HillsboroARTS Magazine, Fall 2020

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

HillsboroARTS Autumn 2020


October is Hillsboro Arts Month New Artwork Welcomes Visitors at the Civic Center Q&A with Creative Entreprenuer Hussein Al-Baiaty Illustrating the “Othered� into the Story The arts and culture activities of the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department

Weddings | Graduations | Anniversaries | Fundraisers | Luncheons “I always dreamed of having my daughter’s wedding or reception at Walters Cultural Arts Center. I was thrilled when my daughter and her fiancé choose it for both. The unexpected bonus was the staff at WCAC. They went above and beyond in helping me to execute the bride’s dream wedding.” - Lisa Battrick

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, concert-quality 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. Private rentals are available on Saturday and 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.


527 East Main Street | Hillsboro, Oregon 97123 503.615.3485 | Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersRentals Photo credits: Jon Gottshall (top middle), MItchelldyer Photography (top right), and Stefani Studios Photography (bottom middle).




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Walters Cultural Arts Center Phone: 503-615-3485 Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Walters Facebook: WCACHillsboro Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council Phone: 503-615-3497 Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/HACC Facebook: HillsboroArts Hillsboro Public Art Program Phone: 503-615-3489 Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/PublicArt 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: Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/ CulturalArts


On the Cover 10 October is Hillsboro Arts Month

Celebrate Hillsboro’s arts community and get to know some of the fantastic local organizations and art-based businesses in your backyard.

18 New Artwork Welcomes

Visitors to the Civic Center

Bridge of Love by William Hernandez now greets visitors at the first floor elevators, connecting the community through art.

4 Spotlight on

Hussein Al-Baiaty

Local creative entrepreneur gives back and sheds a light on the resilience and power within refugees.

8 Illustrating the “Othered” into the Story

A conversation with local artist Thi Doan about her children’s book and her artwork.


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Support the Arts Today, Sustain Them for Tomorrow

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Creative Connections


Online Beginning Watercolor Class

El Grito Virtual Festival


Professional Theatre, Symphonies, and a Cultural Arts Center—Oh My!

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The Arts and Wellness


Get Creative at Home!


Welcome to Hidden Creek Community Center

The Business of Art Gallery Exhibits



Arts &Culture Endowment

Support the Arts today, Sustain them for tomorrow! Your tax-deductible contribution ensures that the arts in Hillsboro will flourish for years to come. For every $1000 in the Arts Endowment, an estimated $50 in support for arts and culture is generated, every year—FOREVER!

Donate today at: Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/ ArtsEndowment


Support the Arts Today, Sustain Them for Tomorrow! A Call to Action from Community Member, Lynn Scheller You may be binge watching on Netflix, mesmerized by TikTok, or completing your 25th jigsaw puzzle. During a time of crisis, our experience of arts and culture looks different, but I challenge you to find a person who lives in Hillsboro whose life has not been impacted by arts and culture, either as a creator or a consumer. I know we’re missing our concerts in the park, live theatre performances, Hillsboro Hops games, and art openings, but they will be back. Arts and culture are a source of delight and give opportunities for learning, entertainment, personal growth, and improved communication with others. Our quality of life is made better by a thriving arts and culture scene. It’s important now to Support and Sustain our local arts organizations and the many individual artists living and working in Hillsboro, because they, like each of us, face serious challenges in these uncertain times. As a child, I loved producing a fully costumed show with the neighbor kids, singing original songs and dancing with a dog in a tutu, while twirling two batons or roller skating on our driveway stage. Our parents applauded like we were ready for Broadway. That was where I first realized the power of the arts to bring joy and connect communities. My appreciation of the arts developed as I graduated to doing real theatrical productions in school and in my community, and my understanding of the positive impact of arts and culture grew. There were the “mom” years of being an arts consumer at piano recitals, dance team competitions, and more live theatre performances than most see in a lifetime. In retirement, my passion for the arts has been satisfied as a volunteer member of the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council. As part of that work, participating in the founding of the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment has given me an opportunity to leave a legacy for our community to assure artists and arts and cultural organizations—both current and in the future—get the support they deserve. Special events in Hillsboro bring together neighbors from all walks to share culture as a community. This in turn creates understanding, tolerance, and civic pride. We are a diverse community. We’ve danced to Mariachi at El Grito, been paint-splattered at the Rang Barse Holi Festival, marveled at Plein Air art, and cheered for creative floats at the annual 4th of July Parade. Our arts and cultural events contribute to our resiliency, give us hope, and remind us that we are not alone. This creates the vibrant and connected community we love and want to preserve. Whether you are a creative artist or an appreciative consumer, I challenge you to join with your community friends to prove that we believe in the value and positive power of the arts. Invest in the future of our local arts and culture by donating to the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment today. In this time of great need, let’s make sure they’re here in the future to inspire our spirits and feed our souls.

Support the Arts Today, Sustain Them for Tomorrow!

Top: Image of Lynn Scheller from What We Believe by artist Julie O’Keefe. Bottom: Lynn Scheller in a childhood performance.


Spotlight on Hussein Al-Baiaty “Drop knowledge, not bombs” reads one of the bright graphic tees from Hussein Al-Baiaty’s Washington County business, The Printory. From Al-Baiaty’s work in the community as an entrepreneur, speaker, and cochair of the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA), Al-Baiaty does just that—drop knowledge. In a conversation with Cultural Arts staff, AlBaiaty shares what drives his commitment to community ahead of presenting his story online as part of the Walters Cultural Arts Center Creative Connections Series this October. Q: Did you always know that giving back to the community would be part of your business model at The Printory? For a while I was simply experimenting and trying to figure out a way to story tell and empower people through graphic tees. I decided to name the brand Refutees as it explains so much in a single word. We started small by giving small boxes of tees to the local community via IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) and Catholic Charities. I hope to one day fulfill the idea of sending shipping containers to those in need worldwide. Over time, it became my mission to not only give back, but to shed a positive light on the stories of resilience and power within refugees. Sharing not only my story, but amplifying the stories of others by giving voice through art of all forms. Q: You wear many hats as founder of The Printory, founder of the Refutee Program, co-chair OCAPIA, and as a professional storyteller. Was there a favorite moment of community connection that continues to drive your motto of “seek knowledge, spread peace” forward?

