The Phi Beta Kappa Arts & Sciences City of Distinction award showcases metropolitan areas with exceptional artistic vitality, cultural vibrancy and scientific engagement. Portland became the second recipient of this recognition on October 19, 2016.
Phi Beta Kappa hosted an awards reception recognizing the innovative efforts of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, led by Eloise Damrosch, and four exemplary local organizations that build creative exchanges with new and diverse audiences in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or mathematics. These organizations include:
The Regional Arts & Cultural Council’s Right Brain Initiative is a sustainable arts education partnership of public schools, government, foundations, businesses and the cultural community bringing creativity to all 110,000 K-8 students in the Portland metro region.
Literary Arts is a nonprofit literary center that builds community around literature by engaging more than 13,500 writers, readers, teachers, and students across Oregon each year.
Lewis & Clark College's Community Engagement and Leadership in Science strengthens pathways into math and science education for students from underrepresented backgrounds while preparing Lewis & Clark College of Arts & Sciences students to pursue careers as future educators in a diverse and changing society.
Portland State University and the Oregon Heritage Commission’s Archaeology Roadshow brings together community partners including universities, tribes, agencies, companies, historical societies, and students to introduce the public to the science of archaeology and instill a sense of stewardship for cultural resources.