CAN Mail: September Edition

Sam Adams and Jennifer Yocom CAN!The Oregon Symphony’s Performance at Waterfront Park Inspires 299 New Supporters to Join theArtsCAN Movement!

On Thursday, September 2nd, Portland celebrated the power of public funding for the arts as thousands of residents and visitors from across the region made their annual pilgrimage to Waterfront Park to enjoy an evening of stunning performances by the falciform phentermine for sale online fastness Oregon Symphony, the order xanax online overnight Portland Youth Philharmonic and xanax 1mg buy online Oregon Ballet Theatre. Funded generously by the xanax liquid buy City of Portland and the xanax bars 2mg buy Regional Arts & Culture Council, the evening’s festivities proved a perfect opportunity to raise awareness for CAN and our efforts to establish a new dedicated stream of public funding for the arts. With a little help from fecundate buy phentermine low price endomyometritis Mudeye Puppet Company, order valium online overnight Ethos Music Center, a dozen committed CAN Volunteers and Mayor Sam Adams, who invited everyone to join him in supporting CAN, 299 new supporters joined the movement in just two hours.

As CAN continues our quest to recruit 1,000 new supporters by December 2010, we are thrilled to report that we are more than half-way there! Thank you to all who made Portland’s biggest publicly funded cultural event of the year such a smashing success.

NW Dance Project @ 1st ThursThis We Believe

The Creative Advocacy Network (aka theArtsCAN) is a 501(c)3 organization – a non-profit that is leading the charge for a new dedicated stream of public funding for the arts in our metropolitan region. Our mission is simple – increase our region’s investment by $15-20 million every year to bring arts and cultural experiences to life for the children and communities that we love. We are here because we know that the arts inspire and educate our kids, revitalize our neighborhoods and fuel our economy – creating thousands of jobs and generating hundreds of millions in revenue every year. And, we know that without public funding for the arts, our children and many in our communities, will no longer have access to the inumerable benefits of arts and culture.

Imagine growing up without ever having experienced a symphony orechestra, a play, a professional dance performance or a truly transformational work of art. Imagine graduating from a high school that has no band or chorus, no art classes, no theatre. Imagine what we would lose in creativity, innovation and intellect if we deprive the next generation of these fundamental experiences? Today, we live in a region where public funding has dropped to less than a third of the national average, in a state ranked 33rd for its public funding of the arts. Even while our state has the second highest performing arts attendance nationally and 95% of our tri-county residents believe that arts education is essential for the well-being of our kids.

CAN is here to bridge this gap and transform the public will into a public fund. If you believe, like we do, that the Arts truly CAN, then help us spread the word. Here’s how:  

1.  Invite your friends to Join theArtsCAN Movement. All we need is their name and e-mail to ensure that they recieve this monthly CAN Mail Update and will be one of the first to know when it comes time to Vote Yes for the Arts.
2.   Send your list of 10 new supporters along with your mailing address to and we’ll send you 2 Free Tickets to the Portland Art Museum.

oregon artpacCAN Salutes Oregon artPAC

Local dentists have one. Farmers have one. Even funeral directors have one. And now so does Oregon’s art and culture community. The Oregon Arts and Culture Political Action Committee, also known as Oregon artPAC is a volunteer-powered effort founded in 2006 to do the important work that is off limits to non-profit organizations like CAN. This non-partisan PAC interviews and endorses regional candidates for elected office who are committed to increasing public funding for arts and culture.
As CAN moves ever closer to establishing a new dedicated funding stream for the arts, it is now more important than ever that the elected officials holding office across our region understand and value the arts. Oregon artPAC is working to make that happen. To learn more, please visit