Hussein Al-Baiaty will be joining the Walters 2020-21 Creative Connections Series, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7 pm. Visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Walters for the most up-to-date details about this online, streaming event. Creative Connections Series offerings are always free to the public, connecting you to inspiring ideas and stories, your own creativity, and neighbors across Hillsboro and our region.

I had a kid come to me at an event, years after I spoke in his classroom. He came up and said that he remembered who I was and that he wanted to thank me for coming to his class that day. He said he had been struggling with feelings that the system didn’t believe in him, and that my talk had changed his mind about his own situation. He has it in him and that he can take control of his grades, work ethic, and abilities to do whatever it takes to follow his dream. He is now a cadet going into the police force and intends to help change a system to better serve his Latino community. I literally cried as he was telling me this story in the middle of our Beaverton Night Market event. Q: When your family emigrated from Saudi Arabia in 1994, what most helped foster your growth and roots here in Washington County? My family lived in a desert refugee camp called Rafha which was around the border of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. I’m originally from Iraq, where war raged in my hometown. We escaped to


“Over time, it became my mission to not only give back, but to shed a positive light on the stories of resilience and power within refugees.” —Hussein Al-Baiaty save our lives during the 1990 Desert Storm War. The fortune of coming here and settling meant that we had to give up so much of our past, heritage, and culture to start to develop and grow here. Opportunity was new to me and I wanted to take advantage of anything I could. My siblings and I practically lived at the library at a young age. Books and movies were the go-to things. When your childhood is spent living in the desert—living through trauma, pain, and suffering—getting out is like getting out of jail. Freedom to work towards a dream or a vision and having the ability and choice doesn’t make it easy or free. Organizations like Catholic Charities and IRCO helped us out so much—our case workers and remarkable people who wanted to help us thrive in our new community. I will never forget how amazing people helped us during those first few years. Q: The power of art has clearly played a strong role in your personal story of family, education, and business. Has your connection to art changed in any way during 2020? Art saved my life when I was young, when my father helped us get out of the refugee camp. I honor and respect art in more ways than I can count. During this time, I have found myself painting again and creating new visuals to further express the story of the refugee. It is also a way to cope and have a therapy session with a canvas almost daily. This helps me stay healthy mentally and physically. I highly encourage anyone to create art. Q: There’s been word of your upcoming book release this winter, can you share more? My book, Refugee State of Mind, dives deep into my heritage, life, and art. I hope to reveal the state of mind I have been cultivating over the span of my life that pushes me every day to live a holistic life. The book also reveals what we can all do to understand one another through story. I hope the book can further shed light on the refugee experience, and that it inspires young people of color who come from a variety of backgrounds. I hope to educate teachers about what it means to be a refugee and to connect further in the classroom so we can enhance our community. Refugee State of Mind is slated to be released during the holiday season.

Al-Baiaty and his Refutees booth at the Beaverton Night Market

creative impact workshop series

Washington County Grants Panel for Individual Artists October 8, 2020 | 12 - 2 pm

Art of Numbers: Taxes & Bookkeeping for Creatives November 12, 2020 | 12 - 2 pm

Free to attend, but $10 fee required to reserve a spot. To register, go to tinyurl.com/CreativeImpactWorkshops

To learn more about Al-Baiaty and the Refutee Program, please visit ThePrintory.com. 5

Creative Connections Be a Leading Voice in the Community: Join the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council is currently looking for new members who are passionate about supporting the growth of arts and culture as assets for a vital, prosperous, and livable community.

Creative Connections Speaker Series

Download a copy of the application at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/HACC in the “About Us” section. Mail it or drop it off at the City Recorder’s office at 150 E Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Applications are due by 5 pm on November 12. If you have any questions, or to learn more about eligibility and requirements, contact Melissa Moore at 503-615-3497.

Spreading Peace

with Hussein Al-Baiaty

Tuesday, October 27 | 7 pm | Online As a passionate, creative business owner of The Printory and founder of the unique give-back Refutee Program, which donates garments monthly to local refugee families, Hussein Al-Baiaty is an active supporter of his local community. In this 60-minute presentation, Al-Baiaty shares with us his story of emigrating from Saudi Arabia to Portland, creating a new future, and why “seek knowledge, spread peace” is the motto he follows in all things personal and professional. Visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Walters for the most up-to-date details about this online, streaming event.

WALTERS VIRTUAL ARTISAN MARKETPLACE November 16 - December 31 shop from your living room for hand-made gifts, crafts, and artwork created by local artists

Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Walters We’re always adding new offerings to our calendar, so be sure to check Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/CulturalArts for more details about these and other free events and activities for all ages.


El Grito Community Festival Goes Online Join us online for a virtual celebration of the 4th annual El Grito Community Festival! In past years, we’ve gathered 10,000 plus participants at Shute Park to celebrate Mexico’s Day of Independence with live music and entertainment, Latinx cuisine, and art activities. Although this year’s activities look different, our goal remains the same: to celebrate and educate our community about Latinx heritage and culture as we commemorate Mexico’s Day of Independence with the launch of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The commemorative month recognizes and honors the enduring contributions of Latinx Americans to the U.S. and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of Americans from or with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and South America. Since its inception in 1988, National Hispanic Heritage Month commences on September 15 and runs through October 15. Latin American countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile also celebrate their Independence Day from Spain.

Join us virtually for Hillsboro’s El Grito Community Festival! For more information, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/our-city/departments/Parks-Recreation/recreation-fun/special-events/El-Grito.

