Approved: A Spending Plan for CAN’s Proposed Public Fund

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•    A shared goal of equitable region-wide access to arts and culture and creative learning
•    Investments in a broad array of non-profit organizations, public sector programs and capital projects
•    81% of the fund to be disseminated in and by the county where the funds are raise d
•    19% of the fund to be pooled and disseminated by the Regional Arts & Culture Council to non-profit arts and cultural organizations that serve the region as a whole.

Yesterday’s unanimous approval was preceded by a months-long process involving public meetings and surveys that engaged 645 participants, two rounds of polling and the leadership and expertise of 93 arts, education, business and elected leaders in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties. “I love that this process has found a way to hear the voices of a wide variety of constituencies, and craft their feedback into something that can have deep and lasting impact on the region’s culture.” Comments Chris Coleman, CAN Board President and Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage.

Jerry Willey, Mayor of Hillsboro, welcomed the CAN Regional Steering Committee yesterday to the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. Led by Co- Chairs Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, and Washington County Board Commissioner Dick Schouten, as well as Executive Director, Jessica Jarratt, the meeting was attended by 51 elected officials and business, arts, education and community leaders.

CAN was launched in 2008 to establish a new regional $15-20 million dedicated annual stream of funding for arts and culture. For a more on CAN’s mission and leadership, please go to