CAN Responds: Our Update on our work to establish a new public fund for the arts.

As you may have read in today’s Oregonian, CAN is just months away from announcing a ground-breaking new public funding plan for the arts and arts education in the Portland area. Unfortunately, the Oregonian’s D.K. Row broadly mischaracterized the momentum and current outlook of our movement. However, the article offers us an excellent opportunity to share some exciting updates.

In 2011, CAN has made tremendous progress towards our goals of increasing access to arts and culture for every resident, making free arts and music experiences available to every school-age child in their classrooms and communities, and strengthening our highest-quality arts and cultural organizations.

In addition, we have identified a viable funding mechanism, gained strong, clear support from leadership at both the City of Portland and Multnomah County, and tested our public funding package with very promising polling results. All of this work has been accomplished as we continue fulfilling our mission of advocating at the top of our lungs for more and better support for the arts—in our classrooms and our communities.

While we understand and share D.K. Row’s eagerness to have this new public funding stream for the arts in place, our efforts are still well within the timeline we collectively established for this work by the Act for Art Plan. As you may know, in 2008 a region-wide planning process under the leadership of Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten, and Mayor Sam Adams, we engaged 1,500 members of our community to develop a Creative Action Plan for the Portland Metropolitan Area called Act for Art. This vision for the future of the arts and culture in our region identified the need for a new dedicated annual fund for the arts and for arts education. The Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) was established in 2008 to make this goal a reality, and we were given until 2014 to achieve success. At CAN, we believe that our efforts will allow Portland to reach our true creative and cultural potential by 2012—two years ahead of schedule.

“I truly believe that CAN will change the creative landscape for our children and our communities and could not imagine a better investment in our future,” CAN Board Chair Chris Coleman says.

As stewards of public funding, as well as the financial support of many private individuals and organizations who believe in CAN’s cause, we take our responsibility to deliver on our goals very seriously. We are more than happy to shine a light on the City of Portland’s funding of our effort because we believe it tells an impressive story. For 20 years, the City annually funded arts and culture through the Regional Arts & Culture Council, to provide millions of arts experiences, and tens of thousands of free arts and music interactions for children. In 2009 and 2011, the Portland City Council unanimously chose to direct 3 percent of these investments towards the CAN effort, which has educated thousands and will lay the groundwork to more than triple the annual impact of their on-going investments in arts and culture. We at CAN are proud to have been established under the leadership of Mayor Sam Adams, and are honored to have gained the trust of the City of Portland and Multnomah County as we steward their investments of time and money towards a future where arts and music are available in every classroom and across every community.

We were disappointed that Mayor Adams was not initially given the opportunity to comment for D.K. Row’s piece on this movement—a movement that Mayor Adams launched with such vision in 2008, as a City Commissioner, and one that he continues to be deeply involved with. Late yesterday, the story was updated to include the Mayor’s thoughts, including his comment that “In the 20 years we’ve been trying to get a dedicated source of funding for the arts … we’ve never been closer.”

With the Mayor’s continued leadership, and the strong support of people like you, we are confident that we will fulfill our mission of creating a dedicated annual fund for the arts and arts education in the near future.

“I couldn’t be prouder of CAN’s work to create a much-needed dedicated source of arts and arts education funding for Portland,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “We set ambitious goals for our arts and culture community in 2008 when we adopted the Act for Art vision, and together we are making steady progress toward fulfilling that goal.”

CAN Mail: June 2011 Edition

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Here at CAN we believe that the arts are more than just a luxury. That in fact, they are a necessity for the livability of our city – shaping our neighborhoods, encouraging creativity in our kids, bolstering economic development and inspiring the innovation that keeps Portland vital.

Professional arts and music experiences and creative learning opportunities remain out of reach for many, in our communities and our classrooms. In fact, the public funding that supports these experiences in metropolitan regions across the country is markedly lower here in Portland – less than half of the national average. extraction ratio (E) buy phentermine pills enterolysis It is clear that without a significant increase in dedicated and stable public funding, our children will face a public education seriously lacking in art and music, while income limits arts and cultural access for thousands.

Recent polling revealed that 77% of Portland residents support the idea that arts and arts education need additional dedicated and reliable funding to serve the public. purchase provigil modafinil In 2012, CAN will make it happen by proposing a ground-breaking new public funding stream to increase access to arts and culture for every Portland visitor and resident, make free arts and culture experiences available to every school age-child in their classrooms and communities and strengthen our highest-quality arts and culture institutions.

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The President’s Committee on the arts and the Humanities released its report “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools” this month. The first federal analysis of arts education data of its kind in over a decade, the report analyzes recent data to make the case for arts education as an effective tool in whole-school reform, and increasing student engagement and academic achievement. At a time where access to arts education is at a low point in many of our nation’s schools, the report also presents evidence that building creativity-rich schools is vital to preparing students for success in the knowledge and innovation economy.

The report recognizes the powerful role that arts education strategies can play in closing the achievement gap, improving student engagement, and building creativity and innovative thinking skills. And further confirms that arts education is an essential component of a complete and competitive education for our children.

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Metropolitan Youth Symphony is dedicated to offering a challenging, rewarding and fun musical experience for all young musicians. Their ensembles are designed to accommodate players of all levels of experience and ability. They offer students a chance to explore different musical styles with chamber and specialty ensembles. Musicians are placed in ensembles by playing ability, not by age, so that all students can progress at their own pace.

For details on joining the movement as a member organization in support of a new dedicated public fund for the arts, please visit or email can you get arrested for ordering tramadol online Volunteers are key to our success: Join CAN in building the movement!

As CAN builds the movement for a dedicated and sustainable public fund for the arts by 2012, it’s our volunteers who are making the difference: whether helping spread the word at outreach events, supporting our efforts around the office, or simply promoting the cause through social media.

Opportunities abound to help build the movement! Just contact for more information on volunteer opportunities, including these upcoming outreach events:

June 18, 19 – PHAME Academy: Grease!
June 25, 26 – Hand2Mouth Theatre: Risk / Reward Festival of New Performance
July 21 – Portland Art Spark by RACC
August 5-7 Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival
September 1 – Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert

CAN’s volunteers are key to building the movement!

CAN Outreach Event: Milepost 5 First Friday, June 3 order valium online overnight CAN will be attending First Friday at Milepost 5, Friday June 3, 2011. And just to keep it fun, we’re hosting a free raffle as we gather new supporters for public funding of the arts!

At CAN, we believe that the arts are not a luxury, but a necessity to life in Portland. Our mission is to establish a dedicated public fund for the arts, to increase access to arts and culture for every resident, make free arts and music experiences available to every school-age child in their classrooms and communities and strengthen our highest-quality arts and cultural institutions allowing Portland to finally reach our true creative and cultural capacity.

For Milepost 5 First Friday, come by our table to show your support for public funding of the arts and sign up for our free raffle! Our Raffle Prizes are all from Milepost 5 businesses, and they’re pretty grand:

  • $25 Gift certificate from Eat.Art.Theater. – Their focus is on fresh, local, house made food, with an emphasis on old world techniques.
  • $18 Soy Wax ‘Portland Rose Garden’ Candle from Just the Good Stuff. – A writing & gift boutique.
  • $25 Gift Certificate from Muse Art+Design. – Essentials for everyday artists, located at 4224 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, with a store opening soon at Milepost 5.
  • $150 For a 30 minute Stone Reading and a free stone. – Stone work jewelry & readings.

For more information about Milepost 5 First Friday, check out their site.