Online Beginning Watercolor Paint with freedom and joy this fall—whether you’re a complete beginner or have some previous experience. Explore your creativity through the unique possibilities of watercolor and discover empowering approaches to painting. Experiment with a range of techniques and possibilities: brushwork, texture, mood, color, and more! Adult | Online Elizabeth Higgins 11581 Wed 9/30 – 10/21 2– 3:30 pm 11582 Wed 11/4 – 12/2 2– 3:30 pm No class on 11/11 $75 Resident, $106 Non-Resident, $49 Senior Resident, $68 Senior Non-Resident Visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersClasses for full supply list. Participants will receive details about how to log onto this virtual class by email ahead of the first class session. Be sure that your email address is up-to-date at the time of registration. 7

Illustrating the “Othered” Into the Story A conversation with local artist Thi Doan Q: Tell me about the concept behind the book, how did the idea come together? We all grew up hearing the stories from our parents about their experiences being a refugee and immigrating to the U.S. from Vietnam, and their tales of growing up during a war and after the war, but we didn’t hear many stories of what happened to their children or about their experiences after their parents immigrated to the U.S. We grew up trying to balance out the Vietnamese culture that we had at home— the food and the different customs—versus what we saw at school with our friends. That was something that was a challenge for us growing up, trying to put that all together. That inspired us to create a book to share that experience— that it’s okay if you feel different, it’s okay if you have different cultures, it’s okay to be unique and that’s something to embrace. Q: Tell me about starting your own publishing press with your sister and cousin…

Hillsboro area native Thi Doan grew up doodling and drawing. Her parents encouraged her creative endeavors, but did not see a path to a career, wanting her to have something with a steadier paycheck. Though she had art school in mind, she went on to major in the health care field and to a career as a pharmacist. Many years later, Doan picked up her paintbrush again and rekindled her joy in art. Today, she continues her work in both fields, finding value in helping her patients while working on her art after work and on the weekends as another way to share with others. Over the last few years, Doan has been working on a children’s book, The Day I Woke Up Different, with her cousin, Andy A. Nguyen, and sister, Phuong Nam Doan. Nguyen, who loves dancing and music and currently works as a nurse practitioner, wrote the story, while Phuong Nam Doan, a medical researcher with a love of music, created the musical accompaniment to the book. Recently, Doan sat down with Cultural Arts staff to discuss her path to illustrating and self-publishing her book and about her artwork. 8

We debated if we should go through your typical publishing places—Amazon or a traditional publishing house—but we knew that by going through a publisher, we may lose control over certain parts of our vision, artistry, or message. We wanted to have full control of that. We also wanted to cut out the middleman and speak directly to our audience. Q: How did you come up with the name 4th World Press? 4th World is a play off of the fourth chakra, the heart chakra. We hope to publish books that promote compassion and share stories to encourage that. Q: What was the process of illustrating the book like for you? It was definitely a learning process because this was the first time I’ve illustrated a book. To do it with my cousin and my sister, well, they were the best people to do it with, as they were both patient and honest with me. First, I waited for my cousin to finish writing the draft of the story. From there I created the story boards, so we’d have an idea of composition and layout, and then designed the characters and established

the color palette. I painted many iterations and drafts of the illustrations until it felt just right to all of us in expressing the visual representation of our story. Q: What reactions have you had to the book from your audience? We’ve received positive reactions that really warmed our hearts from people who read the book. People who also grew up with similar stories to us, feeling different or being teased, feeling “othered” and going through the same thing. We also got reactions from people who never saw a representation of themselves in children’s books or the media, and how nice it was to see something like that out there. Q: Are there any “easter eggs” to look for in the book? All of us are big dog lovers, so I had to sneak our dogs in there. The dogs aren’t just for fun. I used them to foreshadow that a character was coming, to foreshadow a mood, or I used them to play on or emphasize the emotion of the character themselves. Midway through the process, my sister got her first dog, so you’ll see a corgi snuck in starting midway through the book. Q: On your website, you have a consistent message about connection, positivity, and using art to uplift. Is this the message that drives the inspiration for your art? It gives me meaning—to do my art, to craft my art. Whether it be to donate some of the proceeds to charity or help to spread people’s stories and encourage compassion and empathy, it makes it more worthwhile to me to know that I can use something that I love to better the lives of other people. Q: What other projects are you working on as an artist? I just released my art collection, the Gemma Collection, which similar to the book is a love note to the Vietnamese American heritage, a bit of a mingling of the two. I didn’t plan the collection—my sister came to me one day when she was pregnant, asking me to please make art for her nursery (my niece’s name is Gemma, the name of the collection). I searched on Pinterest and saw alphabet art which I loved, and I thought it would be nice to have Vietnamese alphabet art. I couldn’t find that anywhere, so I decided to go ahead and paint it myself. That kind of snowballed and I created all of these other pieces that complimented that and decided to share (the collection) for other people that might be interested in that as well.

The Day I Woke Up Different

Have you ever felt a little different from everyone else? It may be because of the way you look or speak, the foods you eat, or how your family acts. Your differences can be easy to spot, but it may be hard to see how being different can actually be a good thing. The Day I Woke Up Different is about a child who is raised in a Vietnamese household and starts noticing the contrasts between their home life and American society outside of it. Standing out can often feel lonely. This story hopes to inspire you to look at yourself and enjoy all the parts that make you a complete and amazing person.

To learn more about Doan and her artwork, visit ThiDoanArt.com. To read more about her children’s book, The Day I Woke Up Different, visit 4thWorldPress.com.


