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Damrosch announces retirement

Eloise Damrosch, the executive director of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, has announced her plans to retire this year on June 30.

From 1987-2004, she has served as the public art director of RACC and its predecessor organization, The Metropolitan Arts Commission. She was appointed executive director in 2004.

Damrosch has earned a local and national reputation as a respected arts administrator while helping to create one of the best-known public art collections in the country. During her tenure of executive director, the organization developed an annual workplace giving campaign for the arts, Work for Art, and it established a comprehensive arts integration program, The Right Brain Initiative. She also worked to increase the City of Portland and Multnomah County percent-for-art ordinances to 2 percent, and Damrosch helped secure the passage of Portland's voter-approved Arts Tax.

Damrosch has worked closely with RACC's board of directors to develop a comprehensive agenda for equity and inclusion, transforming the way the organization allocates resources to help ensure that everyone in the region has access to culture and the arts.

She is a member of the United States Urban Arts Federation, and recently termed off the Board of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.

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