2,500 Followers, 1,500 Fans and $75,000 – We Did It!

At 10:25 PM on December 13th, CAN’s 2,500th Twitter follower signed on with great fanfare, unlocking a $75,000 investment from the City of Portland.

WE DID IT!!!
CAN celebrates 2,500 Followers, 1,500 Fans and $75,000.
 

Why were Colin Meloy, Storm Large, PortlandiaTV and Mayor Sam Adams all tweeting about CAN? Because 2,500 Twitter followers and 1,500 Facebook fans were all that stood between CAN and a $75,000 investment from the City of Portland. And we did it!
 
In the last two weeks, CAN’s #CreativelyPDX hashtag has been used more than 450 times to encourage Portlanders to join the movement and the conversation about what we find uniquely creative in Portland.
 
While our goals have been reached, #CreativelyPDX continues through Monday, December 19th. And you won’t want to miss an opportunity to win free tickets to
Candide at Portland Opera, two passes to next year’s
Wordstock Festival or a signed deluxe box set of ‘The King Is Dead’ from The Decemberists!
 
Follow us on Twitter @theArtsCAN or  click here to learn more.
 

For the Love of the Arts
Portland’s Majors Stir Up Love for CAN.

 

This Fall, the Oregon Symphony, Portland Art Museum, Portland Center Stage, Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theatre (often referred to as the Majors within Portland’s expansive and diverse arts community) joined forces to raise funds and awareness for CAN.
 
At two events hosted by the Portland Art Museum and Bill and Karen Early, nearly 150 arts patrons were introduced to CAN and inspired to give when Brian Ferriso, Elaine Calder, Chris Coleman, Christopher Mattaliano and Christopher Stowell shared their compelling perspectives.
 
In addition to the $50,000 lead gift by the Dream Envision Foundation and the $50,000 Challenge Grant by Lynn and Jack Loacker that launched this campaign, CAN was honored to receive $102,600 in pledged support – all from first-time donors.
 
As CAN continues to spread the word about the decline of arts and music education in Portland’s public elementary schools and the underfunded role that non-profit arts and culture organizations play in the economic vitality, educational opportunities and livability of our city, these donations fuel our efforts and lay the foundation for a ground-breaking solution that will generate $113 Million in new public funding for the arts over the next decade.
 
We are honored to have inspired so many to give so much. 
 
 
 

The Oregon Symphony, Portland Art Museum, Portland Center Stage, Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theatre raised $102,600 for CAN at two beautiful events.

4 out of 5 fifth-graders in Portland will finish elementary school without ever having an art class.

CAN’s Arts Education Plan
Its Elementary, My Dear.

The Creative Advocacy Network has set our sights on the November 2012 ballot to propose a new public fund for the arts in Portland that will restore arts and music education for every elementary school student. 
 
Why this focus on elementary education? Through extensive local and national research as well as round table discussions with Portland’s school superintendents, parents, teachers, and arts leaders, CAN has identified grades K-5 as both the most disadvantaged and the most opportune with regard to arts and music education.
 
Today, 81% of Portland’s 33,732 elementary school students attend an elementary school offering no certified instruction in art. And while CAN plans to support many of the non-profit arts and culture organizations that work to bridge that gap with field trips, classroom visits and after school programming, there is no substitution for the kind of progressive, weekly skill-building that a certified art teacher can offer.
 
To learn more about CAN’s plan or volunteer to help, just e-mail
info@theartscan.org.

 
 

5 Great Reasons
To Give Artfully this Holiday Season 
 
5 Because the arts shape our neighborhoods, improve our education system, boost economic development and make us think, feel, dream and believe.

4 Because 4 out of 5 Portland elementary school students will finish 5th grade without ever having been offered an art class.

3  Because our non-profit cultural organizations receive, on average, 86% less public funding than their peers nationally.

2  Because your gift is 100% tax-deductible.

1  Because you can help us increase our city’s cultural and creative capacity by $113 M over the next decade.

 

Donate to CAN
Here!

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