CAN Mail: April 2011 Edition

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On behalf of our region-wide arts, culture and creative community, our thanks go out to you for lending your voice and your vision to our effort to increase public funding for the arts across the Portland Metropolitan Area. We have generated tremendous momentum and made ground-breaking progress towards the establishment of a new stable and dedicated public funding stream for the arts and you have helped us to chart the course for a fund that will strengthen the creative capacity of our communities and our classrooms for years to come.

With 18 months of awareness raising, public input and advocacy under our belts, CAN’s approach to increasing public funding for the arts across the region has evolved to leverage our greatest strengths and opportunities in an economic environment that has proved challenging. Today, we believe that the path to long-term region-wide public funding starts at the local level.  facies articularis patellae phentermine online extruded teeth With the strong support of the City of Portland, CAN will begin here and has pledged to bring a new stable and dedicated funding stream for the arts to Portland by the end of 2012.
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While CAN takes on a more local focus, we know that there is still much to be gained by continuing the region-wide conversation and the pursuit of equitable region-wide access to arts and cultural experiences and creative learning opportunities. To inspire your continued support and engagement, whether or not you live in, work in or visit the City of Portland, CAN will continue keeping you up-to-date on our progress towards a new dedicated public funding stream as well as any critical advocacy updates and regional engagement opportunities. Your investment in the creative and cultural capacity of our region will have a lasting impact. We hope you will continue to support CAN’s efforts as we prepare to take a giant step forward for the arts in the City of Portland.

entoderm buy phentermine online cheap ent- CAN is pleased to announce the release of our 2010 Annual Report. Read about the gains we’ve made in fulfilling our mission.

Just a few of the highlights:

CAN is on track to double our base of support for the third year in a row! We’ve made ground-breaking progress towards establishing a stable new funding source. And in 2010, CAN inspired 93 arts, education, civic and business leaders to create an innovative tri-county arts investment plan, 645 residents to participate in public meetings and surveys and 2,242 new supporters to join the movement.

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falcate buy legit phentermine online FESS The impact of cutting arts education for children: Less participation in the arts as adults.

In 2008, the National Endowment for the Arts conducted a Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. The final report of this survey, which includes comparison data for similar studies conducted in 1982, 1992 and 2002, presents a wealth of information on arts and culture attendance rates over the past twenty-five years.

Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation looks at data from 1982 through 2008 to discover that adults who took childhood classes in at least one art form were about 50% more likely to attend a “benchmark” arts event, compared with adults who took no childhood arts classes. Noting that budget constraints in recent years and a shift in emphasis toward “basic” subjects have led to a decline in public school arts instruction since the late 1970’s, the authors hypothesize that the current decline in the number of young adults participating in the arts may be “in large measure the result of cuts in school-based arts instruction.”

The report also finds that this decline has been sharper for Americans whose parents are less educated. For example, rates of participation in arts classes for children whose parents’ highest level of educational attainment is less than a high school diploma, declined from 54% to 13% from 1982-2008. SPPA data also reveals a large race/ethnicity gap in childhood arts learning. In 1992, nearly 44% of young African Americans had taken arts classes when they were children. By 2008, that percentage fell to 28%, a 16-point decline compared to a 7-point decline for whites, 60% of whom reported having had some arts training in school. (Abridged from an article by Arts Consulting Group)
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Arts Advocacy Day – April 4th & 5th, 2011

BodyVox -Foot Opera 2Monday and Tuesday – April 4th & 5th – is the 24th Annual National Arts Advocacy Day, organized by Americans for the Arts. “Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event that brings together a broad cross-section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.” (Americans for the Arts)

To honor the day, CAN urges you to email the Portland City Council to encourage them to renew their commitment to the arts. And write to your County Commissioner and encourage them to support the arts and arts education in our communities.  Here is a sample letter to help you get started.

City of Portland
Mayor Sam Adams
Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Commissioner Dan Saltzman
Commissioner Nick Fish
Commissioner Randy Leonard

Multnomah County
Cogen, Jeff (County Chair)
Kafoury, Deborah (District 1)
McKeel, Diane (District 4)
Shiprack, Judy (District 3)
Loretta Smith (District 2)

Washington County
Andy Duyck (At Large) Chair
Roy Rogers (District 3)
Bob Terry (District 4)
Dick Schouten (District 1)
Greg Malinowski (District 2)

Clackamas County
Charlotte Lehan (Chair)
Paul Savas
Ann Lininger
Jim Bernard

(Image: BodyVox, photo by Blaine Truitt Covert.)