“Art is what makes us not only human, but humane.”—Maria Popova, writer

October 2020 HillsboroArtsMonth.org

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Professional Theatre, Symphonies, and a Cultural Arts Center—Oh My! Did you know that Hillsboro is home to not one, but two local orchestras—the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra and the Westside Community & Youth Orchestra? Did you know that we have a national award-winning theatre company, Bag&Baggage Productions, right in Downtown Hillsboro? Or that you can attend an art opening, live performances, and art classes, all in one place, at the Walters Cultural Arts Center? These are just a few of the arts and cultural opportunities you might be missing right in your hometown. When the City of Hillsboro was working on our Cultural Arts Action Plan, we surveyed hundreds of community members online and in person at farmers’ markets, libraries, and parks. The surveys revealed a tremendous interest in having arts resources available locally. Survey respondents asked for everything from a children’s museum to more late night dance clubs. Most surprising was how many people asked for resources that already exist! Our everyday lives are so busy, and sometimes the more there is—more sources of information, more things to do—the harder it is to find out about the events you would really like to know about. Our local arts and cultural groups are trying to reach you, through websites, social media, and email lists. They post flyers, send mailers, and buy ads in newspapers—online or in print. Even

Photos (starting top left, clockwise): Dawning McGinnis teaches a class at the Walters, Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra performing, Portland Taiko on the Walters’ stage, Bag&Baggage Productions performance.

with all of this effort, there is no way to reach everyone who may enjoy what they have to offer, whether that be a concert, play, festival, art show, or class. October is Hillsboro Arts Month and this year, though you may not be able to attend an event in person, celebrate Hillsboro’s arts community by getting to know some of the fantastic local organizations and art-based businesses in your backyard. Some are taking a necessary hiatus from public programs during the pandemic, but you can still learn about them on their website, join their mailing list, or follow them on social media to hear about new events when they are able to return. Other groups are offering online events—many for free—that you and your entire household could enjoy right now. On the next four pages, we have listings for many of the organizations active in our community. Check them out, start following the organizations that interest you, and, if you are able, consider donating now, to ensure they survive and thrive in our community.


Airlie Press

HART Theatre

Airlie Press

Airlie Press is a nonprofit publisher run by writers, dedicated to cultivating and sustaining fine contemporary poetry and to promoting poets from the Pacific Northwest. They produce one to three full-length volumes a year. As a press, they are committed to participating in the ongoing conversation and practice regarding inclusion and equity. To this end, they encourage submissions from underrepresented voices and poets from marginalized communities. All funds earned through book sales, subscription orders, and contributions are returned to Airlie Press for the creation of new books of poetry. AirliePress.org Facebook.com/AirliePressPDX

Bag&Baggage Productions

Bag&Baggage Productions is Hillsboro’s resident professional theater company which has garnered both regional and national awards. They started as a traveling company, hence the name Bag&Baggage, focused on producing the highest quality theater productions. After several years performing at the Venetian Theater, they secured their own home venue at The Vault in Downtown Hillsboro. Their mission is to crack open and explore the classics of world literature through innovative and provocative theater productions, while connecting these great works to the people in our diverse community in a way that affirms our shared humanity. BagnBaggage.org Facebook.com/BagnBaggage


Hillsboro Historical Society

Golden Road Art Studios

Once upon a time, a printmaker and artist named Barbara Mason bought a little house in Hillsboro and Golden Road Art Studios was established. Golden Road is also the studio home of Martin Conley, Cheryl Cameron, and Gayle Ritt. Visitors to the studio will see wood sculpture, silk painting, photography, and printmaking and are sure to find their own creativity inspired. Additionally, Golden Road Arts is producing videos to assist teachers in leading art projects in the classroom. GoldenRoadArtStudios.com Facebook.com/Golden-Road-Arts-100220174959259

HART Theatre

Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre, commonly known as HART, is Hillsboro’s premiere community theatre. Located Downtown in Hillsboro’s city center, HART is known for its many great productions over its 25-year history. The theatre’s productions have included drama, romance, comedy, mystery, musicals, and even Shakespeare. In each case, they have utilized the best in local talent on stage and behind the scenes with many returning numerous times to participate in HART performances. Additionally, HART offers theater camps for kids through YAST, Young Actors’ Summer Theater, where children have the opportunity to create and perform a play in just two weeks. Hart-Theatre.org Facebook.com/HARTtheatre

The Immigrant Story

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra

Hillsboro Historical Society

The Hillsboro Historical Society was founded in 2000 and since its beginning has focused on projects that share local history with the public. Among these have been guided tours of historic Hillsboro; “Monumental Moments” events at the Pioneer Cemetery with costumed interpreters telling the stories of our dearly departed; curating a historic exhibit at the Shute Park Library; several “Hillsboro’s Treasures” events held at local retirement complexes; the Time Travelers’ Ball and Exposition, and they are now working on “Stories on the Streets” with signage revealing tales from Downtown Hillsboro’s colorful past. HistoricHillsboro.org Facebook.com/HillsboroHistorical

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra

Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, a 70+ member orchestra, is in its 20th season providing three low-cost, family-friendly concerts each year in Hillsboro and the surrounding communities. Concerts feature popular themes such as the music of Fantasia, music for the Wild West, and the music of John Williams. Additionally, the Orchestra has several smaller ensembles that have played at the Farmers’ Markets, Tuesday Night Market, and events around town. During this pandemic time-out, their members are playing in their neighborhoods and looking forward to performing together again. HillsboroSymphony.org Facebook.com/HillsboroSymphonyOrchestra

The Immigrant Story

From the moment that humans crossed the Bering Strait to reach what is now the United States—possibly earlier—ours has been a nation of immigrants. The stories of immigrants comprise our nation’s collective history and its rich, multicultural present. The Immigrant Story documents the voices and stories of immigrants in short, accessible visual and written formats. Their vision is to share content to enhance empathy and create an inclusive community. Their goal is both to advance the national dialogue and to dispel myths about new Americans through strong, thoughtful narratives. They share their stories through online and in person exhibits and storytelling events. TheImmigrantStory.org Facebook.com/TheImmigrantStory

“Art is fundamental… Even in difficult economic times – especially in difficult economic times – the arts are essential.” –Maria Shriver, journalist


