Culture Leads Here: Portland City Council Candidate Forum, Fall 2020


We all know the 2020 Presidential Election will have an enormous impact on America’s future. Let’s not forget that local elections have a BIG impact on our daily lives too! That’s why we teamed up with our creative-industry coalition—MusicPortland, RACC, and Design Week Portland—to talk to some of our local candidates about our community’s priorities.

We hosted a joint Portland City Council Candidate Forum with our industry partners on September 29, 2020. We were joined by: City Council Candidates Mingus Mapps and Chloe Eudaly, as well as Portland Mayoral Candidate Sarah Iannarone. The recording below also includes an interview with current Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler that we conducted on October 1. Thank you to OMPA member Divonna Ratliff for editing the final video!

Watch the Recording

Video Editor: Divonna Ratliff

Who We Are


MusicPortland is a member-based 501(c)6 trade association and advocacy group. We believe that a diverse coalition of voices raised in harmony can create powerful change. Our Board and Advisory Circle draw from all corners of Portland’s independent music industry, and they serve to listen to and advocate for our members and the Portland musical community at large. Add your voice by filling out a MusicPortland Profile today, and please consider becoming a Contributing Member to support our work financially.

Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants for artists and nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; and provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance. RACC advocates for equity, inclusion and access, working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity and the arts. RACC receives funding for our work from a variety of public and private partners to effectively serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout greater Portland.

Design Week Portland

Design Portland is all of us, made better together. We’re the thread that weaves together the process, practice, and content of our city’s diverse creative community. Because here, design is lasting. Evergreen. It is the thoughtful assembly of culture—a texture woven of people and perspectives pulled together by ambition. By action. Right here. And throughout the year. A whole made greater by the sum of its many parts.

Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA)

OMPA is the trade organization for media production professionals in Oregon. We advocate for production-friendly policies, support a diverse professional network, and provide new opportunities for our members at all levels of their careers and in all areas of media production. When you become a member of OMPA, your membership connects you to the statewide community and helps strengthen the ecosystem of media production in Oregon.