April 13th 2009 Town Hall

You are encouraged to attend and bring others who are interested in the arts.

The program will cover the release of the Regional Creative Action Plan, tips for arts organizations in this economic crisis, and the official launch of the Creative Advocacy Network on what you can do to help establish a $15-$20 million dedicated regional fund for the arts.

Please RSVP to info@TheArtsCAN.org if you can attend the Town Hall.

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March 12 Portland City Council Hearing – what a turn out!

Supporters of the arts in the Portland region turned out in full force at the March 12 City Council hearing where the Regional Arts and Culture Council presented their State of the Arts address. Council chambers were packed – 200 seats filled plus standing room only in the balcony!

Powerful testimony was presented by a variety of supporters, including CAN’s Board Chair Chris Coleman (Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage). See Chris’ reading of the CANifesto – developed by Portland’s own North.com.

March 12th 2009 Arts Action Alert

The Creative Advocacy Network, a new non-profit working towards a regional dedicated funding solution for the arts, is working hard to make sure that the Regional Arts and Culture Budget is preserved by Portland City Council.  On March 12th at 2:00 RACC will be giving their “State of the Arts” presentation to Portland City Council and describing how last year’s investments in the arts benefitted the City. It is important that City Council see strong support and solidarity from the arts community.

The Arts CAN, and must live here.  Please RSVP to info@theartscan.org if you think you can make it on March 12th.

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There will be time after RACC’s presentation for a few enthusiastic art supporters to testify.  If you have interest in testifying about how RACC has helped you or your organization over the last year please send me an email at kathleen@TheArtsCAN.org.

Keep checking back to this site for direction and messaging about contacting the Portland City Commissioners later this month about supporting RACC’s FY09-10 budget and add packages.