Sequoia Gallery + Studios

Oregon Chorale

The Oregon Chorale is a sixty-voice symphonic choir directed by Jason Sabino. Founded in Hillsboro, the Oregon Chorale has been delighting audiences since 1985, performing choral music from around the world and maintaining an appreciation for technique while exhibiting flexibility of musical style. The passion they have for singing challenging, beautiful music is matched only by their love of the community. They have sung in over 40 languages and traveled all over the world. Their concerts showcase a variety of styles from Classical to Baroque, Renaissance to Contemporary, while the less formal presentations include world folk music, spirituals, dinner theater, and staged shows. OregonChorale.org Facebook.com/OregonChorale

Tualatin Valley Artists/Influence Music Hall

Sequoia Gallery + Studios

Visitors to Sequoia Gallery can discover the joy of living with a piece of art from the Northwest when they browse the original work of Sequoia’s members. New exhibitions are celebrated each month with featured artists. Upstairs from the gallery space, 13 artists have studio space which the public is welcome to visit, when open, and watch the creative process at work. Visitors can also sign-up for classes at Sequoia to jumpstart their own creativity. Lectures, demonstrations, and workshops for beginners and advanced students are available throughout the year. SequoiaGalleryStudios.org Facebook.com/Sequoia-Gallery-Studios-307099024528

STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy Rasika

STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2010 and offers a variety of theater classes and performance opportunities to children and young adults, ages 5-22. Their classes focus on basic theater education, including some specialty classes, such as musical theater, costume design, and puppetry. Their instructors not only have a passion for theater, but experience working with children. Additionally, STAGES has produced over 30 main stage productions and is the only theater group in Washington County to have won a Portland Area Musical Theater Alliance Award for Excellence for their production of Les Miserables!

Rasika.org Facebook.com/RasikaPortland

StagesYouth.org Facebook.com/StagesPAYA

Rasika is focused on presenting the classical performing arts of India to local audiences and providing high quality music and dance classes in their Hillsboro studio. Rasika has been critical in expanding the scope of diversity and ethno-music presentations in the region, bringing ethnic artists to the Metro area over 18 seasons. Despite the many challenges faced by most organizations in a small city, with rising costs for artist fees, theater rentals, travel, and administrative expenses, Rasika has been able to sustain its programming due to the untiring effort of its supporters.


Westside Quilters Guild

Westside Community & Youth Orchestra

Tualatin Valley Artists/Influence Music Hall

Tualatin Valley Artists is an organization of creative people dedicated to building a strong local community of artists and music lovers. They provide education, opportunities to exhibit artwork, and poetry and musical performance—all in an atmosphere of encouragement and opportunity. In 2006, the Influence Music Hall was opened and has been the host of weekly Friday Night Open Mic nights. Novice or experienced, young or old, all are welcome at Influence Music Hall. During the COVID-19 closures, Open Mic Nights are being offered online and through pop-up outdoor events. InfluenceMusicHall.org Facebook.com/InfluenceMusicHall

“The arts…are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement.” –Paul G. Allen, Microsoft

Westside Community & Youth Orchestra The Westside Community & Youth Orchestra (WCYO) was founded in October 2007 to accompany the Intel Singers in concerts. Originally named the Intel Orchestra, the members decided to reach out to the community to expand and the name was changed to the Westside Community & Youth Orchestra. They have established themselves as a unique group, filled with a mix of adult and youth players. WCYO encourages leadership and mentoring for all its musicians. In normal years, they offer two free community performances at Liberty High School in winter and spring, with a mix of classical and contemporary orchestral works. WCYO.org

Westside Quilters Guild

The Westside Quilters Guild is a vibrant addition to the arts community in Washington County. Founded in 2007, they have grown to over 200 members. Activities include: monthly meetings, charity quilting, workshops, retreats, weekend sew-ins, and a quilt show held in odd numbered years. They welcome quilters of all skill levels from beginner to professional, traditional and modern. Their recent activities during Covid 19 have included the robust creation of facial mask coverings. The Guild has donated over 8,000 masks from its Westside Quilters Mask Brigade. Meetings are held at New Life Baptist Church (3440 East Main St, Hillsboro). Facebook.com/HillsboroQuilts


The Arts and Wellness When you think about wellness, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it yearly check-ups at the doctor’s office? Is it making sure you’re taking your medications? Is it taking an art class, listening to music, or attending a theatre performance? What would your life be like if the ARTS were considered a part of your wellness?

How the Arts Can Improve Your Wellbeing

While Western medicine has provided our world with many powerful tools to promote wellness, the medical system has been increasing their scope of practice to include more holistic views of care. Health care systems are acknowledging the benefits of including art and creativity as a part of overall physical and mental wellbeing. The value of art, in its many forms, has proven time and time again its ability to enrich and promote a healthy quality of life. For example, listening to music has been shown to calm neural activity in the brain, leading to decreases in anxiety and pain along with improvements in immune system functioning.1 Cultural engagement, such as going to the theatre, museums, concerts, or galleries, have been proven to increase cognitive resilience and decrease memory decline in older adults.2 Engagement in art-related activities is also a useful tool for encouraging health-promoting behaviors such as movement, connection to others, and emotional expression—all of which are related to improved mental and physical health outcomes.3 Creating art has also proved useful in improving physiological indicators of health, such as decreasing high blood pressure and reducing the production of stress hormones. So while you continue to visit your doctor for your health and wellbeing, add in some creative self-care strategies! Visit a museum or gallery, attend a live performance, or find some time to write, draw, paint, or play music. Developing an arsenal of self-care strategies, including art-related activities, 16

can better help you to express yourself emotionally and physically. Your health will be better for the time you spend caring for yourself through art.

