Join the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition

The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition (MCCC) is recruiting for multiple board member positions for 2024.

We believe in building a board that mirrors the multifaceted communities we serve, and are seeking individuals who bring diverse perspectives and lived experiences to our board, especially from BIPOC, immigrant/refugee, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities; as well as across generations, geographies, languages, and artistic forms. We also welcome artists, culture bearers and others who work in the arts and culture sector.

We invite you to share your insights and help us ensure that more of our region’s communities are heard, valued, and supported through the MCCC’s grantmaking and advocacy. 

What experience or skills do I need?

Our board members represent a broad set of experiences and expertise. We seek additional board members who are familiar with and/or have experience in two or more of the following areas. (If you have other types of knowledge/experience that you think would be valuable to the cultural coalition, we want to hear about those as well!)

  • Performing arts, media arts, cultural heritage, literary arts, humanities, community events, visual art, and/or other arts/culture disciplines/work
  • Grantmaking, particularly in improving accessibility of a grantmaking process and/or in trust-based grantmaking
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Event planning
  • Multnomah County’s arts ecosystem (e.g. City of Portland, RACC, Oregon Cultural Trust, other arts/culture funders) and/or current news, trends, and research efforts in the arts and culture sector
  • Advocacy, fundraising, and governmental relations
  • Accounting and budgeting
  • Previous board service

Please note that board members must live in Multnomah County.

What’s the commitment? 

  • Board members serve for a three-year term, and may serve up to two terms.
  • Members are expected to participate in the annual grants panel at least once per term.
  • The board meets every other month for one hour. The executive committee meets every month that the full board does not. Executive committee meetings are open to all board members. All meetings take place online unless otherwise noted/planned.
  • Executive committee roles include Co-chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Grants Chair, and  Outreach Chair.
  • Board members participate in subcommittees, special events, and other activities that support our Cultural Plan. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Evaluating data from the grantmaking process and revising based on feedback
    • Engaging with the community to strengthen connections, increase the visibility of MCCC grants, and better meet community needs
    • Collaborating with the Oregon Cultural Trust and other county cultural coalitions 
    • Advocating for public support for increased funding for arts and culture activities in Multnomah County
  • Participate in representing and shaping MCCC’s mission, vision, programs, and services.
  • Share distinct points of view during discussions and decision-making.

How do I apply to be a board member?

First, let us know you are interested by completing the MCCC Board Interest Form

Our team will review your submission, and if your skills and experience align with the needs of the board, we will reach out to schedule a conversation to further explore our potential to collaborate toward MCCC’s goals.