In 2005 Portland's Regional Arts & Culture Council asked Reggie to serve on their 2005-06 Music Panel
for Project Grants.|
Through panels like the one Reggie serves on, RACC distributes over $2 million annually as direct cash Grants to artists and arts organizations. These grants, representing the regionís public investment in arts and culture, support a variety of ongoing programs and specific projects that make our community a better place to live. Grants are awarded in various categories using a competitive process that is adjudicated by a panel of community representatives.
RACC Grants Program Officer Lorin Schmit Dunlop recalls, "[Reggie] was really pleased to be asked to serve the Arts Council and the arts community this way... and he was a delight! So knowledgeable and a real gentleman...a real asset on the panel."
RACC also provides assistance for artists, arts organizations, and educators through a variety of printed and electronic resources, and professional development training opportunities. RACC partners with selected community organizations to provide targeted arts education programs services that are not already offered by other arts organizations in the community. For example, RACC works with the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program to fund and facilitate after-school arts education programs in participating schools in the Portland metropolitan area.
Arts education is a subject that is near and dear to Reggie's heart, and he looks forward to continuing his relationship with RACC for years to come.