Develop an Arts Habit for your Wellbeing

Art can be used as a coping tool to diminish, accept, or express strong emotions as they arise, or it can be used as a preventative measure to develop stronger physical and mental health practices before difficult emotions arise (because they will). Developing your own arts practice can be a good way to develop both coping tools and preventative strategies to improve your wellness in a multifaceted way. It is important to note that improving wellness is not necessarily the absence of mental and physical health conditions, but gives us an increased ability to manage them when they arise. Art engagement is a way to build resilience and improve overall wellbeing to help as we approach personal challenges. Like any habit, practice makes perfect! You may want to start by simply exploring what forms of art you want to incorporate in your life. Maybe you love movies and music—try spending more time watching local theatre productions or attending live concerts. Maybe you enjoy being outside in nature—try expressing the way that nature makes you feel through writing or drawing. Some people enjoy more hands-on activities, such as cooking or pottery. You may want to consider a culinary or pottery class. Part of art is exploration! The first step to developing an art habit is to explore what activities are exciting and engaging for you. Make a list of

activities big or small: What do you want to create? Once your list is created, pick your favorite one and make a plan on how you’ll get started. Maybe you’ll need to make a supply list and collect your artistic tools. Or do some research online to gain inspiration by watching instruction videos by people interested in similar activities, or check out local classes, performances, and artistic resources in your community. Decide when/where you can engage in your art habit throughout the week, so you make a commitment to developing your art habit. Oh, and lastly, be easy on yourself! Part of the process is trial and error. You don’t need to be a professional artist to experience the benefits of creativity because all sorts of art projects result in “feel good” hormones, regardless of outcome.4 You may want to consider developing an art habit as an experiment. What works for you and what doesn't? What excites you and what tires you out? Finding your creative passions is part of the process of developing a strong, effective habit.


1 Stuckey, H. L., & Nobel, J. (2010). “The connection between art, healing, and public health: a review of current literature,” American Journal of Public Health. ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2008.156497 2 Finn & Fancourt, D. (2019). “What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health.” euro.who.int/en/publications/abstracts/ what-is-the-evidence-on-the-role-of-the-arts-in-improving-healthand-well-being-a-scoping-review-2019 3 Raschke, H. (2017, February 10). “Did You Know the Arts Can Lower Your Blood Pressure?” nextavenue.org/did-you-know-the-arts-canlower-your-blood-pressure 4 Alban, D. (2020, May 06). “The Mental Health Benefits of Art Are for Everyone.” bebrainfit.com/benefits-art

Listening to music calms the neural activity in the brain, leading to decreases in anxiety and pain, while creating art has proved useful in decreasing high blood pressure and reducing the production of stress hormones.

Create Your Own Arts Habit

Need some ideas on ways to incorporate the arts into your life? Try… ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Painting, drawing, coloring Listening to music, creating a playlist Playing an instrument Nature walks, dance, yoga Visiting museums, galleries, and public art pieces Join a group or take a class Journaling, poetry, storytelling


Experience The Bridge of Love, the New Artwork Wel At the Hillsboro Civic Center, the first floor elevator doors now greet visitors with an incredible mural creating a connection to the community through art. A three-panel painting reproduced on vinyl wrap, titled The Bridge of Love, was created by Portland-based artist William Hernandez. Through his artwork Hernandez creates a bridge spanning his past traditions and memories to his life today as an artist, family man, and Peruvian living in the Pacific Northwest. His surreal subjects and his graphic, illustrative style create layered narratives infused with lingering emotions from whimsy to melancholy. According to Hernandez, “This work represents the spiritual and universal connection between the people who make up our community. My hope is that these images will instill the importance of inclusion and social support to the viewing public, as human relationships and love are vital to health and healing.” 18

The City of Hillsboro assembles a team each year comprised of staff from various departments working together to create innovative solutions to challenges faced by the city. The 2019 team focused on ways to make public spaces more inviting and inclusive, while also looking at ways to remove barriers to accessing City services. Community Arts Program Supervisor Melissa Moore, who served on the team, says, “As public servants we recognize the need to make our services more accessible to all Hillsboro residents and that includes making our physical spaces comfortable and inviting.” After seeking community input, the team partnered with the Cultural Arts division of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation to bring colorful artwork to the Civic Center as a way to make the space more welcoming to Hillsboro’s diverse community.

“Making our public spaces warm, inviting, and colorful can make the difference in

knowing you belong in your City’s government building. When diverse community members and cultures are reflected, it signals their importance.” – Robby Hammond, Hillsboro City Manager

lcoming Visitors to the Hillsboro Civic Center Of the final selected artwork, City Manager Robby Hammond says, “Mr. Hernandez’s art is beautiful and highlights the importance of inclusion, connection, and relationships. The Bridge of Love is a great example of community members’ voices making our city better. Making our public spaces warm, inviting, and colorful can make the difference in knowing you belong in your city’s government building. When diverse community members and cultures are reflected, it signals their importance.” Trained as a painter at Lima’s Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Hernandez worked as an artist and graphic designer for public and international institutions in Lima before settling in Portland in 2009. Hernandez says of his painting style, “My creations are spontaneous and unannounced. Sometimes even surprising to myself. I weave together memories, experiences, lessons, loss, friendships, achievements, and feelings.” Along

with his passion for painting, he is dedicated to teaching. Hernandez introduces the arts to students of all ages with private lessons from his studio and bilingual Spanish/English workshops for children with the VOZ Workers Rights Education Project in Portland, Oregon and SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Community Schools in Multnomah County. Previous to relocating to Oregon, he was a painting instructor at the Museum of Art in Lima, Peru. Additionally, he is an organizer for the first Intercambio de Artistas Latinos (Latin American Artists Exchange), creating a network of artists in the Northwest sharing ideas, expression, and art. Hernandez’s work has been exhibited extensively in Peru, Oregon, and Washington, as well as in private collections worldwide. Learn more about Hernandez, as well as purchase and commission his work, on his website: WilliamHernandezArt.com. 19

