CAN Mail: October 2011 Edition

CAN Outreach

CAN staff and volunteers rally for outreach.
(Photo courtesy of
Jason Savage.)
Niemann-Pick cell real xanax 2mg neurophonia Creative Advocacy Network launches CAN Action Fund. Building awareness.

On October 13, 2011, the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) will appoint the founding board of directors of the CAN Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization founded to establish a neurotransmitter http://www.shellbellecouture.com/info/2mg-xanax-high-erowid.php 2mg xanax high erowid nigrities  stable and dedicated public funding stream for the arts and arts education in Portland.
With their sights set on the November 2012 ballot, CAN and the CAN Action Fund plan to immediately launch a city-wide educational campaign. Together they will bring greater awareness to the decline of arts and music access and instruction in Portland’s public elementary schools and to the underfunded role that non-profit arts and culture organizations play in the education of our children, the economic vitality of our neighborhoods and the livability of our city.
The CAN Action Fund is led by Board Chair Eve Connell (communications consultant and Art on Alberta Board Chair), Vice-Chair Kevin Lefohn (Executive Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic), Treasurer Caitlin Baggott (Executive Director of the Bus Project), Secretary Elizabeth Cannon (public school teacher) and Board Members Angela Uherbelau (freelance journalist and campaign organizer), Chris Coleman (Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage and Creative Advocacy Network Board President) and Liz Fuller (Account Manager for Gard Communications).
An evening to benefit CAN.
Sneakin’ Out, Ashleigh Flynn, and the Sisters.
The Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence present “We CAN for the Arts: A Benefit for the Creative Advocacy Network” on Friday October 21, 8:00 p.m. at Crush, 1400 SE Morrison (21+, $5 cover). CAN is honored to be chosen for this benefit by this wonderful group! Event details are available on Facebook at
http://on.fb.me/r2zjlD
“This fundraiser is a way to bridge the gap to a part of the community that hasn’t had much interaction with us,” says Guard Lance Boyles of the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. “It is obvious that Portland is a wonderful art hub. We need to nurture the budding artists of our community so Portland can continue with its legacy and culture of creative expression. This event would help support that.”
Please join the Sisters as they support CAN and its mission to establish a new dedicated fund for arts and arts education in Portland.
Special performances by
Sneakin’ Out and
Ashleigh Flynn.

Sneakin’ Out at an Ann Arbor, Michigan concert, 2009.
(Photo courtesy of Sneakin’ Out)

Poet Kim Stafford
(Photo Courtesy of RACC)
City of Art & Culture
for the Portland City Council, 17 March 2010
Beside the OMSI submarine, docked for good, the beaver
whittles a willow stick, while at Brooklyn School, a girl shapes
her poem, gnawing the pencil to think the words just right.
On Ross Island, the heron shouts a guttural crywhile outside City Hall, with his mandolin, Alonzo,
fingers cold, brimming with song, plucks his life tune for tips.

Mother coyote hops on the Red Line, sits tall, gazes far, leaps off
at the next stop, while a dancer at Jefferson seeks in his bones
the coyote gesture that turns pain to grace.
In the way water moves along the restless hem of Johnson Creek,
the painter finds a line that transforms confusion into a map
of the possible. Without the poet’s right word, the musician’s
aching song, the dancer’s feral reach, the painter’s sure line, we lose
resilience at the downturn, we lack verve at the decision point,we falter when our children beg for joy in spite of all.

It is for these reasons, friends-the way the creative heart
and mind can find a dancer’s path through tough times-
that we are practical about our work in the City of Art.
Kim Stafford
Report identifies gaps in Portland area arts education. A commitment to strengthening arts education is made.
A team of local arts and education leaders working with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have released a report on the status of arts education in the Portland region’s schools, with new goals for providing arts learning experiences for every K-8 child in the region. 
Leaders from Gresham-Barlow, Hillsboro, North Clackamas and Portland Public school districts committed to improve arts education by ensuring that:
  • Every child engages in diverse arts experiences over the course of their education
  • Every school actively integrates the arts as an ongoing part of each child’s learning
  • Every child develops in-depth understanding of and skills in at least one art form
  • Every community includes arts education as a valued component in systemic initiatives to close the achievement gap and benefit the lives of children.
“We simply cannot afford to ignore the benefits of arts education any longer,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “The arts have a unique ability to engage students who are otherwise unengaged, to inspire students who are otherwise uninspired, and often serve as the critical link keeping young people in school and on a path to fulfill their dreams and contribute to their communities. By pledging to these specific goals now, we can help our children succeed in the future.”
The Phase 1 Report for “Any Given Child” in the Portland Metro area is available online at www.racc.org/agc2011.

The Arts: Every Child, Every Day, Every Community