Hillsboro Arts and Culture launches Artist-in-our-Community project with artist Dawning McGinnis.

COURTESY PHOTO - Artist in our Community The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment committee has launched a new project aimed at bringing more art to the city.

The committee's Artist-in-Our-Community Project launched in July with artist Dawning McGinnis, who will work to create "inclusive community-based projects activities and events," according to the city.

McGinnis was selected from a list of applicants, the city said.

McGinnis will hold pop-up painting classes, drawing on her experience teaching step-by-step painting workshops for inexperienced participants.

During the sessions, McGinnis will guide painters in creating small works of art based on what they believe is important about the city. McGinnis will collect the paintings and at the end of the project and assemble them into a large community-made mural, organizers said.

McGinnis said she hopes to inspire and encourage residents' personal creative expression and bring attention to the arts in less traditional settings. The project will run through this fall, with a culminating event during Hillsboro Arts Month in October.

McGinnis' pop-up classes will be held in at least 15 different venues throughout Hillsboro, including laundromats, the Inukai Family Boys and Girls Club, Family Promise Day Shelter and the Hillsboro Farmers Markets.

The first session will take place during the First Tuesday Art Walk on July 3, from 5 to– 8 p.m. at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St.

McGinnis is looking for additional sites for the sessions. Ideally, she said, she hopes to host painting sessions in as many as three different locations each week.

Those interested in hosting a pop-up painting session as part of McGinnis' Artist-in-Our-Community project should contact Melissa Moore, Community Arts Program Supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-615-3497.


According to the city of Hillsboro, the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council works to support the growth of arts and culture in the city as assets for a vital, prosperous and livable community.

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