Happy Valentines Day! Thanks for your interest and support for CAN and our work to establish a new public fund for the arts in our region. We hope this now Monthly Update will keep you inspired and informed.
Its time to Pack City Hall to Support the Arts
On March 17 at 9:30am, the Regional Arts & Culture Council will present the State of the Arts Address to the Portland City Council. Last year, more than 200 arts supporters packed City Hall for this event to show our massive and unwavering support for the City’s annual investment in the arts. In 2009, this advocacy effort resulted in a 14.7% increase in public funding for the arts. It’s time to do it again! Here’s how you can help:
- Show up at City Hall on March 17th at 9:30 to show your support for the arts in the Portland Metro Region.
- Pass this email on to everyone you know and encourage them to come out on March 17th.
- Help us phone-bank the week before. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
- Greet attendees, pass out information, and answer questions at City Hall on March 17th. Email email@example.com if you are interested.
- Nominate a persuasive, well-spoken local arts advocate to testify to City Council at the end of the meeting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with ideas.
How Portland’s City Budget Makes a Region-Wide Impact
In 2009, the Regional Arts & Culture Council invested $4.97 million in local government funding to support the arts, artists and arts education region-wide. $4.3 million of these funds came directly from the City of Portland with the balance invested by each of the three counties and the Metro Council. Leveraged by an additional $1.43 million in private donations and state funding, RACC supported 93 arts providers who reached 2.6 million Portland Metropolitan Area residents and visitors. 916,198 of these experiences were offered free of charge and more than 175,000 school aged children experienced the arts in their classrooms and communities. Join us on March 17th at 9:30am at Portland’s City Hall to make it clear that the arts are not a luxury, but a necessity that we want and need the City of Portland to continue to fund.
CAN in the News
As you may have read, CAN’s work to establish a new public fund for the arts received yet more publicity last month in a 1/30/2010 article in The Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/art/index.ssf/2010/01/after_measures_66_and_67_arts.html While no decision or announcement has been made as to the timing of a future ballot measure, momentum continues to build in support of new stable and dedicated funding stream for the arts in our region. If you haven’t already, Join the Movement today at theartscan.org.