The Business of Art

Fall Creative Impact Workshops Focus on Financial Management for Individual Artists For many artists, learning how to run an arts business comes in the form of trial and error rather than formal lessons. Whether your creative career is your full-time business or only a side gig, financial management is an important skill for success. This fall, the City of Beaverton Arts Program, the City of Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division, and Tualatin Valley Creates are partnering to offer two professional development webinars to assist individual artists in mastering this skill and take their creative business to the next level. On October 8, join us for the first Washington County Grants Panel for Individual Artists. Although grants have been a pivotal focus of each workshop series in the past, this virtual panel is unique in its focus on individual artists, musicians, and other creative professionals. Panelists include representatives from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, and Literary Arts. Information on grants available from the City of Hillsboro and the City of Beaverton will also be provided. A wide range of local grant opportunities are available for multiple art genres, so whether you are a visual artist, writer, musician, dancer, or actor, you are sure to find some useful tips and information. The panelists will share grant opportunities and discuss best practices for writing a grant application, with time for questions at the end. On November 12, Jenna Goldin will teach you the “Art of Numbers: Taxes and Bookkeeping for Creatives.” Though November may seem too early to start thinking about taxes, in reality, it’s the perfect time to start implementing good bookkeeping practices to smooth the way for an easier tax season in the new year. This webinar will teach basic bookkeeping techniques, discuss self-employment tax— 20

including what it is and how to calculate it—and explain tax-deductible expenses for self-employed artists. In light of current times, Jenna will also be available to talk about the CARES Act, including: tax changes, the Paycheck Protection Program, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Presenter Jenna Goldin has been a Licensed Tax Return Preparer in Oregon since 2010. She is a partner at Math LLC, a tax preparation, consulting, and bookkeeping business that focuses on small businesses and creatives. Her goal is to make accounting more accessible and empowering for people. All Creative Impact Workshops will be offered virtually via Zoom this year. In addition, these webinars will be available to the community for free, in an effort to support the arts and culture sector as the pandemic continues. Whether you are a seasoned artist or just starting out on your creative career, these workshops can help you toward a more solid financial future in these uneasy times. We invite you to join us as we explore how to make art more sustainable for individual artists in Washington County. To learn more and register for these and other upcoming virtual workshops, visit tinyurl.com/CreativeImpactWorkshops.

Washington County Grants Panel for Individual Artists October 8, 2020 | 12 – 2 pm

Art of Numbers: Taxes and Bookkeeping for Creatives November 12, 2020 | 12– 2 pm

Free to attend, but $10 fee required to reserve a spot. Registration fee will be refunded after you attend the workshop. To register, go to tinyurl.com/CreativeImpactWorkshops

Gallery Exhibits 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, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.

Everyday Abstractions Tyler Brumfield | September – October Referencing the visual language of commercial advertising, Tyler Brumfield displays a series of vibrant and colorful hard-edge paintings and sculpture. Encouraging viewers to see and not just look, Brumfield appropriates visual aspects from chain stores to restaurants, allowing for an abstracted view of the everyday. For Denny

Natural Wonders Harley Talkington | November – December Maximizing layers of oil and pastel pigments, artist Harley Talkington paints in response to the beauty of the nature. Presenting a collection of landscapes, flora, and fauna in the style of a broad impressionistic brush, Talkington invites the viewer to join in the wonder and gratitude of the natural world. Honey Grove Pond

Arts & Culture Leadership Forum November 5, 2020 5 - 7 pm | Zoom Now more than ever is the time to join your arts and culture colleagues virtually for an evening of discussion and connection! There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP to hacc@hillsboro-oregon.gov.


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Get Creative at Home! Looking for some fun and new ways to express your creativity? Whether you’re looking for a project for yourself, or trying to keep your kids busy, bring some artistic joy into your home with one of these great projects.

Paper Beads

DIY Woven Coaster


Materials • 8" cardboard square • 8" x 1 ½" cardboard strip • Yarn (as many colors as you like) • Tape • Tapestry needle

• Variety of paper (magazine or catalog page, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, newspaper, or even wallpaper) • Scissors • Toothpicks or skewers (for adults and teens) or straws (for young kids) • School glue • Ruler • Cardstock or cardboard • Elastic string or jewelry wire • Wax paper • Sealant (such as: Mod Podge or clear/glitter nail polish) • Pencil • Decorative glass or plastic beads (optional) Instructions: 1. Mark and cut out a template of a ½" x 6" triangle from your cardstock or cardboard. 2. Trace your template on desired paper. Cut out and repeat for as many beads as you want to make. 3. Starting from the widest point of the triangle, roll the paper tightly around your choice of toothpick, skewer, or straw. Secure the end of the point with glue. 4. Apply Mod Podge or nail polish as a sealant. Be careful to keep the sealant off the toothpick or straw as much as possible, to avoid problems removing the bead after it’s dried. 5. Stick the skewers or toothpicks in Styrofoam or an egg carton to dry. 6. Repeat with another coat if desired. When beads are completely dry, pull beads off skewers or toothpicks. 7. Use finished beads to create a bracelet or necklace, as fancy or as simple as you like it: string the beads on elastic string (which is great for kids) or use jewelry wire, glass beads, and a clasp for a longer lasting piece of jewelry. Note: Make paper beads of any size just by changing the length and width of the triangle. You can also play with the shape of the bead, by using a rectangle to create a tube-shaped bead, or adding in multiple points at the end of the paper. 22

Instructions: 1. Starting from the upper left corner of the cardboard square, leave a 1 inch margin and then make twelve ½ inch marks spaced a half-inch apart across the top. Repeat on the bottom. Cut slits into each of these marks. 2. Fit and knot an end of the yarn into the first upper notch with a tail that is a couple of inches long. Bring the yarn down the front of the loom and into the matching notch. Then bring the yarn up the backside and through the second notch. 3. Continue wrapping the yarn around the loom until the notches are threaded and you have 12 vertical strings. 4. Tape the loose ends of the yarn to the back. 5. Slide the 8" x 1 ½" cardboard strip under the yarn at the top of the loom. This will be your spacer, so you reserve enough yarn to tie off the finished weave. 6. Thread your yarn through your needle. Starting from the middle, weave over and under alternating vertical strings. When you get to one side, start a second full row. Continue threading over and under until you get the desired width of the color you are using. You may change colors at any time by tying the two strings together and continuing your weave. 7. Continue weaving until you have the desired size. 8. Weave the last strand back into the bottom row. 9. To finish, cut the vertical strings near the top and bottom notches and tie two strands at a time in a double knot to create the tassels. Trim tassels to desired length.

Get more creative ideas and activities by following the Walters Cultural Arts Center at Facebook.com/WCACHillsboro. New projects and creative challenges are posted each week.

String Art

Painted Rocks for All Ages

Materials: • Piece of wood, stained or unfinished • Linoleum nails • Embroidery floss • Hammer • Scissors • Tape • Image template

Materials: • Rocks of all shapes and sizes (with a relatively flat surface on one side) • Acrylic paint • Brushes • Paper plate (for easy clean-up)

Instructions: 1. Position the template on the piece of wood and tape it down to secure it. 2. With a hammer, lightly pound the linoleum nails all the way around the template. Once the design is complete, remove template. 3. Tie the embroidery floss to the first nail, leaving a tail for tying off when you’re finished. 4. Pull the string and wrap tightly around the next nail. Continue on until you have outlined the whole shape. 5. Once the outline is complete, fill in the design by crisscrossing from side to side, wrapping tightly around each nail. Feel free to change directions and vary the lengths to add to the design. There is no wrong or right way to go. Repeat until the shape is filled in to your liking. 6. Finish off at the first nail that you started with. Wrap around the nail, and cut the string while holding it tight. Tie off the string with the original tail and trim off any excess string.

Optional: • Mod Podge or other water-based sealant • Paint pens • Sharpies • Googly eyes, pom poms, or beads • Glue • Stencils Instructions: 1. Clean and dry rocks thoroughly. 2. Freehand, trace, or use stencils to design an image on your rock. 3. Paint your rock with as much detail as you like. You may need to apply several layers of paint for the color to be opaque. Let dry completely between coats. (Hint: a square paint brush works best for creating straight lines). 4. Use a fine-tipped brush to add in small details, or try using paint pens or sharpies. 5. You may wish to use a sealant to protect your finished piece, especially if your rock will be placed outdoors. 6. Fun idea for kids: glue on googly eyes, pom-poms, or beads for extra decoration. The sky’s the limit with your rock designs! Kids can make simple animal and monster designs, or re-create their favorite cartoon character. Adults and teens could try making a rock mandala, paint a miniature landscape, or even a tiny portrait.

Origami Creature Bookmark Materials: • • • • •

Origami paper (or squares of colored paper) Scissors Colored markers Glue Googly eyes (optional)

Instructions: 1. Fold the origami paper in half, corner to corner to make a triangle.

2. Fold the right corner to meet the top corner and crease. 3. Repeat for the left corner and crease. 4. Then unfold the corners. 5. Fold down the top layer of the top corner and crease. 6. Fold the left and right flaps you created back up and tuck into your bookmark. 7. Add eyes, a nose, teeth, and other features with the markers or by cutting them out of extra colored paper and gluing them on. 23

Welcome to Hidden Creek Community Center From cultural events to enriching classes to a good, sweaty workout, Hillsboro’s new Hidden Creek Community Center offers something for everyone. Built in the geographic heart of the fast-growing city, Hidden Creek Community Center will provide much needed space and amenities for everyone to come together and be active. “The overarching theme of ‘accessibility for all’ is integrated seamlessly into the building,” says Facility Manager Bill Rothschild. “You see it in Hidden Creek’s layout, furnishings, and roster of activities and events.” An example Rothschild points to is the large, main exercise area. This open and expansive display of cardio machines, strength equipment, and expanded free weight station was designed to accommodate everyone, no matter their abilities or interests. Once open, the facility will host drop-in and recreational sports activities, public events, private parties, and more. The two-story, 51,000-square-foot facility will also house Hillsboro Parks & Recreation’s first gymnasium. Coupled with adjoining outdoor spaces, the two-court gym provides space for basketball, pickle ball, volleyball, and other sports along with inclusive programming for all ages and abilities. Three community rooms will accommodate a variety of activities. Rothschild expects programming to include cultural events, speaking engagements, musical performances, community activities, and more. Private groups can also rent out these rooms for events, trainings, or weddings. Public art and displays celebrating Hillsboro’s rich diversity and cultural heritage will be found throughout the building. “Hidden Creek Community Center is about facilitating community connections and wellness,” says Rothschild. “This first-class facility will bring families, friends, and neighbors together in a way that is accessible, inclusive, and affordable.” The Hidden Creek Community Center is currently under construction, but scheduled tours, membership purchases, and events will be available to the public in late fall. Watch Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/ParksRec for scheduled hours and fees.

“This first-class facility will bring families, friends, and neighbors together in a way that is accessible, inclusive, and affordable.” — Bill Rothschild


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.


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. With your help, we can deliver a publication that meets your needs and those of our community. Please email your ideas, recommendations and remarks to katrina.hill@hillsboro-oregon.gov. We look forward to hearing from you. Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council Joan Callaway, Chair Ramon Cancel, Vice Chair Ajoy Chakrapani Martin Conley Tracy Francis BJ Jeddeloh See Eun Kim Tonya Macalino Gayle Nachtigal Pamela Padilla Venkatesh Naik Ishaan Sinha, YAC Representative Cultural Arts Nancy Nye, Arts, Culture & Events Senior Manager Michele McCall-Wallace, Cultural Arts Manager Katrina Hill, Administrative & Walters Rentals Bridie Harrington, Walters Arts Education & Visual & Performing Arts Supervisor Melissa Moore, Community Arts Supervisor

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.

Cultural Arts Program Support LeAnn Alsop Tracy Andrews Nee Anuskewicz Jen Champlin Karen DeBenedetti Joel Gordon Laura Gorman Alice Hill Lindsey Holcomb Nikki Iadarola Mark Jackson Cindy Morales-Lee Amy Thompson

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.

ON THE COVER: The Bridge of Love, created by Portland-based artist William Hernandez, adorns the first floor elevator doors at the Hillsboro Civic Center.

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