"I think the challenges facing RACC are the challenges facing Portland." Madison Cario started work as executive director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council on Jan. 14, 2019.

“I think the challenges facing RACC are the challenges facing Portland.” Madison Cario started work as executive director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council on Jan. 14, 2019.

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  • We get opinions and analysis of some of the week’s big regional  stories on the news roundtable. This week, our guests are John Schrag, executive editor of the Pamplin Media Group, former Republican state representative Julie Parrish and former city of Portland staffer Art Alexander.
  • The agency that grants public funding to Portland’s arts groups is restructuring its giving. Regional Arts and Culture Council will start giving regular annual grants to a broader group of arts organizations. To this point, resources flowed toward bigger institutions, like Oregon Ballet Theater and the Portland Art Museum. Madison Cario, the new executive director of RACC, joins us to explain.
  • We’ll hear how Marion County public health and law enforcement officials are working together to try to prevent people with mental health problems from ending up in jail. Ann-Marie Banfield is the program manager for acute and forensic behavioral health for Marion County and Troy Clausen is the county’s undersheriff. They will join us after giving a presentation at the Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference.

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