CAN Mail: June 2011 Edition

Pod (Public Art)

Arts and arts education need additional dedicated and reliable funding.
Title: Pod
Year: 2002
Artist: Pete Beeman

We CAN in 2012: Establish a new public fund for the arts in Portland!

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. 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. 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.

Join the movement today. Together we CAN!
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Study Released: “Reinvesting in Arts Education – Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools”

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.

President Barack Obama drops by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

A challenging, rewarding and fun musical experience for all young musicians.
(Photo: Metropolitan Youth Symphony)

Our Members make our work possible: CAN Welcomes New Member Organization Metropolitan Youth Symphony

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
http://theartscan.org/get-involved/donate or email keith@theArtsCAN.org.
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
keith@theArtsCAN.org 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!

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