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Hillsboro Launches Artist-in-our-Community Project with Artist Dawning McGinnis

Post Date:05/30/2018 2:00 pm

Dawning McGinnis_photo by Rick PaulsonThe Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment committee has launched the Artist-in-Our-Community Project with artist Dawning McGinnis. The project seeks to embed an artist in the City of Hillsboro, where they will work to create inclusive community-based projects, activities, and events. Selected from a diverse range of applicants, McGinnis hopes to inspire and encourage residents’ personal creative expression and bring attention to the arts in less traditional settings. The project will run July through September 2018, with a culminating event during Hillsboro Arts Month in October.

While serving as an Artist-in-Our-Community, McGinnis will hold pop-up painting classes, drawing on her experience teaching step-by-step painting workshops for inexperienced participants. During these sessions, McGinnis will ask participants to consider what is important to them about Hillsboro, and guide them in creating a small painting based on their responses. McGinnis will collect the paintings, and at the end of the project assemble them into a large community-made mural.

McGinnis will take these pop-up classes to at least 15 different venues throughout Hillsboro, including laundromats, the Boys and Girls Club, Family Promise, and the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets. McGinnis is seeking to identify additional host venues, and hopes to host painting sessions in as many as three different locations each week; the first session will take place during First Tuesday Art Walk on July 3, 5 – 8 pm at the Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 E Main St. in Hillsboro.

Parties 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 or call 503-615-3497. According to Moore, “We are really excited to see the broad range of locations this project will visit. McGinnis’ plan should reach into every corner of Hillsboro and give people who might feel that they don’t have the time or talent for art the opportunity to express themselves creatively.”

Updates on the project and upcoming event locations can be found at and

Photo by Rick Paulson.

The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC) is a program of the City of Hillsboro’s Parks & Recreation Department. The HACC’s mission is to support the growth of arts and culture as assets for a vital, prosperous and livable community. To learn more about the HACC and its programs, go to or follow us on Facebook at

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