6286 Tue 2/5 – 2/26 $48 Resident, $60 Non-Resident

Register online anytime:

4 – 5:15 pm

Youth Classes – Painting & Drawing All materials are provided for all Walters Cultural Arts Center youth classes unless otherwise noted.

Let’s Draw: The Great Outdoors

Let’s Paint: Mini Masters

Have you ever wanted to paint a rooster like Picasso? Or a lily pad like Monet? Experiment with techniques of much loved artists and let them inspire your own creativity! A joyful, empowering way for young artists to explore a world of creative expression. 5 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Elizabeth Higgins 6287 Tues 4/9 – 4/30 $48 Resident, $60 Non-Resident

4 – 5:15 pm

Let the power and excitement of nature bring out the best in your creativity! Discover inspiration in the world around you: animals, trees, skies, and more! Experiment with line, shape, color, texture, and more—a new drawing adventure every day! 5 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Sarah Dooley 6290 Mon 4/29 – 5/20 $48 Resident, $60 Non-Resident

Beginning Drawing

5 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Alice Hill 6288 Wed 2/13 – 3/13 Rachel LaMarco 6289 Mon 4/15 – 5/13 $52 Resident, $65 Non-Resident

9 – 12 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Rachel LaMarco 6291 Mon 2/11 – 3/18 No class 2/18 $52 Resident, $65 Non-Resident

Let the freedom and joy of drawing bring out the best in your creativity. Have a blast exploring the elements of drawing that bring your imagination to life on the page. Experiment with line, shape, color, texture, and more—a new drawing adventure every day!

4 – 5:30 pm 4 – 5:30 pm

Explore the joy of drawing! Express your creativity and have a blast while developing an eye for line, shape, color, texture, shading, and more. Discover fun and easy techniques to bring fantastic images to life. An empowering, engaging introduction to drawing and creative expression.

Walters Arts Education

Let’s Draw

4 – 5:30 pm

4 – 5:30 pm

Beginners welcome in all youth classes at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Returning students are encouraged to build on previously-learned skills.

Phone registration: 503-615-3485


Youth Classes – Drawing & Theatre Beginners welcome in all youth classes at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Returning students are encouraged to build on previously-learned skills.

Let’s Act: Animal Stories New! Beginning Drawing: Pixels, Pointillism & Minecraft

Walters Arts Education

Express your creativity and have a blast! Discover exciting approaches to drawing by breaking images down to their essential elements. Pixels, pointillism, and Minecraft unlock wonderful approaches to exploring key drawing skills like color, shape, value, and more! An empowering, engaging introduction to drawing and creative expression. 9 – 13 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Sarah Dooley 6292 Mon 2/4 – 3/11 No class 2/18 $52 Resident, $65 Non-Resident

6 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Heath Koerschgen 6303 Mon 2/4 – 3/11 No class on 2/18 $40 Resident, $52 Non-Resident

3:30 – 4:20 pm

4 – 5:30 pm

New! The Art of Science

Art, math, and science come together in exciting ways! Explore the beauty of a cell or the tissue of a plant, discover how the eye perceives color and so much more as you expand your creativity! Experiment, play, and see your world with new eyes—an exciting adventure every day! 9 – 13 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Sarah Dooley 6293 Mon 4/1 – 4/22 $50 Resident, $63 Non-Resident


Have fun, meet new friends, and gain confidence as you explore new skills acting out scenes inspired by animal characters. Use the endless possibilities of animals to discover how actors use their voice, movement, imagination, and more to bring characters to life on stage. Collaborate with others and act on the wild side this winter!

4 – 5:30 pm

Let’s Act

Have fun, meet new friends, and gain confidence exploring empowering acting skills! Discover how performers bring characters to life using voice, imagination, movement—and teamwork! Work together to support each other onstage and take audiences on exciting journeys. A new acting adventure every week! 6 – 8 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Heath Koerschgen 6305 Mon 4/8 – 5/6 $40 Resident, $52 Non-Resident

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3:30 – 4:20 pm

Youth Classes – Theatre & Music Beginning Guitar

Strum your heart out in this group guitar class focused on rhythm, agility, and creative expression! Begin playing right away as you explore the basics of guitar: rhythm, chords, melodies, and more. Develop musical skills to take you far in a fun, supportive environment. Students must bring their own guitar (acoustic or electric with amplifier). 9 – 12 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Joe Aloia 6309 Tue 2/5 – 3/5 $55 Resident, $68 Non-Resident

Theatre Games

4 – 5:30 pm

Laugh hard, play, and take your imagination to new places! Set your creativity free with engaging theatre games and activities while exploring great skills like teamwork, communication, voice, movement, and more. Take the stage with joy and confidence, and have a blast working with others. An exciting new acting adventure every day! 9 – 12 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Heath Koerschgen 6307 Mon 2/4 – 3/11 No class on 2/18 $42 Resident, $54 Non-Resident

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Begin playing favorite songs right away as you explore the basics of guitar: rhythm, chords, melodies, and more! Experience the excitement of playing new songs you know and love. Learn by doing as you gain new skills, grow your musical confidence, and dive into creative expression. Students must bring their own guitar (acoustic or electric with amplifier). 9 – 12 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Joe Aloia 6311 Tue 4/9 – 5/7 $55 Resident, $68 Non-Resident

4 – 5:30 pm

Walters Arts Education

Beginning Guitar: Favorite Songs

Beginning Acting

Have a great time exploring skills that take you far onstage and off! Dive into creativity with joy while building confidence, teamwork, and communication skills. Discover the tools that actors use to create characters and bring stories to life. An exciting new acting adventure every day! 9 – 12 years Walters Cultural Arts Center Heath Koerschgen 6308 Mon 4/8 – 5/6 $42 Resident, $54 Non-Resident

4:30 – 5:30 pm Phone registration: 503-615-3485


Adult Classes – Ceramics Beginning/Intermediate Ceramics

Discover hidden talents as you explore the rewards and possibilities of clay. Find your center as you explore foundational techniques on the wheel. Grow your skills class by class as you create cups, plates, and bowls and personalize your creations using color and texture. Amaze yourself with how far you’ll go in this inspiring, in-depth class focused on the wonders of the wheel. 14 years – Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Victoria Shaw 6313 Tue 1/22 – 3/12 4 – 6 pm 6314 Tue 1/22 – 3/12 6:30 – 8:30 pm 6316 Tue 4/9 – 5/28 4 – 6 pm 6315 Tue 4/9 – 5/28 6:30 – 8:30 pm $124 Resident, $144 Non-Resident, $82 Senior Resident, $98 Senior Non-Resident

Wheel Throwing

Ever been curious about trying the potter’s wheel? Roll up your sleeves, and get “muddy” in a fun, supportive class. Find your center at the wheel and explore fundamental, empowering ceramic techniques. Create and glaze cups, bowls, and other useful everyday objects—both beautiful and functional. 14 years – Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Theresa Arrison 6319 Mon 2/4 – 3/18 6:30 – 8:30 pm No class 2/18 6318 Mon 4/8 – 5/13 6:30 – 8:30 pm $102 Resident, $120 Non-Resident, $69 Senior Resident, $84 Senior Non-Resident

New! Ceramic Sushi Dishes

Make ceramic art that is beautiful and functional! Discover the joy of making pieces to enjoy, decorate, and even give as gifts. Making sushi dishes is a great way to explore key hand-building skills while also learning more about Japanese ceramic tradition in a creatively rewarding, hands-on class. 14 years – Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Dawning McGinnis 6321 Tue 2/25 – 3/11 $58 Resident, $72 Non-Resident, $39 Senior Resident, $49 Senior Non-Resident 26

4 – 6 pm

All pieces from Walters Ceramics classes are fired and ready to pick up two weeks after class ends. Clay pieces can be picked up at the Walters on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

Ceramic Open Studio

Flex your Clay-tivity with independent studio time! A time to work independently on projects in the clay studio and wheel room with the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance. Meet new people, explore new skills, and pursue your individual interests with this self-guided time in the studio. The Walters Cultural Arts Center provides this opportunity for current and previous students to allow them extra time to practice techniques learned in class. Note: Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult enrolled in the same Open Studio session. Open Studio is open to students who have previously taken, or are currently enrolled in a Walters’ ceramics class. Clay and Open Studio Guidelines brochure available at the Walters front desk. By signing up for Open Studio you are agreeing to the guidelines outlined in the brochure for studio use. Required: Students must have the skills and sufficient experience to work safely and independently (without instruction) in order to register. Wheel & Handbuilding Studio Use 6331 Wed 1/2 – 2/6 5:30 – 8:30 pm 6330 Wed 2/13 – 3/20 5:30 – 8:30 pm 6329 Wed 4/10 – 5/15 5:30 – 8:30 pm Handbuilding only 6323 Wed 1/2 – 2/6 5:30 – 8:30 pm 6326 Wed 2/13 – 3/20 5:30 – 8:30 pm 6327 Wed 4/10 – 5/15 5:30 – 8:30 pm $65 Resident, $79 Non-Resident, $42 Senior Resident, $53 Senior Non–Resident Tuition includes glaze and kiln firing for pieces made in Open Studio. Participants purchase their clay through the Walters Cultural Arts Center: $16/bag

Register online anytime:

Adult Classes – Painting New! Watercolor Painting Studio

Make time for your creativity! Refresh your inspiration while enjoying the rewards of painting alongside others in a supportive, encouraging studio environment. Ask questions of an experienced teaching artist and receive gentle guidance, creative camaraderie, and momentum to take your art to the next level! Bring your own supplies and an independent, watercolor project to work on.

Beginning Watercolor: Focus on Color

Dive into color this fall! Experiment with color mixing, composition, brush work, and more. Gain confidence in your painting as you express your personal style in a supportive class environment. Perfect for students who have always wanted to grab a brush or who would like fresh inspiration. A freeing, joyful approach to painting. See Walters’ website for full supply list. Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Elizabeth Higgins 6339 Wed 2/6 – 2/27 6340 Wed 4/10 – 5/1 $58 Resident, $72 Non-Resident, $39 Senior Resident, $49 Senior Non-Resident

6 – 8 pm 6 – 8 pm

Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Sue Anne Seckora 6342 Thu 1/24 – 2/28 1 – 3:30 pm 6343 Thu 3/28 – 5/2 1 – 3:30 pm $69 Resident, $85 Non-Resident, $45 Senior Resident, $58 Senior Non-Resident

New! Beginning Watercolor Workshop

Paint with freedom and joy—even if you’re a complete beginner! Explore your creativity through watercolor and discover empowering approaches painting. Experiment with a range of possibilities in a short amount of time—brushwork, texture, mood, color, and more—that make the medium special and inspiring. See Walters’ website for full supply list.

New! Watercolor Made Easy New! Intermediate Watercolor

Take your creativity to new heights! Expand upon your knowledge of color, brushwork, composition, and elements of design. Designed for painters with basic watercolor skills who want to gain new inspiration, grow their skills, and go further. A freeing, joyful approach to painting. See Walters’ website for full supply list. Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Elizabeth Higgins 6341 Wed 3/13 – 4/3 $58 Resident, $72 Non-Resident, $39 Senior Resident, $49 Senior Non-Resident

6 – 8 pm

Whether you are new to watercolor or wish to brush up on your skills, this class guides you through the basics with joy and ease. Explore color mixing, brush stroke techniques, and more to bring images to life, enhance your personal style and creative expression, and make painting empowering and freeing. See Walters’ website for full supply list. 16 years – Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Bonnie Burbidge 6347 Wed 1/30 – 2/27 $69 Resident, $85 Non-Resident, $45 Senior Resident, $58 Senior Non-Resident

Walters Arts Education

Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Sue Anne Seckora 6345 Thu 1/24 – 2/28 10 am – 12 pm No class on 2/21 6346 Thu 3/28 – 5/2 10 am – 12 pm No class on 4/18 $50 Resident, $63 Non-Resident, $32 Senior Resident, $42 Senior Non-Resident

4 – 6 pm

All Creative Arts Classes: Beginners are welcome in all adult creative arts classes at the Walters unless specified. Returning students are encouraged to build upon skills from previous classes.

Phone registration: 503-615-3485


Adult Classes – Painting & Crafting Watercolor: Capturing the Light

Unleash your creativity through the power of light as you capture mood, color, pattern, sunlight, and more. Deepen your understanding of the fascinating interplay of light and shadow and infuse new energy in your paintings. A rewarding, inspiring class for beginners and experienced watercolor painters alike. See Walters’ website for full supply list. 16 years – Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Bonnie Burbidge 6348 Wed 4/3 – 5/1 $69 Resident, $85 Non-Resident, $45 Senior Resident, $58 Senior Non-Resident

The Art of Bookmaking 4 – 6 pm

Walters Arts Education

Beginning Acrylics

Explore the art of bookmaking! Discover how rewarding it can be to make your own books for creative expression: journaling, sketching, painting, and more. Choose different patterns, colors, or textures for the cover and experiment with different approaches to binding. Leave with multiple books to enjoy—or give as gifts! An empowering, gratifying way to dive into beginning bookmaking. Supplies provided.

Play, experiment and discover the rich colors and flexibility that make acrylics so rewarding and enjoyable! Explore foundational painting techniques with a beginner-friendly approach. Students with previous experience have the opportunity to progress to new challenges. Surprise yourself with how far you go in each class! See Walters’ website for full supply list.

Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Sarah Dooley 6350 Mon 4/1 – 4/22 6 – 7:30 pm $48 Resident, $62 Non-Resident, $30 Senior Resident, $41 Senior Non-Resident

16 years – Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Dawning McGinnis 6349 Mon 2/4 – 3/11 No class 2/18 6901 Tue 4/16 – 5/14 $69 Resident, $85 Non-Resident, $45 Senior Resident, $58 Senior Non-Resident

Experience the joy of paper arts in this fun, tactile, rewarding class. Paper is a uniquely gratifying, hands-on medium for complete beginners and experienced artists to express themselves and their creativity. Explore empowering principals of design—-color, texture, composition—through easy approaches to collage, sculpture, soft-bound books, and more! Some supplies provided. See Walters’ website for full supply list.

6 – 8 pm 4 – 6 pm

New! Beginning Art Journaling

Unleash your creativity through a joyful, invigorating approach to self-expression! No experience necessary! Write, make art, or look for fresh inspiration to express your ideas. Use text, images, collage, or your own doodles or painting to explore fresh takes on journaling. Each week a different prompt to take you on a fun, empowering, creative adventure. See Walters’ website for full supply list.

New! Beginning Paper Arts

Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Sarah Dooley 6351 Mon 2/4 – 3/11 6 – 7:30 pm No class 2/18 $48 Resident, $62 Non-Resident, $30 Senior Resident, $41 Senior Non-Resident

Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Sarah Dooley 6364 Mon 4/29 – 5/20 6 – 7:30 pm $54 Resident, $68 Non-Resident, $35 Senior Resident, $47 Senior Non-Resident 28

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Adult Classes – Drawing& Crafting

Drawing Portraits

New! Felting Animals

Do you love animals and crafting? Felting animals is creative, tactile, possibly meditative, and instantly gratifying! Sculpt with wool and create furry friends—with or without armature. Make a teddy bear, hummingbird, or even a creature from your imagination—just don’t feed the artwork! Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Alice Hill 6372 Wed 4/10 – 4/24 6:30 – 8:30 pm $54 Resident, $68 Non-Resident, $35 Senior Resident, $46 Senior Non-Resident

Bring favorite images to life! Whether you’re a complete beginner or have previous experience, use favorite photographs to break images down to their simplest parts and gain empowering drawing skills. Experiment with the possibilities of charcoal and graphite to explore light, shadow, line, and more to bring joy to your creative process. See Walters’ website for full supply list. Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Rachel LaMarco 6368 Tues 2/12 – 3/12 6370 Mon 4/15 – 5/13 $67 Resident, $83 Non-Resident, $44 Senior Resident, $56 Senior Non-Resident

6 – 8 pm 6 – 8 pm

Beginning Drawing

Draw out your inner artist! Bring images to life through this empowering, step-by-step approach to drawing. Discover how to break images down to their simplest parts as you explore composition, line, shading, and more. Surprise yourself with how far you’ll go as you unleash your creativity and build new drawing skills and confidence. See Walters’ website for full supply list. Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Rachel LaMarco 6365 Mon 2/11 – 3/18 No class on 2/18 6367 Tue 4/16 – 5/14 $67 Resident, $83 Non-Resident, $44 Senior Resident, $56 Senior Non-Resident

Walters Arts Education

New! Intro to Charcoal Reduction Drawing Explore an exciting, freeing approach to drawing. Instead of starting with a blank page, discover how to “draw out” your images with charcoal. Perfect for beginners or experienced artists seeking new inspiration. A versatile, forgiving medium, charcoal makes it fun to explore light, line, shadow, and more to bring out the richness in favorite images. See Walters’ website for full supply list.

Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Dawning McGinnis 6371 Tues 4/16 – 5/14 6:30 – 8:30 pm $67 Resident, $83 Non-Resident, $44 Senior Resident, $56 Senior Non-Resident

6 – 8 pm 6 – 8 pm

All Creative Arts Classes: Beginners are welcome in all adult creative arts classes at the Walters unless specified. Returning students are encouraged to build upon skills from previous classes.

Phone registration: 503-615-3485


Adult Classes – Photography & Music

New! Photography Workshop: Unlock Your Creativity

Do you love photography? Would you love capture beautiful life moments and unleash your creativity using techniques of professional photographers? Gain new inspiration and practical tools in a short amount of time! In this one day workshop (30 minute lunch break included) dive into empowering skills. Perfect for beginners to intermediate hobbyists. Students should bring note-taking material and their own digital or phone camera.

Walters Arts Education

Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Bryan Welsh 6373 Thu 2/28 10 am – 2:30 pm 6374 Thu 4/4 10 am – 2:30 pm $25 Resident, $34 Non-Resident, $17 Senior Resident, $23 Senior Non-Resident

Grab your guitar and make some music! Begin playing right away—even if you’ve never played before—as you explore the foundations of guitar: rhythm, agility, chords, melody, and more. Learn by doing as you play alongside others while developing your musical skills and confidence, and flexing your creativity. Students must bring their own guitar. 17 years – Adult Walters Cultural Arts Center Joe Aloia 6375 Tues 2/5 – 3/5 5:45 – 7 pm 6376 Tues 4/9 – 5/7 5:45 – 7 pm $46 Resident, $58 Non-Resident, $29 Senior Resident, $37 Senior Non-Resident

Painting Classes at Senior Classes Watercolor: Beauty in Winter

Tired of gray? See winter in a whole new, creative light! From berries to indigo skies and evergreen branches, discover how nature’s ceaseless variety makes winter in the northwest uniquely beautiful. Explore foundational techniques, discover new skills, gain inspiration, and fall in love with winter through the power of watercolor. Materials provided. Community Senior Center Park Room Bonnie Burbidge 6377 Thu 1/31 – 2/28 10 – 11:30 am $33 Senior Resident, $41 Senior Non-Resident, $51 Resident, $64 Non-Resident


Beginning Guitar: Fundamentals

Spring Watercolor

Experience the inspiring, fresh, and exuberant medium of watercolor! Explore a range of empowering skills through fun, freeing activities: brushwork, washes, color-mixing, and more. Grab a paintbrush and enjoy the colors of the season— and bring them to life before your eyes! Materials provided. Hillsboro Community Senior Center Bonnie Burbidge 6378 Thu 4/11 – 5/9 10 – 11:30 am $33 Senior Resident, $41 Senior Non-Resident, $51 Resident, $64 Non-Resident

Register online anytime:


A Night of

Family Dance

Saturday, February 9, 6 - 9 pm Walters Cultural Arts Center Ala-ka-ZAM! Conjure up the family, cloak yourself in your most mysterious or magical getup, and dance the night away at this NEW family dance event. Whether you’re a dad and daughter, aunt and niece, grandparents and grandkid, or can make your whole family appear, we welcome you to dance the night away and enjoy snacks and cookies on a spellbinding Saturday night. Snap an otherworldly pic at the photo station, make marvelous arts and crafts, and be entranced by a professional magician. All are welcome. #6262. 4 years - Adult Fee Per Person $15 Resident $22 Non-Resident

FAMILY ART NIGHT Bring your family and create something truly special—individually or team up as a family— with clay, paint, collage & more! Fun for all ages, everybody is welcome!

Walters Cultural Art Center

Every Thursday | 6:30 - 8:30 pm $5.00 each person | Children under 3 - Free

For complete information, visit

Registration deadline is Friday, February 1 at 5 pm.

Translation Services Available!

Telephone interpretation services are available to all! If you are interested in signing up for a class, buying tickets or just asking a question, call (503) 615-3485 and a staff member can connect you to a telephone interpreter. Our telephone interpreting service is available in up to 15 languages. ¡Servicio de interpretación telefónica disponible a todos! Si tiene interés en registrarte para una clase, comprar boletos, hacer una pregunta o pedir más información sobre nuestros ofrecimientos, simplemente llame al (503) 6153485 y nuestros personales pueden conectarte con un intérprete telefónica. Nuestro servicio de interpretación telefónica está disponible en 15 idiomas. Favor de esperar unos minutos mientras te conectamos con un intérprete.


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ENDOWMENT Be part of the legacy… The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment builds, supports and sustains the future for arts and culture in Hillsboro.

Consider making a planned gift to support and sustain our local arts and culture community.

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Look Forward, Give Back to the Arts The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment is the result of a partnership between:


The Honorable Adrienne Nelson

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Walters Cultural Arts Center Saturday, 1/19 1 pm – 3 pm Join us for an afternoon of Celebration honoring the Reverend Dr. King. Located at 527 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123


What Does Art Mean to Hillsboro? The City of Hillsboro has an active history of supporting the arts as a way to enhance livability. In fact, the City’s guiding document, the Hillsboro 2020 Vision and Action Plan, calls for over a dozen initiatives in the cultural arts sector alone. Highest on that list are the creation of a cultural arts center, an arts council and a public art program. Within the pages of the HillsboroARTS Magazine, you will see the dreams of 2020 becoming reality through creative programs, events, classes, concerts, gallery exhibitions, community grants and public art works. Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center

The Walters opened on March 16, 2004. Located at the corner of SE 5th Avenue and Main Street, this site has a rich history of community involvement that began when the Trinity Lutheran Church started construction of the church building in 1947. The Walters is a ground-breaking facility that provides expanded opportunities for the entire Hillsboro community, including: youth and adult art education and training, increased access to local, regional and national artists and increased opportunity for individual artists to teach and demonstrate their craft. It is the first site constructed in Hillsboro with the intention of showcasing cultural events and providing community-centered arts education.

Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council

The HACC mission is to promote and support the growth of arts and culture as assets for a vital, prosperous and livable community. The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC) first convened in the spring of 2007. This citizen advisory committee is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. Under the general direction of the City Council, the HACC oversees policies and programs pertaining to arts and culture for the City. It is housed in the Parks and Recreation Department and is administered by the Cultural Arts Program Manager. In 2012, the HACC established the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment in partnership with the Hillsboro Community Foundation to create long-term stable funding for our creative community.

Hillsboro Public Art Program

Public art is a part of our mental map of Hillsboro, creating the memorable public places that strengthen our community. Art can attract us to downtown, enliven our neighborhoods, enhance our experiences in parks, remind us of our history, and celebrate our ethnic and cultural diversity. Public art can take many forms - landscape treatments, building facades, freestanding sculptures, murals, lighting and more. It can be permanent or temporary. Often, art is an unexpected discovery that lifts us out of the ordinary and brings a moment of intrigue and delight to our day.


HillsboroARTS Mission HillsboroARTS is produced three times a year to inform our patrons and complement the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Activities Guide. This publication will help you plan your schedule with our activities, events, and classes in mind. Let Us Know What You Think We value your thoughts and input and are interested in hearing your comments about what you see here or ideas for future topics. Please email your ideas and recommendations to Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council Bryan Welsh, Chair Jean Lasswell, Vice Chair Ed Arrington Tara Burke Joan Callaway Ramon Cancel Martin Conley Tracy Francis BJ Jeddeloh Jeff Jurrens Tonya Macalino Alisa McDonald Gayle Nachtigal Dawn Sellers Ellie Villaraldo, YAC Representative Cultural Arts Staff Nancy Nye, Arts, Culture & Events Senior Manager Michele McCall-Wallace, Cultural Arts Manager Katrina Hill, Administrative & Walters Rentals Bridie Harrington, Walters Arts Education & Visual and Performing Arts Supervisor Melissa Moore, Community Arts Supervisor Valerie Otani, Public Art Supervisor Cultural Arts Program Support Staff Stephanie Adams-Santos LeAnn Alsop Tracy Andrews Julieta Castro Jen Champlin Daniel Glendening Joel Gordon Randi Hering-Soot Alice Hill Nikki Iadarola Mark Jackson Cindy Morales-Lee Amy Thompson ON THE COVER: Latino Cultural Festival 2016, photo by Lee Wiren, Prismatic Imagery PHOTOS IN THIS ISSUE were taken by Cultural Arts staff unless otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.


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UPCOMING 2019 WALTERS CONCERTS Folk, Jazz, Dance, Vintage Country, Classical & More... Feb 8


Singer + Songwriter | $18/$22


Spanish Flamenco, Arabic, Andalusian, Persian, Jazz $18/$22


Aaron Nigel Smith

Folk, Bluegrass, Vintage Country | $18/$22

Apr 5


Taiko Drumming, All Ages, Family Friendly | $5/$8


Puerto Rican, Cuban, Afro-Caribbean | $12/$16

May 3


Fingerstyle Guitar | $18/$22


Children’s Reggae, Family Friendly | $5/$8

Mar 9


Painted Sky Northstar Dance Company


Native American Dance, All Ages, Family-Friendly | $5/$8


To Purchase Tickets Call: 503-615-3485 | Online: Walk-up: 527 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Grupo Borikuas

All concerts begin at 7:30 pm and matinees at 2 pm For complete information, visit: Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee & Tea With thanks to our season sponsor Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton

Portland Youth Philharmonic

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HillsboroArts Magazine Winter 2019  

The magazine for, about, and by the Hillsboro, Oregon arts community.

HillsboroArts Magazine Winter 2019  

The magazine for, about, and by the Hillsboro, Oregon